The Yorkshire Dales Drone Photography Tour
Get to Lancaster on the M6, and instead of going straight on towards the Lake District and Scotland, turn right. Soon, you are in the Yorkshire Dales. The landscape is breathtaking. Every bit as beautiful as the Lakes or Highlands. But also different. The roads are quiet, and the opportunities to capture fabulous drone photographs and video are abundant.
Even more so if you have Paul Barker, noted photographer, videographer, drone pilot, and Yorkshire Dales local by your side. Paul is a professional cameraman for Sky News and video journalist for one of the world’s largest news wire services, before which he was a professional newspaper photographer for 20 years. He is also founder and principal teacher at the Yorkshire Dales Photography School, so this course is ideal for anyone also wishing to improve their terrestrial, as well as their aerial photography and video skills.
The books of country vet James Herriot introduced the charm of the Yorkshire Dales to millions of people around the world, and the subsequent films and TV shows made clear how beautiful the area is. Many people have seen this stunning landscape from the ground. Fly&Film Tours four-day Drone Photography Masterclass is the best way to experience photographing and filming iconic Dales locations from the air.
At a Glance
As much as possible the week will be centred around getting out flying with instruction being given in the field, but the weather can take a hand, so locations and timings are subject to change.
- Day 1
Arrival and introductions followed by a briefing sessions about what can be expected from the week. We will then have a short tutorial session about the basics of the technical and artistic things that will help with better imaging, and flying techniques for safe, successful flying. Following this we will walk 10 minutes to the first flying location in the fields near Askrigg where there is plenty of opportunity for filming and photography of Wensleydale, the village of Askrigg, as well as practice of flying and filming techniques. Then it’s back to digs to freshen up before meeting for dinner at the Kings Arms in Askrigg which was the ‘Drovers Arms’ in the TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’.
- Day 2
After breakfast we meet for a briefing about the days’ locations, the potential shots that can be achieved and potential things to watch for, before driving 30 minutes to the Ribblehead Viaduct which is one of the most iconic sights in the Dales. After lunch at the Station Inn, we drive a little further down the valley and walk a short distance along the path to Inglebrough where we will fly over some over the largest limestone pavements in the Dales. From here we can also fly over Chapel le Dale and get spectacular views of Inglebrough. Depending on time it may be possible to go a little further to Twistleton Scar where there is opportunity to film rock climbers. This is more advanced flying at close quarters to a rock face and if clients are not confident about doing this there are still great views that can be filmed. Then back to Askrigg for dinner and the opportunity to discuss the highlights of the day.
- Day 3
We start with a briefing about the day’s locations and potential shots before setting off for a 15 minute drive and short walk to Lady Hill, a small plantation on top of a drumlin hill in Wensleydale. We then drive over to Swaledale and a 20 minute walk up to Old Gang Smelting Mill. Swaledale was a huge lead mining area, and Old Gang was one of the largest smelting mills in the UK. Though ruined much of it is still intact and it is a great flying site. After lunch at a suitable hostelry we had back in to the heart of Swaledale which is famous for its ‘barns and walls’ scenery where we can capture images near Gunnerside and the Buttertubs Pass.
- Day 4
After an early breakfast we set off to Semmerwater. The largest natural lake in Yorkshire, and only 20 minutes way from Askrigg, where we get the opportunity to fly over open water and capture images of the delightful valley of Raydale. We then head back to Askrigg for a debrief of the week and a look at images and video taken during the week, discuss what worked and what didn’t. After lunch people are free to head off, but for those who haven’t had enough there is another session in the fields near Askrigg to cover any more flying and filming techniques that clients would like to practice. We will wrap up at 3pm.
Images of The Yorkshire Dales
Staying at a B&B in Askrigg for 3 nights, 29th May – 1st June 2020.
- Single occupancy
- Bed & Breakfast
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