DLWS Michigan Day 1 09/17/2007

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We began our first day of DLWS Michigan with a trip to Fish Town. It’s a really funky (cool) location with some outstanding weathered wood shacks, a marina with the plethora of great photgraphic opportunities that a marina brings (boat details, fishing nets, etc) and a fudge shop to satisfy that sweet tooth when we were all shot out. It was a photographers wonderland. While working with one of the students on a scene with a plag fluttering in the breeze against one of the weathered wood buildings, I happened to look down and was mesmerized by the reflections in the water. The light was dancing across the water as the boats bobbed and the reflections were a colorful abstraction. Well, I’m not one to pass up an abstract when it slaps me in the face and so, I began clicking. Pretty soon there were several students gathered around working the reflections.  It’s always great to see the end results of several people shooting the same subject.  No two images are the same.  That’s one of the things I love most about DLWS; helping our students bring their visions of the world to reality by teaching them photography and then how to finish their images in the digital darkroom. I learned a really fun technique from Dan Burkholder (one of our previous guest shooters) called Gausian Glow, and this was the perfect subject to use it on.

Image captured with Nikon D2Xs with AF-S 70-200mm VR on Lexar 8gb 300X CF Card