Tuesday, April 28, 2009

nature walk

I took my camera with me on a nature walk.
I was really happy to find deer so close to my house.
I tried to be stealthy, but they definitely noticed me and my camera.
The deer began to form a gang, and I decided I was outnumbered and it was time to leave.
The end.

rainy dayy

Don't worry Dr. Lo, I wasn't driving when I took these, they were all taken while waiting at red lights.

Friday, April 24, 2009

san pedro view

cita de san antonio

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Legendary musician Esteban "Steve" Jordan performs at Main Plaza, April 19, 2009.
Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle/The Ranger

History quiz tips

Photo folks, for your history quiz, you need to know about the following:

1. The earliest experience of wire-photo transmitted by news agency.
2. The first magazine that use photo extensively to report stories of daily life of American and the people in the world.
3. What is FSA stands for? What did this organization do to mark an important history of photojournalism?
4. What did Margaret Bourke White took pictures of after WWII that made her said, “Using the camera was almost a relief. It interposed a slight barrier between myself and the horror in front of me."?
5. A photo exhibition took place at Museum of Modern Art during early 1955 that kicked off the importance of documenting ordinary human life. Who organized the event and what exactly is the event about?
6. In 1950s, two famous photographers chose to use camera to document the “real world” as it was instead of fantasy. They rejected perfect lighting and composition. Hit the street and focus on less noticed people and culture collision.
7. In 1955, a black boy in Chicago was brutally murdered by two white men. What was the detail of the incident and why did it make the history of photojournalism?
8. Black photographer Gordon Park was hired by FSA in the early 1940s. What was his first experience in the FSA and what make him famous in the photojournalism history?
9. What happened to the photos of American soldiers landing on Normandy? Why were there only a few photos left in the world? Who took those photos?
10. What makes Vietnam war so different from the wars that American involved afterward in terms of photographic reporting?
11. In the “American Photography” video, it cited 4 photos that changed the history. What are they?
12. Politician Gary Hart lost his Democratic nomination as presidential candidate in 1988, what was the main reason?
13. In June 1994, Time and Newsweek both published the same photo as their cover on the same week. What was that photo and why was it so well known in photojournalism history?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ranger photo staff recruitment on Tuesday

Hi folks,

The Ranger is going to have it's staff recruitment interview for the Fall semester on coming Tuesday at 1pm. If you are interested in applying for the position, please prepare your portfolio and pick up an application form from the department office.

We will be hiring 2 staff photographers in the coming fall and we will expect the photographers work at least two days a week. You will receive a stipend of $300 a month and earn tons of working experience on covering actually news event.

For details, please come talk to me or Tricia.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Interpreting Improper Photography Law

I am trying to make a point here to show how this Improper Photography Law cannot prohibiting those insane/sick people to satisfy themselves, in fact, it is rather gagging the freedom of expression.

Look at the following photos one after one:

A sick person can imaging whatever he think this is to his desire because he is alienated from the real world.

Just before your mind go too far to that unhealthy and insane thoughts .... Let me rescue you.

In fact, this is just a photo taken of an ordinary person in a park. The previous photo was just a very extreme crop of the following photo.

And when you finished seeing the previous photo, I would like to tell you that this photo actually was not the original photo I intended and actually shot.

It turned out to be just a photo more than ordinary.

See, how can this law prohibit those sick people from taking photos and satisfy their special desire. We can't control people's mind. What this law does is to create a chilling effect on the practice of documentary photography on ordinary citizens.

That's why I think some legislators was playing with law and abuse their power to earn political chips to satisfy their voters. I wonder why professional photography organizations have not been raising hell about this.

Maybe this is part of those Texas culture that I have not yet known.

So, tell me, what is "Don't mess with Texas means?"

.... shooting death a deaf who can't hear being asked to step off your lawn?

this is mandy a fire spinner who i met through a friend of mine, this is fire flower

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First Softball Game

Tyler Cleveland/The Ranger
Education sophomore Tiffany Smith runs to third base after coach Sam Gallegos hit an outfielder during their softball game against Lonestar Coin 55, a team of players 55 years old and older, at Kroger Field Wednesday, April 8. The Rangers lost 19-9.

Tyler Cleveland/The Ranger
Business sophomore Juan Borrayo talks with public relations freshman Jennifer Flores and University of San Antonio freshman Jessica Flores in the dugout. Borrayo was upset because the players on the opposing team were talking trash.

Tyler Cleveland/The Ranger
Kinesiology freshman Mary Semerisky bats.

Tyler Cleveland/The Ranger
Psychology sophomore Candace Herrera cheers for her teammates during the 5th inning

The Drive Home

Towards the bridge, where 151 meets 90.

Lights drag in the night

Dreams are created and destroyed

Who are we

What do we stand for

Monday, April 13, 2009

From garage to Fiesta

Sad Plant - rock band prepares for April 25th, Fiesta Palooza, E. Houston St. L to R: George - guitar, Rambo - guitar, Popeye - vocals, Raymond - bass, Jerry - drums. Come out and support the local music scene.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


A bug that flew at me after this was taken.

