The Practical Classroom

As I mentioned yesterday, I had my second class.  This one was about landscape photography and my thoughts on it.  I had the same people again, plus one.  It was nice to see the class growing.  We started in the classroom again, went over some old stuff and since they haven’t seen me for a month, there were questions.  It was great to see that they are all progressing with their images.

After out talk about landscape photography, it was time to try it out in the field, so we went to Edendale Farm to take some photos.  I think the practical experience is great for people learning about photography.   I am not there to take photos, but I did manage to take a few.

I don’t know what happened with this image, I really like it, but there is something surreal about it.  The lighting is so strange.  I don’t know what you think, but I was worried about it first, but then I got used to it.  It is nothing like what I remember.

This was the same, very strange, though, having said that, it does look better on this computer than it did on my laptop.  It was overcast, but the light was very bright.  I had a hard time seeing because of the brightness.  This image doesn’t look at all like I remembered the scene either.  It is always great when that happens.

What a great scene.  Here are my students with their tripods taking photos of all around them.  The farm was an interesting place to go and take photos.  I had never been there before, but the big paddock was empty so we were able to go in and take photos. The first two images I took were taken in there.

I remember what it was like when I first started photography, and they remind me of myself.  The questions and the thirst to improve.  It was a great experience.  I had a great time, I hope they did as well.  Afterwards we went back to the classroom and went through their images and I offered suggestions on how to improve their images.

The next class I am teaching at Living & Learning Nillumbik is next month on the 13th of October.  We are going to be photographing Still Life images.  I might have to take some of my lilies.  They are such lovely flowers.  I am going to be showing them how to use what light you have available to take these images.  Should be fun.

Tomorrow is my tutorial day.  I am going to be doing a tutorial on an image I was sent.  It was from someone who is also a blogger and she has kindly agreed to let me use it for a tutorial.  More details tomorrow.


  1. Ongoing Search says

    I like the pictures like the first one, sometimes to boost myself. I have a couple of pictures like the first one and every time I see them, feel the same like your reaction.

    • They are strange aren’t they? I keep looking at it and I know the light is wrong, but I kind of like it too. Thanks Ongoing.

    • Oh yes, they certainly were, and it certainly is. It is so nice to be getting some warmer days.
      I bet you can’t, haha :)

    • I wasn’t sure about the second one, but there is something about it, that I really like as well. I like the way the light catches on top of them and sort of collects them. Thank you.

      • Yes, that is exactly what I meant. Some how it draws your attention there. As you mentioned in the other post, this is an art. It is not necessary to have any explanation for every thing it has an effect on the viewer.

    • Thank you 1000, they said they were happy with how I was teaching them. I know they are just starting out, so the hardest part is not to confuse them too much.

    • Thank you, oh they are good questions, I don’t really take much notice of that, I know the ISO was the slowest, the aperture was around f11 or f14. I did a lot of work on them, they are both 5 image HDR’s processed in Photomatix Pro. I did a lot with curves, adding light here, and then decreasing it etc. Does that help?

  2. Ed Spadoni says

    Really love the photo of the three students witheir tripods. It captures the essence of what your class was all about.

  3. Oh yeah – these are great! Since I love scenery shots, the first two really got me, especially the flowers and the lighting on them.

    • Thank you LubbyGirl, I was a bit worried that people would hate them, I like them, and I like the flowers too, I find I can’t stop looking at it.

  4. I like to view your photos and read about the daily field trips. These are truly inspiring for me. Thank you for doing this. I am going to see if I can find what you offer here.

  5. saymber says

    The first picture does have that surreal/spooky feel you are so good at and when I saw the second one, my first thought was a fairy ring, fairies of light. Beautiful.

    • That first one, I think looks like some artificial lights have been turned, they haven’t, but it is weird. I like the second image too, I love what you said about the fairies of light. Thank you saymber.

    • That you Richard, it great to see it growing too. It would be nice to be able to keep doing this. I really enjoy it.

  6. Love the pictures of the students an their cameras. Most of the pictures of my father were of him taking pictures–he took forever, so we just snapped him for fun.

  7. Lay EWA says

    I wish I could join your class. :D
    Practice really makes perfect.
    Those landscapes are amazing.

    • It is a shame you can’t join me, I am thinking of writing some stuff to help people, may offer it for people to buy, still working it out.
      Glad you like the landscapes.

  8. aura.van.beek says

    the first two images would be the perfect background for tim burton movies! loving it : )

    • That is my favourite as well. I put a lot of effort into it Amanda, I am so glad you like it as well, thanks. :)

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