Night-photography course an eyeopener for Edmonton teens
Capturing northern lights over Iceland 'probably the best experience I’ve had in my whole entire life'
Ashley Jarowka beams while showing off her latest creation.
"You have to picture the picture in your brain before you actually make it with the camera," the 16-year-old says.
You also need 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 just returned from their latest night-photography class trip.
"It is probably the best experience I've had in my whole entire life."
Teacher Lance Burns said snapping epic waterfalls, lagoons filled with icebergs, and seals was incredible.
Many cover the walls of his photography class at Ross Sheppard High School, at 111th Avenue and 125th Street.
For the last four years Burns has offered the night-photography course.
The kids come in after school and work for three and a half hours once a week.
"I think photography for these kids is an amazing outlet," Burns said.
Burns said it's a blend of art and technology driven by the passion to get the shot.
"Photography is something that really speaks to people's hearts more than it speaks to their heads."