Saturday, April 24, 2010

Shorthorn Shots of the Week 4/24

This week was an extremely slow news week. I probably feel this way due to sports withdrawal since my only shot at shooting tennis this week was squashed because of information error. O well. I did have a great time shooting the Muslim Students Association’s Islam Awareness Week festivities on Tuesday. It was definitely one of those educational assignments. MSA set up a tent outside of the Central Library to engage with the campus and show off the “real Islam”. I think the captions and images tell the rest of the story so I’ll let them speak for me. Enjoy.

Interdisciplinary studies junior Susan Carter, right, speaks with members of the Muslim Students Association on Tuesday at the Central Library mall about hijabs and their first-hand experiences of the Islamic religion. Carter said her discussion with them was “so enlightening” because she found out that the young women wear the hijabs because they believe that they should and do not feel oppressed. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Engineering sophomore Mataaf Aziz listens to a audio presentation on Tuesday outside of the Central Library as part of Islamic Awareness Week. The Muslim Students Association put up the display to show the similarities that Islam has with other religions and correct common misconceptions that are portrayed in the media. Aziz said he learned that “women are held in higher regard than normally thought and being covered up is actually a sign of respect”. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Bayanne Elkhatib, Sisters’ Activities Leader for MSA, left, shows biomedical engineering junior Bich Pham the selection of hijabs, traditional Muslim head coverings, that were given out free of charge to women who agreed to wear them for an hour. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Bayanne Elkhatib, Sisters’ Activities Leader for MSA, left, wraps a hijab around the head of biomedical engineering junior Bich Pham on Tuesday outside of the Central Library as part of Islam Awareness Week. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Shorthorn Shots of the Week 4/16

This week was definitely a test of my patience. We had a lot of speaker stories that were just creatively stifling. Other than that the rest of the week was pretty good. I shot a portrait of Clinton Rawls, one of the first graduates to take part in the MFA Exhibitions at UTA, who will be showing his film and video work. He was very interesting to talk to and it turns out that we both have similar views that are expressed in our respective artistic work. Baseball seems like it will be the main sport for the rest of the semester so I am really trying to take advantage of the time to improve. As much as I love basketball, baseball is intriguing because it has been so difficult for me to shoot lately but the only way to improve is to shooting. After an hour of baseball, I had to run over to the Eric O’Shea comedy show. It was the last show of the One Mic Stand comedy series. O’Shea was definitely an interesting act and he had great improv abilities as he took jabs at the crowd throughout the show. On Thursday I had a great portrait session with graduating senior guard Marquez Haynes for Graduation Issue. I will put those up in a separate post after I'm done editing. Until then, enjoy.

MFA student Clinton Rawls is one of three graduates participating in the Art + Art History department’s inaugural Master of Fine Arts Exhibitions that will take place over three weeks between April 5 and April 23. Rawls specifically works in the mediums of film and video where he invites the viewer to bring in their personal experiences to shape their perception of a work. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Junior infielder Jesse Payne leaps while reaching for home plate as Baylor catcher Gregg Glime (13) dives to tag him out during the Mavericks’ 5-4 loss to the Bears at Clay Gould Ballpark. Payne was safe at home giving the Mavericks a 3-0 lead in the third inning. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Junior infielder Brian Nephew throws to first base Tuesday during the Mavericks loss to Baylor at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks have a chance to redeem themselves when they play Baylor today at 6:30 p.m. in Waco. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

O’Shea’s jokes ranged from explaining why his mom is “the Italian anti-Christ” to quick jabs at the audience as he invited crowd participation throughout the show. O’Shea is also known for his Elmo impersonations. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Comedian Eric O’Shea poses as a “Smooth Criminal” plays on Tuesday in the Rosebud Theater during a bit about alternate music for TV commercials. O’Shea was the final comedian to perform during this year’s One Mic Stand comedy series. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Shorthorn Shots of the Week 4/9

This week I shot a little bit of everything from huge maps of proposed bike trails to a day without shoes with a little of my usual sports thrown in for good measure. I started the week by revisiting an old shoot I did with the African Percussion Ensemble to promote a story about the director starting a study abroad program to Africa. On Wednesday, a conference room in Arlington City Hall was packed full of people eager to see the new proposal maps for hiking and biking trails that will extend throughout Arlington if passed. The plans will also feature some much needed safety measures for bicyclists by creating new bike lanes on frequently traveled streets. Thursday was an interesting day. An assignment fell through and at the last minute I picked up the story of the UTA Volunteers hosting their first One Day Without Shoes march through campus. The march was part of global effort by TOMS Shoes to raise awareness the hardships that face children in developing countries without shoes. My usual sports pictures are of baseball and tennis, two sports that I am still trying to get the hang of. Now off to focus on some schoolwork and whatever next week brings. Enjoy.

