Take a walk with me, it’s my two passions rolled in to one!
I love walking the cliffs and beaches of Cornwall, there is always something new and with my love of photography and the added benefit of always having my camera in my hand I get to capture the beauty that I see. So what better than to combine the two.
In September Carolyn booked in to join me on my guided photography walk from Padstow to Stepper Point, we met on the harbour on a rather grey and uninspiring Monday morning, yes we do have them in Padstow from time to time!
We started up to stile field chatting about cameras already taking pictures as we went, but by the time we had gotten to the war memorial it had turned to proper mizzle, you could hardly see the island and things were starting to get a little damp.
Now I knew this wasn’t going to give Carolyn the experience that I wanted her to have of one of my favourite walks, so we decided to turn back and have another go on Tuesday when the forecast was far more favourable.
To mix things up a bit Carolyn had to be back in Padstow on Tuesday by 1pm for a pre booked lunch treat, so to ensure she had the best possible time, instead of doing the circular from Padstow to Stepper Point I picked her up at 8.30 from the ferry and we started in Trevone to walk back to Padstow.
The weather was fantastic – sunshine, a little bit of cloud but a strong breeze, Cornwall showcasing itself beautifully. As we walked I talked to Carolyn about getting of off the auto setting on her DSLR camera and we mainly worked in manual, changing setting regularly to make sure the shutter speed, aperture and iso combined to get the right exposure. We stopped regularly, to take in different views, moving to different spots to get the best compositions, looking for lines and helping Carolyn to capture and see the best angles.
We worked on how to get the best pictures while shooting directly into the sun and also ran through some post processing tips.
Overall we had a fantastic walk, talking non stop about cameras, composition and lots of interesting facts about the history of the coast as we went.
We had to speed up a bit towards the end of our walk as I had to get Carolyn back in time for lunch, but we could have easily taken another hour as we where both having so much fun!
It doesn’t all stop at the end of the walk, afterwards I asked Carolyn to joined my composition challenge Facebook group that I open for all my clients to join, where I post different challenges and explain different kinds of composition rules. This helps to keep you thinking about what you have learned on the day and to keep your eyes ever looking for a photo, a different angle and sometimes, something you hadn’t even thought about.
Carolyn wrote me a lovely review and is looking to do another walk with me when she down in Cornwall next year, and to be honest I can’t wait to see how she has progressed in that time.
“I went out with Kate on Tuesday and had a fantastic walk. She was very kind and moved our scheduled walk from Monday to Tuesday because of the weather, despite the fact we did start the walk on Monday. The drizzle was setting in and the fabulous scenery was disappearing into a grey mist. Kate wanted to be sure I got the most from my walk. As Kate is a Cornish girl through and through, she knows the area like the back of her hand. The walk alone would have been thoroughly enjoyable, but with her passion and knowledge of photography thrown in, I learnt a huge amount about landscape photography and how to make the most of my camera in the prevailing conditions. But you don’t need bagfuls of expensive kit to enjoy the experience. Kate will take you to the best spot to compose the shot and get great results. Book in with Kate, grab your camera phone, or whatever you have, and go and enjoy! I’ll definitely be booking in with Kate again next time we’re in Cornwall.”
So if it’s just you, a couple or a group up to 4, join me for a Guided Photography Walk.
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