As always with photography workshops you have to book well in advance and if it is going to be outside there is no control of the weather. I booked a workshop with Anthony Blake photography for Sunday 2nd December which was a walk round the city of Bath taking in the sights of this beautiful city and also the Christmas market which is on every year which gave us a chance to take some street scenes. Not my usual type of photography but I was looking forward to something different. The weather forecast all week was looking pretty grim, plenty of rain about and the Sunday didn’t disappoint it was pouring with rain and continued for most of the day! But landscape photographers are hardy souls and we made the most of what we had.

The first images we took was a challenge from Tony he gave us all a different photography exercise to have an attempt at. My challenge was to take Intentional Camera Movement or ICM images an artistic form where as you take a picture you move the camera which can produce an interesting image.

The image below was one I took and with the movement it shows the day it was with the rain lashing through the image. There are a few more ICM pictures on my Bath Gallery page Bath Image Gallery

Wet Bath!
Wet Bath streets!  12-24mm wide angle lens at  F22 1/5sec ISO100 fl 24mm

We then walked around the town taking street scenes. There was plenty to see plus little cobbled streets and the rain made reflections on the cobbles and added to the image.

Cobbled street in the rain.
Cobbled street in the rain.

We then made our way to towards the river Avon and Pultney Bridge to try a few landscape images. Being so wet and dull with flat lighting I decided that converting them to monochrome was the best option in post production.

Pultney Bridge
Pultney Bridge

Then we walked up to Bath Circus to take architectural images not easy as there are always cars and people in the way and it was challenging to find suitable compositions.

Townhouse Bath Circus
Townhouse Bath Circus

The next stop was the Royal Crescent, it was getting towards dusk by then and still wet and very dull but there were images to be had.

End of the Royal Crescent
End of the Royal Crescent

As the light was finally giving way to dark we headed back into the centre of Bath where it was still busy with shoppers and the market and we spent a couple of hours wandering around taking pictures of the city and the Christmas street scenes. There was so much to see, the stalls the side streets the floodlit abbey it was wonderful, full of opportunities to take pictures.

Colourful market stall.
Colourful market stall.

Our final stop was an island in the middle of the road near the station to take our final street scenes. Taking the Christmas decorations and the light trails from the vehicles on the road.

Bath Abbey scene
Bath Abbey scene

I have to say I really enjoyed the day and I think the rain helped, the reflections from the wet roads and pavements helped in the picture taking, it was a challenge at times keeping the camera dry and the rain off the lens.

One final picture, the last one I took looking back at the Rugby pitch from where we were taking the light trails, the floodlights were on after a match and I could see the rain lashing down in front of them so I took a quick picture which I thought summed up the day and the weather, but it didn’t matter it was one of the best workshops I have been on and I got some pictures!

It was a long but very enjoyable day and it challenged me to take images I have never tried before. I have a gallery of many the images I took on the workshop Bath Image Gallery

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