But the good thing is that I've learned a lot including more about how to use my camera and most of all been given the confidence to experiment, try out different settings. I can't pretend I understand shutter speed, exposure, depth of focus completely - but I know a bit more than I did before and I'm going to practise. And it will take an awful lot of practice, believe me!
Pete Russell, who ran the workshop, is a professional photographer and a very good teacher. Explains things simply and has limitless patience. 'Pete, tell me again: do I need the shutter speed to be fast or slow for this?'
There were only three of us on the course, but each of us had a different camera/knowledge/interest. One absolute added bonus was the fact that we spent a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon tripping around the top spots on the Gower beauty parade.
Here are what I think are the best of the bunch. Sadly my camera battery died just before sunset at Rhossilli so I had to switch to my tablet, which meant a lot of wobble and less control.
|Trying to grasp the rule of thirds as well as leading into and out of photos.|
|This would have been better if I'd caught it a moment or two earlier while still in the sparkly bit of sea.|
|Not quite a silhouette and spoiled by the people in it.|
|Discovered the camera could do panoramas! Also never before noticed how much Arthur's stone resembles a dog.|
|The colour of the light is warmer now.|
|Last photo with my camera. |