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Hartland Peninsula 1

Hartland Peninsula 1

From GBP 110.00



Oct 09 2024 09:00 - 18:30
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This workshop is led by Robert Harvey and will have a maximum of 6 participants.

The Hartland Peninsula of North Devon has some of the most striking rock formations to be seen anywhere in England. Despite this it is relatively little known and much less frequently photographed than some other parts of the coast. At Hartland layers of sandstone and shales deposited in the Carboniferous period have been folded and faulted into extraordinary shapes, with their twisted strata clearly visible in the cliffs and beaches. This occurred around 300 million years ago during a huge mountain-building event called the Variscan Orogeny as continental plates collided. Contorted strata tipped nearly vertical have created remarkable rock ridges and a double natural arch which make unusual and interesting photographs.

This day workshop will explore three outstanding and contrasting locations (within a radius of 8 miles) at the ideal states of tide to produce exceptional images. We will use neutral density filters and a variety of shutter speeds to show moving water in atmospheric ways and capture rock pool reflections at low tide. 

The strong leading lines and textures of the rocks make both colour and monochrome photography productive in a variety of weather conditions.
The date and times have been carefully selected to work around tides and sunset. 

All three shooting locations are on rocky beaches and you will traverse up to 50 metres of uneven terrain to reach each of them. Two are located adjacent to car parks whilst the third involves a walk of slightly more than one mile in each direction on a well-graded track. All locations are intertidal and for best results you will be shooting at the water’s edge (on a falling tide).

The beaches are not wheelchair accessible so this field trip is not suitable for wheelchair users.

The workshop will commence with an introductory presentation in the lounge of Hartland Quay Hotel describing the geology and photographic opportunities you will encounter during the day, including tips for getting the best results and for working at the water’s edge.

Bring a packed lunch.


DSLR camera or equivalent plus a range of lenses from wide angle (e.g. 16-35mm on a full-frame camera) through standard zoom to short/medium telephoto (e.g. 70-300mm on a full-frame camera). Sturdy tripod. Neutral density filters (not graduated) – ideally 4 stop, 6 stop and 10 stop – are essential to explore the effects of different shutter speeds on water. Polarising filter. Lens hood and rain sleeve in case of wet weather. Sturdy tripod.

Clothing: Hiking boots for rocks and wellington boots (or waders) for photography at the water’s edge.

Meeting Point: Hartland Quay Hotel, Hartland, Bideford, EX39 6DU

The initial meeting point is easy to find. One of the shooting locations involves driving a couple of miles on a narrow unpaved track to reach a beach car park (directions will be given to participants).

Finish at Brownsham Car Park.

Toilets: at Hartland Quay.


Two of the car parks are free. The car park at Hartland Quay Hotel is chargeable if you are not staying at the hotel. 

Terms for all Participants in RPS Landscape Group Events:

Carbon offsets

Tickets for events that involve travelling include a £2 carbon offset charge that will be paid to a carefully researched and selected offsetting partner.

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Most of our events have the meeting time and place specified on the relevant event page on the RPS website (this is a link to the Landscape Group events calendar). In some cases, however, the event leader may email you shortly before the event with more detailed instructions. Please keep an eye on your incoming emails prior to an event but if you do not receive any specific instructions, then you should meet at the time and place advertised on the website.

Cancellation by You:

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If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us:

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


You are responsible for your own health and safety and must appraise your own strength, fitness and mobility. The event leader is NOT responsible for your safety, welfare or attendant medical conditions. Strictly the event leader is there to introduce you to a location and/or to teach you particular skills.

Liability for any accident, injury, medical condition, loss or damage to property, inappropriate behavior, dress, equipment and third party liability is accepted by you when signing up for the event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Royal Photographic Society from all claims of whatsoever nature.


You are advised to consider having insurance to cover: event cancellation by you or by us, accident, medical, personal equipment and public liability.

In particular you should also consider, in the case of high cost events, the likelihood and consequences of you having to cancel or not attend at the last minute because of accident, medical or other unforeseeable circumstances.

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If you do not want your details to be shared with the event leader please cancel your booking immediately. You will not be eligible for a refund as this information was provided on the web page where you made your booking.

Thank you,

RPS Landscape Group Committee


Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.


Hartland Quay Hotel, Hartland Quay Hotel, Hartland, EX39 6DU Bideford


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