Had a 10 a.m. assignment to go shoot another photographer. What kind of photographer you ask? A PET PHOTOGRAPHER. And what was she photographing that day? EIGHT WEIMARANER PUPPIES. It was my dream cute beat assignment. And so she could photograph them best, we had to play with them first. It was incredible.
I've sure been handed a lot of assignments during the golden hour lately. I guess I picked the right time to work my shift.
The Missourian had Nick Michael and I work on a one-day event involving a cheerleading clinic for elementary students. Though I think Nick shot way better than I did — his images are beautiful! — I still had a really fun time at the assignment.
When I arrived to the football field, I was honestly just overwhelmed. There were so many beautiful things going on — girls doing cartwheels, playing "Little Suzy Walker," hugging the varsity cheerleaders. I didn't know what to take pictures of first!
And to top that off, it was the golden hour, so every picture I took looked that much more dramatic. I would stick to one scenario going on for a bit and then flit to another because I saw something else going on. I wish I would've just slowed down and really photographed one situation with complete concentration, but I would never put my entire focus onto what I was doing. I think that made me shooting suffer a little bit.
But, it's a learning experience! And I had a great time at this assignment.
This event was a little difficult, as it featured less of a turn out than we expected. On top of that, my boss, Brian Kratzer was there with his four children, who I obviously could not shoot — for the paper. But they were obviously too cute to avoid taking any pictures of.
Happy Halloween, everyone! Feel free to check out the photo gallery in The Missourian.
The parade happened. The parade went on. Alumni and students got drunk. Mizzou won. Good weekend, overall. Played around with a 50mm f/1.2 lens, which I would have never shot with before. Made for a few interesting, dreamy-looking shots. Very stylized, but fun for this. Enjoy.
I'm always one to enjoy "cute beat" type assignments. And when they're during the hours of awesome light, I'm even more excited to shoot them.
Lately, I've been really busy working for The Missourian. I have had a ton of assignments lately (which are queued up to be blogged), a lot of which are on the same day. This is awesome, especially because I've had a lot of really cool assignments, but it also means that I've become a master at shooting quickly.
I shot this particular assignment in about 30 minutes. I know this is just the nature of working at a daily newspaper, so I'm kind of taking it and making it a challenge. I want to shoot as many great images as possible, though get the one that I know will run. And I am trying to take time to play and "get weird," so as to make myself happy.
So lately my challenge to myself is to see how many pictures I can get to run out of the shortest time possible. I got a six-photo gallery out of this assignment, so I was pretty excited about that.
I don't want to shoot lazy pictures or "easy pictures," so I think my next challenge is to just keep playing, get different kinds of pictures. And maybe see how many of those can run!
I began my internship at Newsday on Monday, June 27. My internship is in the multimedia department, which covers quite the spectrum for the newsroom. During my relatively short eight weeks here, I will produce and edit video, shoot stills, shoot video, gather audio and of course, do some general reporting.
I'll cover spot and general news, sports and community events in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. Sometimes, if the event is pertinent to Long Islanders, I will venture out for a shoot in New York City, such as to shoot a Yankees game or a Good Morning America concert. I haven't yet told the newsroom how I really feel about the Yankees. Not sure if I will.
But for this last week, I've mostly been getting acquainted with the newsroom. And you know, rockin' the cute beat as I do. I hunted for shoots on Sunday with fellow photographer and videographer Chris Ware and Monday I headed out to Crab Meadow Beach for a fireworks show and to shoot video and stills on my own.
I have to say, in my first week here, I've learned a lot. I feel completely comfortable with Final Cut Pro, finally, and have quite a good amount of shortcuts up my sleeve for stealthy editing. I also have learned that New Yorkers do not drive the speed limit, really like to use their horns and live on eyeced quaw-fee (known to the rest of the country as iced coffee). And I've developed a pretty darn good imitation of the Long Island accent.
