28.4.12

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Because everything I have done in photography so far has been totally instinctive I have recently found myself wanting to expand my horizons and learn a bit more about the technical side. Taking my courage in my hands I joined George Munday in a Photography Course at the Art Hand a new art school on the Copper Coast 


I was surprised at how vulnerable I felt as a learner again. For starters George is such a completely brilliant professional that delving into his work would make you want to throw your hat at the whole aspiration! For seconders I am usually the trainer in these type of situations and I think it is easy to forget how at sea you can feel as a student. Thirdly maths and numbers would not be my strong point so aperture settings and shutter speeds have always completely eluded me!


The three day intensive covered all the essential skills for Raw and Manual shooting, composition and editing. We went out on location to practice what we were learning, and were encouraged to challenge ourselves and expand our personal portfolios. Our hosts Sean and Miranda Corcoran looked after us in every possible way including hot baked muffins for elevenses and gorgeous home cooked evening meals which we shared in the stunning living space of their grass roofed home. Their vision for creating an experimental art school in this unique cliff-side setting was also truly inspiring.


Gradually the learning is all beginning to sink in. Yesterday I photographed the Great Tit fledgelings on the old birdbath. They were beginning to get a sense of their new wings, and looked a lot like like I feel........it just takes time and practice.......but brings such happiness!











19 comments:

  1. ...and birds, you've captured them beautifully x

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  2. What a fantastic opportunity! It sounds like an inspiring place. I would love to take some photography classes at some point. Your photos are beautiful.

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  3. Gorgeous-- it is great to learn the 'rules' and then tweek/ignore/forget them if it suits, too :-)

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  4. Wide open apertures in Foxglove lane. Really nice. I would'nt have thought you needed a course, but it is always great to learn from other photographers.

    Thanks

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  5. How brave of you to take this course! Numbers and aperture settings are a land of mystery to me so I would be terrified of making a complete fool of myself I'm afraid. My camera is a point and shoot digital which does all the complicated stuff for me, I can choose different settings of course but it's only a case of going for Sport or Available Light and so on - not exactly rocket science: Your bird shots are great, it's something I've never been able to manage so maybe I should think about taking some classes after all!

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  6. How wonderful to be able to learn and in such a unique setting...I hope to find a good photography teacher once I retire....then I will have more time to really learn....

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  7. This is something I'd like to do too one day! Your photos of the fledgeling are lovely!

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  8. I am a point and shoot kind of gal, but have been trying to pay attention to how I frame my photos. Still, I have thought about at least reading my manual, and trying to learn how to use the manual settings. How cool you went to a class! I love these photos! It's cool how the sharp the birds look, with the backgrounds as waves of color.

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  9. A wonderful series of this little guy.

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  10. Superb images of a sprightly and colourful great tit, especially the bottom image. My thanks for those kind words...

    It's an indisputable truth that when those learning are receptive, prepared to step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves, it's so much easier to pass on knowledge and techniques. My friend from Foxglove Lane and all the other participants made it a most enjoyable experience.

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    1. Well George you have made my day now, thank you so much! Happy memories and wonderful colleagues indeed:~)

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  11. As someone with both feet planted solidly in the Land of Point and Shoot, I admire you greatly. I'm another person who is totally cowed by numbers and numbers with slash marks on a camera. As for your little fledgeling, you've captured him perfectly!

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  12. Taking a brave new step, you've inspired me to do the same. The setting of the art school you attended sounds lovely and such a safe place to learn. Great captures of the little bird.

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  13. What could be better than practicing your art in a lovely setting with great food and a brilliant teacher. So glad you got the opportunity!

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  14. It can be daunting trading teacher for student status - I know! So rewarding though. Well done for grasping the opportunity.
    BTW I'm following your blog via email rather than Blotanical now as I'm less likely to miss out on a post! keep in touch.

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  15. Never liked being the fledgeling so tend to teach or self-teach and hence am master of none. How freshly-painted the Great tits looks - you only have to hone your skills with photography, for many of us it is a steep, nay vertiginous, learning curve.

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  16. Lovely images. Most of my photography is instinctive but i'm at the point of needing input from another source.

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A big thank you for all of your comments, each and every one is much appreciated and SO encouraging. Recently I have been struggling to respond to each one but I will catch up with you somewhere on the blogosphere in time! Please feel free to use the contact page if you have questions that require a response.