Reasons to Love Teaching

We used Steve's eye for this unusual portrait in the area where welders practice.
We used Steve’s eye for this unusual portrait in the area where welders practice.
Steve and Sharla photograph each other on the fire training tower.
Steve and Sharla photograph each other on the fire training tower.

I am in the middle of my intermediate/advanced class at Pontotoc Technology Center right now. Last night we had an excellent session, and I think everyone had lots of “ah ha” moments.

We started the evening with a walking tour inside the Tech Center, then as it cooled off outside and the light started to mature, we walked to the fire training area east of the main building and explored a bit. The light rapidly morphed into the so-called “golden moment,” and I was able to demonstrate both the advantages of last light, and the notion that you have to work fast in order to take advantage of it.

Sometimes when I am extra busy in the daily business of newspaper, I can forget how much I love teaching, but during sessions like last night’s, I remember why I get so much out of it. Hopefully my students feel the same way.

Team photo: our group, Steve, Micheala, Stephanie and Sharla,  makes pictures just as the golden moment fades into the blue hour.
Team photo: our group, Steve, Micheala, Stephanie and Sharla, makes pictures just as the golden moment fades into the blue hour.
In the minute or so we photographed this sunflower, the edge light on it went from strong to gone.
In the minute or so we photographed this sunflower, the edge light on it went from strong to gone.
Sharla smiles after we spotted her photographing some purple flowers in the east pasture at the Tech Center.
Sharla smiles after we spotted her photographing some purple flowers in the east pasture at the Tech Center.
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2 Comments

  1. “…as it cooled off outside and the light started to mature…”

    These things happen in a different order where I now live. Our daily high usually holds until well after the light is gone from the sky… At least from May through September. Your phrasing reminded me of cooler climes and the wonderful times I had there. 🙂

    “…the notion that you have to work fast in order to take advantage of it…”

    Even knowing this, I’m still often amazed at how quickly I have to scroll the ISO setting during that time of day.

    Final note: I share Sharla’s camera and her enjoyment of purple flowers. 🙂

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