Tuesday, May 16, 2017

MAY: Sports Shooter Workshop

May has been a pretty fast paced month. I'm worried that if I blink, June rent is going to be due. That being said, I spent the end of the first week at the Sports Shooter Academy workshop. 

I wasn't really sure what to expect from the workshop, it being my first and about sports, which, while being fun to photograph, is not my first passion in photography. Every day was a long affair. Wake up, grab gear, grab Mickey D's, go to event, shoot til 6 or later, edit til deadline, listen to critique, socialize with new friends until 2 am, repeat. It ended up being a really amazing experience. While the days were long, I laughed my way through most of them thanks to quick quips from the teachers and other students. 

Most shocking to me, besides the quality of work produced by everyone daily,  was the good friends I made. I've always kind of thought that line was some bologna people would just throw out there after a workshop, but it happened. 

I spent the workshop focusing on making frames beyond the action, something that has historically been a struggle for me. The workshop was the perfect place to practice thanks to there being no pressure of having to deliver anything for an assignment. A lot of the hours felt like a struggle, like I wasn't getting what I wanted, but at the end of the day, once I saw things on my computer, I felt a lot better about my shoots. 

I could ramble on about the pressure of trying to one up the photos people made at the same events the previous days of the workshop and other things, but I think my thoughts will become even more disjointed than they may already have. 

There's a lot of photos here. It was along three days of photographing. Hopefully you like most of them.

My friend Raul Romero gave my girlfriend and I free tickets to our first Dodgers game a few days after the workshop, which was pretty baller.
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My Florida crew.  Photo courtesy of Andres Leiva

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March: A Month on the Road and a Master's

This last month, I spent 19 days and 5,100+ miles on the road seeing family and friends on a trip to defend my Master's project at the University of Missouri. I'd hoped to make double up on the trip by photographing a project along the way and finding funding for the project. 

I didn't have enough time to fully research the project, though, and instead stumbled my way out of town the day after I cleaned out an old roommate's left behinds and welcomed a new roommate into the apartment. 

It was a lot of 4am departures and long days on the road, thankfully with my puppy as co-pilot. Los Angeles was a welcome sight by the end. While it was refreshing and heartening to see so many friends and family, it was exhausting always being on the move - drives lasting longer than actual stays. But it was what I needed to do, and I'm glad I did it.

I'd also like a week off the road, if I may.

Here's a couple of the digital pictures I took along the way.

(thanks for taking the time to read and look)

Successful defense selfie