Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 3 Blog Forum

Topic 1:

One of the two subjects I could shoot is a friend of mine named Troianne Wilkinson. She is an art student at LBCC and an avid painter. I think the best environment to get photos of her would be in her personal art studio with props like an easel and paint brush. I work with her at Fred Meyer and run into her at LBCC from time to time and could easily schedule a time to shoot.

The other subject could be Chessie Alberti. I have some newer ideas on how I could shoot photos and improve on the ones I took for my article. The best environment would be the Writing Center with props like an essay or other types of papers. I have her email so it's possible to contact and schedule a time to shoot with Chessie, she's pretty busy so it would be difficult to find a time.

Since I've already scheduled a shoot with Troianne she will definitely be the subject of the profile.

Topic 2:
This is my favorite photo because I was able to capture the event
that I was shooting as well as the great expression on the subject's face.
This is my worst photo because it is way too soft on the focus. I also
couldn't get the subject's name so the closeup is pretty much useless.
I need to replace this one with a different closeup from the event
I went to. 
I would say I need to improve my shot framing and timing. There are times where I have a potentially great photo from the project I'm working on because the subject is doing something interesting. But I take a second to try to set up the shot and the subject's pose, for lack of a better word, that I found interesting is gone. I need to learn to be able to take the shot and not try to frame it so much to get the "perfect photo" because the perfect shot can always be found through editing later so long as I get the interesting shot.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Photo J Assignment #3

The LBCC Chapter of the American Association of
Women in Community Colleges  (AAWCC) hosted a dollar
clothing drive on Thursday, October 12.
Kaylee Knapp browses the vast amount of clothing
the drive offered.
AAWCC President Vickie Keith (Right) assists a student with
purchasing their dollar clothing.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week 2 Blog Forum

Topic 1

My Photographer of the week choice is Neil Leifer. His claim to fame is being known for taking some of the most iconic photos in sports history. He photographed "The Greatest Game ever Played" between the Colts and the Giants in the NFL title game in 1958. He worked for Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine. Leifer also photographed seven Olympic games throughout his career. I'd say the thing that most stands out in his photographs is his ability to capture the emotion or feeling from a sporting event.

Topic 2

So far, reading the book I am incredibly moved by what Addario, as a photo journalist, has gone through. I can't imagine being smack dab in the middle of a war zone and also trying to capture the experience on camera. Her story is both engaging and inspiring and I love that she sprinkles her amazing photos throughout the book so that we can look at them first hand. My favorite photo from the book so far is the bottom photo on page four of the a rebel fighter consoling his wounded comrade outside of a hospital. The reason I like the photo is because it captures the emotion of the circumstances so well. I'd say the biggest lesson I can learn from the book is to be fearless. Like I obviously won't be taking pictures of a warzone, but it puts things in perspective when I may be nervous or embarrassed to take photos. I have no reason to be afraid when their are people actually covering wars. My favorite quote definitely has to be on page 22 "When I return home and rationally consider the risks, the choices are difficult. But when I am doing my work, I am alive and I am me. It's what I do. I am sure there are other versions of happiness, but this one is mine." The reason I like the quote is because it encapsulates what photography means to Addario. It's poetic and it very inspiring.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Photo J Assignment #2

Renee Roman Nose (Right) teaches a poetry workshop 
to LBCC Students in the DAC on Oct. 2.
Students look on at lesson,  where they participated in multiple
poetry writing exercises.
Some students came forward to share poems
they had written for the workshop.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Week 1 Blog Forum


My name is Josh Stickrod a second year Journalism major at LBCC. I'm taking this class to become a more well-rounded journalist and become better in an area that I have very little experience in.


Three goals I have for this class would be:

  1. I want to have 5-10 photos featured in the Commuter.
  2. I want to have a better understanding of photography terminology and how to apply them to my photography.
  3. I want to get a cover photo for the Commuter


  1. Chessie Alberti - I'm writing a story about Chessie Alberti the new writing instructor so I wanted to take some pictures of her in her work environment for the story.
  2. LBCC Volleyball - I could shoot photos for the LB Volleyball game on Friday or Saturday against Umpqua or Southern Oregon. I would look to get photos of the action and shots of the crowd as well. 
  3. Hot Shot Cafe Relaunch - I could take photos of the Hot Shot relaunch with the musical performers such as Ian Priestman or Dale Stowell. 

Photo J Assignment #1

David Kidd's Advanced Surveying Class gets acquainted with
their equipment in the LBCC courtyard on Tuesday Sept. 26.
(From Left): Dan Faas, Brian Swearinigin, and Jory Lum 
Students of class setting up Total Station surveying 
(From Left): Brody Faas, Dan Faas, Brian Swearinigin,
Jory Lum, and Kelson Shanks. 
Brody Faas adjusts his Total Station.

