A day at the National Geographic Headquarters and Tours of the monuments.

Today we started off at the National Geographic Headquarters listening to talk by Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of Nat. Geo. Her talk was about the logistics of Journalism in the digital age. She included many beautiful photographs and videos taken by various National Geographic correspondents. Below are pictures I took from her talk.

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Next we headed off to George Mason’s Arlington campus Where we heard from Brian Lamb, Founder and executive director of  C-SPAN, and Jamie Smith, Global Chief Communications Officer at The BitFury Group. Brian’s talk was actually more of a question and answer session, one where he was asking the questions and we were answering, his questions really focused on political reporting and how avoiding bias can be very difficult when it comes to politics in the news. Jamie Smith’s talk was about her rise in the field and her experience as a young journalist. Pictures I took from both talks are posted below.

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To finish off the day we took a tour of the monuments and photos at the white house. I really enjoyed being able to wander around a few of the memorials and play with my camera gear, sometimes following rules, other times breaking them, my favorite images are posted below and some will have a description of what my thought process behind the photo was.

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I really enjoyed the low hanging sun hit the pacific side of the World War 2 memorial.

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Above is when I began to use a gradient ND filter, usually used to darken the sky and still properly expose the land below, sideways, to create an interesting effect that darkened only one corner or half of the sky, i really enjoyed the way this looked and continued to use it below.

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This photo of the Lincoln memorial is probably one of my favorites from the whole day, The sky spectacularly sweeps from left to right getting progressively brighter, which contrasts the heavy symmetry of the way the Memorial and reflecting pool were designed, and the way I framed everything up evenly.

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After getting that beautifully rigid and structured shot I wanted something a little more nontraditional, so I walked to the edge of the WWII memorial water fall area next to the wall, stuck my mono-pod out, adjusted my ND to give me the look i wanted, then snapped my photo. Barely any planning was involved with this photo but it turned out to be my second favorite. I really love how it makes you instinctively tilt your head a bit to adjust for the angle, or if when you look at it without tilting your head it creates a real sense of discomfort and chaos, almost as if all of D.C. is now the opening scene of the movie inception.


 

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Good night for now and stay tuned for more from WJMC!

 

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A day at the Newseum with WJMC and Friends

Today The National Correspondents from the Washington Journalism and Media conference went to visit the Newseum and the National Press Club. At the Newseum we did a lot of walking around looking at exhibits. One of the objects on display that moved me the most was the Unabombers cabin. It struck the most when I walked up to it’s front door looked in and felt a deep shiver in my spine as the cold dank smell of old wood hit the inside of my nose, I knew i needed a picture. But I wanted more of a piece of artwork than just an ole pic for the snapchat. I wanted to try and capture the eeriness that I felt looking into the cabin where various bombs and guns were once constructed. Below is my first attempt at taking the picture.

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While it is a decent photograph, and it is somewhat dark and eerie, I wanted something that really captured the feeling of the photo. So I adjusted some settings of my camera and broke a very important rule of photography, try to eliminate as much excess noise as possible. Instead I wanted as much as possible, I wanted an image that could be straight of a found footage film. Below is my final product.

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As well as adding more noise to the photo by raising my ISO to add noise and using a faster shutter speed to eliminate the extra light that I didn’t want, the framing of the photo is also a bit different. The second photo is turned more towards the shelving unit, the same shelving unit that was once used to store bomb and weapon making materials.


 

Welcome, Friends, Romans, Countrymen.

Welcome to my Blog. This is where I will be posting links to the music I make, and the photos I take of people/places/things/small and large animals/ etc.. As well as all those things I will be blogging about my trips to various conferences and conventions this summer (summer of 2016) so stayed tuned for that.


Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a 16 year old from Boston, Massachusetts. I am a avid musician, photographer, videographer, and High School Theater set designer/master carpenter. Truth be told I love creating things, whether those things are songs, photographs, videos, or set pieces all depends on what day it is (and how mad the theater teacher is at me at any given time). I am going into my senior year of high school and I’m hoping to be able to blog the whole experience.


That’s all, come back next time! π π for now!