Monday, January 3, 2011

Newfoundland Photo Adventure: A Perspective From The Workshop Leaders' Eyes

Nature’s Photo Adventure
Newfoundland, Canada July 2010
 A perspective from the workshop leaders’ eyes

In July this past 2010 I led a workshop to the beautiful island of Newfoundland. It is affectionately known as “The Rock”. For those of you who have been there you will understand why this nickname applies.

It is always interesting to meet new participants when running a photographic workshop.
A lot of planning and energy goes into organizing the workshop and you hope that you have
done all of your homework to make the trip a success for everyone. The meaning of success
can vary greatly from client to client and some are easier to please than others. There is
always that uneasy feeling of anticipation before you meet your clients.
What will they be like? Will we get along? Will I meet their expectations?
Will the birds and animals be where they should be? What about the weather?

As I pull up to meet the participants at the airport everyone seems to be happy and excited
in anticipation of some great photography. The uneasiness quickly fades away as we all get
packed up in the van and head off to our first location. Talk is light and usually about
photography and where everyone is from and what they do. This is one of the wonderful
parts of this business. Meeting new people with common interests and
forming new friendships.

We all arrive at our accommodations and get settled. There is quite a bit of ground to cover
 in Newfoundland from hotspot to hotspot so we all have dinner and then head out early the
 next morning in anticipation of some good light and co-operative subjects.

The next morning the fun really starts when we find our first subjects. The morning gives us
some beautiful light and everyone gets some good images. A great start to a great trip. For
me personally there is nothing more gratifying than seeing my guests experience capturing
that shot of a lifetime or, at least, the shot of a trip. As it turns out, all the worrying was for
nothing.  I guess it goes with the territory. It’s all good.  David Hemmings



Read more about the Newfoundland The Edge of the Earth Photography Adventure!

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