Posted by: photographytuition | September 16, 2011

An American photographer in Wales

I had the great pleasure in taking Gretchen Hayhurst out a couple of times this week on photography trips. I’d like to think Gretchen, who comes from Oregon, USA, came to me for my world renown photography teaching skills however I suspect it was because I had a car and she wanted ferrying around!

Gretchen Hayhurst and me on the Black and White village trail, Weobley, Herefordshire. Photo by Doris Cruickshank.

Gretchen is a very accomplished and enthusiastic photographer. Her kit includes a full frame digital SLR camera and lenses, an old 6cm x 6cm film camera (Hasselblad) and a really compact, pinhole camera. What’s more she insists on carrying it all herself! And she gets up at 4-30am to catch the sunrise, goes out to catch the sunset and never seems to eat!

It’s worth taking a look at Gretchens pinhole shots. Google Gretchen Hayhurst and click on BBC Viewfinder, Let the Light In, World Pinhole Day. Further down the BBC page is a link to more of Gretchen’s work.

Gretchen in Weobley. Nikon D7000 ISO 200. 16-85mm lens at 16mm. 1/350sec f8.

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  1. Hey, how can you say that? It wasn’t just your car that attracted me to you…wink wink…I really did appreciate your insight and remember I am holding my camera differently and checking my screen more. And I’ll eat when I have time.
    Seriously, thank you so much for the kind words and the help with my photography.

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