Learning by looking down

By: firstpersonshooter

Jul 22 2014

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Category: Arkansas, Macro, Natural Light, Nature, Still Life, Travel

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Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:60mm
ISO:2000
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 50D

Working through a few photos taken at my Uncle Bill‘s spring photography workshop. It was a one-day shoot on a cool, wet, overcast afternoon on Petit Jean. We didn’t have great skies to work with or golden hour light, but Bill gave some great advice to the group before heading out – focus down and you can still find some magic. I tell my students constantly – this whole thing, photography, is all about light. The word itself – photograph – means to write or draw with light. It’s all about quality, direction, intensity. I learned a lot from looking down and hanging out with the other students in the class. One woman pointed out this dew-soaked spider web tucked underneath one of the brick guide rails that lead down to the Cypress Falls overlook. I took probably about 200 shots, and I’m still not quite sure if this is my favorite, but it set the tone for a great day of finding some really amazing, unexpected subjects. More to come.

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