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Dartmoor Photography tour by Light & Land Ltd

Dartmoor

The location and inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mystery, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, Dartmoor National Park is a thousand square kilometres of rugged, windswept wilderness in the South West of England, consisting of forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands and moorland.

Wild ponies and highland cattle roam freely amongst the huge granite tors that litter the landscape - and the artefacts and landmarks of an ancient rural heritage, dating back to Neolithic times, are everywhere - dry stone walls, clapper bridges, standing stones, shepherds’ cob-walled refuges, stone circles…

Vast open spaces, scant development, craggy, precipitous rock formations, big skies and

The location and inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mystery, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, Dartmoor National Park is a thousand square kilometres of rugged, windswept wilderness in the South West of England, consisting of forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands and moorland.

Wild ponies and highland cattle roam freely amongst the huge granite tors that litter the landscape - and the artefacts and landmarks of an ancient rural heritage, dating back to Neolithic times, are everywhere - dry stone walls, clapper bridges, standing stones, shepherds’ cob-walled refuges, stone circles…

Vast open spaces, scant development, craggy, precipitous rock formations, big skies and unremitting changes of light on this stunning primeval landscape make it an outdoor photography idyll. Stephen Spielberg shot scenes for ‘Warhorse’ on the moor and said it was some of the best natural light for cinematography he had encountered anywhere in the world.

Benjamin Graham, overall winner of LPOTY 2017, will be leading this group in the summer of 2019. He spent twenty-five years in the Southwest and knows the Moors well. There are many locations within striking distance of your hotel and we will make final decisions on excursions once we are aware of the weather conditions. Please note: Dartmoor is amazing in all weathers!

We will be staying at a classic country house-style hotel with inglenook fireplaces, cosy farmhouse furniture and luxuriously appointed private en-suite bedrooms. The hotel's location is secluded, but central to our needs and its restaurant's award-winning cuisine is world-class.

Please do note that the days will be long (but very productive!) as the Dartmoor summer sunrise is at 05.30 this time of year and so, to take advantage of the best light, we will need to be on location, ready to shoot, at 04.30. We will therefore be departing the hotel at 04.00 for our dawn sessions. Sunset is at 21.20 so we will be easily shooting up until 22.00 therefore there will be a chance of a couple-hours’ nap after lunch and before dinner/our evening shooting session.

We will have pre-booked the use of a meeting room with image projection facilities for the display of our work and for critique sessions.

The going will not be tough but do expect some uneven, rocky or sloppy sections to some of the routes we will be following. Bring sensible, appropriate clothing for the time of year; sturdy walking or hiking boots are recommended for all excursions.

What do you need to bring?

a camera, preferably (but not essentially) with manual control over the exposure

a fully charged battery with its charger, plus any spare batteries if you have them

a sturdy tripod

any lenses you may wish to shoot with

a remote shutter release if you have one

a memory card, with plenty of space on it, plus spares if you have them

a wet weather cover for your tripod-mounted camera in case we encounter showers – this is England in the summer, after all…

a graduated neutral density filter if you have one - with many modern digital sensors this is no longer essential

neutral density filters if you have them

a torch (head torches are very useful as they're hands-free) with a red bulb setting so you don't ruin your night vision when making camera adjustments in the dark

sensible clothes for the time of year and shoes or sturdy trainers for reasonable, though not strenuous, walking in the countryside

a comfortable wind-proof/shower-proof jacket

You may also bring:

your PC/Mac notebook or tablet for image processing/review

any items you feel may be interesting or inspirational for the group

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Our Dartmoor Photography tour is a photography holiday in England (United Kingdom). Available from 19 Jul 2019 to 21 Jul 2019 this 3 day trip costs from £649 and has a maximum group size of 8 persons.

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