Upon arrival at the masterclass, I immediately noticed I was severely lacking in equipment and uh, experience. After a good twenty minutes of wondering whether I missed something on the booking form, I decided the day would be the perfect opportunity to learn from those around me! One thing I should mention is that I
After viewing some of Adrian's fantastic photos via a projector, we headed out (in the pouring rain) to The Glasshouse, the 40ft home to various exotic plants. The subjects of the masterclass quickly became works of art, with an abundance of striking colours and unusual shapes to focus on. An incredibly useful tip provided by Adrian was to focus on the plants/flowers that don't necessarily catch your eye. So, as opposed to darting over to an (albeit beautiful) traditional rose, instead look at the leaves, weeds or vines surrounding it. With this in mind, I looked around and photographed what didn't vie for my attention - this is what I meant before about returning home inspired!
The tropical environment of The Glasshouse contributed so much to my enjoyment of the masterclass. With water spraying down on the plants from above and a temperature that had some removing their jackets, I was in heaven! Admittedly, our lenses misted over for a while, however a quick walk through to a different area and we were back to zooming in on the more modest subjects.
After squeezing a couple more tutorials out of Adrian and a few more photographs out of The Glasshouse, we ventured back to base (again, in the pouring rain!) to enjoy a mass of egg mayonnaise sandwiches - there were other foods available, however I had tunnel vision and so it quickly became an egg-induced blur..
|The man himself in action!|
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