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).
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.
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.
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).
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.