Monday, March 30, 2015

Yellowwood, Howick


Recently I attended a photographic workshop in Howick, KZN.
As part of the Midlands Meander, this heritage rich town has a lot to offer tourists.
both local and International.
The course was held at Fairfell Farm, built in 1870,
now home to Yellowwood Cafe and Restaurant.
The current owners bought the property in 2003.


There HAS to be a resident cat...
and this is it.
According to their brochure, there should be two.
Shadow and Sky.


From the inside looking out.
This is the view that owner Sandra has from her office.


And from the outside looking in...
The family live in the house, so the rooms are all practical.


I somehow think that this is more decorative than functional,
but I might be wrong.
What it did offer was a photographic opportunity.


As did the plethora of flowers...
and the insects.


We have similar flowers in our garden back home.


And I found this one floating in one of the water features.


Yellowwood is home to a variety of miniature animals...
Horses...


A pygmy goat.


And a brand new baby donkey that was born the morning that we arrived.
Named Oreo, it was the subject of more lenses that it knew how to deal with.
I believe that one image from that shoot(taken by Don),
will feature in a local newspaper.


There is a children's playground.
And paintball for the adults!
There are also mountain bike trails that seem to be very popular currently


Not exactly built for climbing,
it did allow me to test my wide angle lens.


The area outside the conference venue was filled with a variety of butterflies


This is where the "magic" happened with Roger and Pat de la Harpe.


And we were able to get images like these...


Each bin is for a different product to be recycled.


There is a magic little "fairy garden" with some interesting inhabitants.


I don't think that "regular" guests would wander here.
For the participants on the photo workshop,
they offered all sorts of nooks and crannies to capture


The menu uses locally produced goods where possible.
We had breakfast here during the course
and I can attest to the excellence of the food.


Pop in next time you are in Howick...
You won't be dissapointed.
www.yellowwood.co.za


It was here that Roger and Pat de la Harpe
based their photo workshop weekend.
To find out more about the courses on offer,
visit their website and subscribe to the newsletter.
www.rogerandpatdelaharpe.com
To marvel at the work they produce,
www.africanimagery.com


         

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Always be learning. I participate in a photographic workshop with Roger and Pat de la Harpe.



Just another day in Africa?
Yes and no...
Why do I say that...
Because I was about to embark on a photo workshop,
with to of South Africa's best known photographers and writers.
Pat and Roger de la Harpe.
As storm clouds gathered in Howick, it was time for the"fun" to begin.
Luckily the rain held off, and we were able to complete all
the outdoor assignments.


Roger in full flight.
He is VERY passionate about his subject.
 "P" is not a professional setting.
Neither is "A" for amateur.
But WHATEVER you do,
DO NOT ask him about the "green button"!
Although it is Roger that perents the course,it is his wife Pat
who keeps her hand on the tiller...
Making sure that he answers questions AND keeps to time.
Her quiet input was invaluable.
A novice photographer,could get caught up in the technicalities,
however, unlike with film, digital gives you the freedom to experiment.


We were let loose to try out our skills
and then we had to submit images for critique...
Not easy to have your images "picked to pieces".
Roger and Pat both contribute their expertise in such a way
that everyone walks away a winner.
The images in this posting are the ones that I submitted.


I tend to look for parts rather than the whole.
And different is what I was trying to capture.
There are images everywhere,
you just have to look for them.


A drop of rain water caught my eye.


Probably my favourite image of the weekend.
Not quite technically correct, it "spoke" to me.
I have decided after years of refusing to "fix" images,
that I will do the Lightroom course next!


Moving water is a technique that has previously eluded me.
No more.
An afternoon at Karkloof Falls  and a couple of hundred images
sorted that out


I liked the fact that this fern was surviving in the torrent.
Shows tenacity!


The somber Falls in mono.


Another technique that I learned...
Movement!
Who says every image has to be pin sharp?
Sometimes motion tells a story...
This could be a sequence from The Blair Witch Project


Our group spent a morning at Angels Care,
a local feeding scheme run by volunteers.
It was an emotional morning for all of us.


The children were as interested in us as we were in them...
Gary showing off his skills


Yes, Monopoly money is worth more than the Rand...


One of my favourite images from my morning.
I am not quite certain what the youngster in the background is doing


Don seemed to be the centre of attention for a long while


Every face tells a story...


I liked that I could only see the eye of the last youngster.


Back at Yellowwood Restaurant,
 our base for the course


And finally,
Frankie, one of the course participants,
who posed for our "portrait" session.
This was an area that I needed to concentrate on.
I got good feedback on the images I submitted for this module.


Rachel took a turn in front of our lenses.
I certainly learned from my time on this course.
Now, to quote one of my photographic mentors...
"Time to shut up and shoot"...


Roger making a point.
I am not actually sure what he was saying,
but this like it could be part of a driving story...
"I had to keep both hands on the wheel,
so I let Pat take the pictures"...
To find out more about the courses on offer,
visit their website and subscribe to the newsletter.
www.rogerandpatdelaharpe.com
To marvel at the work they produce,
www.africanimagery.com


These encapsulate what I learned at the workshop


This is where the course was held.
A wonderful venue that has a lot to offer visitors.
www.yellowwood.co.za



         

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