Sunday, September 30, 2012

DC Latin Festival

I'll admit. I missed a post. What can I say? I blame the busy college way of life.

At any rate, I have had my camera on me, even if I haven't been uploading photos to my blog.

Last week, I headed to the DC Latin Festival-- something I've wanted to do since my freshman year at The George Washington University. Although I was there to cover the story for the GW Hatchet, I was able snap a few shots between capturing video for my multimedia piece.

I was so amazed at the color and complexity of the costumes all the dancers were wearing, everyone looked so amazing and authentic. While I was watching the parade of all the Latino dancers from different countries, all dressed in their colorful garb, I couldn't help but reminiscence about my study abroad adventures in Argentina...those were the days.

Between the costumes and the food, it was an excellent way to spend a busy Sunday afternoon. Què pensas tù?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Street photography, DC style

This week in my photojournalism class, we were sent out into the city to capture the essence and culture that is hidden (or not so hidden) in Washington, DC. Due to the fact that I'm still recovering from knee surgery, and am cleared to walk, but not to go on runs, I decided to take a nice long 5 hour stroll through the nation's capital this Saturday and capture my three required photographs.

The first picture I needed to take for class was a cityscape photo-- a frame that showcased the streets of DC. I didn't really intend for this photo to come out so Abbey Road-esc, but the lines are visually striking, and I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome of the shot.

The second photo I shot was a detail shot-- a tight exposure of something hidden that normally people would never notice when walking on the streets. I really like this shot of the smoker. Its almost as if his bracelets and ring tell so much about him without ever showing you more than a hand.

The third shot I took was a portrait of a man named Conrad, who had been hitchhiking around the country with his wife. Before arriving to DC, Conrad and his wife were in Florida, and they hope to travel to Delaware after exploring the capital.

Along the way I also snapped this serendipitous, hilarious photo of a man and his dog. It was just so perfect and unreal, I had to post it too.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Once a videographer, always a videographer

This past weekend, I started September off in true digital journalism style by shooting my first video news piece of the school year. After going on a video news hiatus for over 6 months, it was nice to get back into the swing of things.

Not many people realize this, but I was part of the inagural team of multimedia journalists for The GW Hatchet-- something I'm very proud of, considering how much the videography department has grown over the past three years. Its hard to believe this fall will be my last semester on The GW Hatchet multimedia team, but I fully plan on going out with a audio-visual bang.

To kick things off, here's my piece about Freshman Convocation at the Smith Center this past Saturday. I'm decently pleased with how the video turned out, although, I some of my later interviews could have been better framed.

Take a look & leave a comment on what you think:

Convocation from The GW Hatchet on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A new school year, a new photography class

In elementary school, I was the kid that couldn't sleep the night before the first day of school. Maybe it was because I was too excited to see all my friends or use my new school supplies, but whatever it was, its still as true today as it was 10 years ago. Some things never change.

This fall marks the beginning of my last semester of college or the beginning of 16th grade, if you prefer to look at it that way.

In true, Sandi style, my schedule is jam-packed as ever with 15 hours of classes, extracurricular activities, and an internship at Facebook's DC office. Basically, I seriously doubt I will sleep more than 5 hours until December, but I love every minute of it. Especially my photojournalism class.

See, I've been wanting to take this class, taught by Jim Lo Scalzo, since I enrolled at GW in 2009, but between softball and required classes, I never could fit it into my schedule. But this year, I can.

If you've been reading my blog over the past year, you'll remember that I've taken art photography classes before, but never a photojournalism course. I've always had a vested interest in photography and photojournalism, but outside of my professional experience, have had no formal training in how to view photography from a journalistic standpoint, which is why I'm so excited for this course.

Each week, we will be getting new photography assignments which I will, of course, post and discuss on my blog. Get ready for some awesome pictures!

This past week, my class had its first assignment, a three-pronged task. The first task was to shoot a scene at 5 different times of the day (evening, dusk, dawn, morning, midday). The second, to shoot the same scene at the highest f-stop and the lowest f-stop. Finally, we had to shoot a subject in motion, but keep the subject in focus while the background reflected the motion of the scene.

For the first task, I shot the George Washington University softball field. I'll admit, I'm not pleased with my morning shots, but the compilation of the photos together does look interesting.

For the second task, I shot a scene of Colombian College of Arts and Sciences Dean Peg Barratt at Freshman Convocation (a kick off even for freshman) this Saturday. I'm pretty pleased with the result.

Finally, I shot a scene of my friend Rachael walking along the sidewalk. Its a pretty sweet shot.

Look out for more photos from next week's assignment. I wonder what is next...