THORP PERROW OM-D WORKSHOP WITH STEVE GOSLING
BY AIDAN MAYNE
With autumn in full swing, outdoor photographers are offered some of the most striking and colourful photo opportunities of the year. The leaves begin to change, and the reds and oranges are bathed by the lower, oblique light that slants across the landscape, playing on the colours and textures. Whilst being one of the most exciting and rewarding seasons, it is also one of the trickiest to work with, so who better to lead an autumnal OM-D workshop, sharing his tips and techniques at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, than professional landscape photographer, Steve Gosling.
Thorp Perrow is an ideal and diverse destination for any keen photographer wanting to capture the colours of autumn, with photo opportunities ranging from the tiny details seen through macro lenses, to towering corridors of oak trees for wide angle shooters. It is even home to a bird of prey centre making it an ideal location to spend the day photographing a range of subjects.
Our day at the arboretum began with a relaxed introduction and briefing in the café, with Steve shedding light on his approach to photography over coffee (and early morning cake). He explained his own considered, methodical approach, and the advantages of slowing down when photographing landscapes and nature. With everyone briefed and in possession of an Olympus OM-D, we headed out to begin shooting.
Our first destination was the glade of Japanese acers, which offered the ideal opportunity to get creative with detail shots, using the handy macro feature on the M.Zuiko 12-50 lens to get close to the subject and isolate key points of interest. The articulated screen on the OM-D proved to be useful when shooting from low angles, as did the touch capability for fast, precise focusing.
With everyone photographically warmed up, we moved to a larger area where the group could get more creative, shooting a wider range of subjects. Fast aperture lenses like the M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 proved popular options for photographers wanting to emphasise details with a narrow depth of field, whilst wide angle zooms such as the M.Zuiko 9-18mm were well utilized to capture more expansive scenes. Whilst shooting, everyone was able to get 1:1 time with Steve and myself, making the most of his guidance, and getting hints and tips as to how to get the most out of the cameras.