Dorset's Jurassic Coast Workshops Report
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DORSET JURASSIC COAST WORKSHOPS REPORT

I started exploring and photographing Dorset’s amazing Jurassic Coast in 2016, and I have been so impressed that I returned every year, often many times a year. Featuring a unique mix of iconic, world-famous locations and virtually non-photographed, spectacular landscapes, Dorset is a photographer’s gold mine. We run our first Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop in 2017, going back for one or more Workshops every year since.

DESIGNING THE WORKSHOP | Designing our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop, I focussed on mixing iconic and lesser known locations, as well as on mixing seascapes and landscapes, both with and without man-made elements, to create a diverse portfolio covering different kinds of landscape shooting. In the Jurassic Coast, as I always do, I chose locations that are impressive, spectacular and unique, while offering various artistic and technical photographic challenges. I believe that helping you to face and solve together as many photographic problems as possible during our time with us will, in turn, help you to develop your vision both during and, most importantly, after the Workshop, when you are back working without a tutor.

THE LOCATIONS | Out of all our 20+ available locations, during our four Workshops on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast we photographed, among others and in no particular order: 2 different spots at Old Harry Rock, 2 different spots at Swanage, Stair Hole, 3 different spots at Durdle Door, Bat’s Head, multiple spots at Kimmeridge Bay, 3 different spots at Seacombe Bay, Dancing Ledges, 3 different spots at Portland Bill, Corfie Castle, 2 different spots at Knowlton Church and Sturminster Mill.

Every time we go to Dorset for our Workshops there, we try and add some extra days to our schedule to keep exploring Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, so that we can keep adding new spectacular locations to our list. Having as many extra locations as possible gives me maximum flexibility in my choice of locations for any given Workshop day, plus it allows Alumni wanting to come back for a second tour with us to know that they’ll be able to see different locations as well, besides taking another shot at the locations they loved on their first trip.

IN THE FIELD | During our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshops, our trademark limited attendance of maximum three people allowed me to dedicate every participant plenty of personal time in the field. In particular, while we do offer group Workshop in Dorset, all our Jurassic Coast Workshops so far have effectively been Workshops One-on-One, allowing me to dedicate participants my undivided attention in the field. Before each session, as I do during all my Workshops, I briefed the group with the location’s challenges, offering my advice on how to best solve them. I then followed participants during their work, quietly offering my suggestions to each of them, both respecting their individual approach to landscape photography and without imposing my views. 

Besides answering any questions they might have had, when I thought it might have helped I shared my ideas and my own approach to the locations with them, sometimes showing them images on my camera’s LCD screen. When the occasion arose, during the four Workshops I led in Dorset’s Jurassic Coast we enjoyed revisiting some of the locations as well, something I always find very useful.

IMAGE REVIEW & POST-PROCESSING | In Dorset, thanks to our limited attendance and to staying in the same hotel during the whole Workshop, we had the opportunity to do in-depth image review and post-processing sessions at leisure. These sessions allowed participants to go home with a clear idea about which images were stronger than others, and with post-processing pointers helping them to make the most out of their photographs. As well, thanks to our image review sessions our participants had the opportunity to try out in the field the new ideas gathered during these sessions, either in new locations or revisiting old ones, applying novel solutions to whatever problems they might have faced the first time there.

NO CROWDS | As customary for all our Workshops, during four Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshops we never had to work in locations crowded by other photographers. In fact, in all these years we never met another group, and only a couple of times we saw any other photographers at all, never having any problems sharing locations with them. Not having to deal with crowds definitely made a great experience even better!

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AFTER THE WORKSHOP | Our Workshops never end on the last day! As we always do, once every Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop ended, we kept working on post-processing and image selection with those participants interested in that, either on our private Facebook groups or via the email.

Let’s see now how our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshops went, starting from the most recent one and going back to 2017!

DORSET JURASSIC COAST 2019 WORKSHOP REPORT

At the end of March 2019, we returned to the Jurassic Coast for our fourth Workshop there, this time a 6-day Workshop One-on-One with a returning Alumnus. After working together in Asturias & Northern Spain last October, this time he decided to focus on Dorset’s amazing Jurassic Coast.

