I was sitting, cup of coffee in hand in a study room next to the warden’s house, watching his short presentation. He explained that the aim of the course was not to take a traditional landscape photograph of beach, sea and boat but to take a series of pictures that captured the essence of the place by using the elements.
Then for the rest of the morning, James led on a guided walk around the Peninsula, stopping to take photos wherever we fancied.
He was there to answer any questions that we had, and to explain new techniques He made sure that he spent time with everybody individually to give advice and to help us change our camera settings to capture a particular image. He was a patient and humorous guide.
Photography becomes a meditative process on a course like this as you look and see much more closely when you are really concentrating and trying to fulfil a brief.
The formal elements course is running again this year, along with a range of others. The courses are designed to cater for photographers at any level of experience. Full details are available here.