Unfortuantely, I can't link too much of my stuff on my blog to the real content because Newsday has a pretty good firewall up. One has to subscribe to Newsday or Cablevision to be able to see a good chunk of their content — I can't even look at it unless I'm in the newsroom! So I won't be linking to much of my online stuff here, but I have permission from my boss to put things up here after they've been published, so hopefully that's good enough for you guys. But I promise I do have an internship and it's not made up.
I'm enjoying it here quite a bit and hope to have a solid multimedia project under my belt before I leave. I have some ideas floating around in my head, but we'll see where this internship takes me.
And that's how I found the horse track!
On my way to shoot my "Old Love" story last week, I took three busses I had never taken before. Of course, I took three busses because I obviously didn't know the best route there, but quickly figured it out on the way back. And upon returning home, I passed this big track with a big picture of horses outside of it and I knew that I would eventually have to take some pictures there. And I got the opportunity to just days later.
I was worried about my "Day in the Life" story (to be posted last this week), so as a back-up just in case I couldn't get an ample story subject, I wandered down to the betting track to get a snapshot of a day at the tracks.
I really wanted to get some behind-the-scenes look at the horses being prepared for the races, and the jockeys getting ready and such, and this track was just the place for that. I swear, I didn't deal with any security or any bullshit during the day. I just walked into the track, walked back to the stables, and did my thing. It was fantastic.
I had a bit of trouble kind of getting an idea of what would happen during the day. I knew what time the race started, but where did the horses start? How far and how long did they run? How do you know who won? I tried asking around but after having some trouble with the language barrier, I just resolved to head out on the track (since I didn't see anyone that was going to stop me), take some warm-up shots and then just wing it.
This sentiment was echoed today in a chat from a guest lecturer Carsten Ingemann as he was talking with another student about access problems in a story. He said that if you just walk into somewhere with authority and don't ask to take photos, then chances are no one is going to stop you. Of course, you always feel the pressure to be courteous, but what if it's going to make or break your story? With this mindset, Carston told us an anecdote about how he got all the way through 12 security checkpoints during the first Gulf War in Kuwait. So, I guess it works, right?
And so I did. And it worked out pretty well. Honestly, most of my favorite shots, as I predicted, weren't from the races themselves, but back in the stables. One of my favorite moments of the day was chatting with this young boy who I thought was jokingly placing a bet but he was so short the cashier couldn't see him.
The seven year-old, Oliver, was actually placing a bet, though, as I later learned from his parents. Turns out, last week they came to the tracks and the boy was insistent on placing a bet on a particular horse. And they ended up winning 800DKK from the bet (around $90), so they thought they'd try their luck again. I don't know how old you need to be to bet in Denmark, but if there are regulations, they aren't strict!
Although I didn't end up using the shots for my story, I'm glad I went to the track and got to chat with some people there. I think I may even go back just for fun once it gets a bit warmer — it is one of those rare events that happens on a Sunday in Denmark. That's not so common!
I'm slowly adjusting to life here in Denmark. Although it doesn't seem to easy some days, especially with the bus, sometimes the bus seems to want to make it up to me and hands me nice story ideas like this.
Over the past month, I have slowly but surely been getting acquainted with the city of Aarhus — whether it be my way around town, the best place to get a cheap beer or the best clothing shops, I think I'm faring well so far. But nothing will get you familiar with a city faster than an America's-Next-Top-Model-go-see-esque assignment adventure from Mads Greve at DMJX.
We all knew it was coming, and my entire photo class, both the Danish photo class and the Internationals, were wondering what would come of our assignment Friday. All we knew was that we had to report to school at 9 a.m. and that we had a deadline at 6 p.m.
Turns out, we had three assignments. Many of us were required to visit a particular museum to shoot children who were off on winter holiday. Then, we were assigned an artist or photographer and had a very strict time schedule during which we had 20 minutes to snap his or her portrait. And, along the way, we needed to get a creative and not-boring shot of public transportation for a hypothetical story about infrastructure. Phew.
