Stepping out of my comfort zone with Ethan Meleg’s Wildflower Workshop

 

This past weekend my husband and I packed up the car and took off for one of our favourite places, Tobermory, for a weekend. We were there for photographic learning and geeky-ness with one of Canada’s award winning outdoor photographers we have the pleasure of calling a mentor and friend, Ethan Meleg. (Check out his work at www.ethanmeleg.com)

 

Two summers ago my husband Ross and I attended Ethan’s Landscape Photography Workshop in Killarney and it was amazing! Beautiful landscapes, great people, and some time to get back to the love of photography.

 

This time we joined Ethan for something a little more detailed, wildflowers.
The first thing I learned…we have a heck of a lot more beautiful wildflowers growing naturally in our province then I ever knew. Like…more than 50 varieties of Orchids alone with 40 or so of them calling the Bruce Penninsula home. I never would have know that if not for this Wildflower Photography Workshop.

 

From there it was about getting back to basics. Unlike a wedding day or studio portrait session, I could not move my subject to get the lighting or backdrop I wanted. I had to look around me and find the best options based on the position of the flower. I also had to explore things like…

  • my vantage point (which flowers should be photographed side on? which ones look better photographed straight down on? which angle gives me the best background and lighting?)
  • my depth of field (how much of the background do I want to show? is it adding to the image or distracting from it?)
  • and so much more!

It really took me out of my comfort zone but in some ways it took me back to basics.

 

I am excited to share more about the weekend and the awesomeness that happened there. For today though, I hope you enjoy this little video of some of my first images from the weekend.