On Sunday 26th October 2008, a deluge of enthusiastic photographers and Andy Rouse fans hit the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire for the first in the series of Andy Rouse Visions of Light seminars organised by Wex Photographic.
Kicking off at 10am, Andy entertained the packed room with anecdotes from his years of experience, giving fantastic tips on how to best use light.
When the morning session broke for coffee, everyone spilled out of the seminar room only to discover that photographers weren’t the only deluge to hit Slimbridge that day. The rain was coming down steadily, making it look like there wouldn’t be much chance of getting out into the reserve and checking out some of the fantastic wildlife in the lunch break. Fortunately, by the time 12.30pm came around, the sun was peeking out from behind the clouds and in the hour and a half break given for lunch, seminar attendees could be seen scattered across the reserve taking pictures, and no doubt using some of the tips learned that morning!
Visions of Light Photo Competition
After lunch it was time for the results of the Visions of Light Photo Competition. Since the seminar was announced, attendees had been dutifully submitting their shots and Wex Photographic would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to enter a photograph in the competition! Andy was very impressed with the results and the following photos are Andy’s top six.
In sixth place was Clare Woolford’s image of this beautiful sunrise over Letchlade. Well done Clare!
Karen Bradley took fifth place with her atmospheric monochrome shot of a red deer stag. Well done Karen!
In fourth place was Helen Flaherty’s bird silhouetted against a gorgeous orange sky. Well done Helen!
Clive Mowforth took third place with this challenging image of a house sparrow, which got a special commendation from Andy. Well done Clive!
In second place, was a lovely shot of one of Slimbridge’s very own moorhens by flickr username daveh19854, who captured this charming reflection. Well done Dave!
Finally, a big congratulations to Gary Beers who took first place with his stunning silhouette shot of a Razorbill at sunset.
Gary received a £100 Wex Photographic voucher for making it into the pole position.
"Andy was on top form today and it was a good learning excercise," said Gary, "Winning the photo competition was an unexpected bonus!"
In the afternoon Andy focused on workflow, with a real-time demonstration of how he edits his images, a great insight into the brutality of the editing process of a professional photographer. During the process Andy recommended certain tools and add-ons that he uses which really speed up and aid image editing.
The response to the day was excellent, with everyone who attended having a great time.
"The kind of photography i do is very different to this, but I'm looking to retire and take up wildlife photography as a hobby. Today was very informative, it's been very interesting, really good!" - Tom Perry
"In particular, the processing side this afternoon was very good. It was really interesting to see what the pros do."
"Thank you for the seminar, it was very educational and the WEX staff helped things to run smoothly." - Gary Beers and Ross Andrews
"Really enjoyable day, Andy was brilliant."
"A great day - very entertaining, and an education too!" - Matt Fairview
"I've had a great day, I'm seeing Andy again later this week!"
If you attended the Visions of Light seminar at Slimbridge on 26th October 2008, thank you so much for coming, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Please let us know what you thought by commenting on this article.