Ron Thompson is a mining engineer from Trinidad, Colorado. He just got a new DSLR camera and wanted to learn how to use it. His wife, poet Kate Kingston, recommended that he join us for the Day of the Dead Photography Expedition. She loves Oaxaca and this was Ron’s first visit. Katie came along and used the time to write, soak in the Day of the Dead experience, and gather writing inspiration from the celebrations. [She was with us for the first Women’s Creative Writing and Yoga Retreat four years ago and as a result of that workshop was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda poetry prize.]
By the end of the week, Ron had downloaded and learned to use Lightroom photo editing software and was shooting all photos on manual — selecting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Comfortable with photographing flowers and still life, he moved quickly and easily to portraiture and landscape thanks to Frank Hunter’s teaching and coaching.
Here are the photos Ron selected to represent his best of the week work. The selection was part of our final photography fiesta. We invited our host families to join us in dinner and the show.