Fun With Horses.

"A horse leaps over a post at the Mount St. Mary's University IHSA Show at Goucher College Saturday, October 2, 2010."

This image is nothing to write home about, but I’m posting it to encourage myself to go and shoot more. I went to my first Equestrian competition at Goucher last Saturday, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

It’s not often that you can get so close to horses and watch them in action on a regular basis. At Goucher, we’re lucky to have the opportunity to do both. I’m disappointed in myself for waiting until my Senior year to watch these shows.

From a spectator standpoint, I’m intrigued by the elaborate scoring and judging system used at these competitions. As a photographer, I know there’s potential for excellent photographs around those stables.

The thought of taking a beginning riding class next semester has even crossed my mind!

Preak!

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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!