Olympus recently organised a Landscape Photography workshop on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Since it combined two of my favourite things, Dorset and my passion for photography, it was a must.
Hosted by local photographer, Tom Ormerod, the day included photographing the amazing Jurassic coastline, wave and rock photography at sunset and a Milky Way shoot after dark.
While the light for the coastal shoot was a little flat, it was a great opportunity to learn new techniques and try several lenses loaned by Olympus.
Next up, the wave session at Chapmans Pool, where the conditions and timing were perfect. Shooting with a shutter speed of around ½ sec, we perched on the rocks as close as possible without getting us, and cameras, too wet. Tom demonstrated a key technique: waiting for water to flow off the rocks before taking the shot. This captures beautiful shapes of streaming water running off the glistening stone. So simple, yet so effective.
I have since tried this technique on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast, where it worked beautifully.
A surprising and delightful bonus was the appearance of a seal, who watched me for 45 mins!
Our last challenge on the workshop was to capture the Milky Way. Luckily the clouds parted, and we were on for our final shoot. Tom had all the best locations scoped and I took the opportunity to borrow a 7-17mm ultra-wide-angle lens for my E-M10. Exposures were approximately 20 sec. I also tried experimenting with the brilliant, and totally unique, Olympus Livetime feature, which shows the image forming in real-time on the backlit display. Amazing.
A few weeks later, I had an opportunity to return to Corfe Castle and encouraged by the workshop, I climbed West Hill before dawn to capture the sunrise over the castle.
This is not something I ever have done before, but these workshops will take you out of the familiar and inspire you to try something new.
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