Explore the United Kingdom’s outstanding natural beauty together with Hasselblad Master Lars van de Goor.
Join us for a journey through the magical, ancient landscape of Devon, Wiltshire and Hampshire to discover their finest forests, ablaze with vibrant autumn colors as the leaves are turning red and gold. Discover southern England’s deep wooded valleys and mystical forests to photograph mighty oaks and lofty beeches. Capture its rivers, shrouded in early morning mist, and the dew drenched spiderwebs glistering in the early morning light.
It truly is a place that teases and tantalizes the imagination of every landscape photographer and tree-lover.
“If you are a tree and rural landscape lover, then you will enjoy every spot that we will go. Forest photography is quite a different discipline, so you will learn how to deal with that. At the end of the workshop, you will be loaded with information which will keep you going for a while. I will get to know you better during those days and will help you to find your own style, if that’s what you want of course. It’s also a good occasion to bend the rules and see what your limits are and how to challenge yourself a bit, if you’re up to it of course.” – Lars van de Goor
–Winner Hasselblad Masters Award category Landscape/Nature 2016 –
-First prize in the ‘Season & Weather’ 2016 Trierenberg Super Circuit
–Gold Medal 2016 in the ‘Streets and Paths’ categories of the prestigious Trierenberg Super Circuit
Pick-up at Gatwick Airport and drive by private bus to New Forest, Burley.
In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner where you will meet your fellow travelers and workshop leader Lars van de Goor.
After dinner, Lars will brief you about the upcoming workshop.
The cute little town of Burley is surrounded by the best parts of the New Forest when it comes to old characteristic trees. We are practically staying on the edge of the forest, so we have a full day of shooting. You will have the experience of walking in a fairytale forest and expect elves and gnomes hiding behind every tree.
In the evening, Lars will hold a lecture and you will learn to transform your photos into even more magical ones.
After breakfast, we will return to the New Forest and since you now have a little more experience about the ins and outs of forest photography, you will start to get better compositions.
Since this forest is packed with good opportunities, it will not be difficult to be satisfied when we continue our journey and head for one of the most magical forests in the UK, Wistman’s Wood where we will arrive just before dinner.
After dinner, there will be a photo review and Lars will help you edit your pictures.
Wistman’s Wood is one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, UK. Wistman’s Wood has been mentioned in writing for hundreds of years. It is likely to be a left-over from the ancient forest that covered much of Dartmoor c. 7000 BC.
It’s a 40 minute walk from the very idyllic hotel, the Two Bridges hotel, situated in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, perched on the banks of the beautiful West Dart River, with jaw-dropping countryside and bracing walks in every direction. The wood has been the inspiration for numerous artists, poets and will be an inspiration for us photographers as well.
We will be strolling this relatively small, but very interesting, forest all morning. In case there is now wind, Lars will bring a smoke machine which we can use to enhance the atmosphere in our pictures. Of course when it will be a foggy day, we won’t need it.
For lunch we walk back to the hotel and can decide whether we will return to Wistman’s Wood or drive to one of many other interesting spots located around Dartmoor.
After dinner, editing session and photo reviews.
In the morning, we will take a vote and see if we want to spend another morning inside Wistman’s Wood or if we want to visit several other interesting spots on the Moor, panoramic views, tree tunnels, scenic hills, cute medieval towns – enough to fill your memory cards.
After dinner, editing session and review of your images by Lars.
We will leave early in the morning as it is a 3± hour drive to Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire. From the hotel it will only be a short distance to the wood. Lars has scouted this forest and knows where we can find the most spectacular trees.
The forest will be in full fall colors which makes a great background for the very imposing trees we will encounter.
We will also be visiting several picturesque old villages like Chippenham and Castle Combe in the countryside.
After dinner, editing session and review of your images by Lars.
With your newly gained knowledge of how to take woodland pictures, you will want to bring that back to the forest so we will return to Savernake one last time.
How we spend the afternoon will depend on how much energy everybody got left after this intense week. Some will want to go back to the forest, others will stay in the hotel and learn a bit more about photo processing. We will make sure there is something for everybody.
In the evening, we will have our farewell dinner.
Transfer to Gatwick Airport by private bus for your flight back home.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: Bus is included
Exertion level: Moderate
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ 4,450 in shared double room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
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As the UK’s second busiest airport, there are many international flights to Gatwick Airport, operates by airlines like British Airways, Emirates, Austrian or Swiss. The airport is located 47 km from central London and is easily reachable by train within merely 30 minutes.
You must have a valid passport before the start of your journey to the United Kingdom. Visitors from outside EU may need a visa, please check with the local embassy and read more at https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
The region has a milder climate than most areas of the British Isles, being in the far south with the climate stabilising effect of the sea, but protected against the more extreme weather of the Atlantic coast. However, fog, mist, and dampness are your too-frequent companions. As the British weather is unpredictable, be prepared to layer your clothing any time of year.
In South East England, the average temperature in November ranges from 5°C to 11°C.
The monetary unit is British Pound (GBP)
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All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1,000 is required at the time of booking. The invoice for the balance of payment will be issued 180 days prior to departure, where after final payment is due. For reservations made within 180 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate on a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop. The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
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All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter or email is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 180 days before departure, however until 24 hours after making the deposit payment it will be refunded in cash, afterwards a voucher will be issued. The voucher is valid for a booking with Better Moments for up to 1 year from the issue date, and cannot be exchanged for cash. Cancellation charges less than 180 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 179 – 150 days before departure 50%, and 149 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. For this, we closely follow and respect worldwide travel warnings issued by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect
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