So what's new with me? I think this is neat -- I'm a contributing photographer for my school's newspaper now!
Shooting assignments for the paper should help get the creative juices flowing in my head once again.
These first two photographs are for an article about the construction of new parking spaces on campus. This was my first submission for the paper and it was actually quite fun. I rode my bike around campus to check out all the construction going on. I stumbled upon two workers working on a sign. I asked them for permission to photograph them, and inquired what exactly they are doing. I learned that large signs (such as the one pictured) require some sort of foundation to be attached to. I assumed signs just stick and the ground, and are finished. My assumptions apply to simple signs (e.g. stop signs) but larger, wider signs will need some sort of support when dealing with strong winds. You learn something new everyday!
Doing this sort of assignment garners artificial confidence -- when someone asks me why I'm taking their photo, I can give them a definite answer. It's not really the same as taking a street portrait, but I feel a lot more comfortable doing so.
The second photograph, I took a few moments after photographing the sign workers, and saw an excavator parked to the side. A few boxes lay in front of the vehicle, and I decided to frame the photograph. I think the composition is fine, though I probably should have taken this photograph at a different time during the day. It was about 12 or 1 in the afternoon -- the hot, bright sun was directly above. This cast hard light and thick shadows on everything. In post, I had to dodge the boxes just a tad to bring back some detail in the cardboard.
Another assignment I worked on was to shoot a specific club on campus. Fortunately, there was a large on-campus club bonanza happening. I dropped by the club's booth, and took a few frames. I like the photograph above because I think it captures what this club is about. At first glance it's a quad-copter type of thing. When further inspecting the subject, you notice it's built together with different colored zipties and blue-foam. It's kind of like a childish, young, but it's an inspired device. The club deals with "hacking" (not the mainstream hacking, that's what MY club does), or figuring out new ways and approaches to solve problems. Whoever made this quad-copter could have just gone out and buy one! Instead, he or she decided to build one themselves.