So this week I REALLY got a chance to put my camera to work. The photo composition seemed intimidating at first but I think I’ve done pretty well with it. I will admit I was stressing out when it was originally due Wednesday (that’s just how I am), but now that we have an extra lab I feel much better about it. The project has definitely given me respect for people who make their living with photography. A photographer, I am not, nor do I proclaim to be (unlike some people I know…) but I am still having a blast learning how to use my camera and make attempts at getting good photos. I will say my two favorites have been my selective focus on my boyfriends dog tags, and a landscape of Godfrey. I love Godfrey with a passion and I think this photo does a good job of capturing the majesty of it.
It’s amazing how fast fall break went by. I feel like I still need another few days off. Overall it was pretty uneventful and relaxing though so I can’t complain. My break started off great with getting the Cryovac internship for this summer as noted in my previous post. Friday I got to go to a Greenville Road Warriors game with Alex, and had a few chances to practice with my camera. I have to say, I have lots of respect for sports photographers. It was so hard to keep up with them, and the lighting made it a nightmare to balance the light meter. I did get one great shot of a check (posted below) so that was enough to keep me happy. Saturday and Sunday I got to do lots of shopping with my mom, and had lunch at restaurant I’ve worked at since I was 16. I had gone 8 weeks without eating Brixx pizza. I haven’t done that since before I worked there. Saturday I had to keep my mom updated with scores of the Michigan/Michigan State game (my parents are State alums and my mom refused to watch the game) from my phone. Thankfully Michigan State exposed Michigan for the overrated team they were (for the 4th year in a row…), and of course, Clemson pulled out a nail biter victory. Anways…Monday I got another excellent opportunity to practice with my camera. The youth hockey association my brother used to play for (and which my dad is still on the board for) had a golf outing, and had players from the Greenville Road Warriors come and golf. I was the “event photographer” and got some good practice of photography when the sun is shining (hard to believe, I know). I was so excited to see shots come through with the golf club mid swing and in perfect clarity. I really do love my camera. Well, that was my fall break. I couldn’t just pick one picture so I have a little slideshow instead.
So this week in graphics I got a better understanding of how my camera works. I am really enjoying learning how things work, and how different settings effect the final photograph. I’m hoping to take my camera to the Greenville Road Warriors game tomorrow to see if I can get some practice with action shots. I’ll be in the third row so hopefully I’ll be close enough. If time (and weather) permits I’d also love to take my camera to Falls Park. Now that I know how to read my light meter, and adjust the shutter speed and aperture accordingly, I’m hoping to take some decent photographs.
This week overall was pretty laid back. Intern Employer Day always stresses me out though. I’m looking ahead to summer and most companies said to come back in the spring. The only company that said they were hiring for summer was Cryovac in Simpsonville. Cryovac also just offered me their summer internship position!!! I had missed their call initially, but when I called them back, I was more or less offered the internship on the spot. The woman didn’t even interview me! Needless to say I am super excited! I will be living at home, which means I won’t have to worry about housing and all the money I’m making can be saved up for my senior year (which is approaching way too fast). Anyways, I am looking forward to the few days off from classes, and it definitely started off great! The icing on the cake would be Michigan State beating Michigan this Saturday, and Clemson beating Maryland to go 7-0!
So this week has been a long one for me. Two exams and a speech don’t exactly bode well for my stress levels. Especially when I like getting A’s. Which, I think I ended up going 2 for 3 this week. My downfall being an 89 on Art and Architecture History (but really, when am I ever going to need this knowledge again?). Graphics was pretty low key this week, the lab activity Monday took me all of an hour, and luckily I got to do the lab activity Wednesday at home. With my two exams being Wednesday and Thursday, I was glad for the extra study time.
I’ve started to mess around with my camera a little more and am really starting to enjoy all the cool things it can do. I went home this weekend and used my dog Izzo as a model. I just set it on auto, but I think some of them turned out really cute (hence me posting them below). After watching the videos for lab on Wednesday I got a better understanding of aperture, and took some shots just for the heck of it to work with selective focus. Tomorrow Alex and I are going to the Botanical Gardens and I’m going to take some more shots there. I find it surprising. When I started this major I didn’t think photography was going to be some much fun. Now I can’t wait to dive into it.