It snowed yesterday in Clemson. Actually according to my northern roommate, it's not snow (it's ice). She's not wrong, but for a southerner, it is as close as we get. I find the snow (ice) to be very relaxing though because it drowns out sounds and gives me a great excuse to not leave the house. But what does one do when they are in the house all day? Here are a few things that keep me busy on cold days that you could do as the weather gets worse!
1. Paint a winter scene
2. Bake or cook something warm to share with the roomies (like apple pie)
3. Organize the kitchen
4. Jam out while doing all of this
5. If you're like me and have exams this week, study your butt off
6. Make snow cream (requires previous planning...)
7. Watch Christmas movies and decorate
8. Learn a new skill (cross-stitch, embroidery, juggling, etc.)
9. Have a friend over and hang out with some hot cocoa
10. Enjoy the heck out of your day off!
Clemson University's longest print magazine is The Chronicle. This semester, I had the pleasure of being the layout editor and it was a joy ride of art and literature. As layout editor, my committee and I design and put together the whole thing including the fonts, colors, paper, and styles. You wouldn't think that picking out paper would be exciting, but it is for me!
At the beginning of each semester, we have a huge brainstorming event and we chose the theme of a Phoenix. We followed a pattern of birth, life, death, and revival. The works accepted were categorized by this and the colors flow alongside them. It was an exciting theme, and I highly suggest you check it out. There are copies in racks around campus, so go and pick one up! Check out our website as well, and look for some of my recent work!
As much as I love the colors of USC, I am a Clemson fan. And being on that field last night was exhilarating! Here are a few of the crowd shots that I captured and was featured for on the Clemson University instagram story. The university follows me now too, and I feel very important. :)
Last weekend, the Clemson Dairy Science Show Team went to the SC state fair. It was a whirlwind of cows and ribbons, but it was an amazing time. Not only did we do very well in the shows, we also got to sleepover at the fair and wake up at 3am to watch heifers not poop on each other. I know, this is a luxurious job. It really is the highlight of my semester though, so enjoy some pictures of a clumsy photographer's off days.
The bees are important, people! Without them, you won’t have a lot of the current fruits and vegetables that you eat now. I don’t know about you, but I happen to like my cantaloupes and strawberries. Here are 5 awesome people and charities that you can support if you want to help the BEES!
I told you that I would update you on that cover design that I did, and guess what my peeps?! His album is out! His work is amazing and he just graduated from Anderson University! It was such a wonderful experience to work with such a talented man.
BTW I know it has been a while, but I got a real people job and have not had the time to blog recently. I am hoping to get back to it soon though. Anyway, check out Michael Lewis's work!
So, I have been super busy recently with college - exams and whatnot. But this weekend, I had the chance to work with the wonderful Michael Lewis (a songwriter, actor, singer, wonderful human being). He contacted me a few weeks ago, wanting to set up a shoot for his senior project album cover. Jumping on the chance, we got right to planning and conceptualizing a shoot that would match the songs and mood that he was trying to instill in his audience. Michael told me that the theme was light coming through the cracks, and sent me pictures of film noir, high contrast shadows, and stark differences in the lighting.
On Saturday, we went out around the Clemson University campus and discovered a dark alley with great shadows and light cast from lamps on the wall. Knowing what we were going for, I had cut out some lines on paper to imitate blinds which would give us the stark shadows that he was looking for beforehand. I took this piece of paper and my roommate held it up to the light for us, in order to get the initial shadows across his face. We also experimented with colors, and different natural shadows, but in the end, the blinds look gave us the result we were looking for.
To create the image in post processing, I first fixed any blemishes and cleaned up the beard a little bit on a duplicated layer, as to not mess up the original. Then I created a few new layers. One was the blacking out of the wall behind him by selecting him and inverting the selection so it is just the outline of the wall. Then I adjusted the selection lines and on a separate layer, used the burn and dodge tool to highlight and darken the shadows to get that contrast we needed. A few contrast adjustments and tuning details later, we have the final image!
I will keep you updated on his work, and when the album cover is finished, I will share it with you too! I hope that you are having a great start to your week, and for those of you with exams like me. . . GOOD LUCK
I train and show dairy cows. That’s not something you hear everyday, is it? One fantastic thing about being at Clemson University is that we have dairy farms for animal vet science classes. Now, I’m not an AVS major, but I love cows; and when I got here, I decided that I would find a club that would let me at least see a cow up close once. Guess what? I did! I am now a show team member on the Clemson Dairy Science Show Team.
This means that for at least 3 hours a week, usually more, I get to put on my coveralls and boots and go out to the farm. Last semester I had this big heifer named Mimosa pudica, but we just called her Mims. This semester I have a baby heifer named Rosemary, and compared to Mims, she is much more friendly and easier to work with. A heifer, by the way, is a female cow that hasn’t given birth yet. Rosemary loves to eat crackers and cookies, and loves cuddles. After training, my partner and I sit with her and have snack time and get love.
Okay, so I hang out with cows and train them, but what does that entail? Well let me tell you! I dress up like a milk man (in all white) and walk my heifer in a show ring. We work hard inside and outside the ring to position her feet correctly, keep her head up, and walk at a good pace. We attend shows like this at livestock shows, and at state fairs. Last semester we went to the SC State Fair to show with Mims and we slept with the cows in the ring, and got second and fifth place ribbons. The second place was for conformation, where the judge judges the heifer more than the trainer and the fifth place was for showmanship where the trainer is judged for how he or she works with the animal.
When I am not out taking pictures, you can bet that I am out on the farm working with the heifers! Oh, and if you are ever in Clemson, there is an ice cream place in the Hendrix Building The (55 Exchange) and they make their ice cream from the milk from our cows! You have GOT to try it!
Pictured above is Rae.