Here at Oklahoma State University our football is taken very seriously! The best part of football is the game days for students. I myself enjoy tailgating with friends and family before then going to watch the game. The tailgating experience here is like no other and is a much bigger deal than at other colleges. The amount of school spirit here is crazy, from the OSU alumni coming to watch and the students here today, to the future OSU students who all come out to support their favorite Oklahoma team. My favorite part of game days are being able to dress up in all orange and wear cowboy boots, cute bows in the hair, etc.. Not to mention the chanting and songs being played during the game that all of the fans sing along with the band to. As for the most important game every single year, is the Bedlam game played between OSU and the University of Oklahoma that are our rivalries! This is the most intense game that everyone tunes into watch on tv if they are not able to be in the stadium. This just adds to the badness of OSu game days. I believe being able to go to the game as a student here, takes away some of the stress from our everyday classes and class work for a time to relax and have fun with friends and family and know you are a part of something huge!
For Blog #5 I found a pictorial video on the New York Times website. Here is the link to the video.
“Choosing to stay, fighting to build.”
Todd Heisler, is the photographer in charge of this pictorial video. This video shows the struggles the citizens of Haiti are going through after the earthquake that hit in on January 12. The slides show the hard work these natives have to put in due to the government giving no help or hope for their country. The style of photography is very unique because the pictures are never focused on a person. There are people in the pictures but the bigger picture is the environment and things around them. For instance, the most compelling picture to me was a photo of a narrow road through town with children on the side with the words “help me” painted on the wall. This just shows how desperate these natives are and how serious this matter is that they all need help. From all of the photos you can tell the country was very poor to begin with and the earthquake made a huge impact, from lives being taken to homes and jobs being destroyed. A very interesting photo showed that the people are not giving up. One of the photos showed another wall spray painted that said “viv Jesus” as in Jesus lives. They believe there is still hope even though if others were too look at their conditions would most likely give up. The story is presented in a way that shows real people suffering and working to survive. This makes things seem so much more real with the actual photos being taken in Haiti rather than just facts and statistics with music in the background. Also the way Heisler has the young boy in the background being interviewed makes it that more impacting on the viewers to hear these things from a child and the background music towards the end of the actual Haitians singing and praising like there is a tomorrow and still living life. Also the photo of a body that had been trapped and died, and the way Heisler blurs out the back of the photo to focus in on a young women’s facial expression. Something children should never have to experience or worry about. Heisler did a great job on making the pictorial story effective and has made viewers much more aware of what is going on in Haiti and the help they need through the detailed photos and interviews of citizens. I enjoyed watching the video and after watching would really like to get involved in ways to help the Haitians recover.
I decided to get rid of the background mirrors because the flash was showing and it took away from the actual focus on the characters in the photo. I also took out any extra thing on the sides like the lamp and picture. I changed the color of my dress to a purple shade and brightened the belt on the third girl from the left and brightened the far right girl’s entire outfit. I also added a caption at the top. I fixed red-eyes and changed the color of the entire photo as well. It doesn’t look perfect because some of the tools were a little hard for me to figure out but this is the best I could fix the picture up!
This photo has a lot going on in the background that takes away from the character of the people. Because of this, I will crop the picture and fade the background out to where the focus is on the people. Then I will add a heading to give it more character and possibly do black and white or atleast adjust the color two brighten and enhance the actual picture.