Long Exposures - North Somerset Coast


Long exposures have become increasingly popular in landscape photography over recent years since the introduction of extreme ND filters, such as the Big and Little Stopper, which allow for extended exposure times. With a little creativity, long exposures can change the way we look at moving objects and capture a real sense of time passing. The results can be highly effective, allowing the photographer to create some truly compelling images.

The stretch of coastline from Clevedon to Burnham-on-Sea, provides for the perfect location for long exposure photography. Clevedon's graceful Victorian pier, the magnificent long pier and vast stretch of beach at Weston-Super-Mare, and the striking Grade 11 Lower lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea are our principle subject matter for this workshop, offering plenty of opportunities to make some wonderfully moody captures.

Our workshop has been timed, as best as possible, to take advantage of the tidal conditions of this area - the Bristol Channel being home to the second highest tidal reach in the world. We will photograph throughout the afternoon, stopping to enjoy a fish and chip take-away supper by the beach before recommencing as the tide retreats, leaving behind wet sand and reflections of the pier, to capture sunset at Weston-Super-Mare.

You will learn how to perfect the technique of long exposures, making use of extreme neutral density filters to capture movement and effectively slow down the passage of time. Your tutor; Andy, will take you through the many considerations of composition, focusing and calculating exposure times, as well as combining the extreme ND filters with graduated filters to control exposure.

And for those of you who don't have any such filters of your own, don't worry - we will have some Lee Big and Little Stoppers on hand to lend you.

More information and how to book


Workshop Fact File

  • Dates

  • September 18th, October 3rd

  • Tutor

  • Andy Page

  • Max group size

  • 6

  • Start/finish time

  • September - 12:00 - 8:00pm

  • October - 11:30 - 7:30pm

  • Photographic Locations

  • Clevedon Pier, Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea

  • Meeting Point

  • Clevedon pier

  • What's included?

  • Photographic tuition & demonstrations, transport between locations, tea/coffee, a fish and chip supper

  • What's Excluded?

  • Transport to and from the venue, personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan, equipment insurance

  • What will I learn on location?

  • Appropriate camera settings, composition techniques, the use of extreme ND filters (Big and Little Stoppers) exposure time calculation, focusing, combining with graduated filters

  • Ability level

  • Intermediate

  • Fitness level

  • Suitable for all

  • Cost

  • £140

  • Deposit

  • £60

  • Places remaining

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