I've just finished delivering the autumn photography course at Oxford Island NNR. This is the first of four courses running in a year from now, with more in January, April, and July. This was our most popular course to date held on the reserve with 10 participants, and we had a great group of people, so willing to learn, and as passionate about nature and photography as I was about sharing my ideas with them. We had a range of expertise, and equipment - ranging from high end Canon 5d2's to bridge and compact cameras, with everyone getting to take part no matter what camera they had.
This course was based around the reserve wildlife and macro subjects such as leaves, fungi, and anything at all that caught the eye.
As always on my structured courses, we spent the first part of day one indoors discussing photographic theory and techniques, species lists, and other ideas. The second part of the day was spent out on the reserve practicing those recently learned techniques and trying out new tricks.
On day two, we went out as long as the weather permitted - shooting birds, fungus and water droplets. We had a great time with the friendly birds on the reserve, with the participants getting some really excellent closeup shots of woodland species. It was tricky at first, as the birds can prove quite quick when you aren't used to their speed, but the guys soon got into the groove and I could hear shutters going off left, right and centre - always a good sound!
We had a quick review of some of the group's shots in the afternoon over a coffee, and this proved a popular part of the course, with some great encouragement from everyone, and a wee laugh along the way. It's always good to get others to review your shots. Here are some shots reproduced with permission from the owners:
This was a great group of people, with some who have been on courses before with me - its great to see the passion for nature and photography grow in people over the two days and pass on some tips for taking their photography to the next level. Roll on January!
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