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Here’s a photo from Ball State’s homecoming weekend.

I’ll be posting a blog including photos from the game later.

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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.)

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.

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.

Looking Forward

A firefighter works to put out the blaze on the corner of 119th Street and Sheridan Ave. in Whiting, Ind., Sunday, January 20, 2013. The blaze was fought by fire crews from Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago for more than four hours. Apartments and a dress shop were destroyed, but no one was injured.

A firefighter works to put out the blaze on the corner of 119th Street and Sheridan Ave. in Whiting, Ind., Sunday, January 20, 2013. The blaze was fought by fire crews from Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago for more than four hours. Apartments and a dress shop were destroyed, but no one was injured.

When I started sorting through my photos for 2013 to choose my favorites, I was really concerned that I didn’t shoot anywhere near as much as I should have this year. I was correct! I am not happy with how little I shot this year. Despite being really disappointed with myself, I’ve got a fire under me to shoot more in 2014. I intend to shoot just for myself more often, and get back into shooting for the Daily News. After spending a few weeks at home, I’m ready to get back to work! When I get back, I will be taking the position of multimedia editor at the Ball State Daily News. It’s such an honor to be hired into this position, and I can’t wait to give it all I’ve got! I’m also going to be heading to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with BSU at the Games to shoot still photography. I’m already so proud of my team, and I know that we’re all going to come back with really strong work. With amazing opportunities ahead of me, I’m going to blow 2014 out of the water. Here are my favorite photos from this year.

I hate dragonflys. They're too big and noisy and all around creepy. This guy was really pretty and detailed, so I couldn't pass up the photo opportunity when he landed a few feet from me.

I hate dragonflys. They’re too big and noisy and all around creepy. This guy was really pretty and detailed, so I couldn’t pass up the photo opportunity when he landed a few feet from me.

Officer R. Trissel tells students how they are allowed to leave after the report of an armed assailant Nov. 15 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Ball State University in Muncie Ind., November 10, 2013. No gunman was found, and no one was injured.

Officer R. Trissel tells students how they are allowed to leave after the report of an armed assailant Nov. 15 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Ball State University in Muncie Ind., November 10, 2013. No gunman was found, and no one was injured.

A car drives through the rain on E. Riggin Road during a thunderstorm warning in Muncie, Ind. Sunday, November 17, 2013.

A car drives through the rain on E. Riggin Road during a thunderstorm warning in Muncie, Ind. Sunday, November 17, 2013.

A man walks his dog near the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. Two statues at either end of the bridge represent progress in transportation.

A man walks his dog near the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. Two statues at either end of the bridge represent progress in transportation.

Pups and Pools

People play with their dogs in the kiddie pool at the first annual Drool in The Pool event on Saturday at Tuhey Pool. Proceeds from the entrance fees will go directly to ARF and Muncie Animal Shelter. DN PHOTO TAYLOR IRBY

People play with their dogs in the kiddie pool at the first annual Drool in The Pool event on Saturday at Tuhey Pool. Proceeds from the entrance fees will go directly to ARF and Muncie Animal Shelter. DN PHOTO TAYLOR IRBY

One of my favorite events this year has been “Drool in the Pool”  Basically, Muncie’s public pool opens the pool up to dogs the day before they drain it for the winter! Dogs and their owners pay a fee to get in, and the money goes toward the Animal Rescue Fund and the Muncie Animal Shelter. I had a blast on this warm Saturday shooting dogs and their owners. I’d love to see an event like this in Hammond. Does anyone know of something like this in Northwest Indiana?

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