Monday, May 29, 2017

What's Next For The Sport of Boxing?

(Photo: Wikimedia)

“Boxing is a dying sport.” This is a statement that has been thrown around for the past two decades that seems to carry more weight as years pass. It's hard to argue because it seems the public loses more interest in the sport as the days go by.

 However, many fans, including myself, continue to watch, hoping that the sport is able to gain more momentum and give us fights and fighters that can return boxing to the cultural spotlight.

Boxing, has been around for thousands of years, with the earliest depictions of the sport coming from third millennia BC. The sport exploded in popularity in the early 1900s after it attained legitimacy and became a regulated and sanctioned sport. Boxing was only second to baseball’s popularity in the first half of 20th century, with fans coming by the thousands to watch fights in person and millions of Americans around the country gathering around their radios to listen in on the action.

The common criticism about the sport that I hear so often today is that it's barbaric, dangerous, devoid of any substance, featuring two people that are just trying to hit and dance around each other. I would say those arguments have reasonable points. Boxing isn't sunshine and rainbows, it is tough, it is brutal, and when you see former boxers today and the effects the sport has had on their health, I can see why people have a hard time wanting to watch it.

Yet, that just makes boxing all the more intriguing to me. Why do people dedicate so much to this sport? What makes it all worth it?

It was Mike Tyson that said, "The tempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world."

Many fighters seek greatness. They look to push themselves to their physical limit in the hopes of becoming something bigger than themselves; a star, a champion, an all-time great. Fueled by dreams of a better life, many boxers start out young and put in countless hours a week to become a better fighter. The amount of focus, speed, power and intelligence required to become a world-class boxer is staggering.

George "TNT" Evans is a local boxer who spent most of his career in Albany and currently has plans to start a gym in the area. He is a man who has dedicated his life to the sport. Evans was only five years old when he first went to a boxing gym and he's been in love with the sport ever since. Fighting in 483 total bouts throughout both his amateur and professional career, Evans is as experienced as they come. At one point, he was ranked 15th in the world professionally in the Bantamweight Division.

I got a chance to sit down and talk to TNT one-on-one and get his thoughts on what boxing means to him and the impact it has on his life.

"Boxing has been my life and has taught me many valuable lessons. It can teach you how to defend yourself, it can teach you discipline, it can strengthen your self-esteem," said Evans. "Most importantly it teaches you sportsmanship and compassion. Where else can you beat up on someone, and then they beat up on you and at the end of it all you give each other a big hug? I mean where else do you find compassion such as that?"

Evans credits the decline in the popularity of boxing to the fears over concussions and brain injuries in the late 1980s and the subsequent softening of the sport in the 1990s to make the sport more safe.

"It was a brutal sport, you don't see it as brutal as it was in the '80s. In the '70s and '80s people actually hit each other, but today it's just dancing around the ring," said Evans.

If boxing is dying, then 2017 has been the defibrillator. Entertaining fights like Keith Thurman's impressive win on Danny Garcia, Anthony Joshua's TKO on Wladimir Klitschko in Wembley Stadium, and Gennady Golovkin's unanimous decision-victory over Danny Jacobs, have all kicked off the year in exciting fashion.

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio César Chávez Jr. fight reportedly earned over one million views on pay-per-view. To put that in perspective, that is roughly the same amount of views that the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight earned back in 2015. Upcoming fights like Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev and Golovkin vs. Alvarez later this year should only prove to add to the excitement.

But just how far can these fights take boxing?

Any fuel to the fire is welcome, and as long as these super fights avoid disappointments like Mayweather vs. pretty much anyone he’s faced in the past decade, then boxing is in good shape. These fights stand out to me specifically because it’s giving the two most popular fighters in those weight classes a shot at each other in their prime. That's ultimately what boxing fans want to see. Not seven years after it should have happened like the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.

"I think boxing will be making a comeback because of those fights coming up and because we're beginning to see a lot more talented kids come up from the amateur level," said Evans.

Boxing is so much more than a sport -- to many it is their life. It represents hard work paying off and shows that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. As humans, that’s something we can all relate to. That's why boxing is called the “sweet science,” because it isn't just the technique or the tangible measurables of a fighter that win out. The fighter's heart and determination to overcome the obstacles in their path ultimately prove to be the deciding factor.

While boxing may be down, it sure as hell isn't out, and like the many athletes that practice the sport religiously, it's still got some fight left in it.

Week 3 Blog Forum

Topic 1: One of the two subjects I could shoot is a friend of mine named Troianne Wilkinson. She is an art student at LBCC and an avid pai...