Corfe Castle – Dawn to Dusk – revised date

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  • 29th October 2017
    6:20 am - 7:00 pm

A long day’s practical shooting starting with dawn over Corfe Castle, and finishing either with a sunset shot at Kimmeridge, or up at Swyre Head at Entcome, looking out over Kimmeridge to Portland on the horizon. A chance to try your hand at those classic Purbeck landscape shots, weather and light permitting.  In between, two or three other locations where we explore ideas around composition, pre-visualisation, creativity, using spot metering to understand contrast, the Zone system of pre visualising exposure, finding images in the landscape….  We will spend some time looking at images as we go, on laptop where the location allows.

And of course time to rest, have breakfast, lunch and supper that you either bring along or find in some local cafe or pub – It is a long day.  Snacks, water, flasks, etc – and all the clothing you can imagine you might need on the coast from pre- to post-dawn, and some stout shoes or boots for the short climb up that hill, and others.  Assume damp even if it isn’t raining, so something to sit on, something to wipe away condensation and like would be handy.

Dawn is around 6.55, so we need to be parked and starting out up the hill by 6.30 at the latest – I would aim for 6.20 if you aren’t sure where you are going.  A small torch might help you set up your kit in the dark.  Dusk is around 16.45, but the best light can be just after – I would expect to be back at the car by around 6.30 – 7pm.  You will need transport, but I’m hoping you can perhaps share that once you have got to Corfe.  Kimmerdige might still be collecting their £5 toll on the way in, otherwise all parking should be free.

This is suitable for any level of skills or equipment, but the more you have, the more we do.  A tripod is pretty much a requirement for the beginning and end of the day ( I may be able to help if you don’t have one), otherwise this would be the place to get to grips with ND Grads and  polarising filters.  If the light suits and we end up at Kimmeridge, ND filters will allow those really long exposures.  I have some to loan but not enough to go round.

We are obviously weather dependent, but day will go ahead unless there is a forecast for solid rain – we may miss the colours, but can still do good work and learn techniques – or even shoot in black and white. If we do have to postpone i will notify you my mobile the night before.  Do get in touch with questions!

NB – The day needs some walking on tracks or grass: the hill behind the castle is fairly steep and takes a good ten minutes with a bag of kit; Swyre Head is a 20 minute walk up a gentle slope, Kimmeridge involves walking over a rocky coastline and back in the dark, so do check with me if you have any concersn about access.

Don’t forget the clocks change!


Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5DR, United Kingdom


Doesn’t need much explanation, does it…  A number of places to park, depending on what we plan to do.  For the Dawn to Dusk shoots we usually need to be on the hill to the west of the Castle, so parking as close to that side as possible makes sense, but the National Trust Visitor Centre car park only adds a couple of minutes…

If the weather and light are good, you may find we are not the only photographers about and you might end up having to hunt around. We probably finish on the hill before the local cafes open up, but I can probably sort out a coffee or tea at the Boilerhouse Gallery.

If you really don’t know Corfe Castle, this link will help…  There is some parking just after the turning opposite signposted Kimmeridge and Ranges, and a little more on road parking on the road towards the Boilerhouse Gallery (second left after the Visitor Centre).