Photographic Workshops > Spring Spectacle: Kent's Wildflowers

Tuesday 30th April 2019

  • Bluebell (Endymion non-scriptus) flowering mass, in Common Beech (Fagus sylvatica) woodland habitat, Kent, England, May, Canis

Two times winner (Botanical Britain category) in the
British Wildlife Photography Awards

From a pre-arranged meeting place in North Kent, you will transfer yourselves to my car where we will all travel as one and visit two favourite locations of mine with each offering very different opportunities.

First, we will visit a nature reserve deep in the heart of the Kent countryside. An ancient hornbeam coppice woodland with lush ferns and bluebells adorning the roots of fallen trees. Bluebells carpet its slopes and other wildflowers that should also be in flower include stitchwort, herb Robert and early-purple orchid. There are also cowslips on the Photography bank which, all being well, should be in fine form.

Following this, we will stop at a tea room for a bite to eat.

During this time you will be asked to bring inside your camera where I can have a brief look at your images on its screen and give constructive advice on making possible adjustments to your image-making which you should, hopefully, benefit from when at our final location.   

Once refreshed, we will head to a nearby mature beechwood where each year the ground is filled with a dense swathe of bluebells. The location lends itself perfectly to ‘structured’ compositions of straight trunks rooted into the flowers leading upwards to its fresh, opening lime-green leaves. This is one of the finest displays in southeast England and when you cast your eyes upon the spectacle, you will see why!

At both locations, there will plenty of opportunities to use a wide range of techniques from using a wide-angle lens for environmental studies to a macro for ultra close-ups of bluebells and orchids.

Although I have stated the time as being from 9-4pm, if conditions look promising for late afternoon and evening then the start time will be around 1.30, finishing at 8.30pm. This will enable us to take advantage of the sumptuous low, warm, evening sunlight which is a beautiful time in which to photograph since long shadows are cast and the low sun produces a warm glow onto the trees and bluebells. Should the start time be moved you will be notified the day before. 

The workshop duration will be, approximately, 7 hours (sometimes longer) which includes travel time to and from locations. The journey time to the first location and return from the second is just 15 minutes and between the two, the same length. 

Throughout the duration of the workshop, I will demonstrate and advise on such topics as viewpoint, lens selection, exposure and creating eye-catching creative close-ups. Alternative perspectives feature heavily in my personal work and I will be keen to impart many of the techniques I employ to produce creative images of familiar subjects including ICM (intentional camera movement), multiple exposure and high key.

I will bring my laptop with me so that should part of the workshop be halted due to inclement weather, we can head to a nearby pub where I can review your images and give tips on image processing.

As you can see, the group size has been kept very small and this is for several reasons. First: parking limitations. Second: I can spend quality time with each person. Third: you won’t have others getting in your way and fourth: our impact on these sites will be minimal.

It matters not where you are on your photographic journey and whether you are an absolute beginner or more advanced photographer who simply fancies a nice day out with like-minded individuals, you are sure to find this an enjoyable and extremely rewarding workshop.

How To Book

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

Through payment of this workshop you agree to the workshop’s terms and conditions as stipulated on the booking form.

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Testimonials

“During the Spring Spectacle workshop Robert took us to some remote and unpopulated areas of Kent woodland.  Tuition was genre-specific as well as being tailored to individual needs. Robert's teaching intuition meant that he knew my next steps before I did.  I would recommend this course to anyone who is considering getting a little bit more creative with their nature shots”.
Julia Andrew

"Many thanks for the wonderful day you gave us on Thursday. I was very lucky to be quick off the mark and scoop up an amazing day of photography with a "Master"! I did learn quite a few new things, just need you sitting on my shoulder during the composition of my images, but will definitely try harder to remember your hints and tips".
Melanie Chalk

"Thank you so much for a wonderful day! I learned a great deal. You transmitted your enthusiasm and the detailed preparation and thought needed to have any hope of getting good pictures of wild flowers, in a friendly and engaging way. I also thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and conversation throughout the day".
Ken Brown

"Thank you for a most enjoyable and infomative day out. I learnt a lot from an excellant teacher".
Paul Murray

"Once again out with Robert. I always feel at ease with him because if you don't quite grasp something he will stand with you to help. Yet again his tips are invaluable. Only trouble is trying to remember them all! This also was another very good and enjoyable day, with good company as well as Robert".
Brian Doust

"This is the second workshop I’ve done with Rob and, again, it was a fantastic experience! It was a smaller group this time and it was like having one to one tuition. The day certainly opened my eyes to new ideas and ways to take photographs and expanded my knowledge of the use of my digital camera. Already have another workshop booked and looking forward to it"!!
Mark Craker
 

 

Tuesday 30th April 2019
Start : 09:00
End : 17:00

Price : £195

Group size : 3
(Workshop Full)

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Download booking form

Cost: £195
Deposit: £50
Group size: 3
Time: 9-5pm. You will be notified the day before should the times be moved in order to capitalise on optimum conditions.
Location: Mid Kent. 
Cost includes: Transportation to various locations. 
Cost excludes: Lunch.
Level of fitness: Moderate. Mostly level walking with a few steep slopes. Total distance of about 2 miles.
Experience level:  Beginner upwards.
Equipment needed: Not suitable for Bridge cameras. No specialised close-up equipment required. An SLR with wide-angle and medium telephoto zoom will be sufficient. However, should you have a macro lens, this will prove very useful though by no means essential. A full list of what to bring will be supplied nearer the time.