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Airbrush Artist at Work

For the people at work series.

This is Beth of M and B Designs. On their site it says you can get a design made, ready for pickup in 120 minutes.

She was customizing t-shirt designs for the young dancers in a dance competition at our high school, using the airbrush and it was fascinating to watch her work. She does all sorts of gymnastics, sports and name designs.

I misplaced her card.

Sorry Beth.  Thanks for being part of my “people at work” series.

Beth T Shirt


3.14.15 9:26:53 Celebrating Special Pi Day at School

 

A very special Pi Day.  Once in a century.  Tomorrow, 3.14.15 is it.    Get ready!

Celebrated at school today. Spearheaded by Mrs. Mihalic.  Creating some spirit!

There were numbers posted all around the hallways on the 800 level to who-knows-what place…..some cool art which I didn’t get to photograph yet.

Eat'n Park Pi Day Cookies

And my neighbor across the hall…. I went in this morning and said “Hey, where’s your Pi shirt?” and then she turned around and showed me!

The librarian, wearing the machine stitched embroidery shirt her Mother, J.E., created espcially for her.Pi Day Shirt Machine Stitched`

Mrs. Mihalic, math teacher, created a wildly spirited event, complete with Pi Day cookies she special ordered from Eat’n Park 

Eat 'n Park Pi Day Cookie

 

 

 

cutting slices of pie

 

In the cafeteria there was a game where students could win a slice of pie. (Similar to a Cake Walk)

 

pies

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Posting this one so you can see how you had to land on a certain number when the music stopped to win a slice of pie.

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Photographed by Steve after school Friday the 13th. I’m wearing one of the shirts Mrs. Mihalic created.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9395A different shirt worn by one of my  photography students.Everyone was getting in on the festivities.


Find the Typo on My Colleague’s Clock

Monday morning at Common Planning period, my colleague took her clock off the wall to spring forward an hour and showed me the face.
She had told me it had a typo and to read it carefully.
So I read it outloud.

We had a good laugh.
Six bucks at Family Dollar Store.

Thank you Lauren for the good idea for a blog post!

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Hidden Picture in the School Parking Lot Pile of Asphalt

The result of an enthusiastic snow plower.

A pile of asphalt chunks by where I parked.

I photographed it as I was getting ready to head home this afternoon

Can you find the “puppy”? and the “smiling face”?  

Puppy Hidden picture

Like a sculpture garden as I made my way into school this morning

Cinderblock in the Snow

Cinderblock in the snow

and how the school looked through my impressionistic windshield-

on my way home

Impressionistic windshield


Winter Sun and Shadow at School

As I arrived, I noticed sunlight.

It’s been pretty gray around here.  Twenty four days until Spring.

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School Breakfast at my Desk

A two hour delay again this morning.

For the first time in three years, I got breakfast from the cafeteria the other day. The “bagel” doughy and sweet but I was hungry.

You can see a pair of #35 knitting needles peeking out on the left.  Coffee provided by my neighbor the librarian.School Breakfast


Combine Two Objects in the Classroom, But Don’t Show the Classroom

One of the hardest and ongoing lessons is teaching composition and students needing to take multiple shots of a subject.

So often they are satisfied with the first image they shoot.

Today in the Photography classes, I asked the students to choose two objects and combine them in a new and different way to create a more  interesting image.

I showed them the first photo of the two objects i selected as an example-

I shot the first with all the cluttered background of the classroom.   The second one was to be cleaned up- not show the environment. No backpacks, chairs, notebooks, pencils, computers, students.

Here’s the DON’T

dog in a roll of tape

I picked up the student camera from a table

overexposure with the setting

and a student’s finger holding the piece of paper as background to block the clutter is visible,

but the objective is closer to being met.

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Roll of tape and a rubber dog.

Trying to encourage them to keep at it and try something different. Try different angles and distance.  Change the light.

Self- portrait in the array of objects collected on disposable wedding cookie tray at the end of the day.

stuff

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and Man on Time

Man on Time

Will share some of the compostions of the students when they pick their best.


Late in the Day View from the School Parking Lot

The light shone on a row of houses in the neighborhood. I was going to my car at the end of a long Saturday afternoon in the gym, watching some of my students perform in the dance, color guard and majorette competition.

I thought about scale again. Size relationships.  How the one house close looked big, the sunlit row much smaller.

But that would be for perspective week, right?

(Mirrorless Camera by Sony)

Carrick Neigbhborhood


Unexpected Offering from a Culinary Student Down the Hallway

IMG_8470Destiny brought me a plate of Shepherd’s Pie.  (She is one of the knitters, too)

It was delicious.

All after school activities have been cancelled due to icy rain and slippery roads.

Welcome winter sustenance.


Portrait of the Photography Teacher by Nicholas

Nicholas is a new student in  the seventh period class.
Today we were working on portraits. He asked to take my picture.
This might be his third week in class. He used an SX 170 Kodak Point and Shoot camera and some soft lights.  I think the soft focus is perfect for me at this point of my life.
Not only did he catch the light in the eyes, even with my glasses on, there is no reflection on the lenses.  Nice!
I also like that he got  my hands with the camera.
How often are you pleased with your own image?
We were testing out the new photo backdrop the kids constructed last Friday.  They put it together like a puzzle. (Thanks Connie, Anthony and Madison) We use the old darkroom in the back of the classroom as without the proper ventilation for the chemicals, we had to go digital.
The students used  the PVC pipe I bought and Mr. U,  the carpentry teacher,  helped cut it to the right dimensions.
If you need a photo backdrop, click this link for the $20 DIY plan from Dandelions on the Wall. Actually the total was closer to $40 but it works great!
portrait of the photography teacher
Ms. Hendricks photographed by Nicholas

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