I am loving autumn!

These last few days have been utterly amazing. Apart from learning a whole new way to use my camera which I guess was the main reason for coming to Queenstown to do a photography workshop I have also developed a deep love of autumn.(Every time I type autumn I feel it needs a capital that’s how much it has impacted me).

Autumn Leaves     ISO100 F4.0 !/100sec

Autumn Leaves       ISO100 F4.0 !/100sec

The course has been exhausting, challenging and so invigorating. My photography had begun to take a path of disinterest but the new thought patterns I have been introduced to has really lit the fire again.

Green and Gold     ISO100 F5.6 1/100sec

Green and Gold ISO100 F5.6 1/100sec

Before I came over many friends asked “did I really think I would learn that much?”. I have never yet done a course of any kind and not learnt something but this workshop would be a stand out for me. The knowledge Mike and Jackie shared so willingly has really inspired me.

Out of the car roof      ISO100 F16 1/6sec

Out of the car roof ISO100 F16 1/6sec

Today after the course finished I picked up a hire car and decided to take an exploratory trip down Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy before trying it in the dark to be there for dawn. I figured I might get a couple of shots but it was mainly about scoping out the drive. I was in for such a surprise! Not only is the landscape mind blowing (think literally straight out of “Lord of the Rings”) but the light at this time of year is amazing. Instead of a 45-60 minute drive I ended up taking nearly 2 hours which would have been longer but for an interesting encounter (which I will share tomorrow).

Light on Valley Mists      ISO800 F9.0 1/200

Light on Valley Mists                       ISO800 F9.0 1/200

Where before I would have happily stopped for 5 minutes and clicked off a few shots, I am now content to stand and shoot for 15+ minutes at a time using all of the new techniques I have in my bag. All in all I’d have to say the workshop was a success for me in that I learned new things but have also discovered a new land… the land of Middle Earth.

Lake Wakatipu      ISO100 F9.0 1/125

Lake Wakatipu               ISO100 F9.0 1/125

Mood Lighting  ISO100 F9.0 1/125

Mood Lighting                         ISO100 F9.0 1/125


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5 Responses to I am loving autumn!

  1. Kelsey says:

    I am so happy to hear that you had a great time and that you learnt so much!! OMG I am definitely going to do one of their workshops in the future. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

  2. Robert says:

    Wow, nice pics Augustine!!!

  3. Vikki says:

    Hey Augustine, stunning shots… and so good to hear you are loving your photography again. Who did you do the workshop with? Looks amazing.

  4. Augustine says:

    Hi Vikki, The workshop was with Jackie and Mike from QCCP Queenstown. Highly recommend them. http://www.qccp.co.nz/

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