The path that I have chosen to learn as much as possible about digital photography has been convoluted to say the least. As mentioned in a previous post I really have no desire to take formal classroom courses. I learn best by doing and I think most people in their senior years would say the same.
Books and magazines advertise a wide variety of field trips, workshops and photo excursions. While they look attractive in print finding one that is priced reasonably, is located in a ‘photogenic’ area and has high quality instruction is the real trick. After a bit of research I found a weekend, landscape workshop located in Tofino, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Tofino is one of my favourite places anywhere. On the west coast pounding surf, huge trees, rocky outcrops and lots of sea life attract tourists from around the world. I chose to travel there in the spring when there were few tourists and other outdoor enthusiasts. Dave Hutchinson, a professional landscape photographer based in Sydney, B.C. was the workshop leader. Obviously, the location worked for me. Class size was limited to 6 so I felt there was a decent opportunity for one on one instruction.
Dave took us to a variety of locations depending on the light – sunrise in Ucluelet, sunset at Chesterman Beach, morning and afternoon light to photograph wildlife and areas around the docks of Tofino. Composition was the theme throughout. Dave’s hints and suggestions were easy to follow and made sense to me. I enjoyed the weekend so much that I enrolled again the next year in 2012.
Dave Hutchison offers a photo excursion to the Great Bear Rainforest. Its on my bucket list.