Month: January 2014

Winter Adventure

I went back the White River today to shoot some photos for my art photography class and my photojournalism class. I like the colors in this photos.

I went back the White River today to shoot some photos for my art photography class and my photojournalism class. I like the color in this photos.

I left today a bit before sunset to get some shots for class of a bridge over the White River. The assignment was to shoot more photos with the  lecture in mind. I enjoy some of the photos I got today, despite the snow in my shoes and wind on my face.

The geese on the river hardly noticed me, except for the guy on the left. I was able to stay far enough way to shoot them without scaring them.

The geese on the river hardly noticed me, except for the guy on the left. I was able to stay far enough way to shoot them without scaring them.

The sun on the the bridge was really pretty tonight.

The sun on the the bridge was really pretty tonight.

This photo was taken for my photojournalism class where I was supposed to demonstrate a low aperture. I love the detail in the snow as well as the wood on a low branch.

This photo was taken for my photojournalism class where I was supposed to demonstrate a low aperture. I love the detail in the snow as well as the wood on a low branch.

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Art and News

An old train trestle at McCulloch Park in Muncie, IN is out of use.

An old train trestle at McCulloch Park in Muncie, IN.

So, today I had to shoot an assignment for a non-journalism photography class, and an assignment for the Daily News.  I learned two things: I don’t know what it means to turn in a photo without also turning in a caption and I’m very, very wired to take photos that are “useful” to the Ball State Daily News.

It’s completely okay to look out for your organization, but this line of thought led to my decline in shooting for my own enjoyment last semester. For awhile, it hindered me from shooting for fun, which happens to be the whole reason I got into photography in the first place.

This morning, I decided to have some fun. I got up at 6:30 a.m. to head out to McCulloch Park to shoot some photos I need for a photography assignment. I was hoping for the nice light and sky that comes with a party cloudy sunrise, as well as fog from the warm temperatures. Mother nature did not allow me these luxuries this morning. Though the sunset certainly delivered was I was looking for today, I was at work and missed it. I had dragged myself and my friend Lauren out at a ridiculous time for no reason. Oops.

After I took a nap, Lauren and I headed out again to interview and shoot photos of a Ball State student who runs a micro brewery out of his home. Back in photojournalism mode, I wrote down some of the process and was able to document the first part of a chilli-honey porter (a dark style of beer) the student was working on.  Journalism takes me some interesting places! That’s for sure.

Ice encases a twig in the White River at McCulloch Park in Muncie, Indiana.

Ice encases a twig in the White River at McCulloch Park in Muncie, Indiana

This adorable little raccoon hand print made me really happy. That's all I can say.

This adorable little raccoon hand print made me really happy. That’s all I can say.

Kyle Little, left, and senior journalism graphics major Tyler Varnau work together to add 5.5 gallons of distilled water to a pot to boil before adding grain.

Kyle Little, left, and senior journalism graphics major Tyler Varnau work together to add 5.5 gallons of distilled water to a pot to boil before adding grain.

Tyler Varnau uses a large pot outdoors to boil water to roughly 163 degrees, which is then mixed with roughly 14 pounds of grain.

Tyler Varnau uses a large pot outdoors to boil water to roughly 163 degrees, which is then mixed with roughly 14 pounds of grain.

The ingredients used to create a honey chili porter at Tyler Varnau's home brewery costs roughly $45.

The ingredients used to create a honey chili porter at Tyler Varnau’s home brewery costs roughly $45.

Polar Vortex

This is one of the first few vehicles I saw on campus after the emergency state was lifted. The roads were still unable to be cleared at that time.

This is one of the first few vehicles I saw on campus after the emergency state was lifted. The roads were still unable to be cleared at that time.

It’s been an interesting week here in Muncie, Indiana. We’ve gone from extreme cold to mild and rainy in a week. The main concern now for everyone is flooding. The snow is melting quickly causing very large puddles on campus, flooding the grass, and making lots of feet wet and miserable. The village is a street just off campus that contains, a bookstore, an ice cream shop, and six bars. I decided to take my camera with me when I went to turn in my visa application at the travel agency for the Olympics. Yay. I had spent most of the week indoors because the cold was miserable, so being out with my camera for the first time resulted in two hours of shooting and wandering around down by the village. I’ll be heading out tomorrow early to check out the flooding along the White River and shooting around. Here’s some images from my snow coverage and my first time in the sun after a week!

Care for a seat?

Care for a seat?

Ready to ride!

Ready to ride!

The beginning of the meltdown. The puddles in the village yesterday ranged from my ankles to nearly to my knees. One wrong step and you would end up swimming!

The beginning of the meltdown. The puddles in the village yesterday ranged from my ankles to nearly to my knees. One wrong step and you would end up swimming!

Yes. I got hit with giant car splashes multiple times.

Yes. I got hit with giant car splashes multiple times.

Scott Dinius, left, an industry and technology major works to shovel outside of Jimmy John' with Hayden Wolfe, a junior phyiscs major. Today was the first the two have been able to shovel since the extreme temperatures started last weekend.

Scott Dinius, left, an industry and technology major works to shovel outside of Jimmy John’ with Hayden Wolfe, a junior phyiscs major. Today was the first the two have been able to shovel since the extreme temperatures started last weekend.