I wasn't too overwhelmed by these prospects. I didn't often shoot three assignments in one day for The Maneater, but sometimes when I procrastinated, that would happen. But, I think I work well under pressure. I was more worried that I would not be able to find my bus stop, or worse, be late for something. Because I'm much more prone to incorrect map reading and keeping track of time.
Turns out, I had a right to be worried about getting lost and will be searching for a compass come this weekend. I was only ten minutes late for my 20 minute photo shoot though, so I frantically got a do-able portrait of a commercial photographer and hit the road.
I also shot at the Steno Museet (museum) in Aarhus, which turned out to be a blast. The museum is a science and medicine museum named after a Danish scientist, Nicolas Steno. I perused the museum upon arriving, very used to shooting children's events from my internship at The Sun News the prior summer, and found a gold mine — a room that translated to "impregnated by technology."
The room was off-the-walls ridiculous, at least by American standards. It featured the science of, well, reproduction. There was a huge womb kids could crawl into and explore, a carpeted egg on the floor with wiggling mechanic sperm hanging from the ceiling and a silhouetted closet where kids could try on fake tummies from different stages of pregnancy — all featured in a dark, comfy room where a baby's heartbeat, cries and rattle could be heard, in that order.
It was definitely a culture shock to me to see these children prancing around a room that featured an ancient condom dispenser and an artificial insemination interactive game, but I guess that's why I'm studying abroad, right? Only in Denmark, the country who first legalized porn.
Photographs copyright © Katie Currid 2011. All rights reserved.
So I was really excited when I heard that people were trying to break the world record for the most people dressed as superheroes in the same place at the same time. The event was a fundraiser for Columbia Public Schools.
Although they did not break the Guinness World Record — 762 people showed up but the record was 1,580 — the event brought out some very interesting Columbians, plus some adorable children.
One of my favorite costumes was a father who dressed up as Optimus Prime. He didn't just "dress up," though. He would've looked exactly like Optimus Prime if he was the size of a semi.
Scott Robbins made his Optimus Prime costume out of one of those Power Wheels Jeeps vehicles that children get to drive around. He said he used his son's car, but his son never even noticed it was gone.
This event took place from 11 a.m. to noon, with that great "raccoon eye" sun up above. I tried to use fill flash in most of my pictures. It's definitely not a technique I'm comfortable with yet. I had a lot of trouble with the direction of the flash (I don't think my hand is consciously connected to my body) and with the power of it, but I think I have some pictures where the fill flash really saved the picture.
Photographs copyright Katie Currid © 2010. All rights reserved.
Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I'm not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school. Well, here goes nothing.
School is in session, which means I'm back at good ol' Mizzou. I'm a junior this year, and I can't believe how quickly my days are going by at college.
I am expecting great things this year. I am very excited for a lot of my classes and a lot of opportunities that are opening up. I have returned to The Maneater once again to serve as the Arts & Entertainment editor. Although being an editor for writers is a little out of the realm out of my future career, I really love serving as an editor, have a lot of fun pitching stories and just have a hard time leaving The Maneater, apparently.
I am also continuing on in the photojournalism sequence at MU. I will be taking Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism this year with Rita Reed. I am incredibly excited and nervous to be taking this class. We will be working with different types of light, studio techniques and also flash. I feel super ignorant when it comes to these things — I feel like I've finally started to feel comfortable with shooting different situations. I'm ready to move onto the next step, but I know it's not going to be easy.
Another new thing for the upcoming school year is my pursuit of a double major...or, you know, a double minor, depending on how much I can cram in to my remaining semesters. I have decided to study anthropology secondly. I've taken a few classes in anthropology in the past and have been really interested in finding out what makes people work and why our bodies are the way they are.
I'll be using this blog for my Advanced Techniques class this semester and will also blog about my further experiences at The Maneater. I'm hoping to do a lot more sports photography this semester, but also have some exciting projects plan that I hope to develop into multimedia or larger stories.
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