Last weekend I photographed the Odyssey of the Mind competition in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania at Pennsbury High School. The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
The competitors solved problems with great presentations.
Here are some clips and the actual images from the event.
Scene when I arrived with the 10 foot gate obstructing my view.
The lesson here is…be prepared.
Over the weekend I had to make some pictures of various properties in the New Hope, Pennsylvania and Buckingham, Pennsylvania areas. Most were pretty easy to photograph. The one where I had to become a bit inventive was Clairemont Mansion with a 10 foot gate that obstructed the view.
The image I needed to make was to show the landscape as well as the building. It was not going to work with the gate in the foreground. And I didn’t want to shoot through the gate because it would block a clean view. I thought, “Oh No! I may need a drone!” Then quickly realized that that isn’t necessary because I was prepared.
So, I went back to my car and pulled my Bogen Monopod out. I then placed the Nikon D800 on the top, set the shutter speed for a 5 second delay. Then I set the exposure, tripped the shutter and hoisted the monopod and camera over my head as high as I could possibly get it into the air.
The image I was able to make by having my monopod handy, and in my trunk.
If I hadn’t been prepared and carried my monopod in the trunk, I wouldn’t have been able to make the picture I needed to illustrate the assignment. Preparation is a key ingredient in the photojournalism field.
Now I have to go and finish my interview with The Art Career Project. They’ve asked to interview me about getting started as a photojournalist.
Yesterday I was sent to cover a bomb threat at Souderton High School. The assignment was vague, school evacuated….find out why and illustrate it.
I arrive at the school, and find that the entrance is blocked. The police officer on scene says, “Go to the school district offices,” but wouldn’t tell me why the school was evacuated. I think that’s not going to work for me. So, I drive around to another entrance. There I see a line of cars trying to get to and from the school. Students are walking away, looking somewhat distraught. I get out of the car with a 300mm. Start making pictures of three girls walking from the school. The one girl flips me off.
I ask them what was going on and explain I was there for a newspaper. They tell me about the bomb threat and that the reason the other girl flipped me off was that she couldn’t get back to her car and they were stranded outside the school. Apparently, her keys were in her backpack at the school. No car keys. No ride.
I realize I can’t get through the traffic. Then decide to find another way in. Along a side road there was another entrance to the football field. I park and walk across the field. Made some images and video of students in the stadium waiting to go home. The stadium was the safest and farthest place away from the school building for students to congregate. As I walked closer to the building, a police officer and the school principle stopped and asked if I had permission to be on school property. I explained why I was there and that I wasn’t sure if I had permission. I was told by the officer and principal that I do not have permission and had to leave. I recall thinking, “If you know I don’t have permission, then why are you asking.” I said no problem, and started to exit. As I was walking away, I was thinking that since every time they have an event at the school the and send a press release aren’t they “inviting” us onto school property? Isn’t that permission? It didn’t matter though, I had what I needed as far as imagery, and didn’t want to run into a hassle with the police.
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: Students exit the football field after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: Students waits on the football field after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: From left, Amber Figueroa, Hannah Fisher and Sophie Arnott walk from the school building after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
SOUDERTON, PA – APRIL 14: A police officer stands guard outside the entrance after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of Souderton High School April 14, 2014 in Souderton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Cain Images) (William Thomas Cain)
The US Army Field Band and Chorus performed Monday night at Bensalem High School with a free concert. The short amount of what I was able to see was pretty entertaining. The crowd seemed pleased. The band was flawless and the chorus even better.
Here are some images:
One of the classes I’m teaching this semester is a Black & White Digital Photography class at Wilmington University‘s Dover, Delaware campus. We were looking for somewhere to shoot and one of the students suggested we head over to Silver Lake Park. Open space, tress, even a cemetery next door made the place sound awesome for black and white. It didn’t disappoint. While the students were shooting images looking for good, fully toned black and white images, I spend the time making pix that were a little more high in contract, because that was to be the assignment for the following week. Here are some of those images.