NORTHUMBERLAND & NEWCASTLE WORKSHOP Friday 27th – Sunday 30th September 2019
My Northumberland workshop is slightly different to most others as it offers the opportunity of 2,3 and 4 day options. This is because the locations are quite far apart, have a mix of coastal, rual and urban settings and i’m not constrained by accommodation as clients book their own. This idea seems to work pretty well!
This is my account of my September workshop; it’s structured so that the first two days are largely on the coast, Day 3 is at Newcastle and the final day at Hadrains Wall (Newcastle is on the Sunday as it’s much quieter then). I went up on the Thursday for an early start on the Friday where i met with the group. As with last year I camped and left the choice of accommodation to my my clients.
So with thanks to Jeff, Jon, Stephen, Fiona, Chris and John for your company and for your images, here’s my blog of the weekend.
Before I met with the group, I visited a couple of places on the Friday before. I went to both Portland bill and Kimmeridge Bay. The best outcome was a great colourful sunset at Kimmeridge bay. it also allowed me to check out a couple of decent spots to take the group.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH
Dawn at Lindisfarne / Holy Island
You have to time Holy Island right due to high tides over the causeway. So you either have to be on the island before the tide rises or wait until it’s dropped sufficiently. We arrived at around 6am and were able to cross in time for dawn. It didn’t look too promised but we actually ended up with a great sunrise behind the castle.
The camera for sunrise set up at Lindisfarne
Jon’s dawn shot over Lindisfarne Castle
The harbour and abbey are also really interesting and there’s enough there for a whole morning’s photography.
The upturned boats are always an interresting photography subject
We then spent an hour or so looking for interesting compositions in the boats. Jeff produced this of the upturned boats in monochrome
After a coffee break at a cafe in Lindisfarne, we drove inland to Duddo Stones which is an interesting landmark about 10 miles inland from Holy Island
Jeff produced a nice long exposure shot with the wind in the right direction.
Our intention was then to return to Lindisfarne for the afternoon. We has a bit of a wait though as the tide had come in!
It wasn’t long before this ice cream van was half immersed in water! But as the tide came out, the rain came in & pretty much washed out the rest of the day so we went to cafe and did some processing and I did a presentation on other aspects of photography
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28th – further down the coast from Bamburgh to Dunstanburgh castle
Day 2 started with dawn at Bamburgh Castle. The dawn promised a lot but the clouds quickly rolled in.
We then moved on to Dunstanburgh castle a few miles south.
Jeff produced a nice shot at Dunstanburgh
Jeff at Dunstanburgh Castle
The Coastline south From Craster
We stopped at craster for lunch and then drove south to the area around Cullernose Point.
The coast at Cullernose included an area with some really interesting rock formations
Return to Bamburgh
Finally we went back to Bamburgh and were rewarded with some nice evening light before ending the day with a review session at a pub in Bamburgh
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29th. A DAY AT NEWCASTLE
Day 3 was spent in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, about 30 miles south. Four of the group continued to days 3 and 4.
The Sage at Gateshead
Given the weather forecast of persistent rain until mid-morning, we decided that a dawn start wouldn’t be worthwhile. Therefore we agreed to meet up at the portland Bill cafe at 10am. We psent a few hours there until lunchtime as the skies cleared and there was some nice cloud to work with.
Fiona and Steve at The Sage
Jeff’s shot at the Sage
And a really creative one of the Sage from Jon
Newcastle River Front and the cathedral
We spent the rest of the day exploring the city
Once again the rain came in during the afternoon!
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30th. HADRIANS WALL
The final day was spent at Hadrians Wall about 30 miles to the west of Newcastle. The light was promising…….
Jeff’s shot at Hadrians wall
We spent the rest of the morning exploring viewpoints aliong the wall.
The workshop finshed with lunch and a review session at The Sill Visitor centre before heading home.
Thanks to Stephen, Fiona, Jon, Chris, John and Jeff for booking onto the workshop – it was great to have your company and it was great to see some great images.
If you’d like to book on the Autumn 2020 Northumberland and Newcastle workshop it’s going to be from Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th September 2020.. Please see Booking Details Here