Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Season of the Good Light Photography Workshop Class Web Gallery

A new gallery of student images from this past weekend's "Season of the Good Light Photography Workshop" in the Hocking Hills of southeastern Ohio. I had 18 enthusiastic workshop students, from college students to those recently retired. It was an action-packed weekend of photography sharing, learning and fun, from Friday to Sunday evening. We were able to photograph locations in Hocking Hills including Ash Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Rockbridge and Clear Creek. The staff and facility at our classroom location - The Inn at Cedar Falls - was the best. The problem was I ran out of time before I ran out of material to cover, but the most important - getting out in the field and capturing images - was accomplished.

I was hoping for some flowing water down in the gorges of Cedar Falls and Old Man's Cave, however, the last few weeks here in Ohio have been very dry. Nonetheless we still found many beautiful subjects to photograph, from a brilliant, hilltop sunrise on Saturday morning to sandstone abstracts on the walls of Ash Cave to wonderful shapes and textures of macro subjects in the meadow at Clear Creek.

One of the last things we do is a class image share and critique whereby I ask each student to select his or her favorite six images from the past two days. This was a lot of fun. It's so rewarding seeing the variety and quality of the images that all the workshop students capture throughout the course of the program. Even though as a group we photograph in the same locations, it's always great to see how each photographer makes his or her unique photographic discovery based on what attracts his or her creative eye.

And of course we were impressed with the images captured by Josh Mayes and his Panasonic point-and-shoot digital camera. Josh participated in three of my one-day workshops throughout last year, at Cox Arboretum in Dayton.

The following Picasa web gallery also includes pre-workshop images of beautiful scenes in Hawaii by workshop student Don Baker. Thanks Don !

This workshop was my first two-day, destination program in Hocking Hills. It went so well that I am now in the early stages of planning a similar program at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills for a weekend in late January or early February, with the subject being winter nature and landscape photography. My next scheduled workshops are two half-day programs set for Saturday, November 6 at Cox Arboretum in Dayton.

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