Painting with Light

Our painting with light lab had to be one of the coolest assignments we’ve done so far. After a cookout with good food and good company, we packed up our gear and traveled to the eerie Katy Trail tunnel in Rocheport, Mo. We divided into two groups and took turns being the photographers and the artists.

These techniques were accomplished by setting the shutter speed down to bulb and keeping the ISO low as well. Our classmates posed, threw balloons, and played with light while we left the shutter open. The end result was very playful!

Then we had to turn in a “real” assignment we completed with our final group team. Here’s ours.

No photoshop

With photoshop


Lighting diagram



Dancing around the shadows… again

Our assignment this week was to use our rainbow of gels to change the kind of light our flash put out to match ambient light. This method is used because some lights put out a color. Tungsten lights are warm and usually give photos a orangey-cast. Fluorescent puts out cool green and sometimes a little magenta. By putting a gel on the light, you can alleviate some of the color cast.

Here’s the photo I chose for my select, and also my lighting diagram.

Rachel Holmberg and Deb Forck practice ballet at the bar on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Both take classes at Studio B in Columbia, Mo. Holmberg just began ballet this summer. “(Ballet is) relaxing. It’s strengthening while centering me,” Holmberg said.

I am very happy about how the light fell on her face. I forgot to bring anything to diffuse my flash with but luckily there were some paper towels on the floor that I used instead. I found that increasing the power of the flash would allow enough light through but still soften the shadow
and angles. I know this photo is a a bit under exposed, but I think it was the best from my take that demonstrated all the proper techniques.





Here’s a few more from today, just to look at!

Holmberg and Forck again.

Cory Keck and Kari Laudano practice a rhythm medley.
I think I would have turned this one in, if it wasn’t for the expression on Keck’s face! He must have blinked from the flash. But I love the shadow at their feet.

Keck and Laundano.
I thought this shot was fun, but it was too underexposed to make the select.

P.S. If you like to watch dance, Keck and Laundano will be performing a showcase at Studio B on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.!

Why are you using flash during the day?

Yeah, why am I using flash during the day?

So this happens:

Henry Hellmuth installs low tunnels above a row of lettuce on one of Sustain Mizzou’s plots at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center. This “mini-greenhouse” allows crops to grow a few more weeks despite the dropping temperatures. Hellmuth is a member of Sustain Mizzou.

By using flash, I filled his face and body with additional light. Without that, the side of his body facing me would have been darkened by a deep shadow due to the position of the sun.

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Getting famous?

Curious why I was in the middle of a corn field? Keep reading!

Here is some blatant evidence of a drought, even if you’ve never seen a field: deep cracks in the earth.

Even though I grew accustomed to seeing my name online or in the paper at the Missourian, the feeling never wears off.

I’m not trying to sound full of myself– but whenever I see my own work actually published it gets me all excited.

The first mention I received was from the story I published about the Amish community nearby.

This story, in the entire process, took almost two weeks to finally get published. It was also bittersweet, as it was the last story I published for the Missourian.

By some stroke of lunch, my story was found by a blogger from Ohio who specializes in Amish cooking! Oxymoron, I understand, but you can read his “about” page to figure it out. Not only did he tweet about my story, but he also featured it on his blog! You can read his humbling remarks about my story here.

Now that the Missourian class is over, I’m back to work at Cooperative Media, full-time until school starts up again.

On Monday we got a random call from Rob Wile, a writer for the Business Insider, a community-styled website.

He was doing a short story about the terrible drought in the Midwest and asked if we had any photos of dried up corn fields, etc. We didn’t, but I drove over to Bradford Research Center and Tim Reinbott, the superintendent there, helped me find what I needed.

I shipped over around 30 photos to Rob, and here’s how it turned out! It was thrilling to see my name on a decently trafficked website!

(It also gave me a very good reason to get back in the habit of updating my blog!)

Two months later…

Wow! It doesn’t feel like school has already been out for two months. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so busy since then!

Only a short while after classes ended, I started up the infamous “Missourian” course.

(For those of you unfamiliar with the J School and the “Missouri Method,” the Journalism 4450 aka the Missourian course is a class, but more like an unpaid internship. In this class, you are a professional reporter for the Columbia Missourian. You are expected to pick up stories as well as pitch your own. For summer session, students are expected to average around 4 stories a week for the 6 week course.)

Well, I thought that my one true love in journalism was telling a story with pictures. But after the reporting class, my life may be changed.

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Quidditch… in real life

My group is doing our final project on the Mizzou Quidditch team. Today I photographed their first-ever home match.

How awesome is that?! A real life quidditch team? I love Harry Potter and watching them play the wizarding sport made me want to go home and have a Harry Potter marathon. Even though it seems hard to take the idea seriously, the game was anything but lighthearted. Just like any other sport, the team was serious about competing, working together, and gaining possession of the quaffle. It takes a lot of energy– I was out of breath just watching them! Mizzou won all three rounds of their match, even when they traded some players with Webster. The game was complete with seekers and a Snitch– of course, there is no such thing as a flying ball with its own personality.The Snitch has to be played by a very fit person, because they spend most of the game running away from the seekers. Just like in Harry Potter, catching the Snitch ends the game.

Covering a quidditch match has to be one of the most fun things I have ever done at Mizzou. I wasn’t the only one- several other photographers and videographers were there, along with broadcasters from the MU TV channel. One of them even put on a British accent during his coverage to make the game that much more legitimate.

Over all, it was a great way for this Muggle to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Behind the ad sheet

Everyone’s seen him standing at the end of Lowry Mall, passing out Columbia’s signature ad sheets. “No matter rain or snow or shine,” Troy Comley, 49, with a laugh. For two years he has passed out ad sheets in winter, spring, snow, or fall. The students and other pedestrians begin to look familiar as he watches them walk by every Wednesday, he said.
But that’s not all Comley does- he has been an active volunteer for the Grow Grass Organization for five years. This organization seeks to aid the working class by lobbying for working conditions, such as a higher minimum wage and lower pay-day loan interest rates. “They fight for justice,” Comley said.

Troy Comley, 49, passes out an ad sheet to a MU student. McComb worked until 1 PM.

Troy Comley, 49, passes out an ad sheet to a MU student. Comley worked until 1 PM.