I also ended up having a sinus infection and a nasty case of bronchitis so my summer hasn't been off to a great start. I have taken this week to sit quietly and fold laundry and get all my photography gear in place and ready. I'm planning on doing a lot of wandering this summer and need to have my camera by my side. I also purchased a couple of new batteries because the original battery isn't holding it's charge as long as it did when it was new. Along with the packs, I purchased a battery grip as well. I've never used one before, even when I had my old Canon slr, but I like the fact that if I need to, I can use double A batteries in it. I have been told however, that rechargeable double A's are better and don't drain as fast.
All this camera and photography talk has me really wishing that I could teach a photography class. The problem is cameras. Most of my students have smart phones and I am wondering if there is a way that I can use what the students already have available to them in a visual literacy project. It might have to be a partially in - partially out of class assignment where they are tasked with taking different kinds of pictures, which we can then manipulate in class and then write about. I've always been a proponent of visual literacy and interpreting signs and symbols. I also think that images that we create ourselves are easier for us to write about. It's still early in the summer so I have some time to think about this.
I wonder if my students are getting bored yet? I hope not, but here is my annual summer drawing challenge if any of them are interested. I can't take credit for most of the challenges as I gleaned them from more than one site, made some up and changed some to be regionally appropriate.
If you are bored, get creative!
I promise to take lots of pictures and I'll try to post them often.
In the meantime, enjoy your summer!