…the essay question every September when we returned from summer holidays: What I did this Summer. It always brought feelings of anxiety and worry…
Since my personal summer playtime is over for now, I thought this would be a good topic to share. Today marks the first day of Art Quilt Campus with twelve excited participants at Shekinah Retreat Center in Central Saskatchewan. We have limited internet access and I decided to schedule this post, and a couple more till I am back in my studio later this month. I will share images and experiences about Art Quilt Campus, no worries. It will just have to wait till I have regular internet connectivity!
Back to today’s topic, of what I did this summer… As you already know, I love photography and with capturing the Aurora Borealis in late June and early July I realized that night photography is very different from daytime photography. I was unable to find a book on the topic with in-depth information. Imagine my surprise when I found an email newsletter from PPSOP (Perfect Picture School of Photography) in my inbox on July 2nd, advertising an upcoming class on “Night Photography.” The workshop was to begin on July 5th. A quick scan over the supply list confirmed that I needed very few extra supplies. I signed up.
Colin and I ventured out many nights to make photos. Little did we know that most of the assignments would take place after twilight. We became regular night owls, and once we even got up at 4 am to witness the crescent moon setting.
The instructor built up the assignments slowly, and eventually we were to shoots star trails. Kevin Adams was great! His detailed critiques were very helpful and really helped hone our skills. Handouts were detailed and provided the great information I have not been able to locate anywhere else. I have assembled a book-like folder for future reference. The folder is with me this week. There are meteor showers in the forecast, and with living in a dark place for the next five nights I will be packing my tripod, camera and remote shutter release all over the property.
Today’s images were the first I submitted after a week of “getting my feet wet” in twilight and night photography. The assignment called for a wide-angle skyline at twilight, light trails from cars, a twilight street scene and a place that was illuminated at night. Enjoy the slide show.