Teaching Daze – Punta Gorda, Florida

Last night I was at Gilchrest Park in Punta Gorda, Florida to meet my photography students. During my photography classes that I teach at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda, I think that it’s important to have “field trips” as well as classroom discussion. Anyone can stand in front of a white board and spell out facts and theory. It has been my experience that classroom discussion is needed to help create the ground work, however if the students don’t actually practice what they are learning, it will never sink in.

I arrived at the park about 30 minutes early. I always like to scout out the location and see if there is anything special going on that may be of value or something that should be avoided like a wedding. It was a quiet day so we had free reign. One of the questions that I get most is how to blur the background. During the classroom discussion I explained that the bigger the aperture (smaller number such as f/2.8) that this would result in a blurred background. It has been raining the past few days so the flowers were in pretty good shape. I had my 50mm f/1.4 lens on the camera so I set the aperture up for f/2.8 and took a few samples to show my students.

 Flowers by the harbor.

 As you can see that the open aperture really makes the front most flower pop out. As I looked around there were some other flowers that had some buzzing coming from them. I thought that this would be worth a look. As I approached the flowers, I saw some honey bees working over the flowers to gather some nectar. Me being allergic to bees and not wanting to have to cancel the class, I switched my lens to my 18mm-200mm lens. I racked out the lens to 200mm. This allowed me to get close enough without the possibility of getting stung. I took about 100 photos. I photos that follow are the best ones in my opinion of the lot. I like to see insects flying, not just sitting there.

 Prepare for landing!

 Any nectar in there?

 After the class was over, the sun was setting over the harbor. With the weather being unsettled over the past couple of days, you get some really neat sunsets. As it got later, fishermen starting showing up on the fishing pier to throw their lines and hope to catch something. I liked how the orange streak ran across the sky and added to this wonderful color palette.

 Beautiful blue sunset.

We have been busy working on a few things. It is my intention to keep updating the blog on a regular basis. I appreciate everyone’s patience.

Until Next Time…

Keep Your Glass Clean

Spencer

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