The Welsh mountain ponies are a strong breed that dates back to a least the Celtics. During the Tudor times around 1509 King Henry VIII ordered the ponies to be destroyed because they could not carry a knight in full armor, thankfully they did not succeed, However the Romans admired the ponies for their strength and ability and even shipped some of them back to Rome to carry out specific tasks in their homeland. In more recent times they were used to pull carts in the coal mines, now the mines are closed and there is no longer work for them, so they are now free to roam the Carneddau hillsides.
The Carneddau mountains include the largest contiguous areas of high ground (over 2,500 or 3,000 feet (910 m) high) in Wales and England, as well as six or seven of the highest peaks in the country—the Fifteen Peaks. The range also encloses a number of lakes such as Lyn Cowlyd and Lyn Eigiau, and the Aber waterfalls. It is surrounded by the Irish Sea to the north, the Conwy Valley to the east. This rugged but beautiful landscape will provide us with some great opportunities for landscape photography as well as the resident wildlife.
The Carneddau pony one-day photography workshops will run all year round. There is no ideal time of the year to photograph the ponies it is all down to your own personal preference. There is always something to photograph throughout the seasons.
We will start the day before sunrise and shoot straight through from dawn to dusk. I will be on hand to offer any camera advice you need throughout the day. This will range from camera settings, techniques & field-craft. A packed lunch will be provided along with your own warm flask of tea or coffee.
£130 per participant for a 1-2-1 workshop (£30 deposit).
£100 per participant for 2 or more individuals (£50 deposit per person).
The workshop will be undertaken in the Carneddau mountains, which is uphill, uneven terrain. The ponies may be found at higher elevations a reasonable level of fitness is required. A good pair of walking (waterproof) hiking boots are essential
Option 1 - At the end of the first day photography we can stay in a nearby hotel, that will give us a chance to freshen up and have a nice evening meal, following this we can review the images from the day.
Option 2 - For the more adventurous types we can camp under the stars in the Carneddau mountains. I will provide a sleeping bag & tent, if you have your own and would rather bring it along please feel free.
During the workshop, you will need to provide your own equipment. A 500m lens would be great but is not essential as the ponies can be quite approachable if we are patient. Lenses from 70-200mm to a 300mm would be ideal. The Welsh hillsides are packed with beautiful photographic opportunities so if you have a wide angle lens please bring that too. Bringing a tripod is up to you depending on your shooting style. Personally, I do not bring my tripod as it can be quite cumbersome when trying to maneuver around the hillsides.
Weather can be very volatile up in the mountains so come prepared for all conditions. We will be out for the day with no cover from the elements, so please bring a waterproof cover for your camera and lens.
1-4 People Maximum
- Full photographic tuition and support
- Transport between locations if required
- Packed lunch & flask of tea or coffee
- Transport to meeting location
- Sundry items or alcoholic drinks
- Personal travel insurance