Grand Day Out

11/02/2013 - 12:40


On the 2nd of February 2013, I was lucky enough to have brilliant weather out on a 1 to 1 Landscape Photography workshop with Lee Pengelly


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Lee is a very talented and well known professional photographer – who had arranged the day out as an excellent prize for me - for winning the Dartmoor National Park Authority’s ‘Winning Landscapes’ photo competition, in Autumn 2012.


The day’s photographic opportunities started at the coastal beauty spot of Bantham, in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The sun was shining and little fluffy clouds (like the opening scene of The Simpsons) rolled across the deep blue sky. The chocolate box charm of the old boat house was the first stop, and then the elevated view from the cliffs above the Avon rivermouth afforded fine views towards Burgh Island. The snaking lines of the dune’s drift defence fencing were the next area of interest.





The afternoon was spent up on Dartmoor National Park, the first stop being the River Dart, just below the confluence of the East & West Dart rivers. The sun was hidden every few minutes behind clouds to the west, but I managed to make a long exposure Zen-garden like image of the waters swirling around some of the river rocks, which I was rather fond of.





The highlight of the day was the ‘golden-hour’ light when we were on the summit of Sharpitor – overlooking Burrator Reservoir. It was a numinous experience indeed to witness the golden light raking through gaps in an approaching weather front gilding the landscape around us.






I learnt many new things and felt that Lee’s teaching style was very encouraging, patient and his suggestions of approaches to photography easy to understand. His enthusiasm for photography was contagious and my eyes were opened to possibilities that I may well have overlooked.


I am very grateful to Lee for his very generous prize and for the Dartmoor National Park Authority for organising the competition.


Lee runs course in the UK and also in Europe for Tatra Photography, with trips to Iceland, Slovakia's mountains and the amazing Lofoten Islands.




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