Well the 5th of June came and went and what a fab workshop! We had a great team of people and some stunning weather!
This month the Jason Friend workshop travelled to the little town of Seahouses, just down from Bamburgh Castle, on the North East Coast of England. Once the team had met up we were straight off down to the harbour to start shooting some of the great items that can be found all along a working fishing port. Here the guys and gals learned a little learned a little bit about composition, lead-in-lines and DOF.
Once the guys didn’t think they could shoot anymore angles of lobster pots we wisked them straight down to the small beach area where they learned how to use the larger telephoto lenses they had brought with them. After a few hints and tips everyone was off practicing shooting again, the subjects this time just happened to be a very obliging local family of ducks!
After a quick bite to eat and WC stop we hopped on a boat and headed out to the National Trusts beautiful Farne Islands. The sun was beating down and the water was as smooth as glass as we headed out of the harbour. We were treated to a tour of all the islands and the captain took us in close to the towering cliff walls of Staple Island to get a good look at all the different colonies of birds nesting in these islands. The sea is a lot rougher inbetween these ‘Pinnacles’ of rocks and we were all glad when we headed back out to sea. From here we headed off to Seal Island to see all the Seals who were basking in the hot sun. These guys are big! It was great to see them playing around the boat and bobbing up and down in the water, I think they were just as interested in us as much as we were in them!
For the final leg of our trip we docked at Inner Farne island, showed our National Trust passes and head off to see the Puffins. Once again it was out with the cameras and off to shoot any of the 100,000 pairs of nesting birds. It was good to see everyone practicing what they had learned durning the mornings session as they dashed off to get their shots!
I’m happy to say that everyone came away with some good looking shots and we all had a great day, even if one of us did get attacked by a couple of birds! Next time I must remember to take an umbrella!
The next Jason Friend Workshop will be held on the North Tyneside Coast on the 18th July and places are going quickly! On this trip out we’ll be taking in the beautiful and very iconic St.Marys Lighthouse and then after lunch we’ll travel a little way down the coast to the Tynemouth Prioy and Castle. Hope to see you there.