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.
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.
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.
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.”