Once in a while I take part in a photography workshop. This is for pleasure, meeting people and maybe to learn something from a professional. This time I attended the Hallerbos workshop lead by Wilco Dragt (http://www.wilcodragt.nl/). We met each other in the forest at 05:30 AM to be able to take advantage of the first light in the morning. The Hallerbos is famous for its bluebells and wild garlic (Allium ursinum) in spring. In an average spring we would have been too late I reckon but this year we were just in time for the great display of colors. We spent most of the day in the woods but I have to say that before the sun raised high enough to penetrate the woods, the light was of a higher quality. The best shots were taken before 9 AM, after that it was good light for macro shots.
I’ve never seen so many photographers on one spot at the same time before. Most shots will be a duplicate of the ones taken by others and to be able to make a shot that is outstanding, you have to try something different. But even then it is not a unique shot. Most of the shots I took are with the 70-200mm telezoom with a minimum depth of field. I tried to isolate some beech branches with fresh leaves and I think I succeeded in that attempt.
It was a very pleasant workshop with an informative leader and great fellow photographers. Thank you all!