On September 29th, PVAS offered our fall Nature Photography program at Cool Spring Preserve. Homeschool students aged 8-12 joined Americorps Educator Gus Rasich and Lead Naturalist/Teacher Amy Moore to learn how to capture the flora and fauna of the preserve and gain hands-on experience.
Students were prepared with the technical basics of using a DSLR camera, and explored the artistic elements of composition, contrast, and color. After viewing the work of famous nature photographers, and a group discussion about the impact of visual storytelling-students were excited to do it themselves! With challenges to capture complimentary colors, patterns in nature, and contrast; they set out on a hike of the Marsh trail.
Surrounded by blooming wildflowers and bustling insects, these young photographers captured some great moments. Along with practicing creative skills, students learned about the plant life native to their area. Instructors were impressed to see students employing techniques such as framing, changing perspective, and experimenting with lighting. At the end of the day, students got to take home their photographs to share with their families.