So I was really excited to find out on our first day of class that we will be learning & discussing more about light & color than how to just take great photos. It’s one of those areas where I have tried to read about & teach myself, but it just doesn’t sink in. As a learner, I must see it, hear it, do it, & say it, to get it to soak in. So part of our first assignment, she gave us two parts. The first you saw with the piece of paper, the second took a little bit more thought and time. We had to pick a building and come back 6 different types throughout the day and snap one photo of it. You can kind of get the idea of what she wants us to look for; where is the light coming from and what is happening because of it. This, I’m hoping, will help us understand what our cameras are doing in different types of light. For the first two assignments we were allowed to use Auto (kind of boring), but she wanted the camera to do all the work and us to learn from it.
I am grateful in the fact that I live near the ocean and in a beautiful area. I picked an old boathouse for my building. I like the textured and the history it stood for. Plus it was an added bonus knowing there wouldn’t be a lot of foot traffic too! The day was filled with some interesting light, early morning fog cleared to blue skies in the afternoon, then revealing a painted skyline in the evening. It really looked as if the sky was on fire at sunset. It was breathtaking.
Our teacher also told us along with our assignments we should keep a light journal. Jotting down what colors we see, what the light is doing and how it makes us feel. It is harder said than done, I think. We all know how light makes us feel, especially at sunrise or sunset, but I think it’s much harder to pin-point which colors we actually see right then and there. She said that by the end of this class we will figure out which colors we tend to see most often and hopefully why!
What colors do you see? Old Boathouse @ Prescott Park.