This was probably the best of the more recent assignments this year. Our project group consisted of Mito, Laura, and Daisuke. I was geeked about my group-mates. They are all good photographers and I was looking forward to the opportunity to finally work with them. So initially I had in idea to go to an old park with some jungle gym equipment to do an image with a young girl to pose as our ghost. Think ‘The Ring’ @ school. Anyway, Mito was the bomb at our lab session at Rockbridge State Park, so I was excited about her doing the images. She understands light in a way that I try to. Anyway, Mito wanted to go back to the park to do some shooting in the woods. Her idea was to show the forrest environment and the wonderful magical things that happen. She wanted us to fabricate a ton of fireflies next to this subject who would be holding one. I liked the idea and suggested we’d compromise and have a little girl in the forrest with the flies. Laura found us a wonderful model who looked 12, but was a lot older :-). (more…)
I went to the skating rink to take my images of blending. The roller derby is the perfect place for this type of image. The CoMo Derby Dame team is absolutely amazing. These women from extremely different backgrounds meet under the banner of womanhood and empowerment. Watching them compete is interesting. In general, I could appreciate their attitude about life and the bond they’ve created among themselves. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do for this assignment after an experiment at the roller rink during my bounce flash assignment. (more…)
Another week of Advanced Techniques training is under my belt and Im beginning to feel a lot more comfortable with flash. This weeks assignment was to produce a fill light or to balance the existing light with a single flash. I decided to take many images. I’m still learning the flash I’m using. I have a better understanding of flash although I’m still trying to really grasp the concept. I’m using the SB-900 and need to sit down to read the dang manual because event though fill and balance was fairly simple, Im still trying to figure to how to use my flash quickly on manual mode. I’m stuck with calculating ratios and I’ve already wasted precious time trying to figure out the dang flash (not in time to catch the image of course). (more…)
This is COLUMBIA!!!!!!!! ***Kicks St. Lunachix out the ring*** Roller Derby is straight out of a dark fairy tale: the action is fast, the girls are scrappy, and the beer is flowin. This was my first experience at a roller derby event and it was intense. My group members will be documenting the Columbia Roller Derby Team had there first event on April 5, 2009 vs. the St. Lunachix from St. Louis, MO and it was CRACKIN’…There had to be at least 300+ people there and many outside watching through the windows! Bananas right? Here are some images.
As part of my Advanced Techniques class requirements, I needed to find an audio slide show which I thought was good grounds for emulating. Ironically one of the audio stories I was most attracted to was about a group that performed at Mizzou not too long ago and was related to my Master’s project: Beyond This Place. Step Afrika was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” in 2003. Narrated by Michelle Norris, this exciting audio presentation, took the best of the sounds of stepping and combined narration to create the audio piece which you can access by clicking here. This audio is great because of the inclusion, but not over used, beat of stepping itself. Along with the rhythmic beating of stepping, the addition of interviews provided balance in the audio. Using this as an example, I am more conscious of the types of beats used in the background as ambient. Had this been my presentation, I think I would have used a little less of the stepping because in some parts of the presentation, you can’t appreciate the sounds of the art. This will be interesting when I finish the second part of my Beyond This Place Project: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. probate, which has some stepping in it. Look for that soon. 🙂
Ah, the joys of Advanced Techniques. I’m really starting to not like this too much. My images in BOTH tungsten and florescent light look terrible. I’m trying to use the settings described in class, but I’m starting to think that I’m going to be so scared from this assignment that I’ll never take my white balance off automatic again. It was really bad. I tried to use the techniques from lab as we were learning them and I got images that didn’t look so hot…I could only imagine how they would look when I got out into the field. Terrible light! From both takes, I preferred my florescent images for some reason. I had a really difficult time with tungsten light. The situations I went into still turned out ridiculously blue. (more…)
I’m a spoiled brat. I’ve used available light for everything. I took 169 images and only had 5 that I even considered being assignment worthy. Single Flash was extremely challenging. The first challenge was holding the flash in such a way that would show up well on camera. I thought it would quite easy to point and shoot the light, but it was the exact opposite. The first time I was using flash, I thought my calculations were correct and my image ended up being extremely overexposed. After learning the settings and playing with TTL (also known as ‘try tougher…looser’) I found that most of my images were really lucky. I need to continue to shoot to really get a grasp on flash. Take a look at my first and second attempts of direct and bounce flash. Let me know if you like!