Independent Photography

School Times


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.

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) - Stephen 'Buddha' Leafloor, longtime Ottawa B-Boy and member of Canadian Floor Masters, Canada's oldest B-Bpy crew dating back to 1983, performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario.  The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) – Stephen ‘Buddha’ Leafloor, longtime Ottawa B-Boy and member of Canadian Floor Masters, Canada’s oldest B-Bpy crew dating back to 1983, performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario. The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) - Polaris Prize Nominee Zaki Ibrahim performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario.  The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) – Polaris Prize Nominee Zaki Ibrahim performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario. The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) - Montreal-based rapper Yassin 'The Narcicyst' Alsalman performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario.  The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) – Montreal-based rapper Yassin ‘The Narcicyst’ Alsalman performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario. The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

It was a lot of fun working with the lights on stage, and I was really impressed with the range of musical artists involved.

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) - Polaris Prize Nominee Zaki Ibrahim performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario.  The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

OTTAWA, ON (13/09/2013) – Polaris Prize Nominee Zaki Ibrahim performs at the SoundClash concert during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario. The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

In addition to the music and breakdancing, there was graffiti writing ongoing throughout the event.

OTTAWA, ON (14/09/2013) - A graffiti writer, who requested he not be identified, selects a paint can while working on a piece during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario.  The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

OTTAWA, ON (14/09/2013) – A graffiti writer, who requested he not be identified, selects a paint can while working on a piece during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario. The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

The writers weren’t nearly as forth coming with info, like names, about themselves as the dancers or rappers.

OTTAWA, ON (14/09/2013) - A graffiti writer, who requested he not be identified, works on a piece during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario.  The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

OTTAWA, ON (14/09/2013) – A graffiti writer, who requested he not be identified, works on a piece during the tenth annual House of PainT urban arts and culture festival in Ottawa Ontario. The festival brings together graffiti writers, break dancers and hip-hop music under an overpass for four days of music and art. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

BELLEVILLE, ON (10/09/2013) - Andrea DiRocco talks to her son on her cellphone while taking in the sun at East Zwick's Centennial Park in Belleville Ontario on a day when temperatures tied a 30 year high nearing 31 degrees celsius in the sun. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

BELLEVILLE, ON (10/09/2013) – Andrea DiRocco talks to her son on her cellphone while taking in the sun at East Zwick’s Centennial Park in Belleville Ontario on a day when temperatures tied a 30 year high nearing 31 degrees celsius in the sun. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

BELLEVILLE, ON (17/9/2013) - St. Lawrence College's Stephanie Lelenka heads a ball during a game at Loyalist College on September 17.  St. Lawrence defeated Loyalist 1-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

BELLEVILLE, ON (17/9/2013) – St. Lawrence College’s Stephanie Lelenka heads a ball during a game at Loyalist College on September 17. St. Lawrence defeated Loyalist 1-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

BELLEVILLE, ON (21/09/2013) - From left to right, Loyalist Lancers goalkeeper Kaitlyn Sanford, holds back Seneca Sting's Stefani Bisogno while Loyalist's newsiest addition Denissa Palmer tries to get the ball out.  Seneca defeated Loyalist 3-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

BELLEVILLE, ON (21/09/2013) – Loyalist Lancers goalkeeper Kaitlyn Sanford, tries to stop a ball headed out of bounds during a game against Seneca College on September 21. Seneca defeated Loyalist 3-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

BELLEVILLE, ON (21/9/2013) - Leo Burosch, a motorcycle instructor, rides past a group of trainees during a motorcycle training course held at Loyalist College on September 21, 2013. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

BELLEVILLE, ON (21/9/2013) – Leo Burosch, a motorcycle instructor, rides past a group of trainees during a motorcycle training course held at Loyalist College on September 21, 2013. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

BELLEVILLE, ON (27/09/2013) - Loyalist Lancer's Kristen Larone is tripped while trying to get the ball past Cambrian College Golden Shield's Mary-Ellen Schroeder during Loyalist's final home game of the season on September 27.  Loyalist lost to Cambrian 4-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

BELLEVILLE, ON (27/09/2013) – Loyalist Lancer’s Kristen Larone is tripped while trying to get the ball past Cambrian College Golden Shield’s Mary-Ellen Schroeder during Loyalist’s final home game of the season on September 27. Loyalist lost to Cambrian 4-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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.

BELLEVILLE, ON (27/09/2013) - Loyalist Lancer's Sonya Dronsfield watches as a ball headed by Cambrian College Golden Shield's Mary-Ellen Schroeder during Loyalist's final home game of the season on September 27.  Loyalist lost to Cambrian 4-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

BELLEVILLE, ON (27/09/2013) – Loyalist Lancer’s Sonya Dronsfield watches as a ball headed by Cambrian College Golden Shield’s Mary-Ellen Schroeder during Loyalist’s final home game of the season on September 27. Loyalist lost to Cambrian 4-0. (Photo by Adam Dietrich)

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,

 

Adam Dietrich

 

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