I wish we could have every Monday and Tuesday be vacation days.
Last week was our fall break, so the campus was quiet for several days. Luckily for us, our press deadline was Wednesday, so we were able to use that time off from class to work on The Quindecim during normal hours.
It’s amazing how a clear mind and sufficient hours of sleep affect one’s productivity. We worked for several hours during the day on Monday and Tuesday, and finished the paper more quickly than any other issue this year.
I’m very pleased with the content of this issue, but there’s always room for improvement. I think that so far, the main stories we’ve run are the ones that people at Goucher expect to see. I’m excited for Issue 5 to come together because the stories we have planned to run are much more out of the ordinary.
I went to the home of Rebecca and Christopher Bruce, who both graduated from Goucher College in 1992, last Sunday. Their row house on Guilford Avenue in Charles Village sits right along the 23rd mile of the course for the annual Baltimore Marathon.
Several Goucher alumnae/i were running in the marathon, so the Bruce family invited neighbors, friends, and other Goucher students and alumnae/i over to cheer those runners on.
I got some great shots of my fellow Goucher people, but I couldn’t help but snap photographs of the ridiculous costumes that many of the people had on.
I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles, let alone in a Mario outfit or a skin tight, one piece, green spandex suit.
“ALL I GOTTA SAY IS MIDNIGHT MADNESS Y’ALL,” said one of my friends as he awaited the start of Midnight Madness his freshman year. I’ll never forget it.
We still joke about how excited he was, but it is always quite an exciting event for Goucher athletics.
In the other three years that I shot the celebration, I made sure to get the things I had to get: the dance performances, the inter-squad scrimmages, and the slam dunk contest to name a few.
But this was my last Midnight Madness, so I realized I wanted to focus on something much more important: emotion.
While I was there I felt for the Seniors on the two teams who were doing this for the last time as well. I think images like this say much more than ones of free throw shooting contests.
Shooting in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher is never easy. The lights aren’t bright enough and that red curtain is a difficult backdrop to work with.
I’ve covered enough events in the auditorium that I know how to work around it, but when Dr. Jane Goodall spoke last Wednesday, it was more difficult than ever. She has sensitive eyes, so in addition to prohibiting flash photography, they didn’t turn the stage spotlights all the way up.
Because it was so dark, I couldn’t shoot at a high enough speed to get bright enough images that weren’t also blurry. To compensate for the darkness, I awaited the quick moments when she was paused in thought. When those moments happened, I shot like crazy.
This was one of those pensive, telling moments.
I tried to come to the Renie Race with a fresh eye this year. I’ve never actually been able to run the race because I’ve been the “unofficial official photographer” for Goucher all four years that I was a student here. But after oversleeping and getting down near the finish line a bit late this year, I had trouble focusing. Then again, it was 9:00 on a Sunday morning, so I don’t think I was the only one who was a bit out of it.
I’ve been in similar situations before though. Whenever I’m rushing to get to a shoot, I have difficulty slowing down and really thinking about what I’m shooting. That’s why whenever possible, I try to plan my schedule around my photo assignments.
Nearly all of the frames I shot from the day are incredibly nondescript, but I got lucky and caught a nice moment here.
I always look forward to Family Weekend at Goucher because the college is always sure to bring in an amazing speaker for families to listen to.
This year was particularly exciting for us newspaper staffers because that speaker was Judy Woodruff, a very prominent news figure. She discussed the 2010 Midterm Election.
I stepped up to the microphone after the conversation was opened up to the audience to ask her a question: what skills should the young generation of journalists be learning, and what frame of mind should we have as the media changes so quickly?
She told me that it’s not just about writing, or not just about photography, anymore. Rather, one should know how to interview, write, take pictures and video, and use online media. She also said that we should stay curious and passionate, work hard, and read copious amounts of articles and books.
Another issue of The Quindecim was delivered to Goucher last Friday, just in time for Family Weekend. It was rewarding to see not only students, faculty, and staff, but also parents and siblings with the paper in their hands. It was a good reminder that this paper isn’t just for students, but the extended Goucher community.
As usual, production of the paper came down to the wire. I’m proud of us as Editors for making sure that we received everyone else’s work by the deadline we needed to make. We have so many other responsibilities, however, that most of us didn’t get our own articles in on time. It’s very difficult to layout a newspaper when all the articles and photographs aren’t collected on time and grouped together in one place. For me, finding time to report, write, and take photographs among all the administrative responsibilities of being Editor-In-Chief has been the biggest challenge this year.
In the end though, what matters most is that we sent it to press when we needed to and the issue turned out incredibly well. Every issue we publish is better than the last, and I think this one was no exception. Most noticeably, we changed the cover layout to break the monotony of the two previous covers we had. It’s very well organized and easy to follow.
We also published our second 20-page issue in a row. In fact, we had so much content that we had to omit several submissions and articles due to space limitations. We don’t want to let people’s hard work go unnoticed, so we’ll do all that we can to ensure that those are published in our fourth issue.
*The Chronicle of Higher Education published the article last week, as well as a gallery of my photographs from the rehearsal. Click here to view the article and gallery!*
Lately, I’ve been very lucky to come across so many excellent opportunities that will help me as I prepare to graduate from Goucher College.
The Chronicle of Higher Education will shortly be unveiling a new blog to add to their website. Included in the first group of posts will be a story on the production of “The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allen Poe,” a dance performance created by renowned director, choreographer, and Goucher faculty member, Christopher Fleming. I was asked to take photographs of the dress rehearsal for The Chronicle.
