I went with seven other colleagues from Bracknell Camera Club to attend a street photography workshop with Damien Demolder meeting at the Tate Modern on the South Bank.This was my second workshop with Damien after he had been a guest speaker at the club last year.
The brief for the day was as follows:
Life by the river
This class will concentrate on capturing the excitement of life along the River Thames, and combining the people that occupy that area with the stunning and graphic architecture that fronts the south bank of the river. The location presents opportunity after opportunity and Damien will show the group how to spot a scene with potential and then how to make the most of it. We’ll find new angles and make surprisingly exciting images in places that might seem to have no promise at all, and we’ll learn the ‘rules’ of composition that help to make visually arresting images.
I started early by re-visiting some of the locations we worked on the previous workshop.
After a meeting in a nearby cafe we went to the Tate Modern to experiment with light and just as on the previous workshop we started out experimenting with each other.
Here are some silouettes of my colleagues from the camera club.
I also used the Camera+ app on my iPhone to replicate the settings on my DSLR – what do you think of this silhouette?
Reflections from the pavement
Along Thames Walk, in the rain, we experimented with images of reflections on the pavement.
Under Blackfriars Bridge
Out of the rain we stood under the bridge and shot images of passersby against the structures under the bridge. This activity did prompt a lot of curiousity including others taking out their cameras to take pictures of the bridge. This was not a very successful period for me as I had a lot of issues with either exposure or focus and this is a location that I plan to return to in the future.
All was not lost as I did manage to find some interesting street art under the bridge including more bluebird mosaics.
Along the Thames Path
Lots of people passed by including a hen party – who did a little pose for me !