Spring 2017 Photo Walk Locations

 ‘It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.’ John Galsworthy

The first signs of spring provide us with beautiful backdrops to inspire out photography.  We will visit Chosen Hill woodland to capture the seasons’ bluebells as well as beautiful limestone villages such as Castle Combe and Painswick as they awaken in the first warming sunshine of the year.  Take a look through our spring schedule and come and enjoy a Cotswold Photo Walk.

Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Include the pretty Lower Slaughter bridges to create an iconic Cotswold image
  • Capture the timeless beauty of the famous Old Mill
  • Get your creative juices flowing shooting the reflections from the pretty River Eye
On this walk you will learn
  • Learn how to compose an iconic Cotswold village scene
  • Put in to practice leading lines and the Rule of Thirds
  • To come off Auto and experiment with depth of field
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Outside The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter, Postcode: GL54 2HS
  • Grid REF: SP 16506 22562
  • Parking: Limited on street parking opposite church. Various lanes nearby but get there early.
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), comfortable footwear
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and grass
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Create a dynamic Tower image incorporating the surrounding landscape
  • Use the trees creatively to frame your subject
  • Slow down the sky – using a tripod and a slow shutter speed, make the sky a feature in your Tower images
On this walk you will learn
  • To explore form to make images appear three dimensional – light, texture, angles, depth
  • How perspective can be introduced in to the creative process
  • to experiment with shutter speed, depth of field and ISO as part of the creative process
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside the Broadway Tower Café, Middle Hill, Broadway
  • Postcode: WR12 7LB
  • Grid REF: SP 11380 36211
  • Parking: Ample free parking in the Broadway Tower car park

Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful

Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), old clothes/walking boots/wellies

Terrain: Muddy footpaths. Grassy slopes

For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Look up, Look down – hone your camera skills on tall trees, skies, lake reflections, fallen leaves, fungi and of course the mansion
  • Bring on the colours – how many can you capture in one picture?
  • Autumn Abstract – get camera savvy with the detail, shape and texture of the micro landscape
On this walk you will learn
  • How ­­to keep your compositions simple with strong, leading lines to guide the eye
  • to use colour and texture to add impact to your pictures
  • to experiment with shutter speed, depth of field and ISO as part of the creative process
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside Woodchester Mansion, Woodchester Trust, Nympsfield, Gloucestershire
  • Postcode: GL10 3TS
  • Grid REF: SO 79528 01420
  • Parking: Ample parking in the National Trust Car Park (please allow 10 minutes to walk to the mansion)

Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge required

Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), old clothes/walking boots/wellies

Terrain: Hilly woodland. Muddy footpaths.

For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Experiment with aperture settings to add interest and help guide the eye
  • Shoot wide – create your own, unique panoramic visuals
  • Experiment when and when not to use the sky…
On this walk you will learn
  • To simplify the landscape and ‘fill the frame’
  • To create strong landscape compositions using leading lines and the rule of thirds
  • To take control of your exposure settings when combining the sky and the land
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Coaley Peak Viewpoint Car Park, GL11 5AU
  • Grid REF: SO 79443 01221
  • Parking: Coaley Peak Viewpoint Car Park
  • Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
  • Essentials: Camera, old clothes/walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Muddy footpaths. Grassy fields and some slopes
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Use snowdrops to create your own photo art
  • Get on the level – shoot close and low for the ‘wow’ shoots
  • Play with nature – add water in to the photographic mix
On this walk you will learn
  • to carefully select the perfect background for your pictures
  • to master the technical and visual challenges of snowdrop photography
  • how to stay focused – avoid blurry images!
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside Westonbirt Arboretum main visitor entrance
  • Postcode: GL8 8QS
  • Grid REF: ST 85313 89640
  • Parking: Westonbirt Arboretum Car Park
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials: Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), appropriate footwear
  • Terrain: Woodland, muddy footpaths

Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful

Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), old clothes/walking boots/wellies, rug/mat

