Well the inaugural Love Your Lens guided photography walk took place on Saturday and I hope it will be the first of many. I met up with six members of the Love Your Lens Facebook group at the famous Chester Cross next to a lively puppet show. Everyone was looking forward to seeing what the city had to offer in terms of photo opportunities. In fact there’s so much that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start.
That’s why a guided photography walk is a lovely idea – let someone else worry about the route, where to start and where all the interesting places are. I’m familiar with Chester, its many beautiful side streets, buildings, the beautiful and unusual Rows, the Roman walls and the lovely Dee riverside. However, I still took the safe option of throughly planning our route, doing a complete walk through and of course testing out the cream tea at the end!
Knowing that it’s tempting to shoot away indiscriminately I set everyone the challenge of capturing “a sense of place” and gave some quick pointers on best camera settings.
We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and enjoyed warm autumnal sunshine and beautiful light. As we moved from bright sunlight into covered walkways there were lots of opportunity to master exposure and discuss how to best frame a shot.
Here are some of the shots I got, which I hope give a flavour of the experience. We encountered many friendly and interesting people along the way, giving us more great subjects to photograph.
The next Love Your Lens guided photography walk is fully booked but if you sign up for the newsletter at the top of the page I will keep you informed of future dates.