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A blog waiting to happen

Obviously it’s been a long time since I’ve posted to my blog, and Project 365 has fallen off. Perhaps I’ll try again next year. More than likely, I’ll go for a Project 52, sticking to one post a week.

To face the facts, I burned out on Project 365, and I was busy with classes, my college’s newspaper, and my somewhat sporadic social life.

Since my last post, I’ve been elected as the Student State President of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, won a few more awards, and realized that I have no idea what I really want to do with my life.

However, I want to become more active with my life. I want to push myself to do more in journalism, become a more active, influential member of the internet communities I am apart of, and expand my overall presence online.

I wouldn’t say no to a paying writing gig, either.

Until next time, blogosphere.

Project 365 – Days 40 through 44: Late nights with photo assignments and homework

(February 9, 2013)

After covering baseball and softball games at Cosumnes River College, I had a long night of sorting through photos, rosters and my game notes to pick out the best photos that would lend themselves to the best caption. (My Flickr sets, including my sports photos)

(February 10, 2013)

February 10 2013

I was at the kitchen table the night before for caption writing because this is how my desk looked. Yikes! Yes, I’ve cleaned it since then.

(February 11, 2013)

February 11 2013

Another late night shot where I had been writing captions for a photo assignment (this time a club profile), as well as reading for my history paper and scanning old film negatives for my Photoshop class.

(February 12, 2013)

February 12 2013

After my long day of school on Tuesday (7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.), I had to head back over to Hookaholics for that review that my friends and I were working on for The Connection. We needed better photos with people. While I was shooting the photos, I noticed someone was smoking out of a pineapple. Yeah, that was pretty epic to see.

(February 13, 2013)

February 13 2013

To conclude this assignment themed post is from yet another late night. This time I snapped a photo while I was half asleep, trying to finish my history paper. I was up until 3 a.m. writing, and had to get up around 6 a.m. for my history class at 7:30 a.m. Gross.

Project 365 – Day 39: I tried hookah for the first time

February 8 2013

I went to a hookah lounge for the first time with a couple of friends. It was actually for an assignment on newspaper, and I tagged along to let my friend use my camera. I ended up taking a lot of shots for myself, though. Man, talk about low light photography. Anyways, this just looked kinda cool.

I really like using my 50mm at f/1.4 I should use it more often, I think.

Project 365 – Days 31 through 33: Experimental shots

January 31 2013

(Jan. 31, 2013) I checked out a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens from the Cosumnes River College newspaper so I could shoot a softball game. I put a 2x lens extender (which I also borrowed from the newspaper) so I could take some test shots. The helicopter was just a speck in the viewfinder, and I cropped like crazy, but this is what came out. I’m surprised at the stop-motion and detail to be able to read “Police.” I want this lens! Anyone feeling generous?

February 1 2013

(Feb. 1, 2013) My Photoshop teacher very briefly showed the class how to get this “color burst” effect to black and white photos. He just breezed through it as a demonstration to show us the wonders of Photoshop, but it was simple enough and I wanted to try it out. So here’s a shot of my awesome Spearmint Chapstick!

February 2 2013

(Feb. 2, 2013) I shot Cosumnes River College’s softball team playing their first home game: A doubleheader against Lassen Community College. I had autofocus on (I’m sorry!), and some freaky things can happen when not manual focusing. This picture is one such freaky thing. I thought it looked cool, though, so I saved the picture.

Project 365 – Day 14: Journalism: two years of awards and experiences

I wasn’t on my computer last night, but I took this picture. So here is my post for yesterday, January 14, 2013. A new post for today will be added later tonight.

January 14 2013

Above is a picture of all of the awards I’ve earned over the last four semesters. Most of them are from the end of semester celebrations at Cosumnes River College’s newspaper, The Connection. That doesn’t mean they haven’t meant as much as the First Place statewide opinion writing award and Editor-in-Chief Achievement award from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC).

The last two years have found me finding my place in college as a journalism major. I started off in the Spring of 2011 when a friend asked me to join the newspaper, so I did not knowing I would enjoy it as much as I did.

My first semester I became Opinion Editor for the newspaper and competed in an on-the-spot opinion writing competition and won First Place among the state, with around 50 schools in attendance at the conference.

My second semester was the semester that I was Editor-in-Chief of the paper, and the next two semesters I took the roles of Copy Editor, News Editor and Online Editor.

This coming semester will be my first semester where I’ll be a regular staff member of the paper. It will be different without as much responsibility. I’ll hopefully be taking a lot more pictures and I’ll definitely be writing, but I won’t have to worry about an entire group of people anymore.

When I started in journalism, I was a pretty quiet guy and I tried to stay in the background, but that didn’t last more than a month. Two years later, I’m not so quiet and I’m used to leading a classroom. It’ll be interesting to see how my last semester will go and where I’ll go from there.