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Project 365 – Days 21 through 23: Spring semester has begun

It’s time to play a bit of catch up on the last few days of my Project 365. I took the pictures, but I haven’t had the energy to actually upload them.

The first of the three photos is of my backpack, loaded up before the first day of classes.

The second photo is looking out to the quad at Cosumnes River College. I had a night class Tuesday, which was the first day of classes. My first day started with a class at 7:30 a.m., and my night class went from 5-9 p.m. A long day, but I sort of like the campus at night. It’s calmer, I suppose. It’s the same reason I like the campus on Fridays.

The third photo is a page from my notebook after my first Physical Anthropology class yesterday.

January 21 2013

January 22 2013

January 23 2013


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.

Project 365 – Day 11: Having a social life seems to be easier when busy

This post is meant for yesterday, January 11, 2013

January 11 2013

I’m not sure why it is, but a social life seems easier to schedule with friends when I’ve got other things going on in my life.

On break right now, it’s hard to figure out when everyone is free. Getting everyone to be free on the same day is even more of a challenge. My friends and I always have big ideas to spend a lot of time together over breaks, but we never end up seeing each other even a quarter as much as we do when we’re in classes.

I like to think that we’re all pretending to be busy so that we seem to have a life, personally.

But having a schedule, especially a full class schedule, makes it easier to plan things together. At least then we know where the others will be at any given time.

Man, I can’t wait for classes to start back so I can hang out with my friends again.

Project 365 – Day 7: Supply shopping almost makes school worth it

My spring semester starts on Jan. 22, and I spent today out with one of my best friends shopping for supplies. I also got three of my books for classes from Amazon today.

January 7 2013

For some reason, school shopping is one of my favorite things to do. I spent a lot of money today, but it is totally worth it. It takes me a few weeks to get into each semester, but at least I’ll have really nice supplies this time around. I sprung for some really nice pens and notebooks, as well as a planner and a journal I can use as a reporter’s notebook.

I’m a journalism major, and I’m really getting into photography, so I can be a pretty visual person. Especially with photography now, I notice the look of things, so I wanted to get nicer looking supplies than I usually do.

I’m actually really picky with the brands of pens and notebooks I use, so going to Staples and having pens to test out and tons of different notebooks to look through made it a lot easier to see what will work for me.

Having great supplies should make me a bit more enthusiastic about how I use them, so here’s to a great semester!

Old City Cemetery statues and more in Sacramento, Calif.

Statue in the trees

My photography class went on a field trip yesterday morning to the Old City Cemetery. I guess I should specify it as Tuesday morning, since I’m writing this post after midnight and it is now technically Thursday.

As I walked through the cemetery, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the statues that were scattered throughout the graves. I’m not sure if I liked them or not, to be honest. Some of my favorite photos are of the statues, but at the same time I was rather spooked out by them. If you’ve ever watched “Doctor Who,” you’d know of the Weeping Angels.

If not, Weeping Angels are creatures that look like statues, but move when you blink or look away from them in an attempt to attack you. Now imagine thinking about that while walking through a cemetery full of those types of statues.

Two things were influencing my photography in a way I’m not quite used to: I got a new camera and I was shooting early in the morning.

I don’t do much morning photography, as when I’m up that early (8 a.m.), I tend to be sitting in a classroom and not out taking pictures. My new camera is a Canon EOS 60D and the settings are in different spots when compared to my old T3. It also seems more sensitive when changing the different settings.

Trying to get photos of one of the statues I saw against the sky as my background was extremely difficult, as I couldn’t get all the details out of the statue that I wanted without overexposing the sky.

Statue with overexposed sky


I’m not sure which of the two photos I like more, but I do like having the option to pick from more than one style.

One last thing from the cemetery: while I was walking around, a man asked me if I could spare a bit of change or a dollar because he was really hungry and he wanted to at least buy some milk. I felt bad that I didn’t have any money on me, but he let me photograph him as he sat on a bench with his book. It turned out being my favorite shot from the trip.

Man on a bench

I never confirmed if he was homeless, but one of my photography class assignments is to take a picture of a homeless person to later be (hopefully) donated to some sort of homelessness cause to be published. I’m going to take a note from my professor’s book and start carrying some sort of gift card to give someone if they’re kind enough to be the subject of my photographs.

Feedback and constructive criticism of my photography is always welcome. I have a backlog of photographs to upload, and hopefully I’ll start doing so more frequently than I have.