I love photography, its a passion I’ve always had, but blogging has meant I get more opportunities to explore it, and I’ve also now been able to invest in a DSLR, my Nikon D5100. So though I get more opportunities now, I don’t really ever find the time to experiment. So when I was invited to the Goodman Photography workshop in Birmingham city centre, I was thrilled, as it would mean I could have a day learning and spending time with other people passionate about photography.
Now the first thing our tutor (Simon) told us was the rudiments of going manual. Not something I do very often I must confess. Now I’ve since sat down and read up a little more on this, and some of the different options available on my camera, so I am beginning to understand it a little more. My attempts were sporadically successful on the day, when I turned my camera fully manual. Its something I definitely need to have more practise at. I was really happy at some of the image results from the day though.
This was one of my first shots, when I was playing around with the settings in manual, I know its not as clear as I would usually get it, but I was pleased with the level of depth of field I managed to produce.
I became a little obsessed with recording clouds on modern buildings, the reflective surfaces, work so well with them.
Whilst I was playing around with my camera I managed to get this shot of the extremely cool modern building that is the Birmingham Library. I’m not one hundred percent sure how I managed to get that shot though!
The time seemed to go so quickly, I think it was because we were all concentrating so much. At lunch we headed off to Jamie’s Italian for a meal.
This sculpture, was outside of one the entrances to the Bull Ring.
I’ve only visited Birmingham a couple of times, but if there is one piece of modern architecture you have to see there, its the Selfridge’s Building :
Though my personal favourite view, was the one I took through wooden beams, I like the contrast of the organic materials, with the organic structure.
Another modern sculpture I took was this one, which if you look closely you can see the reflections of people, the pavement and advertising on.
Whilst I was learning about taking photographs in manual, I was also learning about angles and being more experimental. Kneeling or lying down, using lamp-posts and bins to keep yourself steady whilst taking a shot, all useful snippets I took away.
More clouds on reflective surfaces, and angles.
It was all over far too soon.
Finally, as the course was my actually my wedding anniversary (Tall Dad is a saint, but thats why I love him) I bought a selection box of doughnuts for everyone to enjoy upon my return!
Just a final image, that Penny took of 3/4 of the photography loving Maid Marion’s. Thanks Penny!