I’m often asked what the photographers do if the weather is bad during one of our Photography Courses here in Scotland.
And looking out of the window right now, it’s hardly surprising that people should ask.
The answer is simple – we carry on and don’t stop taking pictures. Sometimes, of courses, we have to adjust our outdoor photographic subjects, and sometimes it is necessary to work indoors.
I believe that – although I loathe being cold – autumn and winter actually provide us with even more things to photograph, and enables us to see them in a different way. Certainly the light can be far more dramatic than anything you will see in summer.
Just look at the light in this picture of some of the terraced houses that grace the streets of Kirkcudbright. The whole atmosphere of the picture speaks of wind, cold, storms and the natural desire to be by the fireside. The autumn light positively glows as it shines though a gap in those stormy clouds. These are the precise moments that can be so visually rewarding.
Incidentally, warming your feet in front of a real fire is something you can still do here in Kirkcudbright and the photo opportunities offered by smoking chimney pots is one of the plus sides of the Scottish climate.
One thing is for sure – no matter what the weather, our photographers always enjoy a full itinerary of photography and teaching when they come on a Photography Course.
There are still a couple of places available on the Photography Weekend Break coming up at the end of this month.
You can enjoy a fully inclusive weekend in a wonderfully comfortable hotel serving fine food here in Kirkcudbright. You can immerse yourself in photography and head home refreshed and inspired.