Home > Bhutan Workshop > Day 2: Monday, Our First Full Day

Our first full day and WOW!  These guys have us floored…and today is only Monday. In one day. This morning we covered two ways of controlling exposure when photographing: aperture and shutter speed.  But not only did we get to explain and practice making correct exposures using one or the other of these as the base number, we also learned the aesthetic controls associated with using each approach creatively.  One exercise requiring Will to run laps in the snow while the students learned first to freeze motion, then to let it blur in the image, and finally to pan with the subject in motion to add a sense of dynamism.  After Will’s exercise,  strange calm fell over the hotel as the students were completely absorbed in what they were doing. In fact by lunchtime they’d already developed a photographers propensity for lateness., “just one more photograph.”

After lunch we all loaded into our purple mini-buses and headed to Drugyel Dzong, an old fortress ruin at the end of the valley.  Historically this fortress was built to hold off the invaders from neighboring lands and has stood since it was built almost four hundred years ago within sight of Jumolhari Peak,  Bhutan’s tallest mountain; the 7,326 meter high mountain.  Once we got to the temple, everyone went crazy.  Prayer wheels and prayer flags in the trees, Dzong doors and windows, old stairs and hatchways would through the buildings and from the tops of the tumble-down walls we could see the villages far in the valley below.  The kids took every advantage of the scenery and the continuous shooting mode (an unintended consequence of our previous shutter speed exercise.)At the end of the day when we came home we had nearly 650 images from EACH student.  That made download and edit rather long, but we got through it after dinner, and we’re excited to share what we’ve seen in our first big group critique tomorrow morning.

The really fun part is that after just one-and-a-half days, we’re getting to know the kids better and we have some really interesting students among us.  In my group alone, I have a painter, a football player, two parkour runners (half the Paro Bhutanese freerunning crew), and two of the shyest but most amazing photographers I’ve met in a long time!  This week really is going to be a treat!

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  • Amy

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Amazing, What a day, I was there in sprirt running along with Will of course!!

  • Gary Shaye

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    January 16, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Wow. What tremendous pictures. And hard to believe you are at the beginning of the workshop. Wish I was there, but feel like I am there by looking at the workshop and what you are producing. Thanks for posting and sharing and please continue to do so.

  • Bleu Blakslee

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    January 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I agree with Gary- fantastic pictures. I can’t believe you are only in your first full day of the workshop. 650 photos per student says a lot about how they are enjoying this opportunity.
    It is very fun reading the blog having just been in Bhutan. I have a soft spot in my heart for this country- beautiful people.
    Looking forward to reading the next post.
    Thank you.
    Bleu

  • Dawa Penjor

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    January 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Got an email from someone named Deepti Immaraju on behalf of Fredric. I would love to meet and discuss mutual interest if the team plans to come to Thimphu. Best, Dawa

    • Fred

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      January 17, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Hi, Dawa,
      Please join us for the Graduation Ceremony on Saturday at Noon at Vast Gallery. I hope to see you there.
      Fred

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