Annual Review part I

It’s my last workshop of the year tomorrow, based around the fantastic Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. The day majors on composition, starting off with assessing viewpoints to capture the iconic castle at Corfe before moving on to the coast and the wonderful photographic imagery available at Kimmeridge Bay. The forecast looks good for tuition and with the workshop having been full for a number of months now. I am looking forward to a good day with plenty of banter and stunning scenery.

Looking back on my year, I’d forgotten all the different aspects I have covered. I still had an over-riding objective to update my PhotoSailing website, which had carried over from the previous year, but the day to day kept putting the plan back. This was to be a continuing saga.
In January I ran a workshop covering that illusive subject to many, Depth of Field utilising my own practical method for real, in the field use, rather than relying on charts which don’t transfer to the practical application. This was followed by the first beginners workshop of the year in the New Forest and finally a recce to the island of Gozo for a future workshop there.

Returning from Gozo in February , I spent a hospitable evening at Overton Camera Club boring them to death no doubt with my pictures and banter. I had a few One to One days to run, a beginners workshop and a refresher day all in the New Forest – plus that website update.

March started off with one of our favourite beginner and novice workshops in the north of the New Forest around the idyllic cottage and bridge north of Bolderwood then up to the Isles of Skye and Harris to run a week long workshop there. It was a great week too with the usual mix of light, - #ItsAllAboutTheLight – wonderful empty beaches, those magnificent Cuillin Hills, Fairy Pools, remote coves – I can’t wait to go back just thinking about it. Following the workshop I stayed up there to work on that dammed website, and explore new areas to visit on future workshops.

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A week after returning from Scotland, it was a trip south across the channel for an excellent group and time in Brittany. Based in the Medieval hilltop town of Dinan set above the River Rance, we had superb weather and covered a lot. Coastal work on the cliffs andwhen the tide was out, the vast expanse of shoreline on the Cote Emeraude; dawn shoots in and around Dinan capturing those cobbled streets and old buildings; the old port of St Malo; the ram shackled fishing huts on the river and an evening at Mont Saint Michel before a few hours processing tuition on the ferry coming home. Yep, that was a good one.

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The following weekend I ran another PhotoTrek novice workshop this time based near Burley. We enjoy this area because we set a number of photographic challenges for the guests in and around a cut down enclosure which is great fun – for us! The month finished up with my now annual ‘Day in Dorset with bluebells’. The bluebells were great. We over ran on time which is not unusual but all enjoyed the time and apparently learnt a lot too. That damned website still wasn’t finished though.

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Part two of the Review of the Year soon. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook to find out when or simply return to my Blog at a later date.

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