When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

This past Monday, I woke up and went to Buffalo Wild Wings to shoot my first group of photos for my final multimedia photo project for my advanced photovisual communications class. I went at 10 am when the restaurant opened to take pictures of the opening servers. I was there for about 45 minutes until I had to leave for Geology. I brought my strobe with me and i’m glad because the restaurant was pretty dark. Definitely going to be the biggest issue I’ll have to deal with. This first photo shoot got me excited for the rest of my project. I can’t wait to start taking some audio and interviews of the servers. Below are some photos I took for my first take!

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Drew Johnson is preparing the restaurant by cutting up limes for the bars in the restaurant for his Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Drew Johnson is preparing the restaurant by cutting up limes for the bars in the restaurant for his Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing and setting up the restaurant for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing and setting up the restaurant for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing and setting up the restaurant for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing the restaurant by making tea for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

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Let the games begin!

This past Spring Break I drove home to Pa. I also drove up to Connecticut to visit my boyfriend and watch one of his hockey games he had that weekend. Whenever I go to his games I always bring my camera and try to practice taking pictures of a fast moving hockey game. Ever since I got my long lens I’ve been using that so I can really get into the action of the game! I actually found an article that talked a little about hockey and lighting and the technique the photographer used compared to what technique I used. Click here for the web article. The photography in this article used flash which I didn’t. He also gets on ice level but I was up in the stands because I couldn’t get into the penalty box. I also used a fast shutter speed and after going through all the pictures I did take from the game I realized I could have been on a higher shutter speed. The picture pasted below is one of the many pictures I took at his game. The game was at the Freitas Ice Arena on the University of Connecticut campus against Canisius College.

This photo is of UConn #16 Billy Latta fighting for the puck against #27 Logan Roe. Photo was taken on March 3, 2012 by Samantha Nugent.

This photo is of UConn #16 Billy Latta fighting for the puck against #27 Logan Roe. Photo was taken on March 3, 2012 by Samantha Nugent.

The Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation’s Bowling Event

The Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation hosted a bowling event for underprivileged kids at the Downingtown Bowling Palace on March 10, 2012. Henderson High School volunteers who are a part of the foundation’s Warrior Guide Club volunteered and mentored the kids during the event. About 70 or so children from Chester were present at the event with about 90 high school volunteers. During the event there was bowling (of course) that all the kids participated in. Before feeding the kids and mentors pizza, there was a big ‘dance party’ and all the kids and mentors danced together. They formed a dancing circle and a bunch of kids went into the center and showed off their moves! There were also line dances such as Cotton-Eyed Joe and Electric Slide. Towards the end of the event everyone was given cupcakes for desert. After the event was over the kids got on their designated bus and headed home. It was a really great event and really gave everyone a chance to get to know each other! The Hicks’ Family, who formed the foundation after their son and brother died a year or two ago, were extremely pleased with the event.

The most important things in life aren’t things

This past weekend I went to Myrtle Beach with my family. It was such a great weekend! It was just the kind of weekend I needed. I am blessed to have such an amazing family! While I was in Myrtle I took a ton of pictures. I took pictures for a photography assignment, of my brother beautiful girlfriend Maddie for my other blog, and just for fun. I just couldn’t get enough of my camera! Life is all about the little things in life that mean the most! Below i’ve placed some of the pictures I took of Maddie. My camera was having difficulties shooting in bright sunlight because the ISO could only go down to 400. After reading the manual and doing some internet searches, I found that I could change a menu setting which would allow me to put my ISO on 200. I also had Lex be my assistant and we played around with strobe a little and fill flash.

