School is definitely back in session.
I feel every bit as busy as I was over the summer, only this time I’m paid in marks rather than money and publication.
While the school year is gearing up I find I’m not out shooting a lot but focusing on other things, writing, story planning and video stories. I realize that with a year left in school now is the time to focus on areas that aren’t as strong as my photography.
I’m also in a mode where everything I do feels like it’s dictated by school’s needs. Including this blog post! Which will be read and marked by one of my wonderful teachers for our digital web pages and online class, so uh… Hello Dan! Welcome to my blog.
After moving back to Belleville I was here the first weekend in September, but then the second weekend I went to Ottawa for the 10th anniversary of the House of Paint Hip Hop festival.
It’s an event I’ve photographed before, namely because it’s located under a bridge right next to the Carleton University campus, so while I was studying there it was convenient.
What’s cool about the event is the way it blends, hip-hop, graffiti, breaking and other subcultures into a single festival. This year was a bigger setup than in years prior.
It was a lot of fun working with the lights on stage, and I was really impressed with the range of musical artists involved.
In addition to the music and breakdancing, there was graffiti writing ongoing throughout the event.
The writers weren’t nearly as forth coming with info, like names, about themselves as the dancers or rappers.
I used that first picture for a news feature assignment, the class this year is one of my favorites, like last year. That’s because it is straight forward photography and critique, and because I’ve done well in that class in the past.
Our first assignment was to submit a feature photo. In addition to the one above I tried other things including a weather feature. I wandered over to a dog park here in Belleville a few weeks ago when we had record breaking heat (plus 30 degrees in September!). The park was empty, but I had fun with framing.
Another assignment in class for news is our long-term project. We have to either shoot eight weather features, or follow one team, go to at least three games and submit eight gameplay photos. I decided to go with sports because it’s easier to schedule in a few games and know I will get the assignment done rather than banking on some inclement weather between now and October 21.
About two weeks ago I went and photographed a Loyalist women’s soccer game. It turned out well and having photographed soccer before I feel like I have a pretty good handle on it, so I’ve been trying to explore more creative sports photography.
The next week I was once again out at a Lancer’s game, this time in the middle of the rain. Great soccer weather I guess? Anyway I stuck my umbrella stick down my shirt, wore it like a hat and continued on like nothing had changed.
While there I noticed that there was a group of motorcyclists in the parking lot behind the field, I assumed (and discovered later I was right) it was an M1 training course. So I snapped a pan of the instructor riding by.
Finally this last Friday was the last of my three games for the long term assignment. In contrast to earlier in the week Friday was a wonderfully sunny and warm day.
I tried getting close again to the goal, this time hoping to get the same shot I have above, only as a goal, however, the ref yelled at me an told me to back up. I was a little surprised as I wasn’t interfering with play and was still more than a metre behind the boundary line. I’ve never had issues before, however, it’s their field so I moved.
That about catches me up to where I am now, about to go into October.
We also started publishing the Pioneer in Class, I was on the second group of editors, we were short for content so I wrote a story about the soccer team, it was my first time ever writing a sports story. You can check it out here.
Until Next time,