Earlier in the year I entered a landscape photography competition sponsored by Giottos which was themed “Dusk to Dawn”. To my surprise, I got an email late one Friday afternoon announcing that I was one of the five competition winners. This was the image with which I won:
As part of the prize I got to choose some equipment from the Giottos catalogue. I ended up with a new carbon fibre VGRN Vitruvian tripod kit which I got to use as part of the second part of the prize, it being a “Dusk to Dawn” workshop with David Noton. I got to spend two days on the Jurassic coast chasing the light. David was great and taught me a few new concepts and techniques. It was also great spending time with the other competition winners and hearing their stories.
On the first afternoon we spent a few hours at Durdle Door in what can only be described as poor conditions. It was raining and the sky was very grey. Thus we ended up taking out the filters and tried to capture long exposure shots. In between avoiding the waves which occasionally came crashing through and waiting for a bit more interest in the sky, I managed to capture a few images.
By the time it was completely dark, we headed of back to our accommodation. Where we warmed up and had a good meal. Afterwards David showed us some great images from his travels and at the same time explained how he went about capturing them.
On Tuesday morning we were up before six in order to make it out to Old Harrys Rocks long before the sun decided to make its appearance. Once there we all got setup in anticipation for a glorious sunrise. Alas that did not happen but we still managed to capture a few good images as Old Harrys Rocks provides a spectacular view. I must admit though that it was a bit scary standing in the top of the cliff as the sea did look quite far away down the shear cliff face.
At the end of a few hours and the sun now visible behind the clouds, we headed back for breakfast and to wrap up the workshop. All in all I had a great time and learnt a lot from David and will definitely look at attending another of his workshops. Hopefully the one in Tuscany.
Once again thanks to Giottos and David Noton for the great prize.