Archive for March, 2009

19
Mar
09

Flash Color Correction Assignment

This is the photo I am turning in for our flash color correction assignment.  Basically, every type of light bulb emits a different colorcast.  Flourescent lights have a green cast, a normal light bulb has a orange cast and daylight / my flash has a blue cast.  In this assignment we had to put the appropriate colored gel over our flash to balance out the light in the room.

I did my assignment inside the “Cool Stuff” store in Columbia on Broadway.  The store sells, well… cool stuff.  Every toy, knick-knack or novelty item can be found in this store.  They also sell a lot of great stuff from Southeast Asia.

Shooting with flash was once again frustrating, but I guess that is to be expected.

20090318_cc_schrj_hr_0026_blog1Courtney Jacobs (right) takes a picture of her friend Phoebe Henderson (left) goofing off with a pirate hat inside the Cool Stuff store in Columbia, MO, Wednesday, March 18, 2008.  The girls, both from Oklahoma City, were in town for spring break and made Cool Stuff the first stop on their trip.  Out of all the items in the store, the girls found a wooden statue of a fertility goddess to be the most interesting.  “We were a little scared by it,” said Henderson.

16
Mar
09

A Walk in the Woods

I found these two photos the other day and forgot that I had taken them.  They were shot during another random nighttime photo adventure last November  just north of Columbia.  It was a really eerie, foggy, full moon kind of night and I really liked the surreal feel of the photos.  I think they portray the whole atmosphere of that night.

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12
Mar
09

Direct Flash / Bounce Flash Assignment

These are the two photos I am turning in for my single flash assignment.  One photo had to use direct flash and the other had to use a flash bounced off of a surface.

Last night, I went to the Laws Observatory on campus and took some photos while bouncing the flash off the dome.  And, as an added bonus, I got to look at the rings of Saturn through a huge friggin telescope!

20090311_ss_schrj_lr_0003_blogCentral Missouri Astronomical Association treasurer Randall Durk  (far right, NASA coat) demonstrates software used to locate stars to Michael Acree and his sons Robert and London inside the Laws Observatory on the University of Missouri Campus Wednesday, March 11, 2009.  Acree and his sons drove all the way from Mexico, MO and had the chance to view the rings of Saturn as well as the craters of the moon.  The Central Missouri Astronomical Association holds public viewing hours every Wednesday night in the historic observatory.

20090308_ss_schrj_lr_0019_blog2Taylor, a standard poodle, came all the way from Las Vegas, NV to compete in the Columbia Kennel Club’s annual American Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds outside of Columbia, MO Sunday, March 8, 2009.

11
Mar
09

Classmate Project Part 2: Video Interview

This video was the second part of my classmate project for Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism.  We all had to ask each other the same question– “What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?”  The point was to get people comfortable with video cameras, video lighting and editing.  Enjoy this brilliant piece of cinematic art:

08
Mar
09

Dog Days of Early March

So my next assignment in Advanced Techniques is the single flash assignment.  Normally, I avoid using a flash at all costs.  I like using ambient light and I think a flash is distracting and I usually prefer blending into the background.  But, since I don’t really have a choice with this assignment, I headed out to the Columbia Kennel Club’s annual American Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Trying to master flash is kind of frustrating and it made me miss a lot of moments.  But, I am happy with what I got.  Perhaps I was a little inspired by Magnus Wennman’s photo essay “Dogstyle” that won in Pictures of the Year last week.  He used a lot of direct flash in his story so I tried to take the same approach.  I could have done better but, hey, it was a learning experience…

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Taylor, a standard poodle, came all the way from Las Vegas, NV to compete in the Columbia Kennel Club's annual American Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds outside of Columbia, MO.

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Ms. Ellie, a collie, awaits her turn to be groomed by owner Julie Hinrichsen and her daughter Julie of Topeka, KS. One of the Hinrichsen's claim to fame is a collie that became the Texas A&M University mascot.

Jackie, a Pomeranian, is prepped by her owner Donna Nelson of Emporia, KS.  It can take up to 6 hours to prepare a dog for a little over 3 minutes of showtime in the ring.

Jackie, a Pomeranian, is prepped by her owner Donna Nelson of Emporia, KS. It can take up to 6 hours to prepare a dog for a little over 3 minutes of showtime in the ring.

Banjo, a 175 pound St. Bernard, gets groomed by his owner Jeanne Woods of Warrensburg, MO.  Banjo's owners said he can eat three pounds of dog food a day and still has some growing to do.

Banjo, a 175 pound St. Bernard, gets groomed by his owner Jeanne Woods of Warrensburg, MO. Banjo's owners said he can eat three pounds of dog food a day and still has some growing to do.

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06
Mar
09

POYi Judging Concludes; Winners Announced; John’s Social Life Returns

66-mpoy-sinau-48 Photo Credit: Uriel Sinai / Getty Images

Well, its has been a fun 3 weeks but the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) judging is finally over.  This means my life is back to a normal schedule and I no longer am spending 8 hours a day in a dark room updating the website.  It was great watching the competition and hearing the judges feedback.  Here are the winners of some of the premier categories:

In addition, National Geographic Magazine pretty much swept a few of the editing categories and won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award.  They did some amazing work this year including this awesome piece on China:

01 Photo Credit: National Geographic Magazine

The Herald in Jasper, IN also did really well in the Newspaper Editing categories.  Its proof that small papers and small towns can produce amazing imagery.   Click Here to See one of their winning photo spreads.

All the winners are listed on our website.  Or, you can click here and see the winner’s gallery

I am off to catch up on sleep, photo projects, papers and being social again….

05
Mar
09

Advanced Techniques Class: Spicing Things Up

This is the last studio assignment for my Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism class. The assignment was to shoot metal and glass because both of these surfaces are shiny and reflect light in all directions (and teachers like to torment us).  I would like to reiterate that I am a bit on the unexperienced side when it comes to the studio.  Anyway, here are two of my selects from the shoot:

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Hot sauce can add a spicy kick to any dish.  Depending on the pepper used, a hot sauce can range from extremely hot to mild and tolerable.  El Yucateco hot sauce (left) uses the habanero pepper– known as one of the hottest chili peppers on the planet– while Tabasco (center) and Louisiana (right) use milder ingredients.

And below is the lighting diagram for these photos:

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