Saturday, November 10, 2012

I went out with Photo 3 students the other night.  Several were not comfortable with location lighting and I wanted a chance to work with them in a real world application.  It was a fun evening, and lots of images were made.  Check out the new Madison Photography Website to view student work.  Find the Student Work tab and then go to Photography 3A.
Madison High School Photography

I think these kind of experiences are valuable for my students.  I want to make it a tradition to do 3 evening sessions with Photo 3A students each trimester.  They get a chance to knock off assignments, and I get a chance to work more closely with individuals.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

North Fork Teton River

Ben and I went "exploring" yesterday.  Ben thought that we could find some fish fossils if we walked along a dry river bed.  I went along for the fun.  We went to the North Fork of the Teton River.   First we went to the Wilford area to trace its split into the North and South Forks.  Not long after that, we discovered it is completely diverted into an irrigation canal.  The river is bone dry.  This was surprising since by 3000 E the river flows again.  I stopped and talked to an old timer in the area.  He said the only water feeding the river on its flow to the Henry's Fork are irrigation canals to the north.  He was sad to see the river die in the Fall and wondered where all the fish dead fish in the drying pools.  He blamed the government and also showed me where they pulled a dead guy from his property after the flood.  By Sugar City the river kind of has a slow current as it picks up more irrigation water.

In the end, no fish fossils.  Ben did, however, find some kind of a mollusk shell (for mom), several cool sticks, a few twisted car bodies, a pile of plastic flowers and baskets (probably the rubbish pile from the Wilford Cemetery), and a severed Elk's head; I didn't even take a picture.

Here are some photos of an area we explored.  This might be an interesting area to explore in the winter.  It is easy to get to and the river bed and trees will make for some interesting subjects. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Photo 3 Students

Photo 3 students learned how use the lighting kits they have.  The first day went well.  I am looking forward to what they will make this trimester.  Here are the results.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Indiana Jones Office

Coming in the back way led to this room not available to those who line up at the front entrance to the Indiana Jones ride.  We even found the hidden "Mickey" in the room and learned about the three possible entrances to the ride.  Cool stuff.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bird at Disneyland

A friendly pan handler at the gates of Disneyland.  His name is "Bird."  On a good night he brings over a hundred.  On a bad night he may net a few dollars.  He is pleasant, personable, and plays in a band during the day.  He has a difficult time sight reading and plays by ear.  I said he doesn't seem very aggressive at pan handling.  He replied the Lord provides.

The "Walker" stopped by during our conversation (a guy who looked and acted like a bald Richard Simmons)  and asked me if I was interested in "Merlin" his name for Bird.  I asked him if he was a regular at this corner.  He asked me if I was a regular and let me know Hawaii was that a way.  He then trotted south on Harbor Blvd.  Bird told me the Walker has serious mental problems.