Sunday, June 17, 2007

Selma High School Class of 2007

Here are some additions to my last post, in which I mention graduation photos.

Now I went into this assignment with some pictures in mind. The sun was getting low and casting long dark shadows, and I had a brilliant blue sky that would make for an awesome background.

One other thing I notice as I was walking in, was the firework setup at the end of the stadium. That was going to have to be a must shot, especially since I missed that opportunity last year.

The group shot with 2007 painted on the grass was just something I saw. I shot that picture earlier with the blue sky but it just wasn't exposing right. I shot the photo you see below right before I shot the fireworks one, which meant me running from the side there to the front of the students. I know I got in someones way.

Now for some reason I forgot to include the shadow photo I took, but here are a few to hold you over until I get it up. What do you think.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Last week I spent my whole day Wednesday on a boat shooting pictures of professional wakeboarders Nick and Julz Heanley.

The photos I shot ran in the Hanford Sentinel and Lemoore Advance. They actually ran twice in the Sentinel, once on the sports page on the next day and a full page spread on the front of the local section this past Monday.

It was definitely cool to see that full page spread in a daily paper, especially the front of the local section. There was nothing else on that page except my work.

It was a busy week, as I shot graduation photos for the Selma Enterprise ( see above post ) and still had to fill the Twin City Times with enough news. So it was rewarding to see that.

But it all paid off, as I got good graduation shots and good wakeboarding shots.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Time to throw the ball around

It has been a little while since I last posted, probably because I haven't had much to post lately. It has been a busy time, but I have been really pursuing through other blogs lately.

One notable blog that has captivated me for hours at a time, is Strobist.

I believe the person who maintains the site is a photojournalist with the Baltimore Sun. I tell you, the information that is posted onto that blog, is gold! Never have I learned more about off-camera lighting than reading that blog. I use to wince at the idea of using a flash, but am now just counting down the days when I can afford a good set up. Which also brings up the point, that they have countless links to other sites that can be just as helpful.

Another blog that has caught my eye, is one of Hanford Sentinel Chief Photographer Apolinar Fonseca. He posts on his experiences on shooting for a daily and also has some very good links.

Joe Hollak
is another great blog. I truly feel that this journalist/student/bloger is a big reason why I have grown as a photographer and journalist. He currently attends California State University, Fresno and is the Multimedia Editor for The Collegian.
His blog is full of great posts on the ever-changing world of journalism and is really big on multimedia. He also has some great links as well.

Well, these are actually the three main blogs I frequent, and then I tend to branch off from them through links on their sites. Make sure to check out what they have to say, and be sure to leave comments.