Archive for February, 2009

19
Feb
09

Advanced Techniques Class: Classmate Portrait

The second assignment in my Advanced Techniques was the classmate portrait.  My partner was fellow grad student Michelle Peltier.

I think the studio is big and scary because until last week, my studio experience was a bit lacking.  It was fun to experiment with different lighting setups (see diagrams below).  It is very hard to get past those “senior portrait” poses and do something a little more interesting.

Here are three of my favorite photos from the shoot:

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Michelle Peltier poses for a portrait Friday, Feb. 13th, 2009 in Columbia, MO.Michelle is a photojournalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.

Below are the diagrams showing how I lit these photos (In the same order as the above photos):

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17
Feb
09

66th POYi Judging Begins! My Social Life Ends!

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The POYi Judging War Room

If you want to know why I am not answering my phone, answering emails or seeing the light of day, it is because I am sitting in a dark room for the next 3 weeks updating the Pictures of the Year website during judging.  That sounds like a terrible thing, but it definitely isn’t.  I couldn’t be happier sitting in a dark room looking at some of the best photos in the world flash before my eyes.  Its a great learning experience for sure.

You can be part of the action too!  This year, we stream the judging live on our website www.POYi.org

See the website and watch live judging here!

Until later, I’ll see you in the dark room.

04
Feb
09

UnBELIZEable

UnBELIZEable… Haha, funny title, look at me.  I only wish I could have made that up.  However, that phrase is printed on every t-shirt, bumper sticker, key chain, coffee mug and trinket in Belize.  Its good for gift shop business when your country’s name can be used as wordplay.

Anyway, it is about 16°F here in the middle of Missouri so I thought I would finally post some photos from my trip to Belize last month.  We went to Ambergris Caye off the coast of Belize City and pretty much did nothing for a week– which was exactly the point.  Belize actually has the second biggest barrier reef next to The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  That means great diving and snorkeling!

Hopefully these will warm you up… Or just make you hate winter even more…

Me flying in the co-pilot seat on our "Tropic Air" flight.  I found it just a bit ironic that I had to put my liquids and gels in a bag but was allow to sit in the co-pilot seat with full control of the plane if I wanted...

Me flying in the co-pilot seat on our "Tropic Air" flight. I found it just a bit ironic that I had to put my liquids and gels in a bag but was allowed to sit in the co-pilot seat with full control of the plane if I wanted...

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

Near the "Blue Hole"-- a giant sinkhole in the middle of the ocean with amazing diving.

Near the "Blue Hole"-- a giant sinkhole in the middle of the ocean with amazing diving.

2-- A park Ranger and a lighthouse operator.

Half Moon Caye, Belize. Population: 2-- A park Ranger and a lighthouse operator.

Our dock on Ambergris Caye.  I firmly planted my ass in a hammock at the end of the dock for the week.

Our dock on Ambergris Caye. I firmly planted my ass in a hammock at the end of the dock for the week.

Betsy the resident "guard dog." Obviously doing lots of guarding here.

Betsy the resident "guard dog." Obviously doing lots of guarding here.

We went spear fishing for dinner.  As fresh as you can get.

We went spear fishing for dinner. As fresh as you can get.

Ernesto, who lives on the property, cleans the fish and lobster we caught

Ernesto, who lives on the property, cleans the fish