Nighttime photography class a revelation for Edmonton teens

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Ashley Jarowka shines while showing off her latest creation.

“You have to imagine the image in your brain before you take it with the camera,” explains the 16-year-old.

It also takes patience.

The grade 11 student stood in an Icelandic snowbank for two hours in the middle of the night to capture the Northern Lights.

“I created this image there and I’m very, very proud of it,” Jarowka said.
Ashley Jarowka took this photo of the Northern Lights over Iceland on a recent night photography class trip with Ross Sheppard High School. (John Robertson / CBC)

She and nine other students have just returned from their last night photography class trip.

“It was probably the best experience I have had in my entire life.”

Teacher Lance Burns said capturing epic waterfalls, lagoons filled with icebergs and seals was amazing.

“We took over 24,000 photos,” Burns said.

Inside the Ross Sheppard High School Photography Program

Professor Lance Burns introduces us to the photography program at Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton. 1:18

Many cover the walls of his photography class at Ross Sheppard High School, 111th Avenue and 125th Street.

For the past four years, Burns has offered the Night Photography course.

The children come after school and work three and a half hours once a week.

“I think photography for these kids is an incredible outlet,” Burns said.

Beyond the basics of shutter speed, exposure, and lighting, students work with black light paint and other special effects.

‘Superb’ photograph by Edmonton teens

Kira Klar, Brooklynn Lowe, and Ashley Jarowaka share photography tips and tricks they learned at Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton. 2:54

Burns said it was a mix of art and technology driven by a passion for taking pictures.

“Photography is something that really speaks to people’s hearts more than it speaks to their heads.”

See more from Ross Sheppard High School on Our Edmonton Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m. on CBC TV.
Students at Ross Sheppard High School experimented with night photography. (John Robertson)


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