Taken by Samantha Nugent of Madison Cox on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

Taken by Samantha Nugent of Madison Cox on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher

This past weekend, a bunch of other students and I went to a USC softball game and took a ton of pictures. We met our teacher there as well as another professional photographer, Rebecca. She really helped us learn a lot. I learned what pictures a newspaper editor would want as well as the pictures you should take just incase you ever need one. I took about 400 pictures total in about 3 hours! I had such a great time and really learned how to shoot sports. Thanks to Professor McGill, I learned where to anticipate the play. I got to experience using a 400 mm lenses which was so exhilarating! One photo we were told you must have is called a “Fuzzy Bunny”, where you get behind the home plate and focus on the pitcher. I also took some photos of girls batting. We were told you always want to get the ball in the shot! Well let me tell you, that ball is hard to get in the picture when its going so fast!! We were also told you must have a picture of the opening pitcher. I got some really awesome pictures of the opening pitcher from different angles. There was also this raised deck type area behind the outfield fence that we could go on and take pictures. Lastly, we were told you always want action photos such as a girl sliding into the plate or someone tagging them out. The best pictures are with two players from the opposing team as well as the ball. One last tip we were told was to always get the program when you arrive to the field and to take pictures of the scoreboard throughout the game so you know when certain plays happened during the game. I’m excited to go try to shoot some other sports!

Photo was taken by Samantha Nugent during a USC Gamecocks softball game on February 11th, 2012. USC Catcher trying to get Western Kentucky #22, Tiffany Gooch out at home plate.

Photo was taken by Samantha Nugent during a USC Gamecocks softball game on February 11th, 2012. This is featuring USC's starting pitcher #80 Audrey Broyles.

München

This past May I went to Munich, Germany for a maymester through the journalism school at USC. I took thousands of photos, literally thousands. It was the most amazing 2 weeks of my life!

Bayern Munich Soccer Fans

There was a group of 20 of us that went to Munich. We were split into 4 different groups and each group had a different German topic that they were going to research while we were there. With the research and interviews we had collected we then had to make a short video, magazine and podcast. My group decided to do our project on the Bayern Munich soccer team and their fans. The picture shown above was outside of the Bayern Munich headquarters. My group had went there wanting to take pictures of the headquarters and field, etc. When we arrived there, there were about 15-20 people there awaiting the departure of the team. We were unaware that the team all drive out of their garage in all their BMW’s. When the players drive out of the garage the people quickly gather around their car trying to get photos and autographs. I had rushed to the car with the group of people when this specific players drove out. I snapped several pictures but this was by far the perfect. I captured the perfect moment in this picture. I was using my digital SLR Pentax camera. The strongest element in this photo is the compelling content and how I captured the exact moment that this player is signing this little fan’s youth jersey. I also think this photo has a compelling composition with how all the subjects are cut off by the picture border.  

Munich Church

We visited many German churches while in Munich. This photo from inside of a German church was by far my favorite. This picture again was taken with my digital SLR Pentax camera. I love the way the light is beaming through the top left window cutting across the picture plane. The light is the dominant element in this photo making it the strongest element in this picture. The light also really helps your eye move across the picture.  Both of these pictures as well as the thousands of other pictures I took, I will cherish forever. These pictures hold all the memories from my two weeks in Munich.

Sam I Am, Green Eggs and Ham

My name is Samantha Nugent and I am a junior at the University of South Carolina. I am from West Chester, Pa but was born in Freehold, New Jersey. I started my interest in photography during my freshman year after taking Jour 337 Photovisual Communications and I’ve been interested ever since. I’ve ALWAYS loved design and being creative. I am taking 3 hour art classes twice a week for my minor, Graphic Design. With being a full time student as well as working outside of school as a waitress, it gives me a chance to do art, another thing I enjoy. This passed May, I went to Munich, Germany for a Maymester. I took an insane amount of photos, but when you’re in a foreign country, how can you not? Last Spring, I had an internship with Ronald McDonald House Charities. I designed most of their flyers and save the dates and what not. I was even assigned to take pictures at a couple of their events. One of my best friends also happens to be a model (how convenient) so whenever I can we try to have little photo-shoots which always turn out to be a blast. I do have a flickr account that I try to upload frequently but time always gets away from me. You’ll see a lot of my best friend, Megan as well as some from Munich and a ton of random pictures some for fun and others for class assignments. The url for my flikr account is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samanthanugent/   .

I use a DSLR Pentax K-x. I’ve used and become familiar with most of the Adobe programs especially Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Photo of me in front of a German castle in May 2011. Taken by Alexa Nugent