Archive for October 2010

INTERNSHIP: Car Wreck and Simulated High School Shooting

October 21, 2010

Around the middle of October I began my eight-week internship at the Post & Courier newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina.  Included are selections from my work.  NOTE: Photographs are property of the Post and Courier.

Car Wreck on I-26:

This was my first solo photo assignment.  I was driving around downtown Charleston looking for feature photos when my photo editor notified me of a nearby accident on I-26.  At first I had difficulties getting a clear shot because I was on the other side of the road and there was heavy traffic.  During a lull, however, I was able to get some pictures using a 70-200mm telephoto lens.  Here’s a slightly different perspective:

The first photo shown was chosen for publication in the B section (printed in black and white).

Simulated High School Shooting in Summerville:

On the morning of October 22nd, the Berkeley County Sherrif’s Office, SRT and EMS conducted a simulated high school shooting exercise at Cane Bay High School in Summerville.  Everything was made to seem as real as possible, from the use of blank rounds by the shooter to the application of fake blood and special make-up on the wounded.  The school was closed for a teacher workday with 72 students participating.  The police took about four minutes to arrive after gunshots were reported and the suspect was stopped 30 minutes after the police arrived (I was not told whether he was killed or apprehended in the simulation).

This was the photograph published in section B:

To end on a positive note, here is a photograph I took at Folly Beach a few days after moving in:


Football: Photographer’s Picks

October 14, 2010

For the past several months I covered several of the home games of Asheboro High School’s varsity football team.  I reviewed the photographs and selected some of the strongest.

MULTIMEDIA PIECE: Bull Riding at the Circle K Arena

October 11, 2010

Back around mid-September I did a photo shoot of a bull riding practice held at the Circle K Arena in Rockwell, North Carolina.  I decided to visit four more times, capturing still photographs, video and interviews.  I edited the various materials into a two-minute multimedia production for class.  The video gives a basic impression of the practice sessions.

Asheboro: Fall Festival

October 4, 2010

For two days, Asheboro’s downtown area was closed to traffic and filled to the brim with visitors.  The festival was originally conceived as a traditional crafts show held at Randolph Community College and then became a general festival as it grew in size and attendance.

A beauty pageant for cows was one of the festival’s attractions.

Asheboro’s Central Community Church had a tent set up offering face-painting.

Laurinberg: Scotland County Highland Games

October 4, 2010

Last Saturday I photographed some of the competitive activities held at the 2nd annual event.  The seven activities were stone put (similar to shot put), heavy and light distance weight throwing, Scottish hammer throwing, caber tossing, sheaf tossing, and weight for height.  Sheer physical strength was required for all of the activities, many of which had ancient origins.

Caber tossing. A long 140-pound tapered piece of hickory wood is picked up by the participant and flipped.  Scoring is based on how well the caber lands in a completely vertical position.

Competitive activities, such as tug-of-war, were available for children.

Heavy weight for distance (weight throwing).  A 56-pound weight attached to a chain is thrown by participants.

Sheaf tossing.  A 16-pound bundle of straw is tossed over a raised bar with a pitchfork.  After each elimination round, the bar is raised two feet.  The bar pictured here has been raised to nearly 34 feet.

The main page for the Scotland County Highland Games can be accessed here.