B and I were there for a week -- week No. 8 in their 9 week season. Our week centered on the international global situation, with a 1-1/2 hour lecture every morning by a renowned expert. The speakers covered various global hotspots, but focused primarily on the Middle East.
We also saw a production of The Tempest, and we went to three different classical music performances, including a magnificent rendition of Beethoven's 5th symphony.
We saw a brass band, attended several other lectures, and took a few classes. Well . . . B took a few classes. I took just the one. In the class we learned a few things about focus and exposure and shutter speed. But mostly we learned about composition -- how to frame a photograph, look for patterns and lines; get rid of clutter and focus in on what we truly want the photograph to be about.
So, drum roll please, here are the Top Ten:
|This one's about flowers. Our instructor liked flowers, and almost every porch at Chautauqua has flowers.|
|The instructor told us to look for diagonal lines.|
|I found this fire hydrant, hidden among the flowers, and I "filled the frame" as the teacher suggested.|
|The instructor liked this one-- she thought it was evocative.|
|I told you -- the instructor liked flowers! Especially when they're diagonal.|
|This one kind of tells a story.|
|The excursion boat on Lake Chautauqua.|
|This illustrates how to use foreground and background in a photo.|
|One of my fellow students was from England. He has a better camera than I do.|
|The teacher liked my view of the Hall of Philosophy where a speaker gives a lecture every afternoon.|
|And she thought I captured the grandeur of the flagship Athenaeum Hotel. You gotta admit, it's pretty grand!|
I hope you appreciate my restraint in selecting just these few photos. After all, the class was all about taking photographs, and I took well over 200 of them. And it could be a lot worse. B took a class in PowerPoint. She's going to use my photos for a PowerPoint presentation which she's going to inflict on her family and her friends at work.
But anyway, I hope this selection gives you a peek into the world that is Chautauqua. If anyone's looking for an educational week in the summer, it's a great place to go.