I had a great time on Saturday, taking part in a photography walk organized by Sarah Mason. The weather was pretty awful, and before we started there were several downpours, but undaunted we set out with our cameras around Hebden Bridge.
The aim of the game was for everyone, no matter what their photography experience and technical knowledge to learn a little bit more about their camera, their eye, and how to take the photos they wanted. No right and wrong answers, rules are made to be broken, although it’s good to know what they are first, so that you can pick and choose which you break and why!
The weather meant that the planned walk in the woods was a pretty bad idea, but just a short walk along the canal, to the park and to stone yard beyond was far enough to give us all the opportunity we needed to try things out.
These are some of my favourite images from the day. Actually a lot that I took not all were great, but that wasn’t the point – the whole point was to experiment. I deliberately haven’t edited them in any way, which I normally would do, because I thought it was important to see if I was getting the images right straight from the camera (something I sometimes struggle with).
We were amazed to discover that in the local stone yard there are the ruins of an old water wheel that used to power a mill using water power. In 15 years I had never known it was there!
Some experiments with the camera settings:
This is Sarah’s photo of us all. I had a great time and would definitely recommend a photography walk, even just around your local area. You never know what you will find out, and we all helped each other learn a lot more about our cameras and the photographs we each like to take.
Sarah is hoping to run one of these a month, you can check her Sarah Mason Photography facebook page where she will let you know about the next one. Or why not organize something similar with friends who want to try some experiments with their camera and learn together!