Sunday, March 29, 2009

Oh hey, video.

I'm working on two video projects right now. In theory, I like video, but in application...I feel that it's mostly a drain on my lappy's little hard-drive and a nightmare of editing.

My first project is a long-term project on Native American Culture. Here's a frame from some footage I shot last week.

The second video is on the student-run fashion show "Threads." I just started this project yesterday. I'll be done with it next weekend. Whoo.

The NA video is kind of going downhill right now. Originally, I had some solid contacts, but now people are becoming harder and harder to get a hold of. Also, I am running out of time.

I think my Threads video will be pretty good...but it's early on in the project, so we'll see! I'm going to try to make it really tight and really visual. I already have all the audio interviews done. I just need to get some ambient things and I'll be all set.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On the Television

Did you know that I am on TV?
I'm what you might call... a media hog. I work in photography, writing, television, radio and online journalism. All at once. I love it.

This is a tease for my Business Watch segment that I do on MHTV's News Central 34. I'm on every Tuesday and Thursday...and M-W if someone is sick (like today).

This isn't my best tease, but it still shows you what I do! Enjoy, and look forward to more TV and radio posts in the future!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

JRN 521 Assignment 4

Here's the story that goes with the soundslide on the previous entry.

This story is not done.
It is mostly quotes pulled straight from the audio because I somehow lost the notes I took by hand.

Therefore, this story may not be 100% accurate... I need to find out more about their running accomplishments, and I think they ran more than 300 races, but I can't remember the exact number...might have been 600 or more.

Anyway, I will figure that out later when I get ahold of them again.

Kate and Kelsey Calhoun are top distance runners at Bedford Senior High School, in Temperance, Michigan, but they’re more than just that--they are sisters, running partners, tenor saxophone players, Tae Kwon Do black belts and in the summer they’re swimmers.

Kate, 18, is a senior and graduate this June. She’s moving twelve hours away to Iowa, and leaving her other half behind.

Kelsey, 14, is the other half. She’s a freshman, and doesn’t know what she’s going to do once her sister is away at college.

“Her being gone for most of the year is going to be really weird for me. It’s going to be awkward running by myself now,” Kelsey said.

The Calhoun sisters have competition in their blood. Their older sister was a runner as well. Kate and Kelsey run three of the same track events: the one mile, two mile and four-by-eight. Living in the same house makes it easy for them to train together, year-round, and it makes them stand out from other runners at their school.

Their parents, Dan and Janet Calhoun expected them to act sisterly, but never expected them to be so competitive and have such similar interests.

“Sometimes I wish they didn’t [do everything together],” Dan said, “I wish one of them took up softball.” Their father also said that some health problems run in their family, so being active and healthy is important in the Calhouns.

“I always said they had to do something. This is what they chose,” Dan said.
Kate has been running year round since the fifth grade, and Kelsey started on year after that, when she was in third grade. Combined, they have run over 300 races.
They run cross-country, track, during the summer and at home. Sometimes they run with their dogs. They also volunteer at races they aren’t in which they aren’t competing. They are active citizens who give back to their community.

Even when they’re not on the track, they are still often together. The two play tenor saxophone for an after-school jazz combo. They also shared a jazz class together in their second trimester of the school year.

Besides running and music, Kate and Kelsey are both have black belts in martial arts. Kelsey doesn’t actively pursue martial arts anymore, but Kate teaches a class to children and continues to train every week.

Although they have busy schedules, they always make it work, and they truly enjoy the activities they do. They have friends from both sides of the high school social divide: the jocks and the nerds. They also have each other.

“Having us together really pushes us,” Kelsey said, “I know having two of us really works.”

Friday, March 20, 2009

My Other Half

I think this is the best photo story I've ever done. These girls are great subjects and it's unfortunate I only had 5 days to make this...maybe I will follow them some more, to a meet and maybe graduation?

check it out!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Jrn521 Final Project 40%

here are some more clips from my project on modern Native American culture

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Unexpectedly Awesome.

What a great spring break so far. I carpooled down to Washington, DC to attend the annual American Women in Radio and Television national meeting. I got to see CBS's Lara Logan and learn about marketing myself in today's broadcasting industry.

I also got to explore the city with my friend Frank. We hit up all kind of cool dining establishments inlcuding a techno-upscale pizza dance club, The Melting Pot and "Cal-Tor". They were all delicious.

I took an AMTRAK train back home, and let me tell you about what a great decision that was! While picking up my tickets a few hours early at that station, I ran into a group of guys from CMU who were road-tripping to Boston. We ended up hanging out for about 3 hours exploring the Capital area of the city and checking out the good ol' Declaration of Independence.

After that, I was pretty happy about my adventure, but it just got better.

I got on the train and an older looking, scruffy man sat down next to me. I thought this was going to be the end of my good times, but once again, I was proven wrong, and he turned out to be just as unexpectedly awesome as my adventure running into the CMU guys.

His name was Dwight and he was getting his Masters from MSU. We talked for about 8 hours straight before we tried to take a nap. It's amazing what a simple "hello" can do. He said he stopped counting his birthdays after 21, but he estimates that he's 32. He's living a green life up in East Lansing and is researching the links between sports and the great outdoors. I told him a lot about myself as well and he pointed out some cool things to take photos of along our rail journey.

I also decided that West Virgina is beautiful via rail, but you can decide for youself.





Sunday, March 8, 2009

in the District

I'm in DC & coming home tomorrow! I wish I brought my laptop so I could get some photos on here, but it looks like you'll have to wait until Tuesday. Unfortuneately I missed a cool photo op today (and I also can't spell). I ran into two impromptu street drumming sessions. I did get some crappy video of it on my little Olympus point-and-shoot though, so maybe I will post that!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Michigan College Press Photographer of the Year


So it was great weekend at the annual MPPA banquet and awards. I came out on top, winning the two things I thought I had the least chance of winning! I got a third place on my photo of the anole lizard on a rose. I don't even have that photo in my portfolio. And then somehow I got.... FIRST PLACE?? in the CPOY! It's weird because I always have looked up to everyone else hoping to someday be good like them. There were many times I almost threw in the towel and quit. I remember wanting to drop out of school a couple of times after being in classes with Alex Stawinski, Dan Stewart and Jessica Scott among others. In the past I've put myself down a lot and made excuses for things. That ends now. Getting CPOY was such a huge surprise, and now that I have it I have to live up to it. I have professional photogs and students from around the state adding me as friends on Facebook. I can't let them down. Especially with my new Nikon D700 (I'm still shooting with my Canon too though!) I have no excuse to not keep shooting and improving (except that I don't have any lenses yet...that's an acceptable excuse!). This weekend was so much fun. I'm so thankful for all the new friends I've made. I can't wait for MPPA next February!

and congrats to everyone who won something and everyone who entered!

-sarah, the killasmilla :)

...and I'm still looking for an internship this summer, so let me know if you know anything!