Photographic Workshops > Marsh Impressions

Thursday 18th April 2019

For several years I had been pondering on how to create images of my local area – the North Kent Marshes – in a style that emphasises its big skies, wide open spaces, saltmarsh pools and reed-lined ditches. I’m drawn to reflections, an enveloping dusk and the stark contrast between the vibrant yellow of the reeds and dull browns and greens of the water in which they thrive.  

I attempted in numerous ways (including using a pinhole camera) to get across what I saw and felt but never succeeded and then I revisited the work of J.M.W.Turner, and other impressionists, and decided to use a combination of ICM (Intentional Camera Movement), multiple-exposure and focus-shift. I was steadfast in doing it all in-camera so that I could evaluate each frame and adjust accordingly and would often employ all three in a single exposure. It provided me with freedom. To toss the conventional ‘how to’ manual aside. I would go out with the absolute minimum of equipment thereby enabling me to wander freely across the marsh and concentrate my efforts on the task at hand.

Note: The first 3 that book will travel in my car and the last to book will follow in theirs with the remaining 2 attendees. The locations we visit are a very short distance from where we meet.  

The workshop will be held at two locations near Faversham, in north Kent, whereupon meeting we will drive a very short distance to our first location; Faversham Creek. This is a charming area along the creek's banks where on the side upon which we walk lies open marsh and on the other, moored boats and barges. I will explain, in detail, the techniques I use to produce Impressionist-looking images of the marsh incorporating such techniques as ICM (intentional camera movement) and multiple-exposure. After a couple of hours, we will head to a nearby pub for something hot to drink (included in the price) before setting off for the next location - Oare Marshes. Situated on the banks of The Swale estuary, as the sun slowly sets, we will photograph russet coloured reed-lined ditches and reflections in marsh pools and open water. A magical time of the year when the marsh will be filled with wintering waterfowl. A barn owl, perhaps, may even be spotted drifting over the grassland as dusk slowly envelopes the marsh. The experience of being in such a place at this time is worth the outing alone!     

No tripods will be allowed on this workshop. The intention here is to free you from its burden and learn how to produce not just creative images involving intentional movement but to seek those traditional compositions and ways of picture taking when you do not have the security of your three-legged-friend!

A moderate level of fitness is required where agility is more important than stamina. Total distance covered will be in the region of 3 miles sometimes on hard, other times on wet ground. The marshes are very open with no cover and can be cold and windy. You must be prepared for this.


Sponsored by Lee Filters

In order to produce ICM images a strong (5-10 stop) ND filter is required with, more often than not, a 2 or 3 stop ND graduated filter. Should you have these filters then great. If you don't, not to worry I have several (including holders and adaptors) that Lee Filters have donated for use on my workshops.

Those that receive these will work on a first booked first served basis.

How To Book

To book a place, simply download and fill out the booking form (see Downloads on the right) and return (by post or email) to Robert Canis. Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of the booking form and deposit. 

Through payment of the deposit, you agree to the workshop’s terms and conditions. 

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Testimonials

“The Marsh Impressions workshop was great! It really challenges you to break free from your pre-conceived ideas of how to make an image, and gives you another way to approach a landscape which leads you towards a more interpretive, emotional response to it. Robert was great company and was happy to give you all the help you needed, or equally to let you  find your own way and go on your own creative journey”.
Cat Horn

"This was a great introduction to the techniques, working in a small group with personal tuition made for a very useful and rewarding day. I recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to move their photography in a new creative direction".
Gary Hartwell

"Many, many thanks for a great day. The techniques that you taught me were a real step forward for me and I’ll be looking to put the ideas into practice very soon. Can’t thank you enough"!
Penny Dixie

"We had a fairly grey and cold January afternoon for our Marsh Impressions workshop, however Rob as always gave us excellent guidance on different techniques to use and we used the weather to our advantage.  The locations were excellent and I came away with some new skills and photos I am proud to have taken"!
Emma Stokes

Thursday 18th April 2019
Start : 15:30
End : 20:00

Price : £125

Group size : 6
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Cost: £125
Deposit: £40
Maximum group size: 6
Minimum group size: 4
Locations: Faversham and Oare, Kent. 
Meeting point: Faversham. Plenty of parking. The train station is a 15 minute walk away.
Cost includes: Transportation to various locations (first 3 that book) and drink at the pub. Return to Faversham train station, if required.   
Cost excludes: Getting to the meeting point. Car park 'pay and display' costs £5 but there's plenty of free parking nearby, including next to our meeting point.    
Level of fitness: A moderate level of fitness is required where agility is more important than stamina. Total distance covered will be in the region of 3 miles sometimes on hard, other times on very wet ground. The marshes are very open and there will be no cover and so it could be windy and cold. You must be prepared for this.
Experience level: Intermediate upwards. An understanding of your camera and exposure are necessary. 
Equipment needed: SLR / Mirrorless (no bridge cameras) with a wide-angle lens is all that is required. As in the main text, above, In order to produce ICM images a strong (5-10 stop) ND filter is required with, more often than not, a 2 or 3 stop ND graduated filter. Should you have these filters then great. If you don't, not to worry I have several (including holders and adaptors) that Lee Filters have donated for use on my workshops. Those that receive these will work on a first booked first served basis.