Monday, September 8, 2008

Intentional Serendipity

Ghosts in the Sunset
Bonita Beach, Florida
Photo by Shelby Woodsmith

"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon."
-E. M. Forster

This summer, I have been teaching two teenagers how to use a camera. It's been a very cool experience. This age group is so quick and so ready to learn. Tonight, after a continuation of our lesson about depth of field, f/stops and shutter speed, they draped both my DSLRs around their necks and we headed off to the beach.

Early storm bands from Hurricane Ike, pushing up from the southeast, were flying by overhead. We dodged rainstorms and found the beach remarkably quiet and the nearshore water unbelievably calm. It was gorgeous. We had ripe light for a short while. I spent some time with them, working out distance/focus decisions, and then I turned them loose. "You're free until dark. Let's see what you can do. The only rule: don't limit yourself. Be creative!"

Looking over their bounty later, I found this image. I smiled proudly as we talked about why Shelby's mom appeared three times in this capture.

There seems no greater gift than watching a little lightbulb turn on.

Nikon D2x, Nikkor 50mm 1.8

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