Montara Beach Photo Camp: Day 3

Today we explored lighting and portraiture. The girls learned all sorts of techniques to make their friends laugh. For example the discovered if they told their friend to say "OK" then they would start laughing and get a natural expression.

Group photo by Leanne Taylor

Group photo by Leanne Taylor

We also explored motion photographing and in particular panning, where the subject is focused in motion, but the background is blurred.

We also explored motion photographing and in particular panning, where the subject is focused in motion, but the background is blurred.

Montara Beach Photo Camp: Day 1

On our first day we explored perspectives and composition. One of the exciting aspects of teaching young people how to photograph is that they are quick to learn and they naturally see the world creatively.

Finding new perspectives

Finding new perspectives

We also incorporated making upscaled jewelry at a fantastic place called Scraps in South San Francisco. It also provided unique photo opportunities. 

We also incorporated making upscaled jewelry at a fantastic place called Scraps in South San Francisco. It also provided unique photo opportunities. 

Light's Gift

I taught for eight years in a room that didn't have windows. The absence of light began to eat away at my soul. I am now in a brand new building that is flooded with glorious light each morning. The color, texture, warmth, shadows, and variety that light brings, lifts my day. Today's spotlight was on these beautiful Chinese lanterns my students decorated for the holiday.

Life is precious

Last night we lost a precious faculty member of our school, our junior high principal. He was a man who lived by doing, by showing his students he cared. My now high school students overflowed with admiration for a man who changed their lives. "I would have been kicked out if it wasn't for him," one said. "He personally took the time to work with me on my grades," another said. "He played basketball with us!" many more remembered. I am inspired by the positive influence one man has had on decades of students. Each child is precious. May we continue his legacy.

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A New Year of Photos

Neal Menschel, my documentary photography teacher at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies used to say something like, "If you ever get in a rut with photography, just change your lens." I did just this with my new plastic Holga lens from my in laws. Looking through a totally different lens forces me to see things differently and with this lens especially, more simply. Here's to a new year of photography, exploring light and life as they work together into precious moments.

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Spot News: I10 East Near Pepper Ave

We came across this on our way home on the I10 eastbound freeway near Pepper Avenue just after 3PM. The man in handcuffs had a long, thick stick and looked like he was either going to hit the police officer or the car behind him whilst standing in the third lane of the freeway. The officer was pointing a Taser at him. When the man approached the officer, the officer Tasered the man. The man dropped to the ground immediately. The man was then handcuffed and lead back across the four-lane freeway.

 

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