Friday, October 31, 2008

The night Obama came to campus

Getting out to make pictures simply to make pictures and have fun was a nice change of pace. About 90% of me went to make pictures, 5% to see a possible future president of the US/world celebrity and 5% to hear him speak (by this time, nothing new is coming out of any candidate's mouth). The crowd has been estimated at 40,000 by the Missourian, and after personally counting everyone I'd say that's accurate enough.

Going into this I knew I was going to be challenged due to size of the crowd, the poor sight lines and that whole height issue. I brought with me my tripod, camera body, flash and following lenses; 10-22, 24-70, 75-300 <-- I'm laughing too. Whatever though, make do with what you have.

It was a fun experience. I was also glad to see so many different types of people coexisting in such tight spaces. I guess that is what happens with a unifying aspect.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Color Correction Assignment

A little rushed and a lot stressed, these are the results. I turned the first one in as a select, but now I think the Joker would have been the better choice. This assignment required the use of a gelled flash to match the available light.

Nishant Jain and Prakash Jayabalan are two of the masters of cerimonies for India Night. They, as well as two others met in Memorial Union to discuss the script and the program itself. The event will take place Saturday Nov. 1st and features culturaldances, traditional music and skits.


Sitting in the back of the room, Robbie Wood arrived just a bit too late. Had he been at Memorial Union a tad earlier, he would have particpated in the Comedy Wars Halloween costume contest. Wood said that this was a trial run for his costume, whos big night was merely 48 hours away.


And just to make your mouth water a little bit, these are the fluorescent from Hot Box Cookies at 808 B Broadway. Thinking back, I don't know how I walked out of there not having tasted a cookie.

Bruce Levine has only been an employee at Hot Box Cookies for about a week, but that is only because it has only been open for just as long. The cookie shop is owned by three MU juniors, Corey Rimmel, Adam Hendin and David Melnick. Hot Box Cookies employs 26 people and sports a slogan reading "Custom Baked - Delivered Late."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Single flash assignment & studio/lab random pictures

Note - for some reason the photos are far cooler when they show up on the blog than they actually are.

Single flash assignment

First is the direct single flash:

Creaking wood floors, extremely tall ceilings and desktop computers on the fourth floor of Jesse Hall means one thing to Maria Totoraitis: it’s time to work. As a senior Convergence student, Totoraitis is currently working in the KBIA newsroom. “I was the anchor tonight for the newscast and now I’m working on the podcast.” Several computers and two sound booths occupy the space. Students can record high quality audio segments in the sound booths.


Second up is the bounced single flash:

Climbing four flights of stairs in Jesse Hall might be a good work out for some. For others, like Paul Otto, the fourth floor is home to KBIA 91.3 FM. Otto, a retired lawyer, has been volunteering at the station since June of 2004. He is on the air every Wednesday night from 6-9 and also said he fills in shifts for coworkers or open weekend shifts. As to how he got started at KBIA, Otto said, “there was an email out asking for volunteers and I answered it.”


Studio/lab random pictures

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Heavy Metal: take 2

A bit of an Americana theme -

Do you prefer the above or the below?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Heavy Metal

This is result #1 for the metal and glass assignment:

Not perfect but I'll get there.