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William Kelley students test camera skills in nature

Aiden Hyde, Sydney Kasapidis, Christina Kaiser and Sean King gather around to compare photos on their digital cameras.1 / 5
Fourth-graders try a myriad of angles and perspectives to find the best way to take photographs of nature.2 / 5
Michaela Geissler snaps a photo of the Upper Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park on May 15 while on a fourth-grade class trip with William Kelley Schools. 3 / 5
Fourth-grade students from William Kelley hold up their digital cameras at Gooseberry Falls State Park. 4 / 5
William Kelley fourth-graders Valerie Melander, Cole Sutherland and Kenzie Krech use digital cameras to snap photos of the Upper Falls at Gooseberry State Park. Students had the chance to practice their nature photography skills learned in the classroom from visiting naturalist and photographer Paul Sundberg. (Photos by Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)5 / 5

About 30 fourth-graders at William Kelley School in Silver Bay took part in a nature photography residency this week.

Under the tutelage of well-known North Shore photographer and naturalist Paul Sundberg, the students learned some basic digital photography skills then had the chance to test their skills in the natural world. On Tuesday, May 15, the students took a field trip to Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors to hike the High Falls and take photos.

"I teach them how I take pictures and spend two days in the classroom with them before we head out here," Sundberg said. "It's just a fun time and they learn very quickly."

Fourth-grader Kenzie Krech said her favorite part was "getting to take awesome pictures," and "learning the rule of thirds," a photography principle used to improve composition.

On Wednesday, May 16, the students traveled up to Grand Portage to learn about Ojibwe culture from Grand Portage band member, naturalist and photographer Travis Novitsky.

There will be a public exhibition of the students' photographs Thursday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. at William Kelley Auditorium.

The photography residency was provided by the Northern Lake County Arts Board and funded by the Rosemary and David Good Foundation. The Cliffs Foundation provided a grant for the cameras.

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