Dorney Lake - Creative Captures & Abstracts


Dorney Lake, located in Berkshire, is probably best known for being the Olympic Rowing venue in 2012. It boasts over 400 acres of stunning parkland and arboretum, containing a superb collection of specimen shrubs and trees. Planted in regular rows and patterns they offer the photographer a wealth of opportunities in terms of graphic compositions and the chance to be creative with patterns, texture, colour and close-up detail.

Our visit in February and March may well coincide with some early flowering cherry trees and swathes of colourful Dogwood (Cornus) bracts. The outer bark of Himalayan Balsam and Tibetan Cherry Trees are also a rich source of close up images (so bring a macro lens if you have one!). Aside from the main rowing channel there is also an ornamental lake offering opportunities for reflections and interesting marginal plants.

This one-day workshop has been designed to help you build upon your existing photographic skills by developing your creative eye, and helping you to 'see outside the box'. We will look initially at the composition and effective capture of close up images, of which there are many interesting possibilities to be found here. You will then have the chance to experiment with ICM (intentional camera movement)- using techniques such as panning and zoom bursts to create more abstract images, and we will also be looking at in-camera multiple exposures.

More information and how to book


Workshop Fact File

  • Dates

  • April 11th - 1 place left

  • Tutors

  • Paul Mitchell & Sarah Howard

  • Max group Size

  • 8

  • Start/finish time

  • 9:15 - 5pm

  • Photographic Locations

  • Dorney Lake, Court Lane, Windsor, Berks, SL4 6QP

  • Meeting Point

  • Dorney Lake Kitchen Garden Cafe

  • What's included?

  • Photographic tuition & demonstrations, welcome tea/coffee, picnic lunch

  • 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, working with the light, composition techniques, lens choice, depth of field & focusing, panning & ICM techniques, multiple exposures

  • Ability level

  • Intermediate

  • Fitness level

  • Suitable for all

  • Cost

  • £125

  • Deposit

  • £60

  • Places remaining

  • 1- April 11th