Photography workshop on location at Spring Hill Station.
Holding a photography workshop on location hadn’t been on our radar. Sure we’ve run workshops across the eastern half of Australia. This however, was different.
It all started with a message from Terri. Asking us if we would consider travelling out to Spring Hill Station to conduct a workshop. Honestly, it took us about three seconds to make a decision. YES.
Hopefully our participants had as good a day as we had. A very big thankyou to Terri and Wade for hosting and organising the day. and to the ladies who attended. Thank you for attending, for your wonderful contributions to lunch and your insights into real country living.Our photo-walk guide, Max. iso 100, f4 @ 1/90th of a second 120mm. Light reflected from gully wall opposite. Aperture prioity exposure to blur background.Our photo-walk took us down what is called “The Gutter”. The high sun angle was not our friend for the walk. Our challenge. To fined photos that worked in a great location with poor lighting. iso 100, f4 @1/3000th (in hindsight I should have gone down to f8 which would have given me slightly sharper result as f8 is this lenses sweet spot.)Making use of old fence post. Easy low angle. Using blue sky for some colour and contrast. iso 200 (because I forgot to come back down to iso 100 after a previous shot in shadows) 1/750th of a second at about f11Some of our team in the gutter. Including Max, if you can fined Mr camera shy.We found an old gate after leaving Spring Hill for the trip home. iso 100, f2.8 @ 1/800th of a second on a Canon 70D with 200mm lens so roughly equivalent to a 320mm (because of a cropped sensor).The longer we drove. The bettter the light became. We stopped to play with some low light flaring out over the landscape. iso 100, f2.8 @ 70mm 1/500th of a second, focus point is tuft of grass in the forground. Wide open apeture to give shallow depth of field.We were talking about our wonderful Australian landscape. I think the words were something like. “You take an old tree like that one, silhouette it against a sunset like this and………” Jammed the brakes on. Jumped out of the old troopy and ran as fast as my old legs would carry me. Got there 30 seconds too late. Brilliant colour had already turned to average. But no complaints, a good way to end a great day. iso 100, f6.7 @ 1/250th 200mm lens. Cropped square to avoid a tree that I didn’t have time to run around.
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For the benefit of our class. All images here shot as Raw, and output out of CaptureOne 10 at our standard jpeg recipe, srgb, 800 pixels wide. No photoshop or filters.