Work Based Learning – Burrs X Bonsai Workshop

On 12 and 13th November I was given the opportunity to photograph a Bonsai Tree Workshop as solo photographer for the event.  This involved taking photos of the trees being worked on and the people throughout the day.

The time spent at this event was from 10am until 3:30pm on the Saturday along with 3 hours post production times at home, and 12:30pm until 3:30pm with 2 hours post production times on the Sunday

All the photographs I took have been published at  run by one of the UK and Europe’s top Bonsai experts, Tony Tickle.


More formal Photographs of Trees which have been sent over to the owners of the Bonsai Trees that day.

Usually they are photographed against a black backdrop but came up with a joint idea as it is a more modern take on the subject to use a less usual colour of purple to contrast the tree more against the background using a single speedlight off camera to light the trees with bounce off the handily positioned aluminium light fitting above where I had been told to set up, The only main issue I had with the set-up is the provided table covering was still creased and a lot of spill marks on the wall where the purple had been painted on, if I  had known these problems before I arrived and doing this style of photograph on the day (this was added on at the end while at the venue), I would have provided my own kit and a white cloth with black backdrop uncreased to display the trees against, also the positioning of a fire alarm which has had to be cloned out of nearly every shot.


Film Scans Kentmere 400 rated at ISO200 developed 7mins 15 seconds in ID-11


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