Professor of world music Dr. Michael Varner, left, directs the African Ensemble during a practice session on Feb. 25 in the Fine Arts Building. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Professor of world music Dr. Michael Varner drums along with the percussion ensemble during a practice session on Feb. 23 in the Fine Arts Building. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Matt Young, right, discusses the current bike route proposal with Linda and Johnnie Showalter of Arlington on Wednesday at Arlington City Hall. The Showalters have started riding bikes more often and wanted clarification on the proposed route’s location behind their home. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Many attendees at the meeting expressed the need for North and South Arlington to be connected with safer accommodations for bicyclists. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Around 20 students with bare feet participated in the UTA Volunteers’ first annual One Day Without Shoes march on Thursday at the UC Mall. Participants gave out fliers promoting awareness as the marched through the Central Library Mall and back to the University Center. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Participants drew a variety of designs including flowers, stars and magic marker replicas of TOMS shoes. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Senior Dmitry Minkin lunges for the ball during a doubles match against Utah on Friday at the UTA Tennis Center. Minkin and his partner, Mindaugas Celedinas, lost their match 8-6. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Junior first baseman Logan Bawcom waits for the ball while trying to pick off Golden Eagles base runner Tyler Saladino (23) on Tuesday during the Mavericks’ loss to Oral Roberts at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks will begin a three-game away series against Southeastern Louisiana on Friday. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Shorthorn Shots of the Week 4/2

It was an exciting week to shoot. My Package on the soon to be official UTA Parkour Club ran this week with an extended cutline (mini-story), stills and a video. I also had a pretty good shoot as the Mavericks baseball team took on TCU. My timing was on and I didn't have a lot of shots with people in the way so I was happy. To end the week, the 29th Annual Bed Races finally took place after being postponed last semester due to inclement weather. Less people showed up than usual but it was still a fun even. I got another chance to do a stills and video combo that I'm pretty happy with. Enjoy.

Engineering sophomore Michael Mount leaps up a wall outside of the Fine Arts Building on Wednesday while doing a workout with the parkour club. Members from the club workout four days a week then play games such as capture the flag and tag on Fridays. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Parkour Club members, from left, industrial engineering sophomore Samuel St. Martin, engineering sophomore Michael Mount and geology freshman Steve Santana do a core muscle exercise at the end of the workout on Wednesday at the Fine Arts Building. Santana has only been doing parkour for a couple of weeks and said that he initially became interested after seeing action movies featuring parkour moves. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Parkour Club Workout

Junior infielder Jesse Payne hits the ball on Tuesday during the Mavericks' 10-3 loss to TCU at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Freshman outfielder Jake Pinchback dives for a fly ball on Tuesday at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth as the Mavericks look to avenge their 15-2 loss last season to Texas Christian University. The Mavericks will begin a three-game series at home against Nicholls State on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

The 29th Annual Bed Races took place on Thursday at Maverick Stadium with 55 teams participating in the event after it was postponed last semester due to inclement weather. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Team Beta Theta Pi streaks down the field during their first run at Bed Races on Thursday at Maverick Stadium. Beta Theta Pi won second place in the men's division. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)

Bed Races 2010

Temple and Belton Boys Soccer 3/26

This post is a bit late but better late than never for the first real soccer shoot I've had. I shot the Temple and Belton boys soccer teams during the area-round playoffs in Garland. I got used to it pretty quick considering I don't know much about how the sport works. Overall, it was a great experience and hopefully I can shoot more in the future to expand my skill set.

Temple senior Tyler Gibson rises above a North Garland player to head the ball during the Wildcats' 3-0 area-round playoff loss Friday in Garland. (Andrew Buckley/Special to the Telegram)

Temple senior Garrett Walsingham (8) and Raviel Jaimes of North Garland battle for the ball during the Wildcats’ 3-0 area-round playoff defeat Friday. (Andrew Buckley/Special to the Telegram)

Belton’s Tyler Pate controls the ball during the Tigers’ 3-2 Class 5A area-round playoff loss to Garland Rowlett on Friday night. (Andrew Buckley/Special to the Telegram)

Belton's Garret Patterson celebrates after beating Garland Rowlett keeper Salomon Moctezuma to score the game-tying goal 4 minutes after overtime during the Tigers' 3-2 area-round playoff loss Friday night. (Andrew Buckley/Special to the Telegram)