Dorset's Jurassic Coast 2019

Doing a Workshop One-on-One with a returning participant allowed me to fully customize the Workshop on my Alumnus’ level and requirements, giving him my undivided attention and choosing the best locations both for great photography and to continue along our educational path together. During these 6 days, we worked on a mix of the Jurassic Coast’s most spectacular grand vistas and on taking a more photographically intimate approach to composition in inspiring places such as Kimmeridge Bay or Seacombe Bay. As well, during this Workshop we revisited Kimmeridge Bay, to work on it with different tides, and Durdle Door, to photograph it from a very different vantage point. Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, in Dorset we could dedicate a lot of time to image review and post-processing, something our participant was very interested in doing.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. During our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop One-on-One, first and foremost I really enjoyed seeing an old Alumnus again after just a few months. We had a great time working in and out of the field and enjoyed our conversations about photography, business and technology for a very pleasant Workshop!

THE PARTICIPANT’S IMAGES AND COMMENTS | The participant in our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop One-on-One kindly sent me a few images to share here with you, together with his testimonial about the Workshop. Enjoy the work he did in Dorset and see what he had to say about our Workshop together!

RAIMONDO RESTELLI

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After a first workshop with Vieri in Asturias last year I decided for another adventure, this one on the Dorset coast, in England.

Even if the weather had not been a good ally - very few clouds and a lot of blue skies - we always prodded along and worked with what Mother Nature presented us; it was a challenge but at the end we managed to get some good pictures even in the worst conditions, experimenting a lot with different POV and compositions, sometimes playing with geometries, details and soft, pastel colors.

The organization has been impeccable, good lodging, interesting locations and Vieri always available for a suggestion or exchange of ideas when required, but never interfering or looming.

The next appointment will be shortly, with his forthcoming Dolomites workshop in October.

DORSET JURASSIC COAST NOVEMBER 2018 WORKSHOP REPORT

In November 2018, I returned to the Jurassic Coast for our third Workshop there, this time a 3-day Workshop One-on-One.

Dorset's Jurassic Coast 2018

The participant in our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop One-on-One was an enthusiast and experienced amateur, just starting his journey with landscape photography. A Workshop One-on-One is the best environment to do so, allowing me to give my undivided attention to a participant when he needs it the most, at the beginning of his new passion. In particular, in Dorset we worked on specific landscape photography techniques, I introduced him to the use of square filters and on working on compositions while on a tripod, exploring new photographic territories for him. Sharing the same camera, the Leica SL, allowed me to help him setting his camera in the best way for landscape photography, and to share with him my tips and tricks to make the most of his equipment in the field. For a landscape photography lover like me, it was extremely rewarding to see his enthusiasm, and to see how he truly enjoyed landscape photography!

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for me. During our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop One-on-One, we had a great time working both in and out of the field and enjoyed long conversations about photography, art and about equipment, something he is truly passionate about, reinforced by our mutual love for Leica gear!

THE PARTICIPANT’S IMAGES AND COMMENTS | The participant in our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop One-on-One kindly sent me a few images to share here with you, together with his testimonial about the Workshop. Enjoy the work he did in Dorset and see what he had to say about our Workshop together!

FEDERICO FREGNI

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Over three wonderful days in Dorset, Vieri gave me an invaluable insight into his approach to landscape photography: from planning shoots, to executing and processing files all the way to his view on aesthetics and technical guidance. The workshop was intense and inspiring, yet fun and practical. Will be back for more!

DORSET JURASSIC COAST FEBRUARY 2018 WORKSHOP REPORT

In late February 2018, we returned to Dorset’s inspiring Jurassic Coast for our second Workshop there. In spring 2018, the UK have been hit by the so-called “Beast from the East”, a heavy storm that disrupted air traffic over northern Europe forcing one of our participants in this Workshop to cancel and effectively turning it into a 6-day Workshop One-on-One.

