Photography with David Tatnall Print E-mail
Written by Richard- Reservoir District SC   

Salmon RocksOn the 30th of October my expo team, 1A, had photography with David Tatnall. I was also student leader on that day so the day was really great and one of my goals was to get the most out of my photography lesson and that goal went great. Before we went out to the rock pools we were taught how to use the schools’ SLR camera. The whole camera is all manual, but it still has the same settings as a digital camera would, it’s just harder to use. We all had to split up into groups of 3 because there were only 4 SLR cameras, and there was only 48 shots to be taken. It didn’t take us long to figure out how the camera worked so before we knew it we were heading to the rock pools.

At the rock pools there were many interesting shots we could take with the SLR cameras or the ones we brought ourselves. The day before our photography lesson David Tatnall came to present his photo’s for our evening class and some of them had no sense of scale. The photo’s which had no sense of scale really inspired me to take photo’s like that.

Soon it was my shot to use the SLR camera and I was really excited to use it. Most of the photo’s I took had no sense of scale and when I showed people they would always think the pictures I took were massive boulders or mountains, they were really less than 30cm each! You really had to get down low if you wanted the rock pools to look really big, so most of the time I was laying on the ground taking those photos. One of the photos I waited for a massive wave to come crashing down near the rock pools on the other side of me so that I could capture a big wave in between 2 rocks, but once the picture was taken I had to run because that wave was about to crash down on me! I learned a lot about photography and ways of shooting photos, so overall the day was one great day.


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