So, what now?

The original reason I created this blog was to document my assignments and progress in Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism with Rita Reed. Now that the class is over, I still plan on using this blog to document my studies while at Mizzou. But, just as one chapter closes, another opens. On January 2, 2011 I will continue in my journalistic endeavors abroad. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with the Missouri School of Journalism to study and report on nature and society in the developing world. Along with Professor Bill Allen and four other Mizzou students, I will travel across Costa Rica digging for stories to tell and to take in as much as I can about the exciting culture there. I’ve been across the United States, to Europe multiple times, and Mexico and the Caribbean, but never Central America. Needless to say, I am ecstatic. I will be updating this blog while I’m there, and I believe we will have a specific blog for the trip as well. So come the new year, be on the lookout for new posts! I may even put my new knowledge in lighting to the test…bounce flash was always my favorite 🙂

Just a little teaser:

Photo Credit: baxterclaus, Flickr

Photo credit: Greg Toumayan

Fun fact: Zip lines were created so that scientists could better study the canopy of the rainforest. See, I’m already teaching you things and I’m not even there yet! If you already knew that though, kudos.

Photo Credit: Cabinas el Pueblo

It is my goal to spot a sloth, and if I can make a picture like this I will be the happiest girl alive.


Final Project Time!

For our Advanced Techniques final project, the class (minus one group) was sent to the annual Living Windows event in the District to create multimedia stories using the techniques we’ve learned in class. Madison, Kristen, Madeline and I decided to do a story about the horse carriage rides that are offered every year. The night of the event we were fully prepared to document the rides and get a story about the horse and family that provides for the event. Because we could not go out to their farm (they were very busy) we got to the event early like good journalists and photographers to get the whole and complete story. Come 6:00 p.m., when the event was supposed to start, a long line was forming at the starting point for the rides and there was no carriage in sight! We thought our project was to become “The Carriage That Never Came.” The horse and family eventually arrived in Columbia until 6:15 p.m. in a place completely different than they had told us, and we rolled on with our original idea. It was kind of hilarious, actually, now looking back on it but talk about panic! Overall the night went really well and this is the story we came up with:

Some of my selects from the night:

This one is my favorite. A nice closer.