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…)
There is a pure spirit in this point of a young mans life. You’re so ready to finish when really you’re just beginning. Something about the road you’ve traveled, the things you accomplish that you never thought you could, and the triumph of controversy makes the probate the ultimate measure of Fraternity/Sorority allegiance. Honesty can be found here. The probate is the formal introduction of the newest members of a BGLO to the community.
Despite popular beliefs, this show isn’t only about the hype and the excitement that surrounds the showmanship of the probate itself. In this moment is an opportunity to identify the men/women that the community can hold accountable to the high standards of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, etc. The people in the audience bear witness to the public pledge that these men and women stand for something bigger than themselves. It is the prophytes and the community that have to hold the brothers ACCOUNTABLE for their actions (or lack thereof).
I have always maintained the stance that if we, as Alphas, are not doing things that align with “Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind.” then we have reached the apex of our greatest usefulness, at which point, we will have no purpose. This was the exact prediction that was made in 1952 in the words of my Jewel, Henry Arthur Callis, “I fear that in another generation, the relationship of the years 1890-1920 in the establishment and growth of Alpha and the subsequent Greek letter societies, will be lost entirely. When that occurs our usefulness will be over.”
The energy one feels during that moment of purity, that sizzling sensation that runs down your spine when you’re unmasked for the first time, that feeling of invincibility in your new BGLO should be kept close to your heart. Harness it, Cherish it, Love it, it needs to resurrect itself through your commitment to the very community you stood in front of to proclaim your victory. That same fire needs to be present in your attitude and position at all times. Manipulate it to help your community, not to destroy it. We ALL must remember those years of 1890-1920!!! WE ALL MUST REMEMBER WHO WE ARE!!!!
But enough logic and theory (THX Lauryn). Congrats to the Spring 2009 initiates of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Alpha Chapter at the University of Missouri who welcomed four new brothers to the Frat last night. Here are some flicks. Please leave comments.
The wonderful women of Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ) Sorority Inc. allowed me to follow the Neos of Winter 2008 during the days that led up to their probate. Below this post you will find a similar photo project I did with the Deltas at MU, but unlike the wonderful Delta event I knew this event was going to happen a few days in advance which made me jump out my seat at the possibility of going deeper into the preparation process.
First, I have to show love to the wonderful women of Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Thank you beautiful sisters for allowing me to spend the day with you all and trusting me to do good work. Now, for the NEOS!