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Another photography workshop!

Having been on Waterfowl and Mountain Hare workshops with Tesni Ward, Cathy and I went on a third.. a Peak District Landscape Workshop.

Tes was as usual her informative self and gave both of us some significant help in using the camera and getting the best out of it, including some work with live composite one of the Monsal Trail tunnels (as the weather was so bad!)

We were expecting (and got) torrential rain in the afternoon, so we spent the morning up at a Folly just outside Buxton, Solomon's Temple, and spent the time trying to get some decent landscapes and working through the errors and pitfalls we were both falling into.

We went through all the various options for the camera including the in camera HDR, exposure compensation and exposure bracketing and a lot of help for me around composition - I seem to have a blind spot for landscape photography!

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Re: Another photography workshop!

A nice set, but that second to last image is, IMHO, rather special.
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Re: Another photography workshop!

A blind spot cured by the looks...……

My faves are 2,3 and 4, in that order. The castley thing makes me want to put in onto a third, but you have reasons not to I guess.

A day very well spent...…………….
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Re: Another photography workshop!

Excellent work by student & teacher!

I’ve been on a couple of her wildlife workshops and thought both were fine value, and I learned masses. She works very hard all day.

I tried to go on one of her badger sessions last year, but she has halted them now because of the (evidence-free and financially driven) persecution of the creatures.
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A blind spot cured by the looks...……

My faves are 2,3 and 4, in that order. The castley thing makes me want to put in onto a third, but you have reasons not to I guess.

A day very well spent...…………….
Many thanks, I was using the 7.5mm Laowa for a lot of the day and the castle on thirds came out a bit stretched! We did run through a lot of the composition standards and tried them out... the folly in the centre worked OK on those shots though.
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I tried to go on one of her badger sessions last year, but she has halted them now because of the (evidence-free and financially driven) persecution of the creatures.

Badgers aren't actually that difficult to photograph once you've found the sett. Just remember to stay downwind at all times. It's a good idea to put up a camera trap for a while so that you can see how early the Badgers emerge. This time of year they often emerge 8-8:30 and sit round grooming before setting off to forage. Cubs can even be out as early as 7:00PM.


I might get in contact with Tesni this coming winter as my searches for Mountain Hares last winter was unsuccessful.
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Re: Another photography workshop!

Lovely set Paul, compositions worked nicely, #4, #1, and #7 are my favourites. Great we are all different in our views. I'd be interested to see what you did in the Monsal tunnel, that's where we went for light painting and I did my really long exposures. It was a great idea to go there to get out of the rain but I bet there were a lot of drips .
Must get in touch with Tesni and do one of her workshops. Maybe I'll have to drop a few hints around home as to a birthday present
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Badgers aren't actually that difficult to photograph once you've found the sett. Just remember to stay downwind at all times. It's a good idea to put up a camera trap for a while so that you can see how early the Badgers emerge.
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Cv...u29XAQyAf8GKLW

Not found the sett though. I think it must be in a garden further down the road.
We put dog biscuits out for them.

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Many thanks, I was using the 7.5mm Laowa for a lot of the day and the castle on thirds came out a bit stretched! We did run through a lot of the composition standards and tried them out... the folly in the centre worked OK on those shots though.
Thank you for the write up and for sharing. You have shown the range of the 7.5mm Laowa, are you happy with it’s abilities? I identified with the 2nd last shot, you had cows and I had elephants in a similar set
I have taken in Kenya. I liked all of your photos.
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Thank you for the write up and for sharing. You have shown the range of the 7.5mm Laowa, are you happy with it’s abilities? I identified with the 2nd last shot, you had cows and I had elephants in a similar set
I have taken in Kenya. I liked all of your photos.
I borrowed Drmarkf’s version for a day and wandered around Cambridge with him using it, I had bought a second hand 4/3 7-14 zoom (not the micro 4/3 version) and 99% of the photos I’d taken were at 7mm, so I compared the output on that and the Laowa and I simply couldn’t tell the difference! They couldn’t be two more different lenses- the zoom is a massive imposing lens weighs a ton and gives superb results, the Laowa is tiny, manual aperture and focus and give superb results.

I recommend it fully. Tesni Ward was very impressed with it as well!
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Re: Another photography workshop!

Nice set, the one with the cows I really like, and #2. I love the peaks, I try to get over there a couple of times per month.

I quite fancy Tesni's lizard workshop, although mountain hares are at the top of my list this winter too, although I do believe I know where to go for them now.
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