This past weekend I went to Friendship Park to take photographs of Friendship Fountain, Jacksonville, Florida. I stayed through the afternoon and evening, and these are the photographs I took:
That is my daytime photograph of Friendship Fountain. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
And these are the evening photos I took. There is a colored light display, and the fountain varies from low to high:
That is Friendship Fountain lit in blue. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
That is Friendship Fountain lit in pink. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
That is Friendship Fountain lit in deep pink. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
That is Friendship Fountain lit in green. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
From the park, I took this picture across the way from Fountain Landing:
That is across from Friendship Landing during the day. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
In the evening, I moved up to Fountain Landing to take the photograph across the way:
That is across from Friendship Landing during the evening. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
This is my favorite picture from that day:
That the Acosta Bridge during the evening. If you would like to see that full sized, click here.
Now, those of you that have followed me for a while are probably wondering if I was sprinkled with magical photographic fairy dust. There is no way Ann took those pictures, is probably what is running through your mind.
But I did.
You could say I was sprinkled with magical photographic fairy dust, or more accurately you could say I was there for lessons, and had a fantastic teacher.
And you would be correct.
Hubby saw Remember Forever listed on Amazon local one day, and asked if I was interested. Since I knew I needed photography lessons – I recognize I am a terrible photographer – I decided to sign up for the landscape and evening classes.
Worth. Every. Penny. And more.
Luke Ballard was my instructor. He and his wife are Australians currently on a journey across America to photograph the sites, and give lessons. They are six weeks into their journey, and it has already been er, exciting for them. But I’ll leave the stories for their book, or for you to enjoy if you decide to take one of their Tour Across America lessons. They will be teaching in 40 cities, over the course of 10 months. Buffalo is actually their second last stop on the tour in November, and I very well may sign up for advanced travel photography (poor Luke).
Luke has literally been all over the world shopping travel photography. He’s the real deal. And yet he was able to teach me at a level I could understand, was very patient when I screwed up or did not remember, and offered more tips than you can possibly imagine. There is something to be said for someone that knowledgeable to be able to clearly teach a newbie like me.
If you live near one of the major cities on their tour and have a DSLR camera, are interested in bettering your photography, and have a few hours (and dollars) to spare, I would definitely recommend you book one of his classes. Heck, if you book the night photography class, Luke will even teach you how to take pictures of moving vehicles that look like this! (again, not photoshopped)