A CFWI Photography Day Out

Crowlas & Ludgvan WI member Ruth Airey recently attended a CFWI session on ‘Close-Up Photography’ led by photographer David Chapman at Marsh Villas Gardens in Par. She has kindly written about it so she can share her experience of the day. (I have included some samples of the lovely photos Ruth took on the day.)


We set out early wondering quite what was going to happen as the weather wasn’t looking good.  It was raining and very, very, grey indeed with not a glimmer of bright sky anywhere, although it was very hot.

When we arrived at Marsh Villas Gardens in Par, the rain had stopped although the sun had not yet appeared. We were told that conditions were perfect for our photography. We all met in a small building for coffee where we were introduced to David Chapman.

David gave an excellent talk on the general composition of photographs and other techniques, tips and tricks. He also talked about the different styles of cameras – compact, bridge and SLR. Within the group all these were present.

Then the fun started!!!

With cameras (and tripods) at the ready we ventured out to find the weather just kept on improving. We didn’t have to move far to find subjects to practice with either as the gardens are amazing!

After a few teething problems with various different cameras (no two were alike) the gardens were invaded by ladies on a mission. David was available to help with any problems and to advise us on how to improve “that one special” shot.

It was really lovely to have time to look at what we were taking photos of instead of pointing and clicking the camera. Even those with the compact cameras were thinking about how their final photograph would turn out instead of thinking “Oh, that’s nice” I must take a picture!”

Some of us were even to be found sitting or kneeling in the wet grass to get the photograph we wanted. The results were well worth it and we soon dried out!

My husband made friends with a tiny frog (there were literally hundreds hopping across the lawns). Not only that, but the owner of the gardens gave him some mementos of the day: some logs and slices of tree for his woodwork!

Overall it was a fantastic day and one that will be remembered for a long time.


If this has inspired any of you to have a play around with your camera, you may want to join our new Camera Club. See Helen for more information.

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