Love is in the Air <3

Oh boy Oh boy, it is THAT time of year again, my fellow internet users.

“What time is that, Adriane?”

IT”S ALMOST VALENTINES DAY!!!!!!!

My photo assignment for The Corsair Newspaper,  is to shoot couples for a Valentines story of gushy love. Since I was out roaming the Santa Monica Pier this afternoon, (which is conveniently down the street from my house) I decided to shoot a few pics.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t supreme lighting time but I am obviously going to reshoot during the late afternoon golden hour on Sunday and Monday.

At first, when I was walking around, I was super nervous. I am not quite sure why though because I always photograph random people. Maybe it was because I had to go up to cute, gushy love couples. But once I started- I had fun talking with them and learning about their relationship!

SOOO AH 1, AH 2, Ah GO!

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This here is James and Georgina. They were just visiting the pier today for a quick date after a busy morning working.

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Jinwoolee and Sy Choo spend their vacation together on the Santa Monica Pier. They are visiting from Korea and when I asked how long they have been together, and after talking for a brief moment in Korean, Sy Choo said they have been dating for “500 days.” That was kind of the most adorable response I have ever heard. Absolutely Adorable people, 500 days.

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Berneese and Isiael were just hanging out on a bench watching the waves crash. They said they had been together for two years but I think they felt nervous at first because they weren’t touching each other so I told them to get close and show some love!!

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Ok so I promise I am not a stalker, but I waited for them to get off a ride at the amusement park because they were the cutest couple ever. This picture of them definitely captures their adorableness and FUNNESSSS in their relationship. Props to you two, Stephanie and Denis!

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THESE GUYS WERE SO BOMB! They make me smile so hard!!! My roommates met up with me at the pier after shopping and Catherine went up to these guys in the snack bar line and we went over to this colourful door. Karie and Matt have awesome style and such a fun relationship. Such a pleasure to meet!

This was my first round of practice pictures for the story. Have to step up my photo game and make some amazing photographs at the golden hour tomorrow!

Do you guys have a special someone? What is your favourite thing to do together? :)

The “Dark Side of Me” Music Video

On Saturday, I shot set photographs for a music video which will be entered into a film competition.  This specific contest is called a quick fire because we have 11 days in preproduction, production, and post production.

The morning of the shoot we met up at the Visalia Sports Park at 10:00 AM. My group arrived 15 minutes early and waited until the next car pulled up beside us. To everyone’s surprise, we had the same car-though different in year and colour- it sure did receive some chuckles.

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Who wore it best?

After unloading the equipment, we walked down a dirt path and began setting up for the first scene.

While the actors got dressed, camera men put on the appropriate lenses.

Then the director showed everyone their positions.Image

And we were ready to shoot!

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This soldier is the protagonist.
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Hunting down people.

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Here is the protagonist’s wife, who is dead. She appears throughout the video.
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Here, Dylan(left) is showing the soldiers(right) the choreography to a fight scene.

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Caleb filming a scene.
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The fight between the protagonist and antagonist takes place.
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The camera man sets up his shot while actors are learning choreography for the fight scene.
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The antagonist hits the soldier and takes his weapon, holding him at gunpoint.
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Caleb (right) shoots a soldier firing his weapon.
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Caleb and the director show the actors their next positions
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Spencer shooting the soldiers as they run through the forest.
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Dylan runs through the forest, trying to kill the antagonist.
A soldier aims at the Antagonist.
A soldier aims at the Antagonist.
Spencer (right) shooting the soldier hunting down the protagonist.
Spencer (right) shooting the soldier hunting down the protagonist.
Soldier's Wife appears behind him.
Soldier’s Wife appears behind him.
Soldier's Wife strokes his face
Soldier’s Wife strokes his face
Soldier takes a quick break from firing and thinks.
Soldier takes a quick break from firing and thinks.
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The antagonist aims.

This journey helped to provide me with more experience in set photography and learning my settings. Choosing my camera settings is becoming more of an instinct, than something that I still have to take time to set.

