Workshops and Running Water in Harrietville
As I have already told you, last weekend I went to Harrietville for the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild to present some workshops. I went so I could do three workshops, or teach, I suppose is the right way of saying it. My workshop was to show people how to photograph their work and then how to put it on the computer so they could edit it some. It was pretty basic stuff, but that is all they needed. I did two workshops on Saturday and when the second one finished a little early I went for a walk with Jan and we took photos of the other workshops.
When there were no workshops, and those who didn’t want to go to them, this is what you could see everywhere. There were small groups, and there were big groups of people just sitting around spinning, weaving and knitting. They were out the front on the lawn, out the back under the verandah, right out the back under the pergola and inside in the common rooms. People were talking everywhere and working.
We stayed at the Mountain View Holiday Retreat which is a great place to stay. They cater for camps and very large groups. All our meals were provided with our accommodation and I wasn’t disappointed at all. The couple running it, Hillary and Michael, were friendly and very helpful. It was a good place to stay and I understand why the guild goes back there every year. Hillary was also great for information on where I could go to take photos.
After the workshops were done for the day on Saturday and I had finished taking photos of everyone I went for walk around the Ovens River.
The river is very full and running quite fast. A couple of weeks ago the river flooded and flooded much of Harrietville. You can’t tell on the road, but all along the river you can see where is happened. This part also flooded, but it wasn’t as bad. I remember the river as being lower and thought I would be able to walk to the other side in some places, but it was too fast and too deep. Though, it running fast meant I could get some great images.
In the above image I was standing in the river with my tripod. I had my gum boots on, they have been a fantastic purchase, the best $20.
This is from the other side of the log. I liked the lines of the water. The leaves in the water help create the effect and are like the start of the line. This was the very last image that I took along the river. It has started raining, so I was really happy to have got this shot.
I did take bracketed shots with all of these, thinking I would do HDR images, but in the end I just worked with one image. It was good having the bracketed shots though, I didn’t always use the one that was exposed correctly.
It was nice to get some good photos, well, I think they are, on the weekend. I like them. Overall it was a great weekend. I really thought I would be bored at times, but I wasn’t at all. There were always people to talk to and new things to find out about. I should have taken my knitting though, doesn’t matter, I don’t think I missed out on anything.