On Saturday 8th the day dawned bright and sunny. This boded well for our first Photo Trek at Buscot Park, near Faringdon. Given what the weather on Thursday had been like, I was very relieved. On Thursday I was photographing a group of people in a giant “conservatory”, and it was raining on to the roof so hard that they couldn’t hear me!
Anyway, Saturday was fab; a great place, great weather, and a great group of people. Thanks again to Lord Faringdon for allowing us to run Treks at Buscot.
At 2pm the elegant gates to Buscot Park’s gardens were opened and our Photo Trek was underway. We started the Photo Trek near the stables/tea rooms and experimented with use of wide-angle lenses for architecture, exposure compensation, and with long exposures to make interesting blur patterns and swirls. From there we moved on to the Four Seasons Walled Garden, one of Buscot’s highlights.
The garden has beds that are absolutely full of plants in wide variety and interesting juxtaposition; yellow courgettes next to flowers, runner beans climbing up apple trees, and photographically it’s hard to know where to start. One good rule is “Keep it Simple”, so we concentrated on simple compositions with one flower, but showing the mass of plants in the background in a nicely out of focus way.
In the walled gardens there is a circular fish/lily pond. Whilst we were there someone found a white feather, and I demonstrated the use of a cobweb as a way to support it for photography. Here it is shot in macro mode on a Lumix compact digital camera, and it works a treat!
From the walled garden we made our way up the steps to the lawn in front of the house, and then down to one of Buscot’s other highlights, the Harold Peto Water Gardens. It’s always worth trying different viewpoints for your images, and one participant dangled his camera by its strap to get a water’s eye image of the ponds. As with the walled gardens the simple images were most successful, like this leaf floating on the pond.
All too soon we had to wend our way back to our Photo Trek starting point, pausing to shoot the very smug-looking frog in the pond at the back of Buscot House.
The feedback from the group was excellent, and I had a great time too. We’re planning lots of other Photo Treks next year, including more at Buscot, so do come along. You can find out about our Photo Treks and other Photographic Training on our website at www.lifestylephotos.co.uk/Training.htm
Looking forward to seeing you soon!