Hasn’t it been wonderful to have a few days of spring sunshine? Yesterday Theo spent most of the day in the garden with his cousins wearing a t-shirt and bouncing on their trampoline (we need one for our garden too I think!)
As the afternoon sun started to set I was able to capture some photos of him in the spring sunshine and put into use some of the things I have been learning in my family photojournalism course…
ISO 1250 (oops!) / 50mm / f2.0 / 1/4000
I know I have mentioned the course a couple of times before, but one of the things I am enjoying most about it, is the way it has freed me to take differently composed and less “perfect” photos that capture a moment. The tutor Kirsten Lewis talks a lot about observing what is going on, not managing it, but waiting for a moment and I’m starting to see the effect that is having on my images.
I think this second photo is one I might have binned before the course because Theo is so low in the frame, but now I see something else, I see how I’ve shot it from his point of view with the hands of the bigger kids up high and I like it because it’s different and different is not just ok, it’s kind of special.
I’m also booked on to another “in person” photo course this year at the amazing West Dean College near Chichester. The college is in a stately home in acres of parkland and delicious meals are provided. I did a photojournalism course there 4 years ago and I’m going back to do natural light portraiture with the same tutor. West Dean is as much about the immersive learning experience as it is about what you are studying and I’m really looking forward to it!
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