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Cornwall Light in the Wild Photo Breaks

Escape to the wild west of Cornwall for a two-night break, staying in a superb coastal hotel and enjoying photography workshops and walks with professional photographer Will Gray

Departures

Any three consecutive days/two nights of your choice, subject to availability, from September 2021 to May 2022

Duration

3 days/2 nights, arriving 11am on Day 1 and departing around 6pm on Day 3, depending on time of year

Group size

Maximum four people

Cost

From £585 per person, based on a couple sharing a double or twin room

Marazion Hotel (Far West): £585 per person, based on a couple sharing a double or twin room.

Mullion Cove Hotel (The Lizard): £685 per person, based on a couple sharing a double or twin room, or £745 per person based on single occupancy.

Wellington Hotel (Boscastle, North Coast): £585 per person, based on a couple sharing a double or twin room

 

*Minimum numbers required for this workshop to take place: 1 couple or 3 singles . Please ask for single rates if you are looking for an exclusive one-to-one experience

Included

Hotel accommodation from a choice of tried-and-trusted favourites; two two-course dinners; two breakfasts; packed lunches/pasties; private transport in a comfortable and spacious Nissan X-Trail; tea, coffee, drinks and snacks 'on location'; use of tripods and Lee Filters if required; Lightroom post-processing session and in-depth photography tuition by William Gray. If you book the Mullion Cove Hotel option, you will also enjoy a sea-view room, three-course dinners and a cream tea

Not included

Travel to and from hotel in Cornwall; travel and photographic insurance; lunch on day 1; dinner on day 3; optional boat trip from Penzance, Falmouth or Newquay (available Sep-Oct and Apr-May only)

Photography level

Since this is a tailor-made workshop, it is suitable for complete beginners through to advanced photographers

Renowned for its wonderful, ever-changing light, Cornwall is a magnet to artists and photographers. I'll take you to little-known coves and iconic viewpoints, ensuring you're in the right place at the right time to capture stunning seascapes, amazing clifftop scenery and often-overlooked coastal details. During May, wildflowers carpet the cliff tops; autumn sees golden colours burnishing the ancient oak woods of Bodmin's river valleys, while winter promises feisty weather – perfect for moody seascapes. 

Locations

I've designed my Light in the Wild Photo Breaks to be as flexible as possible. You not only choose the dates you’d like to go, but you can also choose where you want to go. Use the form below to let me know whether you’d like to be based in the Far West (Marazion), Lizard Peninsula (Mullion Cove) or North Coast (Boscastle). Don’t worry if you have no preference – leave the arrangements to me and I’ll suggest the best location and itinerary to suit the time of year and what you hope to gain from the workshop. 

Highlights

• Capture the essence of Cornwall: surf-strafed beaches, wild headlands and traditional fishing villages – but also explore lesser-known photographic highlights, such as tin-mine ruins, moorland rivers, lighthouses and dramatic rock formations.

• Master the art of composition and how to simplify scenes for impact as you tackle big Atlantic seascapes using a range of techniques, such as high-key photography and long exposures.

• You'll receive a bespoke itinerary, but potential photo locations include St Michael's Mount, Cape Cornwall, Land's End, Porth Nanven, Lizard Point, Kynance Cove, Trebarwith, Trevose Head, Kennall Vale and Bedruthan Steps.

Why this trip?

• We'll rise early to catch the dawn and photograph until dusk, reacting to the changeable light and weather to make the most of our time in Cornwall.

• The small group size of up to four allows me to concentrate on your individual needs – whether you want to master essentials like exposure, focussing and depth-of-field, or develop your eye for composition or a particular photographic discipline.

• If you're a beginner, there will be plenty of time to become confident with with your camera's settings. You'll be amazed how much you learn in just a few days!

• I'll provide instant feedback on your images each day and there will also be time for evening sessions on post-processing using Lightroom.

• Timing these trips between late autumn and spring, we'll avoid the tourist crowds and maximise the potential for dramatic light and weather conditions. It really is a stunning place to develop your landscape photography skills.

Itinerary

Our exact itinerary will be flexible, photographing from dawn to dusk and reacting to the ever-changing light that washes over Cornwall. When you reserve this Photo Break using the form below, you'll find sections asking what areas of photography you're keen to focus on, and whether there's a particular area of Cornwall you'd like to be based in. Using this information, I'll produce a bespoke itinerary for you, including hotel details.

Optional add-ons

For a small extra charge (to cover the tour fee only), I can easily include a 2-4hr boat trip in your break to photograph dolphins, seals, seabirds and occasionally minke whales in the seas off the Cornish coast. Available from September-October and April-May, boat trips operate from Falmouth, Newquay or Penzance. If this is of interest, please mention it below.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Book your Cornwall Light in the Wild Photo Break before the end of December 2020 and receive 10% off.

Please reserve your place on one of my Cornwall Light in the Wild Photo Breaks by completing the form below. I'll be in touch to confirm dates and other arrangements.

By completing this form, you are simply registering your interest in this workshop. You don't need to pay anything yet and there's no obligation for you to go ahead with the booking if you change your mind. When I get back to you to confirm dates, I will also give you payment details. You can then confirm your booking, pay for the workshop and look forward to a rewarding few days in Cornwall.

Accommodation

 

Please see below for details of three of the hotels I like to use for my Cornwall Light in the Wild Photo Breaks. Click on the links for more details of each property, and view the map below for directions.

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I just wanted to send huge thanks for our wonderful workshop in Cornwall doing seascapes and riverscapes! We loved every minute of it and it has given us so much to work on and practice. And of course, I’m pretty sure some amazing shots. You are the perfect host and teacher, generous with your time, patience and expertise. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I have come away with greater confidence to just get out there into the landscape and play around with different settings and creative ideas. I have gained a greater insight and knowledge of the thought processes involved when composing shots, what to look for in good monochrome compositions and how to play around with exposures for those very creative long exposure shots. Perfect. 

CAROLYN | FULL-DAY ONE-TO-ONE WORKSHOP

Cornwall Photography Portfolio

Click on the gallery below to browse a selection of my favourite Cornwall photographs. You'll be able to view them at full-screen size and read details of the camera and lens used for each one – as well as information on exposure.

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WILL GRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Email: will.gray@me.comTel: 01295 780102 | Mobile: 07511 035563

An award-winning journalist, photographer and author, Will has 30 years' experience working for magazine publishers, conservation organisations and as a widely-published freelancer. A zoologist and passionate advocate of responsible tourism, he is a former BGTW Travel Photographer of the Year and AITO Travel Writer of the Year. Will’s books include the bestselling Travel with Kids, Cornwall with KidsWildlife Travel and Coral Reefs & Islands. His photographs are represented by leading picture library AWL Images and he is a Contributing Editor for Wanderlust and Travel Africa magazines. An experienced speaker, he was a presenter on the BBC Holiday programme and has given talks to numerous organisations and photography clubs. His new programme of photography workshops, initially covering some of his favourite UK destinations, was launched in 2018. Find out more about Will at www.william-gray.co.uk or explore his nature travel blog www.wildlifewishlist.com

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