I sent them a sampling of the different types of shots I got from Sunday’s rehearsal, which included close-ups, medium range shots, and wide shots. My photographs will be used in the blog post, as well as in a slideshow consisting of 20-25 of the images I sent them.
The dance program is very popular at Goucher, so I’ve shot lots of rehearsals and performances during my time here.
The lighting is never good, and because I’m not a dancer at all, I have no idea what to expect out of these performances. Shooting dance is always challenging, and that’s why I enjoy it so much. It forces you to really focus on what you’re doing.
I was asked to cover the most recent stream clean up on campus for Goucher’s Alumni magazine, The Quarterly.
If the Editor and designers are happy with the selection of photographs I gave them, they’ll run one as the cover photo. I’ve shot a lot for The Quarterly as a Goucher student, but have never made it on the cover. I would be honored if one of my photographs were chosen.
This was a tricky assignment for several reasons. First, to fit the format of the magazine, I had to frame all my shots vertically. Additionally, I had to keep in mind that the magazine’s title always runs across the center of the page (as seen here). I was surprised at how much difficulty this gave me compositionally. Finally, the sun was shining which made for some awkward lighting situations.
I’m satisfied with what I shot, though, despite accidentally stepping into the deepest part of the stream and walking around with soggy feet for the rest of the afternoon.
This image is nothing to write home about, but I’m posting it to encourage myself to go and shoot more. I went to my first Equestrian competition at Goucher last Saturday, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
It’s not often that you can get so close to horses and watch them in action on a regular basis. At Goucher, we’re lucky to have the opportunity to do both. I’m disappointed in myself for waiting until my Senior year to watch these shows.
From a spectator standpoint, I’m intrigued by the elaborate scoring and judging system used at these competitions. As a photographer, I know there’s potential for excellent photographs around those stables.
The thought of taking a beginning riding class next semester has even crossed my mind!
One of the reasons I love Goucher College so much is all the interesting, intelligent, and influential figures who are invited to campus.
Most recently, the college hosted a panel discussion on the proposed changes to immigration laws in Arizona. I didn’t know much about the law, and since the panel included members of varying political affiliations, I used the event as an opportunity to educate myself.
I also had to take photographs of it, which is usually the case when speakers come to campus. I’ve shot so many of these types of events over the years that I know exactly what to expect.
This year, I want to be more creative in how I frame all of these shots of people with microphones in their faces that I have to take.
As Editor-In-Chief of the student newspaper, I didn’t have time to do much shooting through the beginning of this year. As the chaos of the beginning of the semester has settled down, however, I’ve found a good rhythm for myself.
Last week, I shot LOTS of pictures, and it felt great.
This frame isn’t very exciting, which is why I like it. It tells me that I’m back into the daily grind of shooting all types of assignments, exciting or not.
It’s strange how the most incredible opportunities come your way when you least expect them to.
Two weeks ago, I was sitting in The Quindecim office writing an article for our second issue. I took one of my regular Facebook distraction breaks, and to my surprise, I realized I had received a message from The New York Times.
The Times publishes an “Education Life” section four times a year. For this year’s November Issue, they’re planning to highlight the various types of games that are played on college campuses around the country. They’d like to include information about Humans Vs. Zombies, an exaggerated version of tag that includes Nerf guns and rolled up socks. Because the game was founded at Goucher, they contacted me, as the Photography Editor of the student newspaper, in hopes of finding photographs to use.
I had shot Humans Vs. Zombies before, but I wasn’t too pleased with what I had. Luckily, a game of Capture The Flag was scheduled for the following week, so I shot that game.
I sent them 20 of my best images from the day. If they decide to use them, I’ll be credited as a freelancer for The New York Times, and I’ll be paid a freelance photographer fee.
Here’s hoping to be published in one of the world’s most renowned newspapers before graduating college!
We published the second issue of The Quindecim last Monday, although it should have arrived to campus the Friday before. My Editors and I spent two sleepless nights laying out the paper, correcting for mistakes, and tweaking the design. We sent the paper to press on Thursday morning, which normally ensures delivery to campus on Friday morning.
The paper was delivered on time, but the 1,500 copies we ordered all looked horrible. Photos were dark, individual pages had pink and yellow tints to them, and several of the section headers were covered with blue stains. I quickly hid all 1,500 copies in our office so that nobody on campus would see them.
Our printer told me they would be able to reprint it for Monday, but wouldn’t be able to deliver it until Wednesday. So, on Monday, I drove through a huge rainstorm to pick up the papers myself.
Luckily, it was only two days late so nobody was too upset.
Besides the printing lapse, I’m very happy with this issue as a whole. There are several things that really separate this one from the first issue we put out this year. Primarily, the content is better. The articles are well written, and the copy editing was nearly flawless. We’ve only found a few small mistakes and typos throughout the issue. Second, this issue includes four advertisements for local businesses, which has allowed us to get The Quindecim out into the larger Towson community. I received a text message from a Goucher student congratulating me because he saw a non-Goucher student walking around Towson with a copy of The Q. He said he thought he’d never see the day.
As a whole, these changes allowed us to print a very complete 20 page issue, rather than our usual 16 page standard.
We still need to do a better job of making sure all articles come in by deadline so that we can avoid having to pull consecutive all-nighters to get it to press on time. Deadline week is again upon us for Issue 3, so I hope this time it goes more smoothly.