Last weekend I ran my first seascape workshop in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The workshop was sold out and limited to 10 participants only. Now these 10 photographers have to go down as being unbelievably lucky when it comes to shooting conditions.
We started on Saturday at Mona Vale Community Center where we went through some information about equipment, how and where to research for a seascape shoot as well as the capture techniques that I use when I take my seascape shots. We had a range of skill levels from beginners to more hard core seascapers.
When we headed off to Turimetta Beach for our Dusk shoot, the conditions were absolutely perfect… and I mean PERFECT. It was one of the most gorgeous sunsets that I have seen for a long time. When you combine that with the fact that Turimetta is looking absolutely stunning after the recent storm… it wasn’t hard to predict that many of the students would forget about the task I had given them to shoot (don’t shoot any more than two compositions)…. and instead many of them entered a state of heightened frenzy as they darted around capturing the gorgeous light that was changing by the second.
Once darkness had descended, we had a debriefing session on the beach and looked at the lessons learned from the shoot. Those that were in “frenzy mode” recognised it and vowed to slow down for the next morning’s dawn shoot.
The next morning a small group of hard-core seascapers departed for the rock shelf on North Turimetta, while my old man and I worked closely with the newer students on the finer points of seascape capture. The sunrise was to die for…. Probably one of the best sunrises I have seen in the last 6 months! All the students slowed down and focused on capturing a couple of “perfect shots” rather than racing around to get as many compositions as they could. They all seemed to be applying the theory well and had ear-to-ear grins on their faces as they watched mother nature put on an incredible sunrise.
Then it was time for a big breakfast to refuel before the post processing session. We set up all the computers and started working through a detailed post-processing workflow. I realised after a couple of hours that we were moving too slow as a group and we would never get through all of the processing in the time allowed in the hands-on format, so unfortunately about half way through I had to turn it into more of an instructor-led training for the remainder of the day. Getting a phone call from my wife to say that one of my sons was in an ambulance en-route to Sydney Childrens hospital with suspected spinal injuries from his rugby game didn’t exactly help my concentration for the last part of the course (son turned out OK).
We finished the workshop including printing one of the students images to show how to take your images all the way to print.
While I am going to make some changes to the post-processing session for day 2 in my next workshop I think the participants really enjoyed the course. If you would like to see what one of the participants thought of the workshop, check out his blog post here. I just hope that the July workshop group gets shooting conditions as good as that of last weekend.
Here’s just a couple of the participant’s images from the weekend.