Ed Dickson.

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Here’s a locker room interview with Baltimore Ravens’ rookie tight end, Ed Dickson.

It’s very brief, but I always try to find something to build on, no matter how small the assignment.

In this case, I realized that I didn’t stake out my camera spot quickly enough. I was behind a circle of reporters when I shot this. That’s why you see some other faces occasionally popping into view.

It’s important to claim a good spot within the huddle of reporters and camera people.

Lesson learned!

Rookie Day.

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The new players weren’t the only rookies present at the Baltimore Ravens mini-camp today.

I was also a rookie, as this was my first time covering the purple and black. I was sent to shoot a press conference with Head Coach John Harbaugh after morning practice at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills, Maryland, commonly known as “The Castle.”

From what I’ve been told, there wasn’t much going on today because it was “just the rookies.” For me, however, everything was new.

After working for the Baltimore Orioles last year, I’ve gotten a unique perspective on how professional sports organizations operate. It was interesting to note the differences in how the two clubs are organized. At the same time, I picked up on certain aspects that were nearly identical.

Mainly, it was unbelievable to see how much bigger these rookies were then most of the professional baseball players I’ve been around. Football players may look big on television, but after shooting some interviews in the locker room today, I was taken aback by how much bigger they are in real life.

That’s the nature of the game, I suppose.

These were the highlights from Harbaugh’s press conference. Check back tomorrow for a locker room interview with rookie tight end, Ed Dickson.

Many thanks to Leeann Adams for storming the castle with me, showing me around, and sharing her video expertise.

Circle Of The Immortals.

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Between Memorial Day 2009 and Memorial Day 2010, ten soldiers with substantial ties to Maryland were killed while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Yesterday, they were honored at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, Maryland.

I’m satisfied with this video that I shot and edited. There are a few parts of the ceremony I wish I had shot differently and I think I could have edited some of the transitions more smoothly.

24 hours after, however, I find myself reflecting on the day itself rather than on my own work.

This ceremony was a lot to take in, yet several details have occupied my thoughts.

First is Mr. Donald Bohle. His 29-year old son, Sergeant 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle, was killed in Afghanistan just last September, yet the pride and composure with which he spoke and carried himself throughout the day was inspiring.

Secondly, soldiers, families of the deceased, spectators, media, young children, and war veterans were all in attendance. It’s not often that one finds such a diverse crowd gathered in the same place. Yet despite this rare mix of people, there was a profound sense of togetherness that filled the garden’s Circle of the Immortals.

We’re extremely lucky to have the freedom to express our thoughts and ideas. I was reminded yesterday that it’s because of these brave men and women who serve our country that we are able to do so.

As a student and a journalist, I’m grateful for their defense of freedom and humbled by their sacrifices.

Surf And Turf.

"Outfielder Luke Scott prepares Surf and Turf at the Baltimore Orioles Cookoff Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at the ESPN Zone in Baltimore, Maryland."

I learned last year during my time with the Orioles that shooting events at ESPN Zone is never easy. Poor lighting, hazy, reflective backdrops, and awkward seating arrangements make it difficult for photographers.

It was more of the same on Wednesday at the second annual Baltimore Orioles Cook-off. This was the first time I shot still photographs for The Sun rather than video.

Having way more experience with photo than with video, and having covered events like this daily last year, I knew exactly what to expect and what types of shots to get.

This frame ran with Rob Kasper’s article covering the cook-off. The Sun also put up a photo gallery on their website with some of my other shots from the event.

Personally, I wasn’t happy with my results. Everything looked way too yellow. Shooting with a Nikon D2X after only ever shooting with Canon equipment didn’t help me, but in the journalism field, there’s no room for excuses.

The photos still ran and the Director of Photography said he was impressed and would be using me more this summer.

That’s all I needed to hear.

“Plebes No More!”

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I went to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to cover the Herndon Monument Climb, an annual tradition during graduation week. Since 1947, plebes have climbed the monument to symbolize the completion of plebe year.

The climb has evolved over the years. It has been said that the midshipman who reaches the top first will become the first admiral of their class. In 1952, the monument was lathered in lard to make the climb more difficult.

This year, which marks the last year of the longstanding tradition due to safety reasons, the monument was barely greased. The plebes reached the top in a mere two minutes and five seconds.

Here’s the video I shot for The Sun. I should have gotten more super tight shots of the climbers stepping on each other’s faces, feet, and hands. It would have made for some pretty entertaining video.

That being said, I know this is an improvement from my first Sun video. I’m having a blast learning something new every time I go out and shoot.

Thanks to Chris Assaf for his editing wisdom and for polishing off this video.

So It Begins.

"Issues of The Quindecim, Goucher College's student newspaper, dating back to 1994 are spread across the newsroom floor Sunday, May 23,2010 before being archived chronologically."

Here lie sixteen years of Goucher College history.

Last night, my dad and I went over to the Quindecim newsroom and organized hundreds of issues of the newspaper. Stacks of papers, some of which literally hadn’t been touched or moved since 1994, lay scattered in a shelved closet.

Together, we covered the floor with every individual edition of the newspaper, then organized them by year.

This was a huge job that was years overdue. It’s the first stage of my extensive newsroom remodeling this summer. Preserving the publication’s history and maintaining a clean and functional newsroom is just as important a responsibility as providing the community with verified, reliable, trustworthy content and information.

I’ll be documenting the newsroom’s transformation as I work on it over the summer. Thanks to my dad for that idea, and for his help sorting through moldy, rotten newspapers.


"Towsontowne Recreation Council baseball players shake hands Saturday, May 22, 2010 during introductions for the 9-10 age group All-Star Game."