Dorset's Jurassic Coast 2018

Doing a Workshop One-on-One allowed me to fully customize the Workshop on my Alumni’s level and requirements. Despite the inclement weather, we managed to work almost every day as normal, exploring the use of filters and working on simplifying composition. Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, in Dorset we could dedicate a lot of time to image review and post-processing, something our participant was very interested in doing. During this Workshop we revisited Kimmeridge Bay, a very inspiring location. Regardless of the challenges posed by the weather, we really enjoyed working together with such an enthusiastic participant, both in the field and during our long computer sessions!

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for us. During our Dorset Jurassic Coast 2018 Workshop we truly enjoyed our lunches and dinner, talking about photography, music, art, food, wines and life, for a great Workshop!

THE PARTICIPANT’S IMAGES AND COMMENTS | The participant in our Dorset Jurassic Coast 2018 Workshop kindly sent me a few images to share here with you, together with his testimonial about the Workshop. Enjoy the work he did in Dorset and see what he had to say about our Workshop together!

ALEXANDER VAN HULSENBEEK

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This Workshop I enjoyed immensely. Though I had already been dabbling with filters for some years, there were many eye-opening moments with new learning. This, combined with stellar locations, gave me the photo-week of the year! Vieri and Zeynep went out of their way to master the inclement weather in England’s coldest week of many years and find awesome locations. In fact, I really enjoyed being almost blown away, or freezing my fingers off; just looked around and was enthralled. Dorset is an amazing place and Vieri’s expert and compassionate advice on how to achieve the best exposure from the fading light at sunset or the emerging sunrise provided for end results I just love! And I won’t forget their great evening-dinner company when we not only talked about photography but also about music, travel and good wines!

DORSET JURASSIC COAST OCTOBER 2017 WORKSHOP REPORT

In October 2017, I had the great pleasure to lead our first Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop, this time a Workshop One-on-One lasting 5 days.

The participant in our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop One-on-One was an advanced amateur, trying his hand with landscape photography for the first time. A Workshop One-on-One is the best environment to do so, allowing me to give my undivided attention to a participant when he needs it the most, at the beginning of his journey with landscape photography. In Dorset I introduced him to the use of filters and on working on compositions while on a tripod, exploring new photographic territories for him. Sharing the same camera, the Leica SL, allowed me to help him find the best settings for his camera and to share with him my tips and tricks to make the most of his equipment in the field. Thanks to staying in just one hotel for the whole Workshop, in Dorset we could dedicate a lot of time to image review and post-processing, something our participant was very much looking forward to. During this Workshop, we revisited Corfie Castle, where we didn’t have a great sky the first time over, getting a truly beautiful sunrise on our second attempt.

Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, always very important for me. During our Dorset Jurassic Coast 2017 Workshop One-on-One I really enjoyed working with a very enthusiastic participant and a perfect gentleman. I had a great time both working in the field and during our image review & post-processing sessions, and I truly enjoyed our lunches and dinner, talking about photography, lifestyle and even about Italian politics (!), for a great Workshop!

THE PARTICIPANT’S IMAGES AND COMMENTS | The participant in our Dorset Jurassic Coast Workshop One-on-One kindly sent me his testimonial about the Workshop. See what he had to say about our Workshop together!

SERGIO SCAIOLA

After participating in a Workshop One-on-One in Dorset last October I am taking this chance to write a couple of lines to recommend to all Landscape Photography lovers the wonderful experience I had with Vieri Bottazzini.

Vieri is a true professional and a wonderful person as well as being very prepared. I was impressed by the organization in general and by the choice of locations in particular, selected according to the light and weather conditions. Our hotel accommodation was top in the area, and all locations visited were extremely fascinating. Vieri gave me the best advices about every frame, about my equipment and about every single photo optimizing my time in the field: a true professional but at the same time a very friendly and easy-going person. Our Workshop One-on-One run perfectly smoothly: meeting between half hour and one hour before sunrise for our photographic session, then back to the hotel for breakfast and for a morning of post-processing to extract the best from my photos; then photographic session at sunset and dinner back at the hotel. I highly recommend this experience, a Workshop One-on-One truly unique and definitely to try.

Thank you once more for everything,

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