Now into my 4th week I have a bout a few minutes to surface and give you all a bit of an update.
I am having a lot of fun at school and my section is a great bunch of people we have all got to know each other pretty good. There is a bit of a mix in age range with 4 or 5 of us being in the mature student category which makes it a little easier than just being in a class of 18 years by yourself.
The program is geared to "news" mostly spot news which really is not my forte or what I really want to get into. But it teaches you the principals you need to enter any portion of the photojournalism field. More in depth styles will be taught in second semester and second year so I am looking forward to getting semester one under the belt.
The farm where I am living is okay but I am missing my home. I appreciate the serenity of the forest when you live in an open field after a while. Living near a city the white noise is amazing for light and you never really get to see the stars at night like I do at home.
I had the girls with me for the first 3 weeks and took them along with the trailer home this past weekend. I have a couple of really heavy weeks ahead to make up classes and assignments I will miss being away the first week of November - I am finally scheduled for a surgery!! I could not escape all of them - the knee is up for a scope repair of the meniscus that I trashed on my winter vacation. He can't bring it all back but he said that he could give me a 50% improvement so I thought that was well worth it.
The girls were having too much fun here at the farm and starting to wander further away. The keep getting into horse poop and bur bushes - as well Peter is missing them so we decided to share them a bit. It is very quiet and lonely without the girls, and my bed warmer Haily is missed even more - although I would complain that she takes up all my leg space
The first semester is all about learning the technical aspects of your camera, and the different styles of writing for different news stories. I have used my elaborate camera for too long as a point and shoot and it has been almost 20 years since I was shooting with my slr and had my shutter speeds, aperture and ISO settings at the drop of a hat. So I am having a bit of a technical lag, which is taking away from my creativity.
Another aspect of this program is inanimate objects are not the focus so there goes all the scenery shots - they want people and news. I have never really liked taken those type of shots so I am out of my comfort zone. Again thought it is a welcome change and is a challenge too. I still try to include a few of my nature shooting when I can - a few below.
I was very lucky my first week - and happened upon some spot news and arrived on the scene about 3 minutes after it happened, got some shots off and then went back to the college and asked if I could submit them to the school online paper. I had no idea what I was doing but managed to get the lead story - so I am published already which is a big load off. As we have to have our work published three times throughout the semester - so I just have to work at 2 more.
We have seminars every week with previous grads who come and show their work and where they ended up - so we are getting some great ideas and insight into the field.
I am learning new software, jargan and homework up the gazooo!!!!! The program is pretty intense with not much time in between new things being taught so at times it is a bit of an information overload.
My first discouraging element is the news. For our writing class we have to become news savy - our first week we had a quiz on the daily news and I bombed terribly. I literally had not picked up a newspaper, watch tv news or even online news nor listened to the radio ever since 9/11. I find the news so very depressing and it makes me too emotional. So again I am having to come way out of my shell and face all the horrible things going on around the world around us. So this past 10 days I have been saturated with news and thought OMG I will retain none of this - there is just so much news from all the different media. Well I improved my mark 10 fold so it was a pleasant surprise how my me ole brain still sponges in
But really dead pigs, stolen puppies, terrorist threats, wife beating, elections, protests and teenage suicides it is enough to make me run and hide!!! Where are the happy stories in the news????? Do people only ever want to hear about other peoples hardships?
I am really missing travelling and hope to head out maybe with my trailer but possibly only with my clubs for reading week. I look forward to my Christmas Break where I will be heading south for a four weeks but better than no weeks that is for sure.
Peter is doing well and is about a week out now from going on the list for his Islet Transplant - he will be on call and we will have a 48 hours time frame from his call to getting out to Edmonton. I have informed all my instructors and they are going to do everything they can to help me out with assignments while I am away and possible skype some of my lectures so that I can still participate.
Well I just wanted to pop in and say hello. How is everyone doing - I guess some will be winterizing soon and others getting your rigs ready for your SnowBirding.
I lasted 3 weeks before I got the "student" cold - our whole section is sick with exception of a few lucky ones. I have a nasty cough now and hopefully will work its way through by the end of this week. I have a great schedule with lots of time to get things done. Monday class starts at 11:00 Wednesday afternoons off and only one class on Friday Morning so I can get away pretty early for a weekend trip.
I will post pics next - just waiting for them to download - I have to shoot in RAW which are huge files and it takes for ever.
Hope you are all doing great - getting out in your Airstreams and having fun with family and friends.
PS for anyone thinking about going back to school - it is well worth it. There are so many resources today for the older student going back - they really are vested in your success and making you feel as comfortable as possible.