Chesterton Workshop Report

Chesterton Workshop Report
Alan Ranger Photography(44) 781-7017994info@alanranger.com

Chesterton Windmill is a 17th-century cylindric stone tower windmill with an arched base, located outside the village of Chesterton, South East Warwickshire. It’s a location I have photographed several times a year for over ten years. These are some of my very early shots from there in 2009, showing the different light, weather, seasonal surroundings and a somewhat mixed approach to editing at the time.

My first ever shot of Chesterton Windmill - Jun 2009

Nov 2009

August 2010

Sep 2009

Nov 2009

Jan 2010

Apr 2010

As you will see from the above photos, I returned seven times in that first year, it may have possibly been more times but I can’t remember and I may have gone but not taken or used any photos. I have always been a proponent of returning to the same places to shoot. I guess you might say I have to given my profession, but long before I turned professional and ran workshops I went to many of the places we shoot today on a frequent basis every year.

The advantage of shooting at the same locations is more than just familiarity. it allows you make the shots using different light, different techniques and course with an ever-changing eye and style. I love the challenge of trying to vary and improve on what I have done previously. I know many people will state that they would rather visit new locations than keep shooting the same, and that’s also fine but I do think a balance of both and repeat visits strengthen now weaken your portfolio.

Here are a sample of Chesterton Windmill location shots done after that first year showing how I developed my range of compositions and created a collection that goes beyond it just being a windmill on a hill.

Jan 2012

Aug 2013

Dec 2013

Sep 2014

Dec 2013

Jul 2014

Aug 2014

As for the latest visit, Mon 15th Apr wasn’t exactly the warmest of spring evenings and the blustery wind made it feel extra nippy. Despite the cold weather the sky had a reasonable mix of cloud but we were not blessed with too much colour as the sun set into a bank of cloud on the horizon.

Despite the lack of any special light and the fields surrounding the windmill only showing early fresh crops the group still enjoyed a couple of hours of practise and shot creation.

A few shots from attendees

Justin Meaden

John Grant

Justin Meaden

Justin Meaden

John Grant

Some from me

Alan

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Next Visit to Chesterton

If you would like to join me at Chesterton Windmill and discover the range of angles, techniques, compositions and photographing the light, I have two more workshops currently listed for evening workshops.

  • Wed 8th May 19:15- to sunset - 4 places left £50

  • Tue 27th Aug 18:30 - to sunset - 6 places left £50

Booking and details are here: