On Friday 24th June I met with Gavin, Mike and Gregory at their lovely B&B Bure Lodge in Christchurch to begin their landscape photography weekend workshop. All three chaps were keen to improve their composition and understand more about the use of filters to create effects like slowing down water, cloud movement and balancing exposures.
Being only 3 days after the summer solstice, we were up bright and early and on location at 4.20am to shoot dawn focussing on our composition after a great breakfast we headed out to nearby Christchurch to learn more about using filters to slow down water and then headed out into the New Forest for a lovely calm sunset shoot with everyone getting great images with some lovely water effects. Rising on Sunday we were greeted with a fantastic foggy dawn giving us a really ethereal feel to the images we were taking and having mastered their composition and the use of filters. After breakfast we ran through some editing techniques on how to make our images pop and out to deepest darkest Dorset for a great daytime shoot finishing off back where we began with a sunset shoot near Christchurch, Dorset.
We had a fantastic weekend with lots of banter and some great images and already I’ve had some great comments from Mike:
“I just thought I would write a quick email to let you know how much I enjoyed the weekend. I learned so much, and you have given me the confidence to use my camera in manual and look at things in a different way – I can’t stop looking for shapes and framing everything now! Thanks again for letting me borrow your tripod and filters, I now realise I need to do a bit of shopping.
I am so pleased with the photos from Saturday night, slowing down the water down was exactly what I wanted to learn how to do, and you showed me how to do it, yippy!
I would just like to thank you for your time, patience, skill and above all your friendship. You made the course fun”
And from Gavin:
“I just wanted to send you a big thank you for the photography workshop this weekend. Not only did I have a great time (sleep deprivation serves to make the days last longer; which is great at my age) but I learned loads. It is absolutely true to say that after just a couple of days I see things in a very different way and see opportunities for great photography where previously I would have ignored. It’s re-ignited my appetite to take great pictures
You’re a great coach and I look forward to teaming up with you again, hopefully in a workshop later in the year. I can’t wait to have a proper look at my pictures but alas won’t be until the weekend”
Here are a couple of images of the chaps hard at work
…Sleeping on the job – it wasn’t THAT early a start??!!
And the misty mysterious Dawn on Sunday