Testing a new lens today. It’s a Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 that I borrowed from my friend Wayne who’s a photo rep. My first impressions is that this lens is wayyy heavier than my Canon 18-55 kit lens and feels much more substantial. One feature that I love about this lens is that it has a constant f/2.8 aperture which makes for a much brighter viewfinder and more controllable depth of field. Unfortunately, I only took pictures of the kids today which I can’t post so you have a picture of my eye.
I ended up in Port Kells to take some photographs yesterday and finally had some time to post-process them today. While looking around the Port Kells Community Centre a little old man walked by me and down the stairs. Curious me, I followed to see what was down there.
What I found was the Port Kells Boxing Club.
I spoke to the trainer who opened up the gym and asked if I could take some photos. He said, “Sure” then told me about the gym. He was an old gentleman who reminded me of Mickey from the Rocky movies. A bit hunched over, perhaps 70 or so years old if not older, and quite spritely as he shadow boxed in front of the mirror. He was the head trainer and has worked there for the past 20 years and the club has existed for even longer, perhaps another 30 years. I’m definitely going to have to go back and do an environmental portrait of him.
Here’s a photograph of the gym and the original below it. This photograph was handheld using only what light came in the door and the fluorescent lights in the gym. I made it monochrome, added some noise, grain, and a bit of a vignette to it using Photoshop. This is what my mind saw when I first saw the gym. It really makes it feel like and old school, tough guy kind of gym. Click for the full effect (the thumbnail doesn’t do it justice.)
The original shot.
As you can see from the previous day students were scrambling to get work handed in. Unfortunately, not everyone was successful. In this photo it looks as though my entire class was rewarded with a surprise movie but this is actually Chris’s class and my own getting to watch the movie. The rest were in the LOP (loss of privilege) room next door spending Friday afternoon completing missing work.
Today I put up the list of missing and incomplete assignments. This is what it looks like when everyone is scrambling to figure out what they are missing. I have already had 36 missing or incomplete assignments for the class in the first 2 weeks at school. All I can say is that we’ll have plenty of room on the bus for our year end trips if they don’t get things turned around.
The drawings are from students that I taught last year that are now in Grade 7. For some reason we (Chris and I) found the quality of these drawings absolutely hilarious. They are so bad, they’re good. Probably the worst drawings I’ve seen them do which makes them that much funnier. Needless to say they are prominently displayed in Chris’s classroom for everyone to marvel at their artistic excellence.