This is a guest post by Sebastian Crump, who attended the second photography workshop run at Danyfan in August 2011. This is part 1 covering the first day; the second part is here.
I have been taking photos and posting them on my flickr for a few years. I was looking for some general tips and a better understanding of how to best use my camera and specifically advice on how to take better landscape photos.
Richard started with a bit of theory and discussion about how I take photos currently. He has an excellent reference booklet he gives out covering the basics with good examples. Then it was into the garden to start trying to follow his ‘making a photo, not taking a photo’ mantra. I chose an agapanthus flower-head as my subject. Below are a series of photos showing how I improved the shot.
We then went to a local waterfall spot to find some more variety and challenges. The lighting was tricky, as it was a drizzly day, but plenty going on to try and make a few nice photos.
There is no merit in the establishing shot here – I just took it on arrival to record the scene.
There are three shots that worked out well from this location (click on the thumbnails for larger versions on flickr):
Here is another series showing how I refined the fern shot:
After lunch, with the weather still looking dodgy, we returned to the garden to try and get a couple more ‘perfect’ shots. The best shots from this session were an orange poppy (left) and a red poppy (right).
How I refined the red poppy shot:
As the weather started to clear we went up the road to another glade. Again the light was challenging and I found it difficult to get good pictures of much detail in the glade. However, Richard did find a spiders web full of droplets. Then on the walk back I found some interest in a fence post and a mushroom and managed to make reasonable photos from them.