Welcome to Night Vale: Live

  

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                    I was lucky enough to run into my wonderful friend, Kate. She showed off her new poster from the merch booth.

  I think I need to start getting better at taking my own advice and allow for some personal time. I’ve been throwing myself into my school and magazine work so much that was forgetting that I’m allowed to enjoy myself every now and again.  Fortunately, I’ve awesome people like my friend, Lucy, who messaged me late the other night asking if I wanted to check out a live performance of one our favorite audio series, Welcome to Night Vale.

                A night of getting out of the house with a friend, and seeing some of my favorite actors performing exclusive material was exactly the pick-me up I needed. I’ve been feeling more relaxed, and more importantly, more productive for a while now. I’ll have to make it a point make mental health more of a priority. Maybe I’ll even make more time for blogging again.  

The Year In Review

A full year. Since I graduated. Since I proposed. Since I started freelancing. Since I started the site to keep myself in practice. I suppose that I should take a hard look back at 2013.

                Let’s start by looking at things from a purely objective standpoint and take a look at the numbers.

  • Numbers Total Hits: 9,709
  • Overall Average Hits Per Day: 27
  • Most Hits In A Single Day: 283
  • Total Number of Followers: 110
  • Total Number Of Posts: 205
  • 205 posts/ 365 Days= 56.1% of Daily Goal
  • Then again, I was working 60-80 hours a week the last two months of the year, so taking off November and December, we get 196 Posts /304 Days= 64.5%

 What do these numbers tell us? Well, they tell me that I need to do better. I While I have started writing, editing video, and dabbling more with graphic design, I haven’t come as far with branching my skills as I would have liked. And yes, I have been shooting daily, it hasn’t necessarily been what I want to be working on.

It might be fair to say that I’ve been… disconnected. After I graduated, I lost all of the resources available to me through the university. That doesn’t just include the photo gear and technology, but the connections though fellow students and teachers. Add all that to the fact that my car died early this year, and funds have been relatively low. So, with no money, no car, and no connections, it honestly felt like a year adrift.

But, those are just the numbers and the setup. What did this year in photos actually look like? (Be sure to click to open in theater mode. There’s a cut line for each one of these. )

Where does that leave me? I wouldn’t call the year empty, and I can’t say there was nothing fulfilling.  I wouldn’t say that I didn’t grow, but I still feel like I could have been more. I feel like I’m falling behind my peers. All I can do is try to keep at getting myself off the ground this year.

I photographed this collision with my cell phone on my lunch break. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. The photograph was picked up by one of the local papers.

I photographed this collision with my cell phone on my lunch break. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. The photograph was picked up by one of the local papers.

Still, with everything I shot this year, one photo stands out more than anything I did. It was the photograph I took on my lunch break with cell phone of the car crash. It reminded me how much I can care; not just about news, but about people. I had just finished Dave LaBelle’s Lessons in Life and Death, and learned just how much photographs of tragedy can help those involved cope and come to terms with those events. I felt like I had a responsibility.  It reminded me that no matter where I am, or what I’m doing with my life, that drive for journalism, and news is always there. I’m never going to give up.

Six Month Retrospective

Wow, it’s been about half a year since I started this site. So, I thought that a quick retrospective would be interesting, so I rounded up a handful of some of my favorite photos thus far. I have a ton of ideas I want to try, unfortunately, life has a habit of getting in the way. I hope that the best is yet to come.

Lindsey Stirling Concert

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Did I ever mention that my fiancé is amazing? I’m not sure. Back in January, she scored us tickets to see the electric violinist, Lindsey Stirling. The show was absolutely phenomenal.
The fact that security made me leave my camera at coat check, not so much. Not a lot bothers me, but separating me from my gear is almost guaranteed to set me into a foul mood. Said foul mood proved difficult to maintain as the concert began though, and I decided to do the best I could with what I had.
Oh, my poor little cell phone camera sensor, it tried so hard. The situation became a reinforcement of the lesson that you have to embrace the lighting you have.
I set my camera phone to focus and expose for the screen behind Stirling, creating a silhouette effect for the majority of the photos. I then dropped them into my phone’s Photoshop app to alter the exposure, boost the contrast, sharpen, and adjust the saturation. It sounds a lot more extreme than it was. In reality, it was a lot of small tweaks that increased the clarity of the image to increase the clarity of the sensor.Overall, the concert was great, and it proved to be a fun little photo exercise.

Update:

The above photo was edited on my camera, but the shots in the gallery below were edited on my laptop’s Photoshop to see how much I could touch them up. More than anything, it was an exercise in using the noise reduction tool.

Hip-Hop Concert

 

This is a consistent theme, but out of order with yesterday’s fashion show. I went out and covered a  hip-hop concert that was put on by one of the production classes at the university, and had a blast. Shooting in concerts is kind of a pain though. I’ll have to get more practice with it.