Archive for April 2011

High Point: Blacksmith

April 28, 2011

Last Saturday I visited the High Point Museum and talked to a blacksmith giving demonstrations of his work.  I created a short video using a Canon 5D Mark II.  It was the first time I explored its recording capacities.  Shotgun and wireless mics were employed for recording the audio.


Gun Shoot

April 23, 2011

Last Friday I created pictures of several handguns for a gun reviewer.  I utilized a simple two-light setup with an occasional fill card.  These were done on the dining room table of the reviewer’s kitchen.  The guns stood upright by leaning on a medicine capsule.  Both the shadows and capsule were later edited out in Photoshop.

The biggest challenge was making the engravings and details on the guns visible.  The dark-colored polymer guns were the hardest to light properly.

The Ruger SR1911 had the most visually pleasing design and was my favorite of the selections.

Seagrove: Thomas Pottery

April 21, 2011

On April 16th I went to Seagrove to see a tour of a potters’ studio and watch a pottery demonstration.  I visited Thomas Pottery and took pictures of its owner, Bobbie Thomas, at work.

You can see more of the potter’s work on her website .

Greensboro: Tea Party Rally

April 21, 2011

On April 15, I was assigned to cover a Tea Party rally held in downtown Greensboro which was hosted by the Conservatives for Guilford County.  I had never been to any event related to the tea party and was curious to know more about it.

The crowd and the rhetoric were fairly low-key.  It was a considerably different from the more controversial image portrayed in the press.

INTERNSHIP: Rehearsal of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

April 14, 2011

While interning at the Post & Courier last November, I shot video of Charleston Stage doing rehearsals of a musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.  I teamed up with staff writer Bill Thompson and we shared the role of recording.  Syncing the shots with the audio of the song at the end was the most challenging part of the editing.

Photoshop Assignment

April 14, 2011

For a digital media class I had to demonstrate my ability to use Photoshop’s pen tool feature and cut and paste subjects from several photographs.  While I virtually never use such tools as a photojournalist, they are still interesting to play with.  For those who create photo illustrations of news stories, is an interesting site which showcases users’ abilities to use Photoshop to interpret the news.

Tryon: April Fools’ Day Festival

April 6, 2011

Last weekend I traveled to the mountain town of Tryon to cover the April Fools’ Day Festival.  Looking for something unusual and quirky, I was not disappointed.  There was a racing of outhouses and a fashion show utilizing trash and recycled items.

This girl was the winner of the “under 12” contest category, utilizing garbage and shopping bags.