Thanks for your kind words Carol!
Well things are somewhat winding down if there is such a thing in this course!! Our Reading week - also know as fall break is coming up tomorrow and not soon enough. It has been a really intense first half of the semester - they start you off flying in the first week and you basically have no life (well for us older folks anyway as we take our studies and grades seriously) not like when I was 20 an in school ha.
Unfortunately I am stuck in Ontario for this break - I was really hoping my school funding would have come through by now - but of course it is coming in the middle of next week leaving me with no time to book or plan a nice break away.
So instead I am going to take advantage of the spare time and get a jump on about 10 assignments that are coming up in November and get them done now so that I might be able to have a bit of social time come November.
I will soon be able to look for accommodation in town - I am so looking forward to having a more permanent place to live. Although I love my trailer - it is a little trying running on 15 amp and dumping the blue buggy - the dang hot water tank is finicky with all the rain and wind and leaves me with "kettle" baths too many times for my liking!
Peter has been back to work now for two weeks part time and doing really well. He steps up to 30 hours for the next two weeks and back to full time by the end of November.
Despite the homework I am really loving the course and this past weekend I had my first real taste of being sent out by a paper to cover a few events - there was no promises, but two small stories and 6 of my photographs were published - a huge confidence builder for sure.
As Carol said the judging came in from our summer shooting from Jim Wilkes of the Toronto Start and my "bucking bronco" shot won the Sports Category.
This was at one of the many summer fairs that was happening in late August
- I have never been to a rodeo before - it was smelly hot and still a lot of fun! I did not get a pass to be in the ring - but hung through the fence - at one point a bull dumped its rider and then headed straight for me - OMG that was too funny - all I could think about was Crocodile Dundee when he made that big cow lay down on the road..So under my breath I was going humimmmm and he stopped dead in his tracks.
I also had honourable mention as a favourite photo in an exhibition called The Energy Project. They actually published this one in Black and White as everything the Org - Photosensity does is in black and white but it just does not do this photo justice. Especially the little "carrot tops" They were the sweetest kids! I was driving home from school just after we were given the assignment to shoot "energy" - I caught the kiddies jumping and the solar panels out the corner of my eye - took about two seconds to process and did a u-turn and drove up to the farm house and hoped that their Mom would let me photograph them.
Here is the College Photojournalism Website that they use to upload our our test portfolios - nothing special and we had barely any time to review our 100's of photos to make a selection to add to our previous year portfolio. Basically we have to cover several categories such as feature, portraits, sports, photo story etc. So thus far my portfolio is built on highest grade photos 80+ scores and anything I have published thus far except this past weekend did not make it....
Class of 2012 | Loyalist College Photojournalism
Here are the photos recently published - just simple community events happening. The caption information is included in the photo file if you want to know what the photo is about.
These three photos along with a short story were published.
We have to shoot in all lighting situations and we are NOT allowed to use the "auto" function on the cameras. I have a nice low light fast lens but still have to use fill flash sometimes. Nikon has a great system that you can have the flash off body to disburse ugly shadows. I have learned so much my brain is almost to full capacity LOL. The problem with that is that you have to remember all this stuff too ug.
I then had to run to another event and was lucky enough to have this little story and photos also included in the same paper.
Lastly when I was about done shooting - I had to find the Giant Pumpkin Weigh off and just lucked out as the venue had been changed - I was heading out of town and got stuck behind the stream of trucks carrying their huge pumpkins. Hate to give you a spot of Bad news - but the Canadians just snapped the World Record weight away from the American!! Can you believe a pumpkin can weigh 1818.5 pounds!!!!!
They used a cropped version of this photo cutting the tree out - but ha I liked the whole scene thus I included the full size one here.
Well that is all my news for now. I am going to have to think about winterizing soon dipping into the 40's at night - ug...I hope I can hold out until at least the middle of November. That will only leave me three weeks to till I finish the first Semester. Without having to get into some heavy duty rent.
What is everyone up to these days??? Anyone heading south for the winter? I hope to be heading south for my 3 week break and most likely will head down to Charleston with the ModPod....