More Making Pictures with

So, I thought I’d taken a pretty cool photo of a clam shell on the beach this summer and posted it for the assignment on symmetry in the class I’d been taking the month before. (The “classroom” stays open even when the class is officially over.) The instructor, Joy Sussman, suggested: I think this would pack more dramatic punch if it were vertical–like wings. You can just rotate it in PicMonkey. Maybe a tiny crop to center it, too.

Well, just as can happen when a writing-friend or editor makes a friendly, helpful suggestion for a little change to a scene and you run with it, I took Joy’s suggestion, picked up on her words “dramatic punch” and  . .


You may have seen me excited about something like this happening in a post last winter. My enthusiasm for making pictures (not always involving post-processing) has not waned!

I’ll soon begin my fourth term with Joy, exploring my growing passion for making pictures. See you there?


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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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  1. Janet Barclay on October 12, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Thank you so much for introducing me to Joy! I'm looking forward to the class starting next week!

    • Kathy Stinson on October 12, 2016 at 11:29 am

      So glad you've signed up again too, Janet. It's fun talking photography with you. 🙂

  2. org4life on October 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Ah, so you sisters are both photographers. Nice! I LOVE that one in “The Art of the Pattern” — A Photo Assignment.

    • Kathy Stinson on October 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Yes, Hazel, Janet and I feel very lucky that we share this interest. Glad you like the fungus. Thanks. I do too. 🙂 It was fun – surprising! – to discover all the colours that were in it just by upping the saturation a little. 

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