Photo: Goucher College hosts 2012 Alumni Weekend.

“Alumni and current members of the Goucher Men’s Soccer team huddle together after their annual alumni game during Alumni Weekend at Goucher College Saturday, April 28, 2012.”

I went home to Baltimore last weekend for a quick break from Boston and to shoot the Goucher College Alumni Weekend festivities.

I really enjoyed my time home, and it was good to catch up with old friends, professors, and other various Goucher types. I was also happy to shoot something other than baseball for the first time in several weeks.  

Cold Tennis.

"Goucher College junior Daniel Csete returns a shot during an exhibition tennis match against Virginia Wesleyan University Friday, March 9, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland."

I got to shoot yesterday’s tennis match between Goucher College and Virginia Wesleyan University. 

One word: Cold.

A Trustee Dinner.

"Sophomore Niloofar Nourbakhsh receives an applause after giving a brief piano performance in front of the Board of Trustees and members of the Senior class at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland Friday, February 24, 2012."

I was lucky enough to get a call to shoot photographs at last week’s Board of Trustees dinner with the Senior Class at Goucher College. I’ve attended several of similar events myself, and I’ve photographed many more. 

They’re always enjoyable, and always bring together an interesting mix of people from different parts of the Goucher world. 

I was there as a photographer for the cocktail party and for some award presentations after dinner, but as per ritual whenever time allows, I wandered off and shot a bit on my own. That probably wasn’t the best idea, as I was so sick that I don’t even think I could see what I was shooting. It was day three of some awful virus.

That’s why I like this one better black and white, dark, and nondescript. It’s kind of how my Dayquil/Nyquil/Advil filled brain was functioning at the time. 

Ma, Weiss perform recital on violin and piano.

"Violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma and Pianist Lisa Weiss perform a violin/piano recital in the Merrick Lecture Hall at Goucher College Wednesday, February 15, 2012."

The start of 2012 has been very busy for me, so it’s been awhile since I’ve been on the blog. I haven’t been shooting as much as I’d like of late, as I’ve been preoccupied settling all the details for my upcoming move to Boston (more to come soon).

That’s why it felt great to shoot this concert with Violinist Yeou-Cheng Ma and Pianist Lisa Weiss (read: mom) two nights ago. This isn’t a prize winner here, but I felt the need to post and get the blog back up and running. 

Photos: Goucher Opera Workshop performs ‘The Mikado.’

"Students from Goucher College's Opera Workshop class perform a scene from 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Nora Roxie Dennehy performs as 'Yum-Yum' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Kirsten Seibert performs as 'Katisha' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Michael Garman and Jonathan Fredrickson perform as 'Ko-Ko' and 'Pooh-Bah' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Students from Goucher College's Opera Workshop class perform a scene from 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

I shot the Goucher College Opera Workshop’s performance of “The Mikado” or “The Town Of Titipu” last night. Throughout my years at Goucher, I photographed plenty of these performances, but this was the first that I’ve shot since graduating. 

It was nice to be back, and as I watched and made pictures, I kept thinking about those four years. Had I been shooting this last year, I would have gone straight to the library or the newspaper office after it was over for a late night/early morning full of work. It’s quite a difference a year makes.

This production was full of opportunities for great pictures. I haven’t shot anything that was this visually exciting in awhile, so this was a nice jolt of energy that my shooting has needed of late. 

For current Goucher Students in the thick of the end of semester work, I strongly suggest you take a two hour study break tonight and go watch ‘The Mikado.’ I trust you’ll leave feeling refreshed and energized. 

Ugly Basketball.

"Members of the Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College men's basketball teams fight for a rebound during a 'Pride of Maryland Tournament 2011' opening round game Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland."

"Members of the Johns Hopkins University men's basketball team collide during a 'Pride of Maryland Tournament 2011' first round game at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland Tuesday, November 15, 2011."

I love shooting sports, but basketball is among my least favorites. There’s something about dark, yellowy lit gymnasiums that just doesn’t do it for me. 

At its roots, it’s not as pure of a game as other sports are. Often the only thing you see through your lens are clusters of bodies falling on top of one another, or, if you’re shooting from the baseline, bodies falling on top of you. Visually, I prefer sports with simple, clean lines and great light. You’ll get a sense of what I mean if you click here or here.

For me, those are refreshing to look at after the types of events I’ve been covering lately. 

Regardless, I shoot basketball when I need to, and I can make some good images when I do. I covered the opening round of the annual Pride of Maryland tournament at Goucher last Tuesday, and I liked these two as a pair. They show the uglier side of basketball. 

Networking.

"Student-athletes talk with a recruiter after listening to a career advice panel discussion at a networking event designed for graduating Seniors at Goucher College Tuesday, November 15, 2011."

This is about as exciting a photograph one can make at a networking event. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the discussions held and the questions raised while I was shooting, but visually, it was as ordinary looking as it gets. 

Sometimes that’s just how it is, and it’s important for me to keep in mind that I’m not going to make amazing pictures at every assignment I shoot. As long as I get quality images of what’s needed, then I’ve done my job. Such was the case from this event. 

If anything, it’s a good piece of PR for Goucher.

Swimming.

"A member of the Goucher College swim team competes during a meet against Catholic University Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland."

I shot the swim meet at Goucher College this weekend. Here’s one I liked. It’s tough for me to get into shooting swimming, but that’s likely just because the light in Goucher’s pool is abysmal. 

I’d be curious to see what shooting is like in, say, an Olympic pool.

Goalie.

"Goucher College Senior goalkeeper Steve Baum watches the ball as it passes him for a goal during a men's soccer game against Susquehanna University Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Goucher College."

I must have missed it the first time I went through my images from last Saturday’s soccer game at Goucher College, but I caught this quick moment after a second glance through today. 

Sorry, Baum, for posting this, but apart from the fact that it’s you in the photo, it stands on its own as a nice shot. Oy, no pun intended there.

Goucher Tennis.

"Goucher Men's Tennis freshman Nick Pelensky follows through on a serve during a match against Penn State-Harrisburg Friday, October 14, 2011 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland."

I shot the Goucher Men’s and Women’s tennis match last Friday for the Goucher Athletics department. It was nice to be back on my home turf, see people I haven’t seen in awhile, and test out my new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, which I’m still getting used to. 

Here’s one that I thought was interesting.