Just recently, in response to a growing number of requests and increased interest the GNPC special interest group for Landscape photography packed their kit, set their alarms for early Saturday morning, and set off in walking shoes with rucksacks for a workshop day in the landscape made famous by painter John Constable, the beautiful Dedham Vale in north Essex .
It was an early start with the group meeting up in Dedham carpark at 06:15 then walking the footpath along the River Stour to reach the Fen Bridge area to set up and capture the sunrise in the picturesque setting. Club members Mark L Edwards and John R. Buckley provided expert tuition, assisting other club members with improving their technique and skills while in the field. Attendees gained knowledge and experience in a superb environment while capturing high quality landscape images with local swans, mist, and ambient light providing amazing photo opportunities.
After sunrise another walk downriver took the group to their next stop at Flatford Mill and Willy Lotts Cottage. A local tearoom came in handy for a well-deserved break for refreshments, before the members set off back towards Dedham. Many stayed to learn about hyperfocusing from John, while others left early due to other commitments. A small number stayed for the whole day and carried on to Pin Mill on the River Orwell, at the Shotley peninsula of Suffolk. A great day out was had by all with marked improvement being seen by the end of the workshop. Well worth getting up early for! A follow-up image processing workshop for those who were present on the day is upcoming.
Text and image by Christopher Strickland