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Lovely stuff from Sheffield Park Garden

Posted in Sheffield Park Gardens, East Sussex on June 2nd, 2013 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We had a lovely group at Sheffield Park Garden, and despite the forecast fantastic weather. The geese and the ducks were much in evidence, with cute babies and slightly defensive parents. More than anywhere else we found that the white balance was an issue – the various shades of green could easily be lost if the camera went for auto white balance and tried to correct the non-existent fluorescent lighting. These pictures give a flavour of the day – there are many worse places to spend your time than around the lakes and reflecting pools at Sheffield Park Gardens.

As is often the case with National Trust landscape Gardens, the real trick here is to get shots that haven’t been designed hundreds of years ago. Your pictures should in theory be specific to you, and not to Capability Brown!

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Sheffield Park Garden photography course pictures

Posted in Sheffield Park Gardens, East Sussex on November 12th, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We love Sheffield Park Gardens for our photography courses – the reflections and the way the Capability Brown lakes cascade into each other make it a great photography location that a lot of people, even National Trust members, have never heard of.

It has particularly tame ducks – this is the kind of portrait shot that we like – low angle to blur the background and emphasise the bird, lots of sparkle in the eyes, good colours, what’s not to like?

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The reflections are particularly good – someone must have worked all this out!! Long shutter speed helps to keep the water flat here:

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We also like to encourage interesting portrait style shots that describe the landscape – using a low f stop with a linear feature makes things look more dramatic:
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Like our courses at Stourhead, the main problem with Sheffield Park Garden is trying to ensure you don’t take the views that Lancelot Brown marked out for us more than two hundred years ago! However, it’s those views that make these places such special places to visit.

Creative group at Sheffield Park Gardens

Posted in Sheffield Park Gardens, East Sussex on March 23rd, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

A fantastically creative group and despite torrential rain they got fantastic results.  They were sent out with a specific job to do which really focuses the mind!  They all agreed they had got photos that they would be proud to hang on their walls:

Creative photography course at Sheffield Park Gardens in the rain!

Posted in Sheffield Park Gardens, East Sussex on March 20th, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

Well, it started to rain, and it didn’t stop all day!! So yet another challenge for our intrepid creative photographer’s! Sometimes you just have to get on with it…..and we had some amazing images featuring the rain!

In reality, grey, overcast skies are preferable to bright, blue, sunny skies for photographers…..no nasty shadows, glary objects etc., but heavy rain is another matter!

Anyway, as you can see, they got some amazing photo’s, and just used the rain to their advantage…in others, you’d never even know that it was raining! Well done!