Following our recent tour in London led by Doug Chinnery, we were pleased to be able to catch up with one of our guests - Lyn Newton - to find out a little more about her thoughts on travelling with Light & Land. (All images by Lyn Newton).
Have you travelled with Light & Land before?
Yes. This was actually my second trip with Light & Land, having travelled to Puglia in Italy last September on a tour led by Peter Hendrie.
What level would you say you were, as a photographer?
I think I would class myself as an intermediate level photographer. I have attained my LRPS and am working towards my ARPS. But I still have a lot to learn!
What particularly led you towards choosing a Light & Land tour?
I'm currently in the process of moving from my heavy Canon 5D Mark 111 to a micro four thirds Olympus, and am not yet confident with its capabilities - so I was particularly keen to try it out, knowing I had help at hand if I came unstuck! I was also very keen to advance my repertoire of creative skills, such as using movement to greater effect.
Which sights did you visit on the tour?
Doug took us around many of London’s iconic sights including Westminster Bridge, the London Eye, St. Paul’s and the Thames Barrier - to name but a few! But also to quite a few more unusual ‘finds’, in terms of location. Thanks must also go to Terry, our black cab driver turned tour guide, for getting us right to the doorstep of these places. They made a good team and helped to put everybody at their ease.
Did you go out at different times of day?
Absolutely. There really was something for everybody and the tour was very well planned time-wise to make the most of the light. We did dawn and sunset, as well as night shoots which gave us the chance to practise light streaks using both road and rail movement. Then in the harsher light of day we also had the opportunity to practise intentional camera movement (a particular love of Doug’s!) as well as doing some inside shots. Borough Market and the arcade at Leadenhall Market were particular hits.
Was the trip well organised, to give you enough time for everything?
Yes, it was a great experience, from the moment we arrived. Good choice of hotel by the way - comfortable and quirky in equal measure! Although we had a busy agenda there was no sense of being rushed, and Doug was very sensitive to our needs - stepping in when we needed help, and very willing to show us interesting techniques to produce unusual effects. The journey between locations often turned into a photography masterclass with everybody pitching in.
One last question, if a friend or colleague asked you whether they should consider a Light & Land tour, what would you say to them?
All I can say is WOW, I thoroughly enjoyed my second tour, and would definitely recommend Light & Land to others. It is a great opportunity to meet with people who all share the same passion for photography, together with a great deal of expertise on hand through the group leader. I must say, having travelled with several photography companies, Light & Land really get the extras right too. Good hotels, well situated, good places to eat which capture the essence of the place, and excellent transport arrangements between locations. It really does make all the difference.
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