Monday, May 25, 2009

A quick little redirection...

Well, everyone, I've finally moved up in the world and established myself in the real world... for the most part.

Yeah, its still a blog, but its quite a bit different. Its still the Fledgling Photographer... same stories. All of it is still there from archives, too...

...just a little fancier and a little more streamlined... and white.

I'm still working a bit ironing the kinks out, but take a look.

Thank you guys for staying tuned for so long. This blog will still be around for a long long time to remind you and redirect people if you haven't updated your bookmarks.

Stay tuned... just here:
-Noah D.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Still one more year till my time comes...

I graduated high school in 2004... and I'm still in college. It is kinda what I get for changing schools (3 times) and changing majors (umm... too many to count).

But, had I not taken so long, I don't think I ever would have found and done the things that I do now... and love. And want to do for the rest of my life.

Its really hilarious to me when I get to shoot jobs of specific types of people. But, honestly, I'm not stereotyping at all... but when it comes to shooting a function of business majors (marketing, management, etc.) they act and look... well... like business people!

So what about the other majors? When I get to see a cross-section of my university at a massive event like graduation... I find it really amusing.

Fashion design/merchandising? Absolutely.

Alright, all of that was just pre-game... My boss shot the "official" picture of the hand-shake-diploma-grab thing.

I roamed.

The real thing begins. I think it was something like 601 graduates.

Its also funny to see "graduation shoes." Nursing students all wear red.

With all those black robes, how else can you make yourself an "individual."

...and enough of that.

Okay, one more...

Nursing student? Yep.

Or, just throw up the deuce...

...or just be so happy you're actually graduating.

That'll be me.

The dean of the business department Dr. Burks... and in the background is our university President Dr. Burks...

...yeah? Father and son.

Then, the Alma Mater.

Strangely enough, after four (or five or six) years at this school, hardly anyone knows. Honestly, I wouldn't know it if it were not for the work I did with student publications this year.

But then, within two hours it was all over!

And they all go out... this...

...and this...

...but mostly this...

...because when 7,000 people and 600-something graduates and teachers all pour out of an arena - I guess it must be hard to find one specific person.

Saying goodbye to their friends...

...and teachers that have made a bit of a difference over the past few years.

And lots of family photos...

It'll be fascinating this next year... when I take my turn across that stage. A year from now. You KNOW there will be photos from that. But they'll be from the other side.

Everything is a learning experience.


Stay tuned,
-Noah D.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What have YOU been doing recently?

In the midst of rain...

...every day.

And while trying to close down the semester...

...and saying goodbye for the summer.

I tried to grow a plant...

...but its a little browner now... and not much bigger. Oops.

Alright, enough failed plant raisings for a moment.

I shot a ceremony for the Arkansas National Guard...

It was a nice thing.

There were quite few soldiers (like 500) and each and every one was called up on the stage and shook hands with a bunch of officers and the mayor of their hometown.

I followed one company outside in the drizzling rain...

I love to see the stuff before and after the things everybody else sees.

It normally encourages unique photos. I like unique photos.

Sometimes when you hear "look for the unique angle" don't think that just means for you to turn the camera 45degrees to the left or right like half of what's on Flickr these days.

Anyways... moving along.

We also closed the year out with a few organizational parties. Like... the student publications final dinner.

...and Ashton's gonna hurt me.

Olive Garden = perquisites of the job.

But not to brag. Just saying.

So, stay tuned for more.
-Noah D.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It is good to stretch yourself...

It seems as though I have been shooting a lot of portraits lately... which, honestly, is a great great thing. I love stretching my comfort level with various equipment.

My heart lies with natural, ambient light...

...but I could get used to this flash thing.

I think the select was this one:

My friend Philip needed a portrait for the book jacket of his almost-out photojournalism book on his time he spent in Haiti.

I'm a fan of the cinematographic crop.

I did football portraits the other day, too...

100-something of this:

Also, the incoming Student Association... (I still call it SGA. Is there a difference without the "government" part?) Very simple, semi-corporate photo... minus the corporate duds.

I enjoy the challenge of making all the lighting different. Different light-shaping, different poses, interacting with different people in different ways.

Maybe its because I'm just not good enough to duplicate a set yet... things are able to be random and still look like I know what I'm doing.

Hence the "Fledgling Photographer" continues...


Stay tuned,
-Noah D.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

David Cook @ HU

Just a quick slideshow.

Here's the full version: click here.

There is probably plenty I could say about it... but there are far more fun things to talk about.

Concert. Dave Cook. American Idol or something like that... done.

Stay tuned,
-Noah D.