Landscape Workshop Waiakane
June kicked off my winter workshops at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, with a lovely couple from the South Island that were just starting their road trip up the North Island and back.
Glennys and her Hubby came to me fresh from the Inter-Islander ferry, full of enthusiasm and excitement and were looking for a few pointers to help them get the best out of their new investment (their camera).
The sun was out in all its glory and we set to work, I gave them my preliminary talk about how the camera works, how it sees and interprets and converts all the information outside the camera into a digital image on the inside and then off we went.
Once out in the field the focus changed more towards the composition and creative side of things.
We were then blessed with a visit from a local of some renown, a very friendly kōtare or Sacred Kingfisher.
This bird is super friendly and even though Glennys did not have a camera setup suitable for birds, she got images that would be the envy of her mates.
As the sun started setting the light became soft and clikerty click went the shutters as our new friend allowed us to take amazing photos of him in the wonderful soft light.
pa pango or scaup were also available.
A Male pa pango showing off his colouring.
I have a very nice place to take sunset photos of Kapiti Island which is a little different from where most people take photos of the sunset .
I like a foreground interest if possible, just so long as it leads us into the image and doesn’t compete with the main subject .
The river and plant life in this shot adds an extra interest, while the river it self, leads our eye through to the back of the image and the sunset and clouds, nothing is lost and all is gain.
Thus as the sun set I said farewell to Glennys and her hubby as they headed north and I went home and prepared for my next workshop on the following morning.
Sunday dawned a cloudless winter day, a classic to be out on the Kapiti coast in winter.
I met Louise at the car park and we spent an hour together walking around the place , looking at the birds, taking a few photos and discussing how we were going to tackle the day ahead of us .
The tide was huge and fully in, not ideal for the start of the workshop, but with 4 people heading our way fast, we were in with a grin as they say.
These posts are a feature in the area , everyone it seems wants a picture of them.
Once everyone had arrived, Lou gathered them together like her own little flock and I drew diagrams on the ground of a camera and repeated the information I shared with Glennys the night before.
Once I was confident the group had understood the basics and they had had, all their questions answered we hit the ponds .
Here is a sample of some of the shots our group got.
First up is Jakes, he was pretty happy with his days efforts.
An adult Red Bill Gull
Next up is Samantha’s effort.
A young and very obliging Pied Cormorant poses for the team.
Terry one of our members of our little group is more or less confined to a wheel chair .
The good thing about Waimanu Lagoons, is that we can cater for those with limited mobility .
Terry locked and loaded ready for action.
Terry was very pleased with this shot of this weweia of Dabchick , to tell the truth I would be pleased with it too.
As we made our way around the ponds Danger Mouse, ever the enthusiastic assistant, helped Terry out of her chair and assisted her, up close to a family of Black Swans hidden from view behind some flax bushes.
Terry up close and personal with a family of Black Swan.
At the end of the ponds we made a u turn and returned to the car on the opposite side of the of the ponds for lunch.
After lunch, a trip out to the river mouth along the spit was called for .
This shell like object became a object of great interest when held up to the light.
Five hours on the trot seems to be enough learning for even the most keen of Photographers, so we headed back to the car and after a debriefing, I dismissed the group.
I thought they would all head home but how wrong I was .
The real fun was just about to begin, the shenanigans was just starting lol
Louise aka Danger Mouse and Terry up to no good in the bushes
Jake is trying hard to catch them doing something he can post later on face book.
This black shag cant make head nor tail feathers of anything thats going on .
The gang called it quits went home, but Jake stayed on for sunset with Danger Mouse and I .
It looked like an interesting sunset heading our way, but as the sun descended , the cloud thickened quite a bit over Kapiti Island , I looked for the positive and focused in on that.
With the sunlight bursting out from both the top and the bottom of the clouds I saw an opportunity to place some flax stalks within the bottom sun burst to add additional interest .
As the sun dipped lower in the sky the top sunburst was gone but a hole in the cloud opened up providing an opportunity for a strong light to beam downwards and I could see that the cloud moving as the breeze drove it, that the beam of light was going to drift over a stack of driftwood, shaped in a pyramid like fashion, so I waited and snapped the photo when it happened.
As that say that was about that for the day.
I returned later that week for another crack at the sunset but alas this time the cloud dissipated.
Please note I have three elements kind of lined up here
the dead branch, then further into the picture a stick and then past that the reflection of the stacked wood.
This line leads us naturally yet quite unconsciously through the image .
The bright light on the water and the strong colour in the reflection acts like a magnet pulling us into the image as well.
All in all I was very pleased with this image.
It was not the sunset I was hoping for, but Im proud of the image I did get.
With another day out planned for the following weekend, June was a very busy month for me.
A big thanks to those who came on my workshops and to Danger Mouse for helping me and keeping the troops in line and well… for just being the ever enthusiastic Danger Mouse willing to go that extra mile to get the shot lol
Bless ya heaps folks ❤
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