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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By David Novotny

 

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Blue Contest Winner

By Ruthann Pleus

 

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Suburbia Contest Winner

By Luke Berry

 

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

The day started out with wisdom search led by Joy. She shared how the Lord revealed that photography was her “big dream”, and that He’s given each of us a big dream that only through Him can it be fulfilled throughout the course of our lives. I know photography is not my big dream, but the Lord used this talk to renew my vision of how it fits in with, and supports, the dream and calling He has given me.

We then gathered up our camera equipment, filled our water bottles, and headed for Naperville for our second photo shoot. During the ride I was able to review some of my session notes and ask Peter, who was conveniently sitting on the seat in front of me, question after question about his session on lighting and others that inevitably popped into my head. This was very helpful as it concreted things in my mind and mentally prepared me for the next task at hand.

The photo shoot was the best part of my day! Through Rowan’s sessions yesterday on aperture and exposure, I finally understood those things that had confused me for so long… and now I was able to put that understanding into practice! It was exciting to know what to do to get that end result I wanted, and to know, right away, that some photos I started setting up for weren’t going to give me the desired effect because of the large amount of available light on this sunny morning. Also having Will’s critiques and suggestions from my photo assignments yesterday ringing in my head kept me thinking through things even more and having more of an “I really want this” intensity. Therefore, I took more shots, with various settings, of fewer subjects. I have a long way to go before this process comes naturally but I’ve experienced a difference already.

Another main area I’d hoped to gain a lot of information in was digital versus film photography and what to look for when purchasing a digital camera. These things were discussed this afternoon by Peter and Joy and even questions I didn’t know I had were answered! Mandy’s session on flashes was also good and helped me to see many ways that they can be used to achieve different results.

All of the instructors are a gold mine of information with the ability to explain it in understandable, applicable ways! I’m so glad I’m having the opportunity to attend this course! I’ve learned so much already and look forward to what next week holds!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Michele Garber

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Picture of the day

Picture of the Day

By Katie Pleckham

 

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Ancient Contest Winner

By Philip Roth

 

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Wet Contest Winner

By Evy Fredrickson

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Friday, May 13, 2005

We started out our day at 7:30 AM with a wisdom search led by one of the course instructors – Mandy Novotny. She spoke on finding joy in Christ during times which you don’t feel like being. Next, armed with our cameras and 36 exposures of film, we headed off for our first photo shoot of the course. Our destination was Graue Mill. We had five assignment pictures to take for practicing what had been taught last night, as well as two contest themes—ancient and wet. A challenging morning, but a very good experience.

Things like aperture, f-stop, macro, depth of field, shutter speed, and metering were several of the confusing terms explained in depth to us. Later, we had a personal critique session on our assignment shots by one of the instructors. Tips and suggestions to make a stonger image were given, to aid in improving the technical aspects of photography.

Great morning, excellent sessions, awesome instructors!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Katie Pleckham

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

May be Sung to the tune “The Yellow Rose of Texas”:

Let me tell a story that will give you lots of laughs:
I’m at a class to help me make Prizewinning Photographs!
If this seems unbelievable; completely not for real,
Then you should plug your ears with several yards of white chenile.

On Thursday night we gathered in a sealed off upper room,
Approximating the airflow of a Dark Age British tomb.
But problematic this was not; our fervor was not sapped
Thirteen brave souls, our focus on the teaching was quite rapt.

Miss Mandy taught us Composition: always fill the frame!
We learned the seven steps to spare us Photagrapher’s Shame!
Peter showed us nine aspects of Understanding Light,
Complete with physics lessons on this most enlightnening night!

—Prizewinning Photography Student Luke Kallberg

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