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 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.
Saturday had me heading out for the second photography workshop of the year. This time, it was at Scampston Hall and Walled Garden.
We had a lovely mixed group of enthusiastic photographers who wanted to learn more about how to use their camera effectively. We discussed the basics of aperture and composition. We used some filters to explore the possibilities of longer exposures as well.
We had a good explore but there was plenty more to look at, even after 3 hours. Having the garden to ourselves first thing was also a lovely experience.
We had a good day out on our first morning session of the year. The weather was mixed with some sun, some cloud and a little rain. We did get plenty of shots of daffodils, rhododendron and of course, Castle Howard.
Students picked up tips on composition and some of the technical aspects of working their camera. We got someone from always shooting on auto to always shooting on manual in the space of a couple of hours.