Sam giving some macro photography advice amongst the bluebells

Workshop Report: Bolton Abbey May 2012

Bolton Abbey Workshop May 2012
Amongst the Wild Garlic in Strid Wood


Our May trip through the woods at Bolton Abbey was blessed with perfect diffused light for spring foliage and flowers…

We started the day with a chat about the plans for the day’s landscape photography workshop over tea and coffee at the delightful Tea Cottage at Bolton Abbey, along with a look at a few landscape images before setting out on our walk.  Temperatures were cool for May which made very comfortable walking weather.  The overcast conditions weren’t ideal for the Abbey itself so we did a little work around the River Wharfe before setting off into Strid Wood to photograph wild garlic and vibrant spring leaves.

We arrived at The Strid for a relaxed lunch and spent time photographing the fast flowing River Wharfe.  The river was low enough to reveal great shapes and patterns in the water tumbling through the rapids and the overcast light was ideal for moving water photography, yielding all sorts of great abstract images.

Continuing above the Strid we took a slight detour into the bluebell woods – not normally planned for May, but with the recent cool temperatures it seemed that the wild garlic was not as far advanced as expected though the bonus was that some areas of bluebells were still in full flower.

Sam giving some macro photography advice amongst the bluebells
Sam giving some macro photography advice amongst the bluebells


Crossing the Wharfe we made our return through splendid spring woodland with numerous photography stops including a tutorial in using intentional camera movement with the plantation of almost perfectly vertical pine trees along the way.

The whole group attended the post processing session in Harrogate the day after the workshop and we were mighty impressed with some of the results from Strid Wood – proving that diffused light is best for woods and water!

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