Shutterbugs 3 student Michelle Wells called her photograph ‘Burning Sky,’ and noted that she took the picture in her back yard on the automatic setting. She used no flash. ‘The sky was very dramatic on a cold, cloudy day,’ so Wells decided it was the perfect moment to snap a photo. Observing your surroundings from a different perspective, Wells said, was one of the many things she garnered from the SCC class taught by Gloria Edwards.
Calling the purple flowers discovered on a visit to the Biltmore House Asheville ‘Johnny Jump Ups,’ Shutterbugs 3 student Til Herring said she immediately pulled out her camera to capture the beauty of the blooms. The Jump Ups, or pansies, she said were a brilliant color. What she learned in the class: ‘the more pictures you take, the more you learn.’
Lucille Yancey took Gloria Edwards’ third level class, Shutterbugs 3, because she said she learned so much in the other two, she was excited to see what new doors Edwards would open up for her. Capturing the exquisiteness of a perfect Magnolia blossom in her front yard was one of those things. ‘It was one freshly opened blossom and I liked it because of the sharp lines and emphasis of the bloom,’ Yancey noted.
Karen Melvin’s selection for one of five final exam photos in her Shutterbugs 3 class was taken back in the winter, and captured what she entitled ‘Just chillin,’ a close-up shot of an iced-over tree branch she took from her back deck. She used the close-up setting to get the detail in the photo. The blurred background, she said, was on of the techniques she learned in Edwards’ class.
Using Aruba as her backdrop, Shutterbugs 3 student Maggie Williams captured this unique photo of the water and the rock formation above it. ‘I just liked the contrast,” Williams said of the photograph. What she learned in the third level class, she said, was how to hone the skills taught in Digital Do’s and Don’ts and Shutterbugs 2. ‘Plus I just love Gloria’s classes,’ Williams asserted.
Annette Johnson’s photograph, entitled ‘Peaceful’ captures the quiet, quaint setting on a Maryland lake, where tranquility seems to be the order of the day. Johnson selected the photo as one of her exam pierces because, she said, it showed a good example of using ‘the rule of thirds, with the sky, water and grass making up the photograph. I also liked the lines of the trees and chairs,’ she said.