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February 3, 2009

Around the college…

by Kyle Smith

We are putting together the class schedule at work and myself and the other photog in the office trolled the campus in search of interesting angles of well know places. The past three schedules used three points of interest on campus so we didn’t shoot those and therefore they’re lacking from my examples. I shot with the D80 with the 18-135mm lens, proving that even with the more simple equipment and great lighting you can still get decent shots. Enjoy…

Created with flickr slideshow.

May 7, 2008

Bonding @ Work

by Kyle Smith

Well May 10 is approaching fast and you can feel the excitement building around the college. The San Jac board of trustees called for a $295 million bond measure which is to be chosen, or not, by the citizens in our district on May 10. As far as all the excitement, I can’t tell if it’s weether or not the bond will pass or just the fact that no matter what the bond measure wll be over on Sat. Personlly it’s a little of both since a good amount of pressure has been placed on our office concerning the sucess of the bond. (sent from blackjack)

May 2, 2008

Region XIV East conference champions fall to San Jacinto College, 3-2

by Kyle Smith

For those sports people out there here’s the latest release I wrote for the Region XIV softball tournament…

BRENHAM, Texas – The San Jacinto College women’s softball team defeated the Texarkana College Bulldogs 3-2 in the second round of the 2008 Region XIV softball tournament, Friday.

With another solid day of pitching from freshman Kelsey McClain (Pasadena, Texas / Memorial High School), and some late rallying on the sticks, San Jac (35-15) was able come out on top of their nail biting second round game. For the first three innings, the scoreboard remained blank for both sides until San Jac drove in the first run of the game early in the fourth.

The Bulldogs quickly answered in the bottom of the fifth driving in two runs putting them up 2-1. Knowing what needed to be done, Alex Naschke (League City, Texas / Clear Creek High School) literally “stepped up to the plate”, driving in Sierra Gale (Regina SK, Canada) to tie it up two all.

Going into the final inning, San Jac came out swinging. Tasha Rotramel (Lake Jackson, Texas / Brazoswood High School) hit a double to center field bringing home Krystal Plummer (Angleton, Texas / Angleton High School), who scored the winning run for San Jac.

McClain earned her second win in as many days, after pitching San Jac to an 8-2 win in opening round action on Thursday. “Kelsey pitched another great game today,” said fifth-year head coach Kelly Saenz. “It was a battle today and the ladies played one heck of a game.”

With this win, San Jac moves one step closer to the Region XIV championship game and now advances to the third round where they will face tournament host Blinn College at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Hohlt Park in Brenham, Texas. The winner of the Region XIV tournament advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament May 15-17, 2008, in Plant City, Florida.

For a complete Region XIV softball tournament bracket and updates, please visit

For more information about the San Jacinto College softball program, visit

March 4, 2008

March forth into the future…

by Kyle Smith

Well, it’s that time of the year again where I get older. They (well actually Amanda) decorated my desk at work. It was great! I knew it had to be her because the decorations were so festive and over the top, and there’s really only one person in our office to take it to that caliber.

Today is also election day so VOTE!! It’s actually quite fitting for it to fall on such a commanding day, March 4th.

So vote today and help our country “March Forth,” on March 4th, into the future…

February 29, 2008

Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8 D

by Kyle Smith

Houston Mayor Bill White spoke at San Jacinto College’s South campus this past week and I took some photos only using available light. I shot at f/2.0; ISO1000; 1/50 to 1/80. Enjoy…

February 22, 2008

Kinda Kinky…

by Kyle Smith
February 20, 2008

Wedding Photography. Cheers…

by Kyle Smith

For the past few years I’ve moonlighted as a freelance wedding photographer. It’s been pretty fun but now that I don’t have as much free time it has become a chore. There’s just too much extra time and travel required. Some have suggested to simply raise my prices to make up the difference, but when you raise prices people expect a certain standard of quality. Now I’m not saying that I try and produce garbage for my current clients, but if I screw something up they can’t complain as much as they could if I charged the going rate.

So with all that said, I will no longer be doing weddings. I have three clients left for the year and then I’m done, for now at least. I might still take on the occasional family portrait or baby portraits, but no more wedding ceremonies, receptions or events for that matter. They’re so exhausting and then when you’re done you have 1200+ photos to sift through.

Now that Jackson is here, I just don’t want to spend anymore time away from him than I already have to. Now I’ll just turn all of my photographic urges towards him, making him the most photographed kid in the world.

It’s been real, it’s been fun; but it hasn’t been real fun…

February 15, 2008

Good art is in the wallet of the beholder…

by Kyle Smith

Last night I covered an event at the Art Alliance Center of Clear Lake. It was pretty fun, the show was a nationally juried show titled “Opposites Attract”. It showcased artwork that was high in contrast either by color, content, or whatever other bs those artsy people come up with. I somewhat enjoyed the show, mainly the photography. I still just cannot grasp how some squiggles on canvas is art. Some are aesthetically pleasing but that’s kinda where it stops for me.

And honestly the photography was a bit disappointing as well. There was a photograph of a car with a reflection of clouds on it, now I get the opposing factors (pollution and nature) but the photograph just looked amateur. And then there were some photographs of origami, now they were nice b&w prints but they were priced at $7,000. SERIOUSLY?!?!? I’m in the wrong business.

I think the highlight of the night was the conversation I had with the South campus president. After the initial welcome presentation and a brief staged reading from “The Taming of the Shrew” by Café 21 Theatre, I walked over to the South campus prez. and asked her if she knew of any other presentations for the night and this is how the covo went from there:

“Didn’t you just have a baby?” asked Mrs. President “Yes, I did,” I responded. “Well then why are you even here?” asked Mrs. President. “Well, you guys requested a photographer tonight and I’m the South campus photographer,” I responded. “Well I say you should go home,” declared Mrs. President. “Are you sure?” I questioned. “Absolutely, go home and enjoy your Valentine’s day,” stated Mrs. President. Then I said, “Well if anyone asks I’m telling them you told me to leave.” Mrs. President responded, “Bring it.” And so I left.

I don’t know about you, but she’s quiet a rare find when it comes to upper administration in higher education. At least I know she’s got my back.

Here are some photos from the night. Not trying to boast, but I did manage to get some nice shots with a shutter speed of .3 seconds hand held (not all these are @ .3 seconds, they range from .3 to 1/50 all @ 1600ISO (the first two are @ 2500ISO) and different f-stops to compensate the shutter speed)…

January 18, 2008

Nikon Creative Lighting System…

by Kyle Smith

We’re in the process of combining all of our program brochures into career cluster brochures to correspond with the AchieveTexas Career Clusters. Part of this process is to obtain images to accompany each brochure. Like any other type of photo shoot, lighting is critical (especially if your shooting indoors with those nasty florescent lights). So what myself and the other writer/photographer (Rob) decided to do was to take full advantage of the Nikon creative lighting system. We have a decent Novatron system but it’s so bulky to take out every time we need some stock photos.
Our set-up consists of a Nikon D80 set to commander mode, a SB-800 set to remote on a tripod, a SB-600 set to remote being held by either myself or Rob (depends on who’s doing the shooting). We will typically use the SB-600 as a hair light and the SB-800 as a fill light. The nice part about the D80 is when you’re in commander mode you can set the on-camera flash to fire but not effect the lighting (it sends out the signal to the remote units and then they fire along with the shutter). We’re still perfecting this method but here’s what we’ve done the past two days for the Physical Therapy Assistant and Respiratory Care programs… (the last image I left the SB-600 w/ softbox in the image)…