I went on a one day workshop last weekend, with Richard Childs, a scottish landscape photographer (website here). It was a full day of taking photos, at 4 different locations in Argyll. The group was small (about 7 or 8 people) and we got lots of individual attention. I really enjoyed getting out and taking photos in a group. I realised that I basically have most of the skills I need (not to say I didn't learn anything - I certainly did!) but I really just need to get out myself and spend more time taking photos. Slow time that is, instead of going for a walk with my camera and taking a few snaps. Being slowed down by taking my tripod, film camera, digital and a few lenses, and really taking the time to see a photo, try moving to another spot, taking lots of similar photos (particularly with the way the light changes so rapidly) and really trying to get a great shot. It reinforced the 'slow' photography message for me, which is something I would like to aim towards as opposed to the click and move on type of photography. I think I took a few good images. Here are 4 that I like.
Moving on to 'Natural Light' projects, the aim of this project is to observe the differences of colour temperature. The three photos of the same subject are taken under different natural light conditions, and the differences are clear though not quite as marked as I would have expected.
Photo 1: Full sunlight, middle of the day. This photo looks quite neutral coloured.
54mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO200
Photo 2: Middle of the day, shade. I would have expected a stronger blue cast on this photo.
32mm, f/4.5, 1/250s, ISO200
Photo 3: Evening, full sunlight. The skin here looks very brown! Much more so than I thought when taking this photo. I think the skin colours are a bit wrong here and could do with some correcting, though I guess normally at sunset we would like to see these nice warm colours.