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This year, I want to do monthly blogs where I edit down all my shoots from that month into my top ten favorite images. This allows me to work on my editing skills and see where I’m lacking and where I’m doing well in this job.
January was a very interesting month. So many wonderful things happened like the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Circle, which is the first photo and the beginning of Mardi Gras. However, there was a lot of loss. I was at more car wrecks and unfortunate breaking news this month than any other. I didn’t include any this round, which means I need to get better at shooting in those situations.
I find it difficult to work my shots in breaking news because I find myself in my head a lot of the time. I know that reporting the bad is just as much a part of my job as reporting the good, so sometimes I need to channel the photojournalist more than I do.
In chronological order, here are the top ten photos of January.
People of many denominations gathered for a prayer of unity on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I love this photo because it shows a mass of people together for one purpose, fellowship.
I included this lovely pie, because I am getting so much better at food photography. When I started this job, I had no idea what made food look good. My progress in my lighting as been helpful as well as my new framing ideas.
This is one of the best detail shots I’ve ever taken. Ice never lasts long in Texas, so I wanted to portray that while feature hunting.
When you think “Galveston Independent School District bond meeting,” excitement is not your first feeling. I wanted to have fun with it so I played with my focus and framing the whole time I was there. Although there is no particular emotion in this photo, I like how close the man in the foreground’s hand came to one of the board members and that you see GISD’s hashtag “gisdinspire very clearly.
Baseball is back and I am pumped! Galveston College has a baseball and softball team that I hope to photograph frequently. Fielding is hard to capture, so I like how you can see the man in background prepare for the ball that is coming his way.
I have been waiting to shoot a robotics team and this did not disappoint. I swear these high schoolers are smarter than I’ll ever be. I like this photo because I waited very patiently for the robot’s claw to be in the perfect position. You can see the student’s face and the task he has to complete. I have definitely become more patient as I have been at this job.
One of the biggest reasons I picked this one is for the colors. It’s very simple with not much technical thought, but it shows how hard these band members work to keep the music going. Also the lighting was wonderful that day.
This is from one of the best assignments I’ve had to date. This was from the Mardi Gras Special Ball at Moody Gardens. People with mental and physical disabilities were invited to celebrate Mardi Gras with family and caretakers at a safe space. I love this photo because the flash hits him perfectly and you can really see how much fun they are having together.
I had to choose one more from this event, because it warmed my heart so much. Volunteers made hats for anyone that wanted them. I love the smile on her face and the framing of the photo.
Last but not least is a pretty good action shot from a great basketball game. Clear Springs and Dickinson have a heated rivalry, so that makes shooting super fun. I like how in focus everyone’s faces are and that you can see the struggle this basketball player is going though.
I hope you enjoyed looking through these photos. Hopefully they get better and better. ❤