I love the local library, in fact I am a library junky, I visit 2 to 3 times a week.
It is only a 10 minute bike ride away
As well as books, it has computers, magazines, newspapers, music cd’s, movie video’s and most importantly it has air-conditioning. Apart from these it also organises a large number of workshops, information sessions and group activities from baby reading groups, computer training, book clubs, movie discussion groups, author encounters even knitting groups. The list each month is extensive and varied and this month I noticed a “snap happy” workshop presented by Jeff Licence the local area producer for ABC Open (the National radio and TV station) Now that sounds interesting. So I booked for a three-hour, free session.
Jeff is the ABC radio and TV coordinator for this area and for the first hour explains how we can share our photos on ABC’s “pic of the week” and also discussed aspects of photography composition skills.
We were a small group and shared our views about the sample photos Jeff put on the screen.
Then it was time to take our cameras outside and put into practice what we had talked about.
It was a drizzly sort of day, and the challenge was to find something to stir the imagination. So for the next hour we all prowled around taking photos of each other and anything else that caught our eye.
Taking from different angles.
A council worker having his lunch break was fair game for some of us.
I thought maybe I would show the damp day and use the rule of thirds in this shot.
Jeff was available to help and give pointers.
Then I concentrated for a while on angles and leading lines.
And of course I had to take this photo of a bench (for you Jude)
Then it was back into the library to show our photos and have the group offer feed-back.
It was amazing how a dozen people wandering around the same, rather limited, area could produce such a wide variety of photos. Not one was the same. Sometimes the same subject but from different angles.
It was a very enjoyable 3 hours.