Well I have just returned from the most amazing week. I was fortunate to be able to spend the entire week at a photography workshop on Hamilton Island which was held by 3 of the great photographers in our country. David Oliver, Peter Eastaway and Bruce Pottinger. WOW, what a team.
The course was made even nicer by the fantastic group of participants from all walks of life and as there were only 13 of us on the course for the week, we got to know each other really well as well as the teachers. The shots I have seen coming out of the week are brilliant and I still have over 2000 RAW files to edit. Sadly, time at the moment is a premium so I have done a very quick edit on some photos to show you what we did.
We covered portraits in natural light as well as studio lighting, fashion photography, wedding photography, architectural photography, Landscape Photography as well as talks on Peter’s knowledge on Photoshop and Bruce’s Capture One program. By far though the highlight has to be the Aerial photography. I went up with a complete fear of flying and after a starter flight of 10 minutes over Hill inlet in a Robbins 44 with the doors off I felt a little better equipped to handle the one hour flight out to the reef and back – with no doors.
I was lucky to be in the same chopper as Peter for both trips and he was brilliant at telling the Pilot exactly what he wanted including the “can you turn the bird on its side” that almost made this bird poop herself! I mean, if you are not over a fear of flying in small aircraft after being tipped 90 degrees onto the great barrier reef with no doors on the aircraft I dont know what will do it for you.
I am happy to say that now I will have no problem going up in Geoffs RV4 to start our next big adventure of Aerial Photograph over the beautiful South Coast. The photos will be put up online when time permits but I hope you like the samples.
It was a week of very little sleep and not for reasons of late night partying ( although there was plenty of that by the others). I think I was up before 6 am on 3 of the mornings to do sunrise shoots ( some of my own choice – what was I thinking). Then we would finish around 5.30 so the days were long and exhausting. Then I would return to the room to find one friend who had been having a real holiday all day ready to do something. We then had dinner presentations each night as well so there really was very little down time ( not that any of us complained!) It has taken me over a week to catch up on some much needed sleep but you can sleep anytime so I was not going to miss a thing.
The most memorable things about the week for me was the following.
1) I want to create photos, not just take them
2) Bruces presentations are priceless!
3) Hamilton makes good cocktails – even if they charge like a wounded Bull!
4) I want to go away again to another workshop…….without kids, husbands and dogs! Then again, Might take the hubby this time………
Anyway, when I get more photos done Ill put them in the Gallery on my web page. until then….happy snapping!