What i did today - 13th July 2014
Lavender Fields Workshop report
Now it's the turn of lavender. The first half the year is always a succession and unpredictable series of nature and weather combining to bring seasonal flowering meadows. We start the year with snowdrops, followed by daffodils & crocus, bluebells, poppies and finally the lavender fields. All are subject to peak flowering time, weather and a slice of luck.
Yesterday's lavender photography workshop was one of those occasions where we got all seasons in one day. The day started off cloudy and moody and turned quickly into thick fog, and low cloud followed by torrential rain. However, this season soon passed and as the day wore on it brightened up and by midday we were bathed in sunshine and blue skies.
So whilst my group of 6 willing students braved the rain and thick fog, the Charlie Waite workshop group of 12+ sat under a gazebo presumably with more sense or knowledge of the change in climate about to come... However, as I always remind myself and the students -
"in the right light at the right time anything can let look extraordinary"
The thistle pasture was that hidden gem for me, bathed in fog and giving the thistle flowers an almost neon glow.
Those conditions and light didn't last long and before we knew it, or some had the time to get a shot, the thick fog lifted and everyone, including coach loads of Japanese tourists, descended onto the Lavender farm.
The remainder of the morning we worked around the lavender runs trying to go to places where there were not to many tourists! Everyone worked hard on composition learning to keep things simple and capture the splendour of colour, texture, shape and light. Trying to bring all the contrasting elements together into a single intention of creative thought.
The cottage at Snowshill provided the usual picturesque backdrop to the lavender and one could of momentarily been forgiven that you were in Provence rather than the Cotswolds.
As well as the wide angle perspective of the scene I always encourage the attendees to have a go at doing close up work to capture something different and hopefully pleasing.
Like any other shot, you still have to take your time to think about what works and doesn't work in the design and execution of the shot.
We finished off the workshop basked in sunshine and a slowly emerging blue sky. With sky still mainly a steely grey colour I managed to get a shot that showed the sunlight on the wild flower meadow against a moody sky followed by a lovely capture of the glowing intense blue of the cornflowers.
All in all, a great morning out with a great group who all enjoyed the banter, challenges and opportunity to get such a wide variety of shots under changing light. Well done and thanks to a lovely group.
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