Photographer

I want to be a photographer because i want to capture stories and show them to people and I want them to feel emotion from the photographs I make. I want to capture the worst of ours worlds problems and hopefully when people see them it will spark them into maybe changing a bad habit or help another person out, help a cause. For instance, a story of a young boys farm. A person in a car ran off the road and killed this poor boys cattle. The story was published in national geographic magazine and people were inspired to get together and send animals and give money to the little boy so he could rebuild his farm, his life. Or maybe capture a story on the horrible deforestation that’s taking place in countries and hopefully it will keep people from being so wasteful. I want to inspire people to do good. I also love making people happy, I really do. I empathize greatly with people and I love making people smile! People are so busy with their lives, and live them routinely. They are focused on whose going out with who or how fat they look or pointless activities. I want them to see the stories I make and really analyze them and make them feel emotion whether its sad or happy-anything that gets them thinking. I also want to inspire other people to do amazing things, because we were all born to shine in a sense.

It is the Thought that Counts

It is the Thought that Counts

Today in the streets of Los Angeles I found a sign through a window that had-written upon it- a very true statement. When someone gives someone a gift that holds importance or the feeling of thoughtfulness that the giver expresses.

Often, I give my friends gifts that hold a special meaning, memory, and something that shows I care and listen. They tell me that I give the best gifts. :)

Preparation of a Rally

Thursday was busy night.

Arriving at my high school, El Diamante in Visalia, California, I met my friends and we walked into the gym together.  I spent my night making pictures for the Fall Varsity Sports and Organizations practicing their dance routines for next morning’s rally.

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Dance Team, In Motion

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In Motion

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ASB

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Girl’s Water polo

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Urban Arts

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Boy’s Water polo

 

 

Past. Present. Future (National Geographic)

Dear Diary,

My mom says that I should start college in the summer. She says that I am changing into a Visalian- for the worse. Most people in Visalia are nobodys, but I want to be someone and I have to keep my drive.  I agree with her, I think Ill start in June.

I need to begin a new life, my adult life, where I can become the person I have always wanted to be.

I think that I have to let go of everything that I have ever previously known. Is that the right thing or is my head just clouded with confusion? I think it may be my final decision to let go off everything, everyone here when I leave, though I am rotten at goodbyes.

I don’t think forever lasts forever with people, necessary.  But the impact you have on another person is the thing that they will keep forever in their hearts. I hope to make a strong impact on people through photography.

I am not sure how to say goodbye, but I plan on leaving with several “see ya laters.”  Though it may be a lie for the majority, it will help me lose connection and focus on my future.

I cannot have anything holding me back in college. I can meet up with the past, maybe in my future.

I need to focus on leaving for college these last few months of high school and refine all of the lessons that I have been taught these past 17 years to be independent when I reach adulthood.

I need to focus on my dream of photographing for National Geographic. I have the drive, the passion, and work ethic. I will keep practicing and weeding out my mistakes so that I can become more consistent in my work.

Some people ask me why I work so hard with my photography.  They don’t understand that it isn’t something I have to do, it’s something that is apart of me and I am driven to make beautiful pictures that will make an impact on both people and the world. It brings me great joy in what I do and I think about photography all the time. I daydream about photographing and making a difference in the lives of people.

I know I have a lot to learn, but I will continue to work very hard for the people of the world so when I shoot my first assignment for National Geographic, they will feel strong emotion from my pictures that will inspire them to better our world.

See ya later,

Miss Hale

NEW CAMERA!

Hey guys,

Guess what? I just bought a new camera! What camera did I buy, you ask? Well, it is the Nikon d800! Exciting, right?

Upon waking up, I walked outside and sat in the grass this chilled morning.  I read the entire manual and took test shots to learn my new device.

With a full frame and 32 mega pixels this is the best camera I have had by far.  My first camera was a small kodak camera, so this is a great step up!

If you haven’t taken a look at this beautiful camera yet, here’s a link to check it out! http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d800/

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday! ImageImageImageA couple of my Kittens :) <3 Thanks for reading,

Miss Hale

DUH DUH DUH, INCOGNITO!

On Saturday morning this weekend, my mom drove her and I up to Three Rivers-about 45 minutes- up into the mountains where we met my Aunt Pam. After Breakfast we drove down to Slick Rock.

With my shoes thrown on the dirt, camera and one hand and the other hand keeping me balanced, I walked through the river to make some photographs.

There was one couple and a family that caught my attention. To get the shots I had to stand 2 feet in mud under the water all while trying to keep my balance.

It was a warm day and the water rushing through my feet felt amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better morning!Image

A sweet girl was sunbathing under the warm sun.

 

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While laying stomach first on a rock, I painfully captured several poses of this sweet dragonfly whose colour matched the river blue.

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A couple camped out on a rock while with no knowledge of me in the bushes.