This past weekend, I led a two-day, black-and-white, long exposure workshop for Lúz Gallery and Studio.


The eight workshop participants encountered weather extremes in shooting for two days. Saturday was very sunny, forcing us to take a break in the middle of the day. Sunday was cloudy and rainy, but we were able to get out at sunrise for a couple of hours.

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We split our shooting between two local venues, Ogden Point breakwater and Ross Bay, although one adventurous student set out for a couple of different spots in search of optimal conditions.

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While most of the students shot digitally, a couple of the participants shot with film. And not just any film camera, but with an 8 x 10 and a 4 x 5. It was cool to see them in action and very interesting to see the combination of old and new technology in use; they used an iPhone app to level the cameras and an iPad app to calculate and time reciprocity failure.


It’s a cliche to say this, but the best part about leading a workshop like this is what I learned while doing it. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what the participants came up with and appreciate how self-directed and accommodating they were. So, a big thanks to them and to Quinton Gordon, co-owner of Lúz, who helped so much with the film shooters.

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