My third trip to the Rock Valley Saddle Club has me starting to think about a story to tell about the club. I am getting more interested in the youth involvement in the club. Many of the club members bring families to the club, including four-year old Trent, but he doesn’t ride yet. As my story develops, I am liking the images that I am producing more.
This Wednesday I followed someone from a prior assignment to the Rock Valley Saddle Club and I am glad to have followed that whim. What I happened upon was a small group of great people practicing a sport that’s not often seen by the Average Joe. This is certainly a family sport, with many of the riders having children riding or at the very least playing in the dirt outside of the ring.
I am going to make a point to go back again in the future and continue to explore and experience this club in hopes to create a longer story. I am excited to be allowed to have an open ended story to explore over the coming months, without the stress of a deadline. My next visit Chad Koenen has promised me the chance to get up on a horse for the first time since I was eight.
Here are a few selects from my first, and certainly not my last, night at the Rock Valley Saddle Club.
Last night I shot the first of two girls basketball state title games in Des Moines featuring teams from our coverage area. This afternoon I shoot the second one. The one this afternoon will be difficult as we cover both teams and the end of the game will be a hectic time getting images of both the winning and losing teams.
The Wolfpack from Western Christian dominated most of the game as the battled the Hudson Pirates for a chance at their third straight Class 2A state championship title. They won 79-55 and the celebration ensued.
Here is a selection of images from last night.
I shot basketball last night at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School at their game against Unity Christian. Unity Christian walked away easily with both games, but for me it was the first time I comfortably set up flashes and used them with good success. Lighting indoor sports has been new to me since my move to The REVIEW, but thanks to the help from some DVD’s from The Strobist that have been laying around the office, I am starting to understand and feel more comfortable using the flashes. I’m proud of what I shot last night, so I thought I should share.
I didn’t move to a new website, or new blog site, but I moved to a new job, newspaper, and area. For the past three months or so, I have been getting my feet settled in the N’West corner of Iowa, working for Iowa Information. I do apologize for my lack of posts or updates the past three months, let alone the past half-year. I don’t have a whole lot to update you on specifically, so I will leave you with a selection of images I have taken so far on the job here.
Last Sunday I was given the chance to get my hands dirty in the design world. As we picked out images for a photo page on Railroad Days, I became interested in doing the layout myself. The bosses above me, Tom Martin and Steve Davis, we’re happy to give me the chance to put together the page.
It took some time to get used to the older version of InDesign, but it was an exciting trip back in to my days as Editor-in-Chief for The Knox Student. It might be a path I will travel down in the future, because it is a vital part of telling the story. Without a cohesive and exciting design for the news product, the story, both written and visual, are lost. Its a Tetris like challenge to get all the pieces in a page.
Tomorrow is my last day at Knox College as college photographer. I am cleaning my desk, putting last minute photos in the system and working on last minute projects. Today I took a brief break from that to watch some things blow up. At College for Kids, a chemistry class had some different gases and salts to make some exciting explosions. A nice way to bid adieu to my alma mater as I search for my next step in to journalism and photography.
This shot was a two second exposure in a dark room, waiting for the explosion. It worked like a nice remote flash.
Last weekend I had some fun at Galesburg’s Railroad Days Festival and headed down to the carnival midway and did some street photography from the hip. Its a nice change of pace to get to do that, since Galesburg usually lacks the numbers to make these shots viable.
Certainly you can tell that these photos have a gloomy feeling to them in the B&W conversion choice as well as the expressions I chose to focus on. It was a miserably hot day, and a lot of the time the adults enthusiasm by the end of the day spent in the hot sun at the carnival becomes morose.
Let me know which shot is your favorite. I hope to catch up with a few more blog posts in the coming month, and I will certainly keep my readers updated with my ever changing career prospects.
This weekend I have been in Wisconsin covering Knox’s baseball team competing in the Midwest Conference Championship in Ripon. It has been a fruitful weekend for images, but unfortunately for the team the championship didn’t go as well as hoped.
The three games was a nice cap to the baseball season for me and I hope the tournament, despite the losses, was enjoyable for the team members.
On Saturday, Knox celebrated Holi. The Knox Pre-Health Club hosted the festivities and there certainly was a lot of colors flying quickly. Not much else to say, and let the colors do the talking.
Note, I am testing the Nik Collection with these images. I am trying to figure out if its worth paying for the suite of software additions.