Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Matriculation: YES!

Cathy & Friends Phil

Christina Franny & Friends

I really like the 'M' word: matriculation. To me, it gives the impression one has accomplished more than just the required courses and a piece of paper with the college dean's signature. Matriculation is Major lol, at least in my head it is...and thinking back to my own college graduation last year, it is indeed a momentous occasion. Especially for us (say I) first generation folks. So witnessing my friends graduate was equally fantastic and looking back I can appreciate and understand the elation they and their family shared!

In the first picture, Cathy....aka Be Chillin' is a wonderful young lady and my memories of her are quite fond, as she's always been kind to share encouraging words regardless of what I set my mind too. The others in the picture Sherine, Christine & Franny (in the 4th) are just as fabulous!

Phil's in the next picture and we shared many a day on the basketball courts at SouthWest Rec, he more often than I, and in my opinion could have been a walk-on for Billy Donovan's team now.

Christina (3rd picture) was my muse early junior year lol. She started Poets Inc. with another good friend Ashley, and together they constantly remind me to never lose sight of the power of words and expression.

Whew, this post is a little longer than usual, but I'd wanted to take a minute and congratulate the class of 2010. To quote my mentor and role model Nelson Mandiba Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Go change the world!


Thursday, May 13, 2010 monthly updates May

With help from awesome people in Australia, I have a website that allows me to edit and upload pictures as well as tweak the structure and background with relative ease. By creating these large jpeg images in Photoshop CS3 I figured I would exercise my creative juices by creating a new image every month to reflect the majority of shoots for the month. And May's theme is 'Graduating Season'. You can find Jan-May backgrounds here.

Towards the end of the year, I'll create a backgrounds album, if you will, hopefully that will give you a snapshot of what my past year in terms of photography was like.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Making the band [video]

Crown Glory Video 00

I got a chance to take pictures of Kofi & Crown Glory, an award winning gospel group a few weeks back. It was a challenging shoot that started off at a church in Maryland

Crown Glory Video 01

The video production team, Motion Media, was completely in control of the lighting and I had to improvise as much as possible to compensate. I'm grateful the D80 is pretty decent with low light, wont complain when I can upgrade to a full body D3 series...sigh

Crown Glory Video

We left the church and changed venues to the National Harbor....that's when Kofi and the crew had the most fun. I was cracking up when I found out from Kofi himself, that his style(crown belt, shades, swagger and dances) was apparently borrowed from his 4 year old son.