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Photos From Milton Locks Photo Walkshop

The walkshop photographers line up in the summer sun next to the old fishing boat out on the low tide mud of Langstone Harbour

Photos From Milton Locks Photo Walkshop

FOR THE 59th PHOTOGRAPHY WALKSHOP EXPLORED MILTON LOCKS AT LOW TIDE

We’ll be adding the March, April & May spring photography walkshops later this week.

The 59th photography walkshop was at Milton Locks in Portsmouth at lowest tide and on a glorious summer’s day. We began at the nature reserve entrance and entered the tree lined path before starting out looking at different focusing techniques. The tree branches and leaves were great for working on off-centre focusing and the small plants and flowers in pockets of light from the tree canopy allowed us to really stretch our skills on getting maximum sharpness when the subject is small or fine.

The tree branches and leaves were great for working on off-centre focusing and the small plants and flowers in pockets of light from the tree canopy allowed us to really stretch our skills…

In a pocket of sunlight a fine stalked plant reaches up
A splash of red of a plant deep within green grass
A brown butterfly sits camouflaged on a green leaf in the sun
A photographer focuses on a leaf of a tree in the nature reserve

The tide was at its lowest point and it meant we could go out on the mud and explore…

We headed out of the wooded part of the reserve to the grassland space. Here also were different plants and wild flowers, plus many, many different butterflies and insects. Soon were were down at the Langstone Harbour shoreline. This part of the harbour is often called Lock Lake or Milton Lake, even though it isn’t strictly a lake but a shallow pocket of the harbour itself. The tide was at its lowest point and it meant we could go out on the mud and explore. We worked on Rule of Thirds, textures and perspectives, aiming to capture low angles of the derelict boats out in the channel and deep mud.

Photographers look out over the empty lake at low tide
Going for the low angle, a photographer bends down to capture the surface of the low tide mud
A photographer smiles to the camera as he lays on the sun dried mud of the low tide harbour shoreline
Looking low out on to the harbour at low tide, remains of old derelict boats sit out on the mud
Drying seaweed coves the remains of a wooden boat
A torn piece of paper has 'Harbour' written on it, in the low tide mud of Langstone Harbour

We headed along the shore and tide wall, looking at the remains of what was the Milton Locks community of chalets and houseboats. Old, worn concrete steps led up to what once would have been someone’s home. The boardwalk was a great spot for exploring leading lines and some in the wild portraiture. We were soon down to the remains of the old boat, one of the last signs of the houseboats that occupied this area for almost 70 years. With the tide out we could walk out to the old sea lock entrance and discover old objects in the mud and seaweed.

The boardwalk was a great spot for exploring leading lines and some in the wild portraiture…

Two photographers look up at the same subject
Photographer gets the high view of the harbour from up on the sea wall
Photographer smiles as she gets her shot in focus
Looking along the sea wall line to a photographer looking out on to the harbour
Old concrete steps overgrown with wild grass lead up to what once was the old Milton Locks community
Bright orange lichen cover the worn wood of the boardwalk
Bright orange lichen cover the worn wood of the boardwalk
Tiny shells cover an old concrete slab that normally dwells underwater when the tide is up
A photographer spies a view through a hole in the sea wall, looking at the light coming through the boardwalk
Looking through a worn hole in the concrete the lines of light fall on the stones and sand under the boardwalk

The last stop of the walkshop was out to a tied up old fishing boat, sat on the mud but safe enough to reach and explore…

The last stop of the walkshop was out to a tied up old fishing boat, sat on the mud but safe enough to reach and explore. The bright orange peeling paint, rusty chains and knotted rope was a perfect place to finish and develop the techniques we had worked on over the previous two hours. Once we wrapped up a few people took advantage of the weather and tide conditions and headed down the long slipway to the channel, revealing views out over the beautiful harbour. Thanks to everyone who came along!

A photographer sits on the slipway, looking beyond the large fishboat sat on the mud and down to the channel
Following the seaweed covered rope up to the rusty blue hull of the fishboat stranded out on the low tide mud of the harbour
A seaweed covered mooring rope leads down from the old fishing boat to the low tide mud, it is reflected in a puddle of water
A rope is tied off on the rusty orange post of the fishing boat
Looking along the rusty hull a photographer stands looking in to the boat through a hole in the hull

Want to get involved and come along to one of our walkshops? Find out more about the many different upcoming walkshops at:

www.photowalkshops.com

Check the Strong Island Photo Walkshops Instagram account packed with photos from all of the last 80+ walkshops:

www.instagram.com/PhotoWalkshops

We also have a Facebook page for Photography Walkshops, with more photos and information plus, if you like, leave us a review too:

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Two birds perch on two posts at the bottom of the slipway, where the low tide mud finally meets the channel

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