I had the chance to help Mrs. Jones preserve the memory of a much respected achievement on her academic ladder.Â She received her Masters Degree in Business and did it while working, being a wife and a mom.Â My hat goes off to her for this achievement.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)Â brings back many memories from my childhood.Â It was one of the most anticipated weeks out of my summer and it made me look forward to going to church.Â Â Just like yesterday I can remember making arts and crafts, learning about Jesus, playing with all of my friends and topping it off with good dinner for 5 days straight.Â Â Â Â Â My church just had it’s vacation bible school and it was a blast to capture with my Sony A700 camera.Â Â Â
The misconception is that VBS Â is for children only.Â That is far from the truth.Â VBS is for people of all ages from babys to the elderly.
Below are just a few moments (of many) that were capturedÂ during the later part of the week.
I had the chance to video the Youth Explosion Service at North East Baptist Church. There was a young man that shared some Gospel Poetry. He had a strong message supported by a good delivery. I invite you to take a few moments and look at the video below.
On Saturday, May 31, 2008, I was hired by Duke University’s Bon Appetit company to capture the dinner for the “Duke Children’s Classic 35th Anniversary” dinner. When I received the call earlier in the week I thought that this would be similar to other events. However, this event was in a class of it’s own. It turned out to be one of the most visually interesting and technically challenging shoots that I’ve encountered in a while.
After walking through the doors of the Brian Center I was given a quick brief that my task was to capture three floors full of food, decorations and people. As I surveyed my surroundings I felt like a deer stuck in headlights because it was that visually mesmerizing.
There were spot lights of various hues painting dazzling color on the walls, the food, the ceilings and everything in between. For the ears there was upbeat music playing to assist in creating a festive mood. Many of the workers were moving around in a frenzy getting ready for the crowd to arrive. There were 6 or 7 distinct themes masterfully blended to create a diverse environment for the guests.
(Photos captured with a Sony Alpha-700 DSLR Camera coupled with a Carl Zeiss 24-70/2.8 lens.)
(Photo collage designed by Ivan)
As I realized the magnitude of the task at hand I decided that I’d eat this elephant one piece at a time.
1. Capture the important details from the first , second and third floors.
2. Back track and capture the larger atmosphere and surroundings.
3. Start capturing “some” of the people and minor details.
Here are a few photographs but in order to experience the complete atmosphere you will either have to watch the slideshow or visit the full gallery. Both are located at the end of this blog entry.
Ice sculptures with ocean blue hues being used as cleverly designed platforms for chilled shrimp.
Oriental fare arranged by masterful chefs and food artists.
Sophisticated bars waiting to provide a variety of beverages to thirsty guests.
Succulent beef with “fixins” served up in a South Western Style.
Cozy coves that were perfect for intimate conversation.
Artistic desserts designed to be visually stimulating and pleasing to the pallette.
I encourage you to take a few moments and view the slideshow to experience all of the photographs. You will find an eclectic assortment of music to accompany a visual feast.
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