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.
Getting up bright and early isn't exactly a college student's favorite past time, but the Army ROTC students do it almost every day. With PT (physical training) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and incentive PT for those who didn't pass their PT test on Mondays and Fridays, there are lots of early mornings for ROTC students.
Both my sister, Annie, and my boyfriend, Tyler, are in ROTC. Not only are two of my favorite people cadets, but I feel like practically everyone around me is in the army. My parents, who were both officers, met in the Army before they were married and my uncle was a lieutenant colonel and spent a lot of time in Somalia. My best friend, Samantha Moore, is an army wife and her husband just graduated from West Point. They are currently spending a short time at Fort Knox in Kentucky while her husband, J.D., goes through BOLC (Basic Office Leaders Course).
So, what I'm saying is, I get to hear about the army a lot. And with Tyler and Annie, I get to hear about them complain about PT a lot, whether it's 8-mile ruck marches or the blisters their boots give them.
Last year, Tyler went through CWST (Combat Water Survival Training) for ROTC. For CWST, the cadets go to the Student Recreation Complex at MU and train in the water. They jump off the high dive blindfolded with their rifles, have to tread water for 10 minutes, swim with their rifles, etc. I was intrigued by this event after he told me about it and began to look forward to the next year so I could be able to shoot it.
So, I did. Which is why I woke up at 4:40 a.m. to take pictures. And, as much as I love sleep, coffee works too. And it was worth it.
Grant Hindsley also shot the event. Grant did a lot of work with the Army ROTC program last year for a project for his Fundamentals of Photojournalism class. Grant also had the opportunity to shoot underwater because he built some really awesome underwater housing with a plastic fish tank.
Because I have an interest in war photography, I've been trying to shoot more events that involve the military. Obviously, CWST is absolutely nothing compared to Iraq, I really enjoy working with the military and hope to continue to do so, whether it's in a foreign country or on base or in ROTC.
Grant and I also shot a farewell ceremony for a National Guard troop leaving for Iraq for Operation New Dawn on Friday. More pictures to come.
All photographs copyright © Katie Currid 2010. All rights reserved.
"It's ESPN. They get what they want." This is one of many lessons I learned during the MU vs. OSU game on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. For those of you who have been reading my blog, you know that I am new to shooting sports, especially MU sports, so Saturday's game was my first men's basketball game at Mizzou Arena.
Because of this, I was ignorant to the way photographers are organized during basketball games. In the Media Room, there is a sign-up sheet on the wall. On this sheet, photographers are either assigned a place on the court, or can fill in their names under the slots that are open. After consulting my photo editor from last year, Jeff Lautenberger, I signed up under spot number one. I felt would be a good spot to be in, given my equipment (a 5D with a 70-200 f/2.8 and a 1D Mark II N with a 24-70 f/2.8), as it was the closest spot to the basket and it was OSU's goal the first half. I expected Missouri to win, and I thought it would be a good basket to be under if Missouri got cocky in the second half with dunks and showy lay-ups.
I prepared my gear and went out to the court with about 20 minutes left until the game started to set my exposure and track down my spot. As I ran down the numbers on the side of the court I had signed up on, however, I found there was an ESPN camera man and his crew in "my" spot. Confused, I went up to the videographer and asked him where he would be standing for the entirety of the game. Of course, his response was 'right here.'
I checked with Jeff to make sure I had the right spot and wasn't mistaken about where I was supposed to be. No, I was right. And I learned an important lesson for the day, thanks to Jeff. "It's ESPN. They get what they want." So, I moved a couple spots down to a place where I knew no one had been assigned.
The Tigers played an exciting game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Of course, it may not have been exciting for the Cowboys in the end, but it was a good game. The Tigers started out with a fair 10-point lead for at least the first 10 minutes in the first half. However, the Cowboys came back with a fervor, scoring 12 unanswered points and closing the point margin to 25-22, Tigers still in the lead. Missouri was not about to become discouraged however, and ended the first half 42-34.
Although OSU was not about to give up easily, they could not come out on top against Missouri in the second half. Much of that could be contributed to the amount of three-point shooting that was done, with the Tigers shooting 54.8% for three-pointers during the game. The game ended with a Tiger victory over the Cowboys, 95-80.
I feel a bit more comfortable shooting basketball than I do football. This could be because I played basketball in fourth grade, but also may be attributed to my sister, who is the captain of her high school basketball team. I feel like I'm more familiar with the rules of basketball, and therefore know more of the lingo for caption writing and know more of what to expect. The lighting and color are definitely more difficult, it being an indoor sport, but I find that I can figure out technical things just a bit better than I can learn a game.
I tried to mess with white balance a bit for this game, but it was a huge fail. For some reason, my pictures were coming out blue. I think this may have been to offset the exorbitant amount of yellow present in Mizzou Arena, but I also know that I did something wrong. As far as exposure goes, however, I felt better this game and paid more attention to my historgrams and didn't just shoot on one exposure for the entire game.
I did have some issues with equipment, however. I borrowed the 1D Mark II N from the equipment locker that I have access to in the Journalism School since I am in a photojournalism course this semester. I am not permitted to use this equipment to take pictures for The Maneater (it's considered financial aid since I am paid by The Maneater), who I was on assignment for, but I promised myself that I would not use any pictures from the camera in print and would only use it to help me practice and pad my portfolio. However, I could not even consider using this equipment, as the camera, who I was warned had an old battery, died two minutes into the game. And the second battery? Died after 4. So, I shot the entire game on a 70-200 that The Maneater owns, giving me some difficulty just under the net, as I could only shoot vertically.
My sports shooting is still a work in progress. I'm hoping to shoot some gymnastics this month, as well as more basketball, of course! I am also excited for spring sports, such as baseball and softball. I'll keep you updated, of course.