Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from the South!

I got an external flash and off-shoe cord for Christmas and decided to put it to good use (Dad got a Wii and was showing off his frisbee skills).

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Day in the Studio

So I spent the day in the studio again. I had a great time working with Matt and our two models, Alex and Shannon. A few more shots can be seen on my Flickr.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Unexpected/Needed Break

Matt and I had an impromptu photo shoot yesterday and ended up with some fun stuff. It actually turned into a mildly political statement. Completely unintentional. I personally don't agree with the message conveyed, but I think it was an interesting challenge for me to intentionally photograph and publish something that goes against what I think politically.

And obviously this one just simply confirms that Matt and I have a very strange relationship. One that I will definitely miss while in Dublin.

More can be viewed on my Flickr.

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Final Project

Here it is! My group's final project for Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism. I'm very proud of this piece, but also very glad it's done. Shout out to fellow group members: Christina Manolis, Jessica Barnett and Meg Halley. Below the video are a few selects from my own camera that were either featured in the video or chosen by my group and I as final candidates. A few more can be viewed on my Flickr.

Falling into Place from Clint Alwahab on Vimeo.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Very 404 Christmas!

Christmas celebrations can officially begin now.

And some outtakes (more on my flickr):

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Fresh Look

I'm putting together a fresh portfolio and made the wonderful decision to consult my good friend Ryan Gibbons. Not only did he help me weed out the baddies, but he helped me realize the potential that some photos had to not just be good, but great. Always learning, always grateful for the people around me. Two more reworked shots are available for your viewing pleasure right here.

Friday, November 13, 2009


My final project group has been photographing the Missouri Contemporary Ballet this week. They're performing at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts tonight and tomorrow. We were allowed into the theatre in order to photograph them. While the dancers broke for lunch, I took advantage of the downtime and photographed the theatre itself. Three more are available on my Flickr.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Filling and Balancing

This assignment involves using my strobe (or flash) to show light that can be seen by the human eye, but cannot be captured as easily by the camera. "Filling" a photo is using the flash to eliminate shadows on a subject in a "high noon" situation. So I went tailgating! They were definitely the kindest crowd I've ever photographed (and most generous with their beverages). I've withheld the caption as requested by the subjects.

An outtake. I used the strobe in this situation to balance the light coming in from the window, which was extremely bright. Using the flash and adjusting my own camera settings will bring down the harsh light behind the subject (which was putting her face in shadow) and put more light on her face.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

For the Love of Berlin

As a required assignment, I have to post a multimedia presentation that I think was done well. I'm choosing this one because I just watched it the other day (thanks to Anjali) and also because we discussed how to handle different languages/subtitles. I like this one because they allow enough time for the viewer to look at the images and read the text. Click here for the presentation.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Free Range Photogs

I spent the evening in the studio with several photographers and models. Here are a few shots from my take. More can be seen on my flickr.

Many thanks to the wonderful Alex Browning for the artistic direction.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Born Again Nikonist

So, I like shooting with Nikon... A lot. And they are kind to our school so that makes me like them even more. I've checked out a Nikon D3 with a fixed 28 mm and an SB-900 speedlight for the weekend. I decided to take the long way home tonight from work and popped off a few shots. Here's one. Another can be seen on my flickr.

Concerning the above photo, this reminds me of my high school days when I did a lot of street photography. I really look forward to delving back into this style while in Dublin next semester.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ich Bin Ein Cafe

Here is my select from the color correction assignment... This was more of an experiment in different lighting situations than anything else. Caption has been withheld as requested by the subject in the photograph. (For some reason the quality is really weak, but it looks fine on Flickr. Check my Flickr account if you feel so lead.)

An outtake.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Joe McNally!

World renowned photographer Joe McNally came to Mizzou and spent 3 hours with my Advanced Techniques class. I was so overwhelmed, but I learned so much in the short time we had with him.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Painting the Town

104,625 patients have been wait-listed for organ donation as of October 29, 2009. Everyday, 17 people die from waiting for an organ donation. The four most needed organs are the kidney, liver, heart and lungs.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Single Flashing

(October 10, 2009) Columbians and residents of surrounding towns gather on the second Saturday of every month at the Hallsville Community Center to participate in music, dancing and a pot-luck dinner. The majority of music chosen is the North Missouri style fiddle tunes, similar to the New England style. Above, Molly White, left, attempts to show Lauren Shepard how to keep time with the music.

(October 10, 2009) Columbians and residents of surrounding towns gather on the second Saturday of every month at the Hallsville Community Center to participate in music, dancing and a pot-luck dinner. The event attracts families with younger children and parents who homeschool their children because they seek a alcohol/drug-free environment. The square line dancing most consists of the older participants teaching the younger generations dances such as the "Virginia Reel".

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Metal and Class

(October 5, 2009) The acoustic guitar and harmonica have been a staple in modern American folk music. The skill of playing both instruments simultaneously has been pursued by many, but mastered by few. The folk genre found a new gusto in the early 20th century with artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. The influence of Guthrie, Seeger and their peers has spilled over into other genres and heavily influenced artists from Bob Dylan to Mason Jennings.

This project was actually "Metal and Glass" but I accidentally typed class instead and it made me giggle. I, obviously, took the metal part of the assignment.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Classmate

(September 29, 2009) Taylor Glascock, a junior studying Photojournalism, poses for a portrait in Lee Hills Hall at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She loves everything to do with birds. When asked about her fondness she said, "It's hard to explain. I just think they are beautiful and so free."

A+B+C, ISO 100, F/22, 1/125, 28 mm, -1 stop

(September 29, 2009) Taylor Glascock, a junior studying Photojournalism, poses for a portrait in Lee Hills Hall at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Taylor practices yoga regularly stating that "the first time I tried it, it just felt right and peaceful." She added, "My mom stood like a flamingo when I was growing up... I didn't know it was a yoga pose until this summer."

Isolate A, B+C, ISO 100, F/13, 1/125, 28 mm, Full power

Sunday, September 27, 2009


I had a fancy dinner with these fancy people at a restaurant called Sycamore. Brian and Aimee are good people and I wanted to share them with you all (and also to make Anjali even more homesick).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Portrait of Choice

Major Claude Eatherly, pilot at Hiroshima, 1963
Photo credit: Richard Avedon | view here.

As typical as it is to choose an Avedon when told to pick a portrait, I did it anyways. Avedon was the master of capturing the real moment. And trying to capture a real moment with actors, politicians, and musicians isn't exactly that easy. This portrait stands out most to me, however, because the only reason this man was photographed was because he was involved in dropping an atomic bomb on 140,000 humans. And his expression captures the anguish I can only imagine he had to live with.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Copy Test and White Balance Exploration

To Rita and Jarrad, here are my shots. To everyone else, these shots are from a copy test and white balance exploration assignment. The photo of Quinten Tarantino and the frogs are pictures of pictures (before scanners, you took a picture of a picture). The other two are explorations in white balance, one is shot on daylight and the other on tungsten. To me, these photos suck, but the semester has just begun.

Tungsten WB

Daylight WB

Stump the chump
Photo credit: Oophaga Pumilio

Mood lighting
Photo credit: Mark Seliger