Zen Jetty, Les Landes France.

A couple of years ago I went on a photography workshop in Biarritz with Jonathan Chritchley. It was the perfectly designed workshop for me. It struck the perfect balance between early morning shoots to catch the dawn light at amazing locations followed by a hearty breakfast in the company of a small number of like-minded enthusiasts. After breakfast we had time to ourselves to explore the beautiful, chic, town of Biarritz and its surrounding coast line. In the afternoon we would gather in Jonathan’s studio to edit and work on the images we had taken in the morning, each of us on the digital work station provided, so no need to lug that heavy laptop on your travels!

Storm, Biarritz France.

I learnt a lot about workflow on that trip. If anything held me up and slowed my progress with digital photography it was Photoshop. I had previously attended a course on Photoshop which was run by, I now realise, a non photographer. It’s such a vast program that its easy to get lost in it. You need to know enough to realise from a digital file, what was your vision at the time of capture but often its too easy to get lost in the labyrinth. What I learnt from Jonathan was a simple, quick and easy workflow that I still use today. The beauty of it is that I can spend more time out with my camera than in front of a screen.

However the perfect image starts at the time of capture and we also learnt lots of tricks and tips for that too. So this year from the 19th to the 22nd of June I will be assisting Jonathan on the same workshop in Biarritz, why not join us for a great few days that will change your photography forever, have a great holiday and see an amazing part of the world? see the full details of the workshop here

See the rest of the images in this set here

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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12 Responses to Biarritz

  1. susanfurber says:

    awesome – nice one Brian! I love your second image – whereabouts was this one shot?

    • Thanks Susan, it was shot in Biarritz itself and was a real case for always carrying a camera. We were staying in a campsite and had just gone out for a walk with the dog when this huge storm rolled in off the sea. I grabbed a couple of frames as I ran for shelter from the rain and this one was a real keeper!

  2. fg1984 says:

    Splendid images, Brian ! Really like the first one.

  3. These are spooky! Great photos.

  4. Wow – awesome photos!

  5. bwbears says:

    it has such a solitary and vintage feel…

  6. Breathtaking pictures! I really love the first one, what a serenity, so Zen! Wonderful.

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