For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Capture the essence of what is described as ‘the prettiest village in England’
  • Get down with the detail – medieval doors, the market square pump, the churchyard… Shoot high, shoot low – experiment with perspective
On this walk you will learn
  • To perfectly compose an iconic Cotswold village scene
  • To work ‘close up’/use macro camera settings
  • To shoot from different camera angles to add interest to your pictures
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: The Market Cross (next to The Castle Inn Hotel)
  • Postcode: SN14 7HN
  • Grid REF: ST 84199 77195
  • Parking: Dunns Lane Car Park, SN14 7HH (a 5 minute walk down to the village)
  • Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
  • Essentials:  Camera, comfortable footwear
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and grass
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Use the unique contours of the ships hulls to practice using leading lines
  • Work up close – the rust, the weather- beaten wood, the moss are all great subjects to test your macro photography skills
  • Use the unique textures and tones available at the Graveyard to create an interesting abstract
On this walk you will learn
  • When to apply a large or shallow depth of field to the creative process
  • How to improving your focussing technique with close up shots
  • To apply the rule of thirds (using the sky, horizon, land) to your composition
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Car Park opposite St John Church, Riddle Street, Purton
  • Postcode: GL13 9HS
  • Grid REF: SO 69216 04184
  • Parking: Car Park opposite St John Church
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), old clothes/walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Muddy footpaths and grass
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Look up, Look down – hone your camera skills on tall trees, skies, fallen leaves, fungi and of course the mansion
  • Bring on the colours – how many can you capture in one picture?
  • Autumn Abstract – get camera savvy with the detail, shape and texture of the micro landscape
On this walk you will learn
  • How ­­to keep your compositions simple with strong, leading lines to guide the eye
  • to use colour and texture to add impact to your pictures
  • to experiment with shutter speed, depth of field and ISO as part of the creative process
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside Westonbirt Arboretum main visitor entrance
  • Postcode: GL8 8QS
  • Grid REF: ST 85313 89640
  • Parking: Westonbirt Arboretum Car Park

Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful

Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), walking boots/wellies

Terrain: Muddy footpaths. Grass and woodland

For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Shoot the quintessential country landscape picture
  • Work with Water – get inspired with river reflections and waterfalls using a tripod, slow shutter speeds and your creative eye
  • Get to know your trees – improve your compositional techniques by using Pittville Park’s gorgeous trees to ‘frame’ your images
On this walk you will learn
  • How to work with slow shutter speeds to create silky smooth water
  • To compose impressive, large scale landscape images
  • When to apply the rule of thirds to your photography and when to break it!
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Pitville Park Car Park, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham
  • Postcode: GL52 3JE
  • Grid REF: SO 95464 23777
  • Parking: Pitville Park Car Park (150 Spaces)

Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful

Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), walking boots/wellies

Terrain: Flat footpaths and grass.

For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Play with light and movement – slowing down the shutter speed for creative effect
  • Making the ordinary interesting – exploring different ways of shooting the urban landscape
  • Shooting Bricks and Water – Victorian warehouses, water reflections
On this walk you will learn
  • How to get creative, sharp images in low light situations using a tripod
  • to capture abstract imagery using tone and texture
  • to get off Auto mode and take control of your creativity
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Main entrance, Southgate Moorings Car Park, Southgate Street
  • Postcode: GL1 2DB
  • Grid REF: SO 82888 18244
  • Parking: Southgate Moorings Car Park. Others Available
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), tripod, torch, comfortable footwear
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and cobbles
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Capture the shape & form of the famous churchyard yew trees
  • Compose interesting, close up detail images from around the village
  • Shoot the classic postcard picture!
On this walk you will learn
  • Composition fundamentals
  • Camera settings – Best Practice
  • To experiment with depth of field
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: Outside The Falcon Pub, New Street
  • Postcode: GL6 6UN
  • Grid REF: SO 86594 09690
  • Parking: Stamage’s Lane Car Park, GL6 6UU (62 Spaces). Various lanes nearby but get there early.
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), comfortable footwear
  • Terrain: Flat footpaths and grass
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Use texture and tone to create the perfect landscape picture
  • Use the rule of thirds with the sky and land – what works best?
  • Create an abstract using nature’s props – leaves, bark, stonework…
On this walk you will learn
  • To work with the available light to create the correct exposure
  • To use depth of field in the creative process
  • To simplify the scene when composing your images
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside The Woolpack Inn pub, Slad
  • Postcode: GL6 7QA
  • Grid REF: SO 87187 07305
  • Parking: Slad Road adjacent to the Woolpack Inn pub
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials:  Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), walking boots/wellies
  • Terrain: Muddy footpaths. Grassy slopes and woodland
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here
Photo Walk Creative Challenges
  • Use natural light to make your Bluebells ‘pop’
  • Incorporate wide apertures in the creative process to isolate your subject matter
  • allow leading lines to draw the eye in to the picture
On this walk you will learn
  • to get your exposures right in different lighting situations
  • a clever trick to reduce shadows using a simple sheet of paper…
  • how depth of field impacts on the creative process
Photo Walk Details
  • Meeting point: outside The New Inn, 84 Woodmancote, Dursley
  • Postcode: GL11 4AJ
  • Grid REF: ST 75965 97267
  • Parking: free parking adjacent to the pub
  • Skill Level: Basic photography knowledge useful
  • Essentials: Digital SLR or Bridge camera with Aperture/Shutter Speed/Manual controls (not point and shoot), appropriate footwear
  • Terrain: Woodland, muddy footpaths
For the dates of this photo walk and to book click here