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A dolphin jumps through the waves,

always beautiful through rainy days.

Cheers you up no matter what you say,

a dolphin jumps through the waves, always beautiful

on rainy days.

Dolphin dolphin the human of the sea, so smart and so much to see.

A Rainy Day

The smell of the fresh dirt. The water dripping off the leaves. The nice cool breeze splashing water onto your face.

This is a story of a rainy day.

The rain pounded against the window, as if it were mad at something. Maybe the wind was pushing it hard and it was tired of the constant motion, or maybe it was something else. Maybe no one had even discovered why rain pounded against windows. Strange things I always thought, maybe I was very different from the world around me. I was always in a different world, not knowing what was happening around me. The one thing I always wondered was that what if I was just a tiny something compared to people in different worlds. Maybe in their worlds it was raining too.

Journey Higgs

Photography Tips: Close, Far, Up, Down

Last week in photography class, we explored ideas of what to do when you want to photograph your subject in a creative way but are at a loss for ideas.  One way to make your photo a little more interesting is to change your perspective and try photographing from UP CLOSE, from FAR AWAY, from HIGH UP, or from DOWN LOW.

Here are some of the images the sixth graders made while walking around town.  If you read the blog post about “Rule of Thirds” then you will notice that the students combined that lesson with this one in many of the photos!

Thank you to our photographers Colby, Lauren, Katie, Ryelle and Lisa!


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Rule of Thirds -Photography Class

Last week we learned a new photography tip:  The Rule of Thirds!  The Rule of Thirds is a visual guideline you can follow to create a composition that is pleasing to the eye.  It basically means that you imagine the photograph to be divided into nine equal parts by imagining 4 intersecting lines crossing over the image.  You then place the subject where those lines connect.  These connecting points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.

Here is a visual example of the lines and connecting points:

(Image credit to Jim Zuckerman)

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We made a few photos trying to stick to the Rule of Third guidelines:

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NOTE:  I like to think of this “rule” to be more of a guideline.  Calling it a rule make it sound like you always have to follow it, which you certainly don’t!  Above all, have fun making photographs and always keep experimenting.  🙂

Thanks to Harmony and Janeahy for being great models and photographers!

Silhouettes in Photography

The sixth graders are learning some neat photography skills.  Last week we worked on how to create an interesting silhouette image.

Here are some tips they would like to share:

  1.  It is great to have the light behind the subject.
  2. The subject should be doing something interesting, not just standing with their hands by their sides.  You need to see separation between the limbs.
  3. A “clean background” is best -you don’t want it cluttered with trees or powerlines.
  4. Sometimes the photographer needs to get really low to the ground so we see more of the subject and the clean background.

Here is an example of when the tips are not being followed:



Here are three images where we tried to keep all the tips in mind.  Next time we will try to get all the feet off the ground for more separation!