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oh, summertime

Over the next couple of days I’ll be adding more pictures to my photo page. I took these about a month ago on a little day trip to Galveston, which is still hurting, all these months later, from Hurricane Ike. Some are of that enduring damage, and some are just of my lovely time on the beach. I think I might try for a photo a day…? We’ll see.  Enjoy!

This poor little guy (and his buddy, a little ways down the beach) washed ashore, never to swim again...


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My final project for Multimedia Storytelling, a look at how the recession is affecting college Army ROTC enlistment. Enjoy!

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of visual interest

41All right, I’ve finally done it. I have a new page just for my photography. I knew I’d get to it eventually.

Just click the link at the top of the page or the picture here to follow him to the new page. And enjoy. I’ll try to keep it updated…

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A time for silence

Steering throughWe’ve been working this semester on video and adding audio to our photos, but we were assigned a silent, black and white photostory over the break. I was so excited to get back to just pictures!

Now that I know that unique element audio adds, however, I go through the story and see all the photos and think, “Ooh, if I had some natural sound here…” Bummer.

But, I still love the photos. Check it out here!

And…I’ll be posting some of the pictures I didn’t end up using for the photostory soon.

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Progress to date

Here is my work to date that hasn’t already been linked to on my blog.

Tim Best works on a sculpture for an upcoming show

My second soundslides assignment went well, I got it completed much more quickly than the first one. I feel like I was able to get a pretty good interview, but I had some trouble with the natural sound for this piece. It was pretty quiet when I went to see Tim Best at the workroom, and his sculpture was actually pretty far along. He was just waiting for some fabric to come in, so his sculpture was on hold and he didn’t need to use any of the machines.

That also meant that there wasn’t very much for me to photograph. I ended up with a lot of very similar pictures. But, the editing process went much faster this time, which was probably the most important part for me.

Partner Edit

This is my first assignment with video. My partner, Abigail Thatcher, shot this footage of the girl studying, then I had to edit it into a story. So. If you can’t tell, here’s the plot: Girl is writing, girl forgets what comes next, checks her notes, sees what she’s missing, goes back to writing. Not the most interesting story, I guess, but I think you can tell that’s what happens in the movie.

This editing was easier for me than the previous audio. I played around with the speed and reverse, and I think it turned out pretty well.

Stencil Artist

This is a story I did on a fellow UNT student who makes and spray paints stencils.I thought it was pretty cool I’ve never seen such intricate stencils. When I got there, I realized there was a whole new (crazy) development to his story. Watch it, it’s pretty interesting.

This editing took a long time, because my audio was a lot softer than I realized, and I had to edit around a lot of stuff with music in the background. When I exported it, the video, which had been a little dark, became a little too light. I’m looking into a way to fix that, but I haven’t found anything yet.

Flash Template

Say hello to my first attempt at Flash. It is missing a video on the first button, we can’t figure out what happened there. It works in Flash and testing it and just pulling it up, but it won’t work on the internet. Flash was a little confusing, but I think it would be a lot of fun to work in once I’ve played around in it a bit.

I still need to work on gathering my audio, I’ve had problems with that every single assignment so far. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty well acquainted with Final Cut and Soundslides, though. Now I just need some time to play around with Flash.

The skills I have learned (and am still working on) will help me get a job in the future, hopefully pretty soon after I graduate. Especially in journalism, technology and multimedia are becoming more pervasive and necessary. I doubt I’d be able to get a job in journalism after I graduate if I didn’t know these programs and have these skills.

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The Economy

One of the RSS feeds I subscribe to, Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights, posted some very timely photography last week. Timely, at least, for me in this class.  The post featured two galleries of photos focusing on the economy. Both come from the Sacramento Bee, and both focus on events that don’t seem, at least to me, as if they could produce many interesting photographs.

I was, however, surprised.

Searching for a job really emphasizes the enormity of the unemployment crisis. That line…I can’t imagine waiting in a line that long. And just imagine, unemployment is supposed to rise for another year.

I also really liked California’s budget woes. The pictures of the guys sleeping and carrying cots around were important to include. It showed the frustration and hopelessness of the situation. You know, there is no easy solution to this.  For anybody. I think both of these galleries did an awesome job of illustrating that.

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Soundslides, Take 1

I worked on gathering the audio and pictures for this Soundslides assignment, my first ever, with Abigail Thatcher. She was comfortable working with the recorder, I was confident working with the camera. It worked well.


We decided to try to find a student playing pool at the Syndicate. Our first interviewee was somewhat Spartan in his replies. But we kept talking to people and ended up getting a pretty good interview, and some great pictures.

Once we began putting our separate Soundslides together, I realized our audio was soft. Very soft. With the volume all the way up, I still had to pay close attention to understand everything. I also realized I need to work on my photo captions. I’ve never really had any practice writing captions before.

Despite the quiet audio and my inexperience with photo captions, I think my Soundslides turned out well. I really liked putting the assignment together; I’m already planning out more of these projects in my head.

At the Gates of History was exactly what I would want to see and hear from an inauguration story. Gathered from the back of the crowd, this Soundslides presentation really captured what it felt like for the majority of people who braved the cold to see President Obama sworn in.

Apparently, this journalist had a ticket to get in to the inauguration, but wasn’t able to get through the gates before they were shut. As unfortunate as that is, I think it helped him get a better story.

Though the beginning audio was a little confusing, I like how the journalist got tidbits from several people, but didn’t introduce anyone. Without knowing each person’s name, I felt as if I could have been any one of them. It became an experience I could have had, rather than that individual’s experience.

The journalist did a great job of matching his audio to the action in the photograph, his timing was perfect. This is most evident when Obama is giving his speech and the pictures show people listening on radios and cell phones. Absolutely perfect.

The only thing I think didn’t work here was the garbled audio in the beginning. The first time I listened to it I couldn’t understand any of it; it took a second and third listening to understand it.

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