Learning Curve

Photography students
Photography students

As I teach deeper and deeper into intermediate digital photography, I am finding that I am guided by intuition, in much the same way that film directors like Francis Coppola make their movies. I feel, and probably always will feel, that going into the field and shooting is more valuable to my students than listening to me describe f-stops and Bayer patterns by a factor of one grillion.

To that end, tonight I arranged to have the Ada Fire Department being a crew out to the Pontotoc Technology Center to do a couple of training exercises at their fire training tower. It was supposed to be a bit of a surprise for my students, but one of them is actually married to one of the firefighters who was training tonight. Despite that, we all had an excellent time, and made some neat photos.

Afterwards we took a short nature walk in the archery woods to the south. On the way back to the classroom, we discovered a very cool thunderstorm forming to the west, with the sun setting directly behind it. It, too, made pictures, and in the end it seemed like a productive session.

Burgeoning thunderstorm
Burgeoning thunderstorm
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