Photographing Pumpkins Thursday, Feb 12 2009 

I’m sure a lot of my classmates will agree that taking photos at concerts is not the easiest task. It’s usually very dark, people are bumping into you, and half the time flash photography isn’t allowed. But when you can manage to get in there with a camera and snap a few photos of an amazing band, the crowd, and the atmosphere…it feels great to look back at that photo and think “I was right there in the middle of it.” So I thought I would share a few pictures I took when the Smashing Pumpkins did their residency at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. They were promoting their long-awaited album Zeitgeist and this was their first big tour in 7 years. I went with my sister, mom, and mom’s friend to their opening show on Saturday, June 23, 2007. I’ve included a few of the pictures I took below.

Also, while we were there my mom got pulled by SPIN magazine writers and photographers to be interviewed. I almost didn’t believe it when she told me. I had been reading SPIN for years and now my mom was going to be in their magazine and on their web page. I was a little jealous but I had to admit that she achieved “cool mom status” with that one. If you want to check out SPIN’s take on the show, their photos or my mom’s blurb (she’s the one in pink), you can go here.

The lineup.

The lineup.

Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain

Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain

Billy Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schneider

Billy Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schneider

Piper Ferguson Thursday, Feb 5 2009 

Iron and Wine photographed by Ferguson.

Iron and Wine photographed by Ferguson.

Piper Ferguson is a photographer and music video director that I have recently come across, although I have seen some of her work before. Now I can finally  put a name with the photos. But I particularly like this one of Samuel Beam, a folk singer and songwriter who goes by the stage name of Iron and Wine. I think Ferguson has a knack for conveying a lot of information about the musicians she photographs. The photo itself gives off a folk feel with the wheat field landscape and the pastoral scene also produces the same kind of serenity that you can hear in many of his songs. To see more of Ferguson’s work, you can visit her site here.

One from the vaults… Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

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I snapped this one in Munich, Germany last May while studying abroad with a group of journalism students. Our guide from a bike tour told us where we could find the best view of the city. We had to climb 306 very steep steps in an extremely old church but the view was well worth it. The building in the foreground is the Rathaus-Glockenspiel that is in the center of Marienplatz. Besides the amazing architecture in this shot, I love that you can see all the red roofs of Germany disappearing into the horizon. I think the blue sky complements the other colors in the photo as well. For me, this shot is more than just a memento from an amazing experience. I think it is also one one of the better architectural photos that I have taken.  In fact, just looking at this picture inspires me and makes me want to travel to even more places to try to capture what I see there.

Greetings Friday, Jan 23 2009 

My name is Ronda and I am a junior Visual Communications major and a Film Studies minor. I’m originally from Rock Hill, SC. Home is only an hour away so I feel somewhat lucky. Before coming to college all I had ever used was a point-and-shoot camera. I used my personal digital camera last year when I took J337 (Intro to Photovisual Communications). For this semester though, like many other students, I will be checking out the school’s Canon SLRs. I’ve worked with my photos in Bridge and Photoshop but I’m learning more every time.

My introductory photo

My introductory photo

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