Conwy Valley Workshop

July 17, 2016  •  2 Comments

Conwy Valley Workshop

with Rick Sammon

Rick SammonRick Sammon

Back in 2012 I noticed that Rick Sammon, a photographer i'd followed for a number of years, was doing a workshop in North Wales.  He was posting pictures and I wondered, "How did I miss that?".  After some googling I found out it was a free workshop which made it even worse.  I vowed to keep an eye out next year so I could get a place!

I of course missed the first post and when I did see the announcement it was full!  Gutted that'd missed it once again I registered for the waiting list without thinking I had a chance.  Then two weeks before the workshop I received an email.  A place was available :-) 

After some very short notice rearranging with work I booked my place.  I was over the moon!

The workshop was for 2 days and these are some of the images I got.  When I look back I think this was a real turning point for my photography and especially my editing.  I may have overdone some of these but I think you learn in time to pull the editing back a little.  I've always looked to produce the feeling I had at a location rather than just capture what happened.

Fairy fallsFairy falls Fairy Falls IIFairy Falls II Bridge Over Fairy FallsBridge Over Fairy Falls Gwydir Uchaf ChapelGwydir Uchaf ChapelTim McAndrew

One of the things we did on the producing HDR images but using manual exposure rather than bracketing your shots.  The chapel above was one of my first few attempts. 

River flowRiver flow River flow IIRiver flow II Old BridgeOld Bridge Llanrwst Bridge and Tea RoomLlanrwst Bridge and Tea RoomTim McAndrew Fairy Glenn light raysFairy Glenn light rays Fairy GlennFairy Glenn Old FarmOld Farm Bridge at Ysbyty IfanBridge at Ysbyty Ifan Snowdonia VistaSnowdonia Vista

The Welsh countryside was a great backdrop to work in.  Its such a photogenic place.

There were of course many of us on the workshop and I've stayed friends with quite a few of them through social media.  We were lucky to have such a great group of people.

Our groupOur group

This is us waiting for the light at Fairy Glen.  

Chasing RainbowsChasing Rainbows

Catching a Rainbow on the way back on the last day.

I had wondered if a workshop would be worth spending my money on before this experience, my conclusion was most definitely yes. 


Comments

Tim McAndrew Photography
Thanks John

Its all part of the journey :-) I probably don't push those sliders as much as I did back then! But one thing I have learnt is to be yourself and edit the way you like it. Thanks for the visit. I've always liked your photography style.

Tim
John Harper(non-registered)
Hi Tim,

Workshops are great and when they're free even better! Editing is subjective, sometimes those sliders need a push, other times less is more. Of course, if you're lazy like me then editing any shot for longer than a couple of minutes....

Cheers. John.
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