Workshop Report: Bolton Abbey November 2012

Taking images at the Strid

Well what a great workshop had by all this weekend at Bolton Abbey and Strid Wood. The weather behaved itself for the most part despite what the forecasts were telling us.

The group met with the usual hospitality of the Tea Cottage at Bolton Abbey, and enjoyed teas and coffee whilst Sam and Mark gave an introduction to photography and a slide show of images. We then set out for the day beginning at the abbey itself, the weather wasn’t the best and a bit of rain began to fall, but its great for the group to get the cameras out and find where all the buttons and settings are. On route to Strid wood we were fortunate to turn around at the right moment and look at the abbey once more as the clouds had just broken and shone a little light on the priory front which looked really nice amongst the autumn colours.

In the woods the light was just right, nice and diffused so we were able to really bring out the oranges and browns of the leaves. Our first lengthy stop was down by the river and the location of Marks favorite, ‘Swirling Leaves’ – but to our amazement there was a large fallen tree in the water so the leaves weren’t swirling very much, but it made for a nice subject in itself. On route to the Strid we made a short stop at a bend in the river which again surround by the autumn colour made for a great composition.

On arrival to the Strid I was amazed at how much water was rushing down, making it quite treacherous, but after a spot of lunch we set about recording the movement in the water.

Not too close to the Strid edge 🙂
A bit further away

After lunch we carried on and crossed the river at Barden Bridge before returning back to the woods. The colours were really quite amazing so we had a look at the little details of Strid Wood and began playing with painting with light. The group really got into this and began experimenting with movement and colour by panning the camera as the shutter is open. This provided us with some amazing results which were quite abstract and unusual.

In amongst the golden autumn colours

As the light was leaving us we made our way back to the abbey for sunset. This looked really nice silhouetted against the blues and slightly reddening sky. Long exposures were called for which gave calm to the river and added to the reflections of the abbeys arch.

All in all a superb workshop and never have we had group who played with camera movement so much, thankfully not many people saw us as am sure we would have looked quite mad waving our cameras around. The light for the day was just right for the woodland, and this came through during the post processing day when we got to see the images on the big screen, and I have to say that there were some real competition winners!!


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