So after a meet up at the hotel at the end of the first night where the conversation flowed about all sorts of photography related chat and who we all watched on youtube, it was time to get to bed and a 5.30am alarm call for the next morning.
Waiting for us at the car park for North Hill around 6.15am, Andy led us up the very steep slope to the the summit area. The wind was pretty strong and conditions wern't great but we persevered.
We all played with a few combinations of shot and explored what we could and we all said that if we dodnt get anything it was ok. I think in general despite the conditions we all did pretty well.
After a descent and a breakfast at the local pub, we all split for a few hours to relax and get ready for the afternoon shoot.
A change of plans due to the weather meant that we thought it would be best to go indoors. A few more photographers had joined us at that point, each experts in their own style of photo. After a quick 10 min intro for everyone and waiting for Andy we then decided on a plan. Luckily across the street from where a couple of us were staying was Great Malvern Priory.
Wikipedia: "It was was a Benedictine monastery c.1075-1540 and is now an Anglican parish church. In 1949 it was designated a Grade I listed building. It is a dominant building in the Great Malvern Conservation area. It has the largest display of 15th century stained glass in England, as well as the largest collection of Medieval floor and wall tiles. In 1860 major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It also the venue for concerts and civic services."
What a great venue to shoot in. The group all wandered freely and found their own compositions. One of mine is below.
Outside the weather wasnt good, the light was flat and fading and after a couple of hours shooting the obligatory curry followed.
Malvern is a great venue to shoot if you are in the area and please feel free to leave a comment if you want to know the best vantage points in the area.
So here it is folks, Day 2.
From inside Gt, Malvern Priory
Images from the episode.
So this weekend gone (21 Oct 2017) saw me visit Malvern in the beautiful county of Worcestershire in the UK.
About 18 months ago I bought a smart TV and this came equipped with YouTube as an app built in. Before this i'd never really watched the platform possibly only for the occasional funny video through Facebook and maybe playing random music choices. Now that I could control the TV with my phone and watch in the comfort of my sofa in the living room rather than under the stairs where my PC is based, I now started to look for videos on my 3 favorite passions. Hiking, photography and guitars...!
Starting with a few suggestions that YouTube offered based on these 3 searches was fantastic and introduced me to a few photographers i'd never come across before. The photography options I'd watched further suggested videos that I might like. Amongst these was a Malvern based pro photographer Andrew Maguire
Andys engaging photography and lifestyle vlog captivates and entertains while allowing you to appreciate the photography he creates and explains in detail the shots he is trying to get and the reality of life as a pro photographer.
One vlog announced a weekend meetup in the Malvern Hills and came with the opportunity to meet like minded photographers and see a part of the UK that I hadn't been to before. It was an opportunity I felt I should take. Only a short 2 hour drive from home, it's a perfect distance to travel to get some great shots.
So this lead to last weekend. With only 3 of us and Andy on the first evening and next morning shoot (sunset and sunrise) we were later joined by 4-5 others for the next evenings shoot which due to adverse weather, changed the original plans so that we went to shoot Malvern Priory. We weren't disappointed by this change. More about this in Part 2.
So here it is folks, the meet up - Day 1.
And the photo featured in the Vlog....
Images from the episode.