It has been a very wet autumn (as I’m sure I don’t have to tell you) but I have been very lucky with the weather so far. Although it’s been wet and cloudy there has also been some fantastic light.
Over the last two weekends I have been running courses in the New Forest and the Essex coast and both courses were really enjoyable to lead. With a mix of weather conditions and photo opportunities.
The New Forest in autumn is just a brilliant place to take photographs. We had nice direction sunlight for most of the day. Now, often when photographing in woodland areas it’s best to have soft cloudy light but I find when shooting autumn colours in sunny conditions, if you backlight the subject it can be magical. The translucent leaves of the trees just glow, giving the image bags of impact and mood. To finish off the day we were lucky enough to have a fantastic sunset at one of the New Forest’s most photogenic lakes. All in all, a great course to be running.
This last weekend found me on the wild Essex coast running another one of my day workshops. It was a cloudier day but again the sun broke through the clouds on occasion, which lead to some great shots for everyone. Because we were on the coast it was very important to time our visit to the first location for high tide which is just what we did. Along with the odd burst of sunlight we had very still conditions which led to excellent reflections on the water.
On both workshops the weather forecast was far worse than the actual conditions that we experienced, so my advice is to get out there and take a chance because you never know what the weather’s going to do and you could be missing out on fantastic photo opportunities.