David Speight Photography
winter in the lake district
The Langdale Pikes themselves include (from west to east) Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark. This sharp range of peaks forms a perfect backdrop to many of the low level views to be found around Little Langdale and Great Langdale. There is a diverse range of subject’s to photograph on The Lake District Langdales/Derwentwater Workshop; these include Waterfalls, stunningly attractive Tarns and ancient packhorse bridges. At this time of year, the fells are still at their most vibrant and with good light, turn a beautiful ochre red.
The Winter in the Lake District Photography Workshop will begin an hour before sunrise on the shore of a stunning Lakeland Tarn with un-interrupted views towards the Langdale Pikes. This location is spectacular for shooting reflections of the surrounding peaks and the Scots Pines that fringe the tarn. Depending on your level of ability we can start with the basics (Manual shooting, focussing techniques, exposure, and correct use of filters) before moving onto the more creative aspects of best use of natural light, seeing images and what constitutes good composition.
After we’ve made the most of our first location, we’ll head for some breakfast at a nearby Café. Throughout the course of the day, we’ll shoot another three or possibly four locations, (These will be determined by the prevailing weather conditions). We may also take advantage of some of the spectacular views from high above the valley of Great Langdale and looking down towards Side Pike; this is the perfect time of year to photograph The Lake District, with the chance of a dusting of snow only adding to the drama of the area. At some point throughout the day we will be able to review the day’s images on my laptop and also go through some of the basic steps used to process images in Photoshop.
Two night’s accommodation is included in the price. We will be conveniently situated near Keswick so we can be ready for an early start at Derwentwater the next day. We should also have time to review some of the images taken on day one over our evening meal.
Day two will start with us making the walk to a point that gives fantastic elevated views over Derwentwater Lake. There are spectacular views towards Keswick, Blencathra and Skiddaw. Although the British weather can never be guaranteed, there is also a good chance of a mist inversion over the lake below at this time of year which only adds to the already dramatic scenery. There’s a lot to get through on day 2, though no overly strenuous walks. The first location requires a short walk up quite a steep hill but the spectacular views are well worth it. After a cooked breakfast in Keswick we’ll make our way around some fantastic locations that give amazing views over the lake and the surrounding peaks. Some are iconic Lakeland views and others are not quite as well known, which all adds to the challenge.
Our final location of the day is another elevated viewpoint giving amazing views over Derwentwater towards Catbells. The hope is for a fantastic sunset, but in truth there is so much to shoot in this area that it’s not too difficult to have back up locations and subjects should the weather not be at its best.
The Winter in the Lake District Photography Workshop will conclude on the Sunday night as late as an hour after sunset.
7th - 9th February 2020 - Fully Booked
10th - 12th February 2020 - Available
£450 / £50.00
Two nights accommodation
Two full days tuition
Transport to the Lake District
Average fitness required
Two day workshop