“When you’ve been out on Group weekends, do you never watch how the members go about their shots?’
‘Not really,’ he said, ‘I just want to make sure that everyone has everything they need and to sort out the transport.’
‘Come with me,’ she ordered him.
She showed him how to scout out the area and to appraise the option for the most promising aspects such as light, windspeed and direction, foreground, interesting angles and so forth. Having chosen a viewpoint with him, she explained what factors would determine the settings she would use and how she was going to set up her camera. All of this before she even removed her backpack from her shoulders.
‘Wow!’ he said.
She passed him her backpack while she set up her tripod and, retrieving it from him she took out the camera she was using’
‘Is that from the shop?’ he asked, shocked.
‘Yes and No,’ she answered, ‘It’s the one that my dad bought from the shop in May – do you remember?’
‘He said that I could borrow it for today and put it through its paces.’ She told him.
At each stage of setting up the camera, checking light levels and wave height, she explained what she was doing, and let him see on the Live View screen the effects when she was focusing or attaching filters. When she was ready, she took the shot and showed him the result on the screen.
‘I see now why your bag was so heavy,’ he said when she declared that she was ready to move on. ‘At least let me carry that and you just take your tripod.’
She agreed and he used his smartphone to summon a taxi to take them to the Marina.
Over lunch he had a shedload of questions to ask her regarding the things that determine what factors will lead to a properly exposed and sharp photograph. She told him to enjoy his lunch, and to watch and listen while she worked around the waterside. She’d continue to explain as they went and she promised to spend as much time as necessary on the return train journey dealing with any further questions.
Some of the time that they spent in the afternoon, she borrowed his camera and explained how he could make similar adjustments to settings to those she was making. She watched him trying and checked what he’d done before telling him to press the shutter button. He was completely delighted by the results and by what he’d learned. By the time that their train pulled into the station, Mel was exhausted. Jamie, on the other hand, couldn’t wait for an opportunity to put into practice what she’d told him.
‘You’re a really great teacher, Mel,’ he said when they reached the station car park. ‘It’s no wonder that it’s you the regulars always want to talk to.’
‘I’m not just a pretty face then?’ she teased, laughing.
In keeping with this blog episode, I’m posting a second photo from the archives – another that I took in Hull of the Humber Bridge
I used my Pentax K-1 36 MB full-frame camera at 25 seconds at f/11 and 24 mm. The ISO was 100. The shot was tripod-mounted and post-processed in Lightroom.