Once again I’m pleased to report a successful Photo Trek at Buscot Park. It was last weekend and we had a “full house”. These photographic training events are great fun, and Buscot Park is a perfect venue for them. The group was terrific, with a wide range of photographic experience, and equipment ranging from a digital compact camera, to a digital SLR and lots of lenses. I assigned everyone their afternoon’s photographic projects, and we were off.
Once again, we started under the trees near the garden entrance. The exercise we do here is great for breaking the ice. It gets everyone off the “Fully Automatic” setting, and shows them the freedom that digital cameras give you. The rapid camera movement I’ve used here made for a fabulous off-centre swirl.
It has to be said that the weather at this Buscot Park Photo Trek wasn’t as good as it has been previously. The relatively bright sky made the exposure compensation exercise even more important. With this image of the garden entrance I tried to get as little of the sky in the shot as possible. Even though I did that, I had to use some positive Exposure Compensation to get the details right in the stonework.
Moving through to the walled garden, the sky was looking very threatening. It was great for photography, as the light was changing all the time. We had a really good discussion about exposure, and one delegate was dressed perfectly, in white and black, to demonstrate the fact that meters always want to turn things mid-grey.
The delegates loved the terracotta warriors. The sun came out as we reached them and it gave a really good range of light angles on the faces of the warriors. They are very easy to photograph; they don’t move and never get bored with modelling!
The clouds got even more threatening as we reached the house itself. The angling sunlight across the front of the house, with the dark rainclouds behind, made for a stunning image. There was an almost machine gun sound of shutters firing, and then, as quickly as it had come out, the sun went in. You must always take your photographic chances…
…and then it rained. Luckily it was nearly the end of the Trek, so we sheltered under a handy tree and looked at everyone’s project images. There were some stunning shots, and everyone had produced something they were pleased with.
A quick look back down the famous water garden, and another Buscot Photo Trek was over. It was our last Trek there for this year, but we hope to run some more next year, so keep checking our website for details, or sign up to our e-mail newsletter and we’ll keep you informed.