The first of my new photography workshops started with the opening night of the Sunderland International Air Show on Friday 25th July 2014.
Arriving to meet my attendees at 5.30 pm in Gateshead and take them to Roker I was disappointed when the announcement came out that all flying had been cancelled for that evening due to the mist. What made it worse was within 15 minutes of that announcement the mist cleared and it was a glorious sunny evening!
Anyway, we didn’t let that spoil our workshop as we walked around the various attractions along the cliff-tops discussing camera settings and focusing techniques. We still had the fireworks to come, even if it was a 3 hour wait, and the weather was now perfect. However about an hour before the fireworks were due to start the air turned a bit chilly and the dreaded mist rolled again.
We made our way down to the beach and set up on the backside of the display. This was because the breeze, and it was only very slight, was blowing so that it would make the smoke move towards the cliffs and mask our view from there. After explaining to everyone how to capture a firework from the moment it launches to when it has fully burst everybody dialled in the relevant settings for their cameras and were good to go.
The display started and the smoke didn’t move away very quickly and, coupled with the mist, made it quite a challenge to capture anything decent. It did however give an ethereal feeling to the images.
At the end of the night we were all pleased with how it went, despite the few setbacks, and loved the pictures created. My “students” thanked me for an intuitive workshop and went away happy and with a bit more knowledge than when they arrived
The next workshop is on the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside on Sunday 3rd August starting at 10am. If you would like to come along to any of the workshops and photo-trips please visit my main site to make a booking.
Sunderland Air Show Workshop