I went to the Riderwood Elementary School yesterday with Thomas, my best friend and long time baseball teammate. We wanted to attend the dedication of one of the fields there, which was renamed to honor Bruce Winand, a well-known Towsontowne Recreation Council coach and administrator who passed away several months ago.

I played with his son, Garrett, on several teams during my baseball days.

My expectations for the day couldn’t have been more wrong.

Rather than the quiet, reflective ceremony that I imagined, the dedication was full of smiles and humor. The Rec. Council held the dedication right before the start of the 7-8 and 9-10 All-Star games, so there was a huge crowd of players, coaches, friends, and families. Weather reports called for rain, yet it was a beautiful sunny day.

This was a celebration.

As I stood on the pitcher’s mound, surrounded by smiling little-leaguers, I couldn’t help but think back to my playing days. It seems like just yesterday that I was out there running up the first base line after my name was announced during introductions. I’ve spent the past day reminiscing on all that the game has taught me and replaying all the incredible memories in my head.

This kid’s face says it all, I think.


"Senior Candra Scott is congratulated by her father at the Kente Cloth ceremony Thursday, May 20, 2010. The ceremony, annually celebrated at Goucher College before graduation, gives graduates of African descent an opportunity to honor and reflect on their educational achievements."

I went to the “Donning of the Kente Cloth” ceremony at Goucher for the first time this year. Graduating seniors were draped in cloth strips of kente, a colorful fabric native to Ghana. The cloth, traditionally representative of the wearer’s personal history, social values, and political beliefs, is worn during graduation.

I shot the ceremony for The Goucher Quarterly, but having never been before, I didn’t really know what to expect. Each student honored spoke to the audience. It was a nice opportunity for them to express their thanks and reflect on their time at Goucher.

After looking through my work the next day, it seemed like I focused most on the emotions that came with receiving this honor. The day was filled with tears, laughter, and long embraces with family and friends.

I was happy with this frame. I think it sums up the feel of the event nicely. I’m sure my emotions will be just as high a year from now, when I’ll be the one graduating.

The Q.

"Protesters gather outside of Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium Wednesday, September 16, 2009 before Karl Rove delivered his lecture, "Lessons from the Architect: Karl Rove Looks Back and Looks Forward." The former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush spoke to a sold-out yet hostile audience."

"Senior defenseman David Jadin and members of the Goucher Men's Lacrosse team raise the Landmark Conference Championship plaque after their victory over Catholic University 11-4 Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Goucher College. The victory marks the first championship for any Goucher team since joining the conference in 2005."

"Senior Shoshana Furth performs during a student version of “Magic Flute,” an opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1791. The production ran on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2009, at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland."
"At 6:47 AM, a Facilities Management worker at Goucher College clears a path as snow falls Friday, February 26, 2010. This winter, Maryland received more snowfall than any other state in the country."
"At 6:47 AM, a Facilities Management worker at Goucher College clears a path as snow falls Friday, February 26, 2010. This winter, Maryland received more snowfall than any other state in the country."

"Goucher College celebrated its 125th anniversary this year with the grand opening of the Athenaeum, a $48 million, state-of-the-art library and public forum space."

At the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year, The Quindecim, Goucher College’s student newspaper, was essentially non-existant.

I’m proud to say that the current staff and I devoted much of our time and effort this year into picking the publication back up off its feet and ensuring its existence. No college campus is complete without an independent voice of the students.

For the upcoming year, I’ll be the Editor-In-Chief of The Q. We’ve got a fresh staff, great relationships with the administration, offices on campus, and the Student Government Association, and bundles of new ideas. We’re dedicated to drastically improving the quality and consistency of the paper, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to do so next year.

I was the Photography Editor for two years, and I will still hold the position next year. I’m used to being called “the kid with the big camera” around campus rather than by my name, which I love. Needless to say, I shoot a lot of pictures.

Here’s a good sampling of the kinds of stories I shoot: news, sports, arts, features, and the occasional landscape. Enjoy!


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I’m a Multimedia Intern for The Baltimore Sun this summer. My primarily responsibility will be to shoot video and photographs for breaking stories in the news, features, sports, and arts departments of the newspaper.  Additionally, I will be updating the newspaper’s website with photos, videos, and multimedia slide shows.

I just finished my second day in the newsroom during my first week on the job. It’s been amazing working in such an impressive newsroom around professionals whose print and visual coverage of Baltimore I’ve grown up reading and looking at.

I’m excited to learn and improve my video, audio, and other Multimedia skills as the summer goes on. I’ve shot lots of still photo, but I think it’s extremely important that a young journalist be well-rounded in all forms of media rather than just one.

I’m also looking forward to learning more about how a newsroom is run. Next year I’ll be in charge of my school newspaper, and I’m sure I’ll take in a lot of great ideas from The Sun that’ll be useful in helping me improve my school’s student publication.

Last Saturday I was sent to cover the 135th Preakness Stakes. Not bad for an intern’s first assignment! Ironically, after living in Maryland for twenty years, I had never been to the Preakness. The crowd there was full of energy and the weather couldn’t have been better. By the time the horses posted up around 6:30 for the big race, the track was filled with beautiful, golden late afternoon sunlight.

I shot this short scene piece of the atmosphere outside the track that morning. It’s my first news video piece, and it went straight up on The Sun website, so I’m happy with it. That being said, there’s a few mistakes I made. First, I should have kept my mouth shut while the ladies I interviewed were talking. Second, I think I could have been a lot more creative with the angles I shot from and the focal lengths I used.

All good things to keep in mind for future shoots!