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North Somerset high tides

Event info

This workshop has been specially planned to coincide with a particularly high tide on 14th March (10.19 AM) where the wonderful wooden lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea will be surrounded by water. This lighthouse is at it’s best in these conditions where we can experiment with different shutter speeds and try some long exposure photography using 10 stop filters.  Workshop leader Colin Jarvis will have spare filters for participants who don't have their own.

After we finish at the lighthouse we will travel the short distance to Weston-Super-Mare to photograph the marine lake where the post-lined walkway, surrounded by the sea can create very surreal minimalist style images. We will then walk to Birnbeck Pier which is a short distance away to photograph this very evocative symbol of faded Victoriana.

For sunset we will drive to Clevedon Pier to photograph this lovely structure with glorious evening light (hopefully).

We will stop for lunch at a local cafe.

Please bring / wear:

  • Loose change for car parks and public toilets
  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • Shutter release cable (if you have one)
  • Tripod
  • 6- and 10-stop neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Graduated neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the weather, location and time of year
  • Walking boots or
  • Wellies (ideal)
  • Grippers / microspikes for wellies (steps at the marine lake can be very slippery)

The terrain will mainly be paved or sandy beach.  There are no steep gradients but steps will be encountered during the day.  Some areas are likely to be slippery.

There are toilets available on the seafront and in nearby cafes.

This is a group C event for up to 6 people.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

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.


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