Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumn Colours – A blend of two images, one in focus and one out of focus.

A few days ago I travelled over to Gloucestershire to attend a one day autumn colours workshop at Westonbirt Arboretum run by Light & Land and led by award winning photographer Andy Farrer. It was a good day at a lovely, colourful location with a nice group of people. Weather was a bit grey but at least it didn’t pour down!

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Street photography workshop

Street Photography workshop

Street photography workshop – 14mm; ISO 200; 1/3000 sec; f/4.0

After attending a Fuji X-perience day last month that included a session with Matt Hart, I thought I would treat myself to one of his workshops and get some tips on street photography and using my newly acquired Fuji X-T1.

Matt is an accomplished street photographer, a quick look at the images on his web site will confirm that. He’s also an official Fuji X-photographer, so knows the gear inside out.

The group size was small, only six of us, which is always a plus sign for me when booking a workshop. The cost was also very reasonable when compared to other workshops that I looked at.

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Fuji X-perience Day

Amber

Amber – 50mm; ISO 100; 1/250 sec; f/2.0 (click image to view larger size)

I was lucky enough to bag a ticket, along with about 60 other photographers, to a Fuji X-perience day held at the offices of Amateur Photographer magazine.

I was mostly looking forward to getting my hands on a Fuji X-T1 and a selection of lenses to try out a mirror-less system. I’d seen some impressive results from other photographers and I was keen to lighten the load in my camera bag.

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Long exposure workshop

Solitary

Solitary – 50mm; ISO 100; 180 sec; f/8.0 (click image to view larger size)

 

I had been looking for a workshop to attend that was a bit different from the usual landscape photography, something I wasn’t yet familiar with. I chose long exposures and, on the recommendation of a friend, decided on a course being led by Doug Chinnery. I already had some neutral density filters to increase exposure times, but with uninspiring results so far.

The meeting point was near a boating lake at West Kirby on the Wirral. There were six people in the group with varying levels of experience.

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