“Friendship is born at that moment when one person
says to another: What! You too?
I thought I was the only one.”
~ C. S. Lewis
Great day, yesterday, shooting/working with our GNPA Focus on Fundamentals class.
It's my honor to be helping lead these sessions, where we're working one-on-one with attendees, to learn camera setting basics and the decision tree of shooting on manual.
And since we're Georgia Nature Photographer's Association (GNPA), we were shooting outside at George Pierce Park in Suwanee--somewhere I'd never shot before.
Nothing beats being inspired by others' excitement to learn and share what they're shooting!
There's a set of "class" images at the end of the post.
But while early-morning scouting locations to shoot, I stumbled across these beautiful bedding flowers, still in partial shadow--and what's a girl with Lensbaby to do???
We were there to teach, but honestly I think I'm in it for the friendship, the camaraderie, the chance to discover things with others who love to wander and look for things to capture, too.
Outdoor things that stop your breath and are worth working in the heat and bugs and blaring sunlight to stumble across and be amazed by.
Like these tiny beauties.
I was on my side, crawling around the edge of a flower bed near the road when the one of the other guides arrived.
"Anna, I should have known I'd find you face first in those flowers."
It's good to be understood and accepted for your kookiness.
It's wonderful to share and help and be helped by friends who simply want to spend the time and enjoy the process, too.
Whatever your passion, find the best buddies in the world to share it with--like I have with GNPA!
Here are some of the "class" pictures, taken while walking with students around the park to, discovering what to shoot and how to shoot it.
All captures with my Nikon D7100 and Tamron 18-400 lens.
Nothing too sharp. All "practice" images taken on the fly while I worked with others. Great memories, every one, of the smiles on students' faces as they learned to capture their own moments. Sweet!