bsu at the games

2014 Wrap Up

2014 was quite the adventure. I went to the Olympics, and added two new countries to my list in the process. I completely totaled my first car. I spent spring break 2014 with some amazing people. Some have left. Some became a bigger part of my life. I successfully raised some fish from eggs through adulthood. (Pretty proud of that one.) I spent an excruciating amount of time at Indiana fairs. Actually, I spent every day of the Indiana State Fair in a tiny trailer with 20ish other young journalists. I even stalked the State Fair queen for two days. I photographed almost all of Ball State’s home football games. I’ve gathered some of my favorite images from the year, with some of the most important things I learned from them. Student enjoys fall sunset

There’s nothing wrong with cell phones. The best camera in this case was an IPhone, considering it was with me. I also realized I want to carry a DSLR more often.

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Midterms are excruciating when it’s 30 degrees and raining in an area that already doesn’t vote much.

Zombies takeover Ball State during food drive

Moment over makeup. I was waiting for the people with more impressive costume to show up when I spotted this really sweet hug between a grandmother and her grandson.

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My self portrait work needs help. That’s a sad Rembrandt. Also, I should take more notes about failed lighting schemes. I tend to struggle to remember what went wrong. That’s valuable, I suppose.

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You really, really have to go with the flow when blue meanie looking Russian band members almost roll you over at the Olympic Park. This was also a lesson in how much I’m terrible at self editing. I didn’t start loving this photo until three different masters of photography plucked it out.

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Rodeos apparently have sort of a nice color palette? Sports shot this year included rodeo, cheerleading, band competition, football, and poi. They were all a blast.

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Consider every angle. Always look for something new.

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Light. Light. Light. Light. Light. Light. Light. Light.

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Knowing the game is as valuable as knowing the camera.

I’m glad I can look back at this blog and realize the mistakes I’ve made and things I’ve learned in the past year. It’s enjoyable to see the holes in my work and be able to make a plan for the upcoming year.

I’m gearing up to do some more serious video in 2015 and I hope to do some documentary type work.  In March, it’s pretty certain I’ll be heading to Cuba to do some photography. I’m currently adding content to a website that will be launching. I’ll be working to improve my brand, as well as my lighting skills. I’m really excited to get started! Thank you for being on the journey.

Erryday I’m boardin’ planes.

Look at all 300 lanes of traffic. Chicago rush hour has nothing on Moscow's.

Look at all 300 lanes of traffic. Chicago rush hour has nothing on Moscow’s.

So today was one of those super fun travel days. I’m really glad to finally be in Moscow. We spend one night here and head to Sochi first thing tomorrow. Third plane ride in three days? Sure. It all begins tomorrow! I can’t wait.

 

Angry...birds...burgers? This is hilarious, and no one will tell me it wasn't intentional.

Angry…birds…burgers? This is hilarious, and no one will tell me it wasn’t intentional.

Modified for non-American culture McDonalds! One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing how different McDonalds are in each country.

Modified for non-American culture McDonalds! One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing how different McDonalds are in each country.

Journey of a thousand miles begins with a party

Intense game of Heads up!

Intense game of Heads up!

This weekend, most of the people traveling to Sochi for BSU at the Games had a get-together including a small packing party and a giant sub sandwich.  I’m at the airport in Indy right now and sorting through the photos I took that night, and I want to say that I’m thankful to be here with some wonderful people. The bonding that comes with playing games and telling each other to unpack that third too many sweater will help us be a better working group in Sochi. I can’t wait. This is my first update of many, I hope. I will be sure to keep this blog as updated as wifi will allow over the next two weeks. Thanks again to everyone wishing me well! You can follow me on twitter @taylor_irby and instagram @taylor_irby for almost hourly updates, so long as I have wifi!

Packing party in the front, chatting party in the back.

Packing party in the front, chatting party in the back. THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON HERE.

Intense checkers on the floor starring game master Tommy.

Intense checkers on the floor starring game master Tommy.

Meet D.S. and Bonu! Lovely people AND they speak Russian! They've been teaching us how to live in a non-English world! :)

Meet D.S. and Bonu! Lovely people AND they speak Russian! They’ve been teaching us how to live in a non-English world! :)

The packing party lead to tears over losing that one more sweater, happiness over no more packing stress, and an overall "YAY WE'RE ALMOST THERE!"

The packing party lead to tears over losing that one more sweater, happiness over no more packing stress, and an overall “YAY WE’RE ALMOST THERE!”