Inspiring photography

No, not mine.  After my last post (below) about Howard Woodruff and the amazing print he made me from a trip to Glencoe and Rannoch Moor last November, I thought I’d add a few more comments about that workshop here.  In short, it was a taster long weekend with Scotland-based Dimitri Vasileiou (yeah – he’s not Scottish….) and Mike Bell who offer a number of tours through their Inspiring Photography site:

Link to Inspiring Photography workshops

Of course I took my E-1 digital dinosaur along for the ride too – the colours still don’t disappoint!

The workshop was fantastic and a great sales-pitch for the longer ones!  We were pushed beyond our comfort zones and I learned an awful lot over that short period.  Lesson number one being about planning ahead, slowing down and really thinking about every aspect of your image and its composition before taking a shot – Dimitri is the kind of person who would be happy to travel for hours to just take one perfect shot, and you can tell from his work.

E-M1 for this early morning brief sunrise – we were cold and wet before breakfast time but no complaints….

Compared to my normal bad habits of snatched moments on dog walks or a bit of street photography when I can fit it in, this workshop with endlessly patient leaders and time to get immersed in the moment was brilliant.  Quite honestly my photographs didn’t do it justice, but I reckon they’d be better next time.  Sadly I lost quite a few when my HDD crashed too, so these are all that’s left.

The photos are also rather flattering to the weather – these little glimpses of sun on this page were few and far between.  Mostly we were dissolving in the heavy rain!
That E-1 colour again

And for those who haven’t been, a trip to Scotland is a must.  From further south in the UK you forget that there are parts of this island which are relatively sparsely-populated, and the scenery is wonderful.  Add some lovely friendly locals into the mix, great local food in a comfortable inn, plus a wee dram or three in the evening and what’s not to like?!

By Jon Schick

Hertfordshire-based, I work for the National Health Service but try and fit in some photography on a regular basis. Not so much during the recent lockdown era, but here's hoping things can only get better in 2021....

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