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.
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.
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.
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:
I just wanted to post a visual account of some things that have happened to me this week.
Let’s start with my friend James. He had a very successful Kickstarter that lead to his first album. He had a show for the release of the album, and I shot a photo of him and the audience. He’s come so far, and everyone around him is very proud.
Less importantly, my fish had babies. I’ve been taking care of catfish youngsters. Exciting stuff. Here’s a cell phone photo from day one eggs.
I attended a crazy annual whipped cream fight at the local high school. I’ll be talking about that in a blog post later on.
I wrecked my car for the first time. Cell phone shot before they towed it away.
I was able to shoot Morton High School’s graduation. Here’s a photo of some of the chaos that comes with putting on those mortarboards.
Here’s a preview of my next challenge blog with Jonathan Miksanek:
Here’s a photo from my backyard. I’ve never actually just shot around in my neighborhood, so I thought a good place to start was my own house.
Today and tomorrow I’ll be heading out to the parks and stuff around my town to work on my personal symmetry project.
I’m currently working on a series of photo challenges with Jonathan, a photographer I work with at the Ball State Daily News. The first project was a self portrait. We agreed to one light only. Anything else was game.
My goals were really simple: get experience using my soft box, play with light, and do a little portrait research. I’d be happy just accomplishing that.
At some point, I will be doing more challenging, conceptual self portraits, but this challenge wasn’t the time to do it.
With a little soft box and a speedlite, I started with a sort of Rembrandt-esque technique. The light was angled and relatively close to me, which would create a drop off of light on my face. I thought this would create an interesting shadow I could play with.
I’m happy with the photo. It’s not any sort of studio masterpiece, but it’s a fun Facebook profile photo, and it helped me dive a little deeper into portrait photography. I reached my goals, set a small platform for me to jump from, and got myself excited for other portraits. Good thing that was exactly the point.
Self portraits aren’t particularly easy logistically, so I might need a model to help me out next time.
I’ll be discussing our next challenge in a couple of weeks. So check back.
In the meantime, I intend to do a small symmetry project this week.
You can check out Jonathan and his super cool, artsy entry here.
This was my favorite photo from the bunch. I like that the droplets are a little offset, and there’s more black in the image.
Glass, candy, and light is all it took to complete this fun image. Well, that and quite a bit of trouble shooting. I started with not enough candy, water droplets that were too large, and a glass bowl that was warping the image. I used a range of tools to make the water droplets before I found the right fit.
In this instagram post from Jordan Kartholl, a Star Press photographer, he uses a clock instead of candy. It’s a pretty cool image, and was my most recent inspiration for shooting a similar photo.
It’s a fun little photo and project. Here’s some of the places I ended up before the final look.
Here is my first image. With glass to close to the candy, too big water drops, and the wrong glass, I was pretty far from the image I wanted.
In an attempt for smaller water drops, I resorted to a spray bottle. This didn’t work, and I have no coffee stirrers on hand, unfortunately.
This was one of my last images, and is my second favorite. I used a modify straw for water drops, and finally got the other factors right.
Junior special education major Sam Hebe gets her head shaved to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital at Ball State’s Dance Marathon on Feb. 22.
Every story has a person. That’s right. For each and every tale you can tell, there is at least one human at the heart of it. Helping it grow and live on. One of the most important lessons for me this semester was that every story is so much more interesting when you let a a living, breathing, passionate person tell it. I realized recently that I’m in photography to discuss the human experience. This experience ranges from small victories, to big decisions, to little candid smiles. When I’m shooting events for the newspaper, I look for photos that capture a moment of time, a human emotion. I feel like this small collection of photos show my journey through other people’s moments and stories.
Over spring break, I visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. While I was there, I noticed the the way the light filtered in off the tanks. I was looking for an image that would show people interacting with the Shedd. I found these little girls playing with each other and admiring the fish.