Spinnin’

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I learned about poi recently.  It’s basically a performance art on spinning stuff. Beginners tend to use socks tied together that are weighted, the college students I shot use some LED poi, and there are some that spin fire. Leaving the bell tower in for context, I got low and shot a long exposure to make the poi blurry and to show off the setting sun. I acquired 27 mosquito bites in about 20 minutes. (I counted.)

Winner! Winner!

One of the assignments for BSU at the Fair was to shoot a photo series. I find people who work carnival games to be entertaining and mysterious, so I thought I’d turn the camera to them. Here’s just a few from my complete series. After a week of classes, I’m really starting to miss my daily lemon shake ups and the midway sunsets.Irby 16148Carnival Workers

 

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Miss Indiana State Fair

I spent roughly two days with the queen of the Indiana State Fair. Her name is Alyssa Garnett. She’s a college student, a sorority sister, a small town girl and the representative for the Indiana State Fair. These photos are a glimpse into her daily activities at the fair. I’ve kept the photos in the same order I originally presented them, as well as the same captions.

 

Miss State Fair Queen Alyssa Garnett waits backstage for the introduction of the county queens. Garnett has a schedule of mandatory events she must attend daily during the State Fair. Garnett is a college student from Pulaski County, Ind.

Miss State Fair Queen Alyssa Garnett waits backstage for the introduction of the county queens. Garnett has a schedule of mandatory events she must attend daily during the State Fair. Garnett is a college student from Pulaski County, Ind.

 

Garnett reapplies her makeup throughout the day to keep up her appearance. She regularly wears her hair in a bun to keep it looking nice in the heat.

Garnett reapplies her makeup throughout the day to keep up her appearance. She regularly wears her hair in a bun to keep it looking nice in the heat.

 

Garnett talks to the calf she helped deliver at the Indiana State Fair. She says the calf is very sweet and likes to be played with.

Garnett talks to the calf she helped deliver at the Indiana State Fair. She says the calf is very sweet and likes to be played with.

 

Employees from Roche Diagnostics pose for a photo with Garnett. It wasn't until later that she realized that their excitement to see her may have been because she was a scavenger hunt item. She was.

Employees from Roche Diagnostics pose for a photo with Garnett. It wasn’t until later that she realized that their excitement to see her may have been because she was a scavenger hunt item. She was.

 

Garnett helps thresh wheat in the Pioneer Village at the State Fair. Her duties in the Pioneer Village include blacksmith, wheat threshing, and cutting lard.

Garnett helps thresh wheat in the Pioneer Village at the State Fair. Her duties in the Pioneer Village include blacksmith, wheat threshing, and cutting lard.

Garnett lets Cora Shaw, 2, of Southport Ind. try on her crown. Garnett says she is often stopped my kids and parents wanting to take photos.

Garnett lets Cora Shaw, 2, of Southport Ind. try on her crown. Garnett says she is often stopped my kids and parents wanting to take photos.

Garnett rests in the office where she goes to reapply makeup and occasionally take naps. She says in the office she can relax because she must smile at all times while in the public eye.

Garnett rests in the office where she goes to reapply makeup and occasionally take naps. She says in the office she can relax because she must smile at all times while in the public eye.

Garnett participates in the daily parade every day of the fair. She says she's doesn't get bored with it because it could be the last parade she'll ever be featured in.

Garnett participates in the daily parade every day of the fair. She says she’s doesn’t get bored with it because it could be the last parade she’ll ever be featured in.

Indiana State Everything

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It’s been a week of lemon shakeups, various animal poop, and photography. I’ve been at the Indiana State Fair everyday since it started August 1st. I’m working with a group of other students from Ball State in a program called BSU at the Fair. We’re a mobile freelance media group that helps papers with content. If you saw any of my BSU at the Games posts, yes, it’s almost exactly like that. Only most people at the Indiana Fair speaks some form of English.

 

I’ve compiled some photos that I like that show the diversity in the sort of things I’ve been shooting. There’s been a cheer leading competition, a rodeo, and flat track. I’ve processed some photos in black and white. I’ve done long exposures. The list goes on. If it’s a big deal to Hoosiers, I probably have photos of it.

 

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Taking to the Skies

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I spent about three days shooting at the Porter County Fair to prepare for a mobile newsroom I’ll be apart of via Ball State come the Indiana State Fair. I came away with quite a few photos, and I was able to use my GoPro for the first time, which I’m sure I’ll use more later on.

My favorite images came from the Kiwanis Balloon Launch. I’ve included them with some of my other photos. I’ve been to a few hot air balloon events with my family through the years, but never was able to see them so close.

My time spent at the fair made me realize how many opportunities for photos I’ll have. I covered 4-H events ranging from animal judgings to smaller projects, the events going on, interesting people, sunsets, people setting up, and interesting light.

I’m interested in pushing myself for the full 17 days of the fair to produce quality content and different photos each day.

Friend and photographer Jonathan Miksanek will also be working the fair, so we shot together. You can check out his images from the fair here.

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The Annual Acting Whipped Cream Fight

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Whipped cream is a vital ingredient for finals week for an artistic director and acting teacher at Hammond’s Academy for The Performing Arts.

Amid the stress finals, graduating, or homework, students inacting classes taught by Dan Taube can be found in an annual whipped cream fight on the second-to-last day of school.

    According to Taube, “The tradition started with the first year of HAPA – the last day of school can be a little bittersweet for the seniors and the underclassmen. The acting classes tend to be a very close knit group. So…the whipped cream fight started as a way to be silly and joyful and a good way to keep the tears at bay. It started one year, not knowing we would keep doing it year in and year out.”

The whipped cream fight with my class was the highlight of my last few days as a senior. For a few minutes, you get to be more worried about melting cream in your eyes than your future. It’s a chance to celebrate the relationships created in the classes, and a good way to say goodbye.

I was able to shoot it this year, and enjoyed dodging whipped cream hand fulls. I’m pretty confident that the fight is some of the most care free moments in all of Hammond each summer. It’s nice to see.

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Nature Challenge

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This weeks challenge against friend and photographer Jonathan Miksanek was simply “nature.” Limited rules.

I really like my results. I’ve got some pretty decent photos for shooting at noon. After editing my photos using Photoshop, I realized I’m a lot more liberal about my post-processing in Instagram. I decided to go ahead and tone more closely to my Instagram photos instead of trying to be “correct.” I pushed my blacks, played with color maybe too much, and didn’t let the histogram tell me what I should be doing. I shoot around outside a lot, so I let this challenge be more about noticing the details in nature. Sure, I enjoy the landscape stuff, but I was more interested in watching the light on leaves. I was looking for interesting shadows. Abstract shapes. I had fun beginning to end.

Check out Jonathan’s photos here:

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