I don’t think there is much better light to shoot in than an autumn afternoon. Ideally in Yorkshire but obviously, I am biased.
The quality of light can be fantastic for a number hours and with a little wind pushing clouds across the sky, the landscape is painted and repainted in golden hues.
I was lucky to get out for a couple of hours last weekend to capture some of those moments.
I am guilty of falling in to the trap of using my wide lens almost exclusively for landscape and most garden work. The long lens doesn’t get many outings but I decided to challenge myself a bit more and try to use it to capture the landscape instead of wildlife.
I am happy with the results. It allows for compositions that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to make by compressing the distance between features of the landscape and pulling all those far away details today.
It is always good to challenge yourself to work in a different way.
We had a lovely afternoon out at Scampston and whilst we didn’t quite get the perfect light that we all hope for, we did get a few fleeting glimpses along the way.
I set out with David and Geoff and we really explored the garden, the palladian bridge and the parkland.
I think the most important advice that came from the day was how to keep working a location until you feel you have got the best shot you can. We spent quite a bit of time in each place, which gave us the opportunity to explore all of it’s photographic possibilities.
I don’t think you can every quite get a perfect photograph. It is so subjective and, as photographers, we are always hoping to do better and always wish for better light, better weather or some other improvement. Instead, I think you can strive for the best image at that moment in whatever conditions you have. That requires a lot of thinking and a mix of creativity and technical skill. You only really develop those skills by taking lots and lots of images and, more importantly, reviewing those images and seeing where improvements can be made.
The weather was against us on Saturday for the last Castle Howard event of the year. A beautiful morning gave way to a rainy afternoon. Given the choice I think most people would have stayed inside but we carry on, no matter what.
Ray wood was fantastic in the rain. The water helped saturate the autumn colours which are really coming through strongly now.
The Temple of the Four Winds provided lots of good shots which will work really well in black and white later on.
The lesson from the day I think is to go out anyway. Working in challenging conditions will only improve your photography skills. If we waited inside for the perfect light and weather combinations, we would get very little done indeed.
We are working hard at planning next year already and are pleased to announce some new venues for 2018.
We will be working with Sledmere House, Helmsley Walled Garden and Yorkshire Arboretum.
We are really looking forward to adding these alongside our existing venues to give a wide range of experiences for next year.
We hosted our second workshop of the year at Castle Howard last weekend.
The weather was less than optimal but we still got out there and concentrated on depth of field initially before moving on to composition in the second half of the workshop.
Despite the weather, the group got some good shots and enjoyed the experience of having the grounds largely to themselves.
John Regan was kind enough to send over a couple of the images which he took on the day.
Our next session at Castle Howard will be an afternoon session on the 30th of September. We also have an afternoon session at Scamptson Walled Garden on the 14th of October.