Creative landscapes at Dunham Massey

12 April 2018

10:30 - 17:00

Dunham Massey Hall, Cheshire
Woodhouse Lane
United Kingdom
WA14 4SJ

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Non RPS Member£21.00 
Group Member£0.00 
RPS Member£17.00 
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Images (c) Mark Reeves LRPS


This workshop / field trip will be led by landscape group member Mark Reeves who specialises in in-camera creative approaches to landscape photography. His techniques include intentional camera movement, double exposures, bokeh, use of diffusers and others.


This event will be somewhere between categories B and C (see downloadable “Information pack”).



The day will begin with a presentation and discussion of various creative techniques. This will take place indoors in a hired meeting room. Most of the day will then be spent photographing in the grounds and gardens of Dunham Massey Hall. At the end of the afternoon participants will meet again to review their images and share and discuss their results.


Participants should be aware that the results from using these in-camera techniques can be unpredictable and that some techniques are more suited to particular lighting conditions. So please come with an open mind and a willingness to experiment!


Dunham Massey Hall is a National Trust property set within a deer park and featuring a botanical garden which together offer many opportunities to the creative photographer. NB the hall itself is closed on Thursdays which means that there are generally fewer visitors to the garden and park.


The day will start at 10:30 but participants who are interested in photographing deer can arrive any time after 08:00 when the park opens. Between 08:00 and 10:00 (when most visitors to the park begin to arrive) deer can usually be spotted and often photographed at close quarters. Once visitors begin to arrive the deer usually retreat into their protected sanctuary areas away from the public.

Practical matters

  • Entrance to the deer park is free. Parking and entrance to the gardens are free to National Trust members. To non-members, there are charges of £7 and £10 respectively.
  • Some parts of the park can be very muddy so walking boots (or wellies if there has been a lot of rain) are recommended.
  • Most of the paths around the park and the gardens are suitable for wheelchair users and there is a lift to the workshop room.
  • Packed lunches may be brought or lunch can be taken in the on-site café or restaurant.


Things to bring:

  • Packed lunch (optional)

  • Walking boots / wellies

  • Camera with manual exposure settings, ideally one that enables double exposures

  • Laptop (for editing and review)

  • Neutral density filters if you have them

  • Range of lenses if you have them

Participants who only have a fully automatic camera are unlikely to get the full benefit of this event.


Approximate programme:

10:15 - 10:30 Arrivals.  Participants should meet just OUTSIDE the reception / ticket office building. If it is raining please go inside but please try not to cause an obstruction by standing in a large group.

10:30 – 10:45 introductions, teas / coffees (provided)

10:45 – 11:30 presentation and discussion of techniques (indoors)

11:30 – 13:00 photographing in the gardens and / or deer park

13:00 – 14:00 lunch / discussions / questions

14:00 – 15:30 more photographing

15:30 – 17:00 editing / reviewing / sharing / discussing results (indoors).



Mark Reeves
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Region: North WestGroup(s): Landscape