Oh, my goooodness! The jump from week 7 to week 11 has been hectic for me!
My mentor, Garry, and I have been meeting twice every week for an hour to two hours each session. Most of the time we talk on the go as we are always moving between photography locations. Last Thursday, Garry and I spent 10 hours together and went over all of Vancouver to take pictures of architecture, water, bridges, and some great long exposure of the ocean and the sunset. He has been amazing and I have taken some fantastic photos that will be perfect for In-Depth night. Although Garry is my mentor, I feel like we have become really good friends and I hope to keep in contact with him after this all ends.
Please view my photos on Flickr as the more views I receive will allow my photos to be more noticed by larger and more professional photographers.
- What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?
Garry and I have constantly emailed each other back and forth whether it’s talking about our next meeting or just websites for outstanding photography. He has been really helpful with exposing different perspectives and certain “rules” that will make my photos ten times better!
- What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?
There are a lot of learning opportunities that I could use to assist with my photography skills. Some very easy and free opportunities are looking at other peoples work! Many people post their photos online on Flickr and that could improve my photos quite a bit. I could also join a specific course that teaches photography but that might not completely work as I need more of an artistic point of view.
- What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?
My mentor has suggested many times to get a software called Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is an application where you can edit and further enhance your photos. It will allow me to produce better photos that will could potentially be published. It does cost a bit for a subscription but a few days ago I had just purchased it for a minimum of three months. If it shows that it’s worth the money, I will renew it and continue to use it.
- When you get together what do you talk about?
When Garry and I meet we try our best to not talk the entire time, but instead go out and apply our earlier knowledge. When I say this, I mean that Garry and I talked for the first few meetings and after we have just been going around and taking photos. When we do talk on the run, I like to ask him about his past experiences and where he goes to take photos. In exchange, I tell him about the TALONS program and all the learning we do.
- What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?
Something that is going EXTREMELY well and I mean extremely, is the amount of communication that is occuring. We meet twice every week almost every week. As I said before, we email each other a lot and sometimes even call! When we meet face to face, both he and I are very open and just talk as if we have known each other for a longer amount of time.
- What are you learning about one another?
I have just started to learn how much time Garry spends on photography. He has really taken this as a passion and as a lifelong hobby. As for me, he stated last week that he actually has learned how much of a fast learner I am! I also think he is learning about my personality and my perspective in photography.