Battling the Elements

Looking south at last light.
Looking south at last light.

We had another absolutely great session of advanced photography tonight, with eight students, including two good friends of mine.

We started the night outside, since we had about 25 minutes of light when class began at 6. Much of the day had been cloudy, but the sky was clear by evening, and the sunset was excellent. I try to teach is that it’s one thing to shoot a pretty sunset, but entirely another to capture a sunset with some kind of compositional element; a church steeple, a wooden fence, a crooked tree, the line of mountains in the distance, whatever. An element like that gives the viewer a more complete feel for the experience. In this case we used three different elements, items we had on hand: bare trees, a barbed wire fence, and of course each other. In all three cases, I believe we were able to take advantage of the moment and make some excellent images.

Using a photographer as a compositional element against a beautiful evening sky.
Using a photographer as a compositional element against a beautiful evening sky.

Since it was fairly cold by class time, and at least one of our group didn’t have a coat at all (I lent her a fleece pullover and my gloves), we went inside and warmed up. By the time we were ready to go back outside, it was fully dark, and time for painting with light. I always like this one, since it is exciting for everyone to see the results. As usual, we photographed my car, Jean Claude Grand Am.

A photographer takes aim at the evening sky.
A photographer takes aim at the evening sky.

Inside again and warmed up, we prowled the halls of the vo-tech for a while, exploring and making pictures. I like that exercise as well, since we end up photographing things we normally would ignore, and find ways to make the mundane look interesting. The best of it was the water fountains.

In the end, I think everyone had a great time, and I hope I opened some doors for them. We have two more sessions, and I can hardly wait.

Splish splash; this photo shows how electronic flash freezes action.
Splish splash; this photo shows how electronic flash freezes action.
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3 Comments

  1. I especially like the second image, but then I’m a sucker for images of photographers. 🙂

    And thank you (sincerely) for reminding me to look for compositional elements when taking pictures of nature. It’s one reason I read your blog; even when I don’t learn something, I’m reminded of something I have forgotten. 🙂

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