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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.

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  1. Ongoing Search #

    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.

    September 16, 2012
    • 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.

      September 16, 2012
  2. Oh, the snowdrops are blooming! It must be spring….
    Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post ;)

    September 16, 2012
    • 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 :)

      September 16, 2012
  3. Though it is a bit strange feel but I really like the lighting in the second photo.

    September 16, 2012
    • 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.

      September 16, 2012
      • 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.

        September 16, 2012
  4. Beautiful landscapes, and those shots with your pupils are great…these are serious photographers, so you must be teaching them well, Leanne!

    September 16, 2012
    • 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.

      September 17, 2012
  5. amazing pictures ;) :) :) Like

    September 16, 2012
  6. I love the first two images. Could I ask what you shot at and what (if any) work you did on them?

    September 17, 2012
    • 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?

      September 17, 2012
  7. Ed Spadoni #

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

    September 17, 2012
    • Thank you Ed, I think it did as well. It was great seeing them just go off to take their photos.

      September 17, 2012
  8. Oh yeah – these are great! Since I love scenery shots, the first two really got me, especially the flowers and the lighting on them.

    September 17, 2012
    • 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.

      September 17, 2012
      • I found that particular shot especially mesmerizing too! Love the lighting effect.

        September 17, 2012
  9. 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.

    September 17, 2012
    • Thank you, that is so nice of you. It is always great to hear that people enjoy what I do.

      September 17, 2012
  10. saymber #

    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.

    September 17, 2012
    • 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.

      September 17, 2012
  11. The lighting in these photos is so interesting and it does give them an eerie quality. So cool!

    September 17, 2012
    • Thanks Christa, it really took me by suprise. I love it when that happens.

      September 17, 2012
  12. This is great – so positive to see your class growing. Nice shots, too.

    September 17, 2012
    • 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.

      September 17, 2012
  13. Alice #

    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.

    September 17, 2012
    • What a great story and memory of your father. I love it, thanks for sharing it with me Alice.

      September 17, 2012
  14. Lay EWA #

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

    September 17, 2012
    • 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.

      September 17, 2012
  15. Little Brown Tomato (LBT) #

    Beautiful, beautiful images!

    September 17, 2012
  16. aura.van.beek #

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

    September 17, 2012
  17. I love HDR’s that don’t look like obvious HDR’s…great shots and well processed

    September 19, 2012
  18. Ok I don’t know why but that second one is amazing! HAHA! Totally stood out to me :)

    October 5, 2012
    • 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. :)

      October 12, 2012

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