The only advantage of the rotten summer we’ve had so far is that the waterfall – so much loved by the students on my one-to-one photography courses – had not dried up this year.
The water flow has remained pretty constant and it has been, as always, a favourite landscape photography subject.
On different days, I have taken three photo students down the steep and slippery bank down to this magical secret dell over the last few days. Two of them have been novice photographers and one, Ken Terry, has been a highly experienced and regular student of mine.
The response has been the same from all of them – ‘what a magical place’.
Ruth is a complete beginner in photography. She is an accomplished artist and wanted to extend her skills with her camera.
Graham is a newly-retired GP and he is keen to get to grips with the manual settings on his Canon DSLR.
Some might think is virtually impossible for an inexperienced photographer to produce wonderful images of a waterfall, this is just not the case at all.
Moving water Landscapes
After a morning of camera instruction and practice the waterfall is a great place to put the theory into action – and produce great photographs.
Ken Terry (that's Ken photographing the waterfall above) has been coming to me for photography tuition and coaching over ten years – he was one of my first one-to-one photography course students. Since then he has been on the Photography Holidays in Menorca eight times and says he will be back again next year.
Ken is now a highly competent photographer – but this weekend was the first time he has photographed my secret waterfall. We had spent the previous day working mostly on outdoor portraiture – called ‘Environmental Portraiture’ these days – using portable studio flash; something I used to do on a daily basis when working full time for Sunday newspaper magazines.
But more of that in my next post.
The ‘thank you’ emails from both Ruth and Graham were lovely.
Ruth is pictured above right – the day after her photography courses Ruth emailed:
“I have already been out taking photos this morning & was relieved to find I remembered my ISOs, and F stops etc, phew! After my day’s tuition I feel I can now begin to really enjoy my photography. You made everything so much easier to understand & I’m no longer bemused by my camera. A whole new world has just opened up and I can’t wait to start taking shots that I have control over instead of it being the other way around.
I’m sure I will be back in the future for more.”
And Graham (pictured left) emailed:
“Thank you for a wonderful days teaching. It was a pleasure to meet you both, and my thanks for welcoming me into your home and for lunch.”
… makes it all worthwhile when you get responses like that after a photography course.
So what sort of photographs did my students capture down at the waterfall?
One of my pictures of this magical place is below.
If you would like to find out more about photographing waterfalls, the best thing you can do is come along to Bonnie Galloway for a day of One-to-One Photography Tuition. Failing that, read my posts about How to Photography Moving Water written some time ago.