Composition in the Field: White Rock Lake

Dallas is full of skyscrapers and exhaust-spewing cars. If you need a spot of calm and natural beauty, the perfect place to go is White Rock Lake and its surrounding park. Known as an "urban oasis," it is a refuge for runners, hikers and cyclists, fishing, boating, and wildflowers. The grounds also contain the Bath House Cultural Center and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
This idyllic landscape is perfect for a Composition in the Field class!
Animals thrive in this haven, offering the perfect time to capture some small wildlife images. Your instructor will teach you how to pan, focusing on a moving object (in this case, a scurrying squirrel) and blurring its surroundings. This is just one of the many compositional tips and techniques you will learn in this class!
You will also learn how to use water to create compelling and appealing images. The peaceful waters of the lake on a quiet day reflect a serene blue sky, interrupted only by a bright red bobber, barely dimpling the surface. On a windy day, the ripples and waves of the lake will distort the reflection in interesting and strange ways. Either situation can lead to fantastical images!
Here, a section of the creek feeding into the lake is pictured. Your instructor will teach you how to use your camera as a tool to create the above velvety-soft effect of the water flowing over rocks, or to capture a split-second image with crisp water droplets in mid-air. Both of these effects are caused by experimenting with shutter speeds. 
This class will also address natural light -- its advantages and disadvantages, both. Your intructor will teach you how to best use it in order to highlight parts of an image. This paper-white egret stands out against a dark background, creating a dramatic contrast. Color contrast is not always black and white, though (pun intended). You will learn which colors to play against each other for powerful images.
This is also a perfect opportunity for portraits of fishers, runners, and those who are simply enjoying the beautiful scenary.
The natural beauty of the park and lake contrast beautifully with the sillohuette of the Dallas skyline, another great photo oppotunity.
With a nearly limitless number of photo opportunities, this Composition in the Field class will teach you the art of composing powerful images easily.

To join us on this informative and enjoyable shoot, simply contact the DPA Booking Agent toll free at 1 877 372 2231 or to register on line, go to and click on Dallas. From there scroll down and the directions to enroll are clearly explained.
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