On March 19th and 29th, homeschool students joined PVAS staff for our “Capturing Spring” nature photography program. This program was led by Amy Moore, Abby Freidline and Emily Sperling.
Each student was provided their own Nikon DSLR camera and were challenged
to students practiced photography techniques such as automatically and manually focusing on a subject. Students also practiced using both the macro and and landscape settings on the cameras as they learned about depth of field and aperture.
Students then set out on the trails of Cool Spring Preserve to “Capture Spring” and capture signs of spring with their cameras. From close ups of wildflowers on the lawn, to worms, pill bugs, slugs, and even a salamander, students had fun getting up close and personal with these awesome critters. Some students even laid on the ground to get the perfect shot!
At the March 19th program, we practiced using fast shutter speeds as we tried to capture shots of students jumping. Later, a student lost a boot in the mud, which made for a great, humorous picture.
At the March 29th program, students were able to get pictures of a turtle swimming by at the pond. Later, one student managed to catch a green frog and students took some cute pictures of the frog sitting on the Adirondack chair along the creek.
What a blast it was to “capture” the signs of spring at Cool Spring Preserve. Their photos offer a fun & curious perspective of spring through a child’s lens.
At the end of both programs we projected everyone’s photos on a screen for all to enjoy. Students were then sent home with a copy of their photos or a flash drive or SD card.
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