SDHC card reader on sale

Hi folks,

I was at Walmart today and noticed that they have Targus SDHC card reader on sale. It is $8.88 each. I think it is a good deal. You should go get one if you are using SDHC card and currently don't have a card reader.


cakes beware

my nephew tyler fears no cake

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Guest speakers to our class

I don't know how much you get out from these two guest speakers today but I learned a lot by listening to them. I hope this would help you understand the freelance business.
Thanks to Michael Short and Mark Greenberg.

Tattoo Shop

A tattoo shop, Honest Charlies, located on frederisckburg and zarzamora st..

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tips on ethics quiz

Ethics quiz study directions

1. According to the author, what are the frameworks for making ethical decision?

2. Edward Keating, Pulitzer prize-winning photographer for the New York Times, was fired because of doing what?

3. What is the code of ethics listed by National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)?

4. What did photographer Boris Yaro said to another photographer who tried to stop him while he was taking photos of Robert Kennedy dying on the ground after being assassinated?

5. As a photojournalist, what is the difference in ethical arguments behind chasing Monica Lewinsky (Clinton’s scandal) and some Hollywood celebrities?

6. Why shouldn’t we pay subjects for letting us to take their photos?

7. What should you do while taking up photo assignment of a funeral?

8. Renowned photographer Eddie Adams took a photo that publicly considered as changing public opinion about the Vietnam War, what was that photo about?

9. When Life magazine photographer Flip Schulke was shooting a civil right march led by Martin Luther King in Alabama and saw some black kids was being shoved to the ground by police, he stopped shooting but dragging the kids away. What did Dr. King told him at that moment?

10. The author mentioned several times about “breakfast test” in describing ethical standards in publishing photos. What is the term means?

11. In a 1975 photo of woman and a child falling off a collapsing fire escape, despite a strong disapproval of publishing the photo from the readers, some major benefit was acquired by publishing the photo. What was the benefit?

12. What did the Website of Best of Photojournalism contest do to an award-winning photo showing a half-naked woman being sexually assaulted by a crowd at Mardi Gras in order to protect the identity of the victim?

13. What did National Geographic magazine do to a 1982 cover photo of the pyramids of Giza?

14. Charlotte Observer photographer Patrick Schneider, Los Angeles Times photographer Brian Walski, Reuters Lebanese freelance photographer Adnan Hajj, and Toledo Blade photographer Allan Detrich were all end up being fired by their companies. What exactly did they do to their photos?

Speaker on Thursday

I suggest you check their Websites before coming to listen to their speech.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


This picture was taken at my friend's garage after his senior prom, this corsage was made by his mom.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Poems of Reflection

There lies a book on my small, overcrowded shelf, its binding tearing and decorations coming unglued further each time I wedge it out to read.

This book is a reflection of past ideas and thoughts which have stayed with me, of original and unoriginal poems collected from my sophomore year in high-school, cataloging the efforts of someone trying to find his place in the world. No matter how many new ventures taken or chapters in my life written, these poems read the same soul-inspiring way they always have.

Since taking up the challenge of becoming a photojournalist, I have been enriched by a lifestyle of constant interaction with everything intrinsic to life, of capturing history and emotion in a tangible form, although the future can sometimes appear too far away for me to grasp.

Throughout such moments of uncertainty or confusion, I have been reassured by my never fading confidence that no matter where I end up, I'll know that I worked my hardest and with the fullest of heart to get there (nobody said it would be easy). And I won't allow myself to be anything less than happy, loving, and grateful, too.

This book of poems reminds me of what I've always known, and reading through it helps remove any doubts or suspicions that my life will somehow be less fulfilled.

On looking back on what could have been:

Summer Storm

We stood on the rented patio
While the party went on inside.
You knew the groom from college.
I was a friend of the bride.

We hugged the brownstone wall behind us
To keep our dress clothes dry
And watched the sudden summer storm
Floodlit against the sky.

The rain was like a waterfall
Of brilliant beaded light,
Cool and silent as the stars
The storm hid from the night.

To my surprise, you took my arm–
A gesture you didn't explain–
And we spoke in whispers, as if we two
Might imitate the rain.

Then suddenly the storm receded
As swiftly as it came.
The doors behind us opened up.
The hostess called your name.

I watched you merge into the group,
Aloof and yet polite.
We didn't speak another word
Except to say goodnight.

Why does that evening's memory
Return with this night's storm–
A party twenty years ago,
Its disappointments warm?

There are so many might have beens,
What ifs that won't stay buried,
Other cities, other jobs,
Strangers we might have married.

And memory insists on pining
For places it never went,
As if life would be happier
Just by being different.

-- Dana Gioia

On the choices made and directions taken in life; my recent (past year) pursuit in becoming a professional photojournalist:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-- Robert Frost

"Funeral for a Friend"
Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle
Woman's Day March 03/09 Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle/The Ranger

Woman's Day March 03/09 Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle/The Ranger

Woman's Day March 03/09 Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle/The Ranger

Ready for the weekend

I took this photo two Friday's ago. This girl was concentrated in texting messages and did not see me in action. I suppose she's setting up her weekend activities with some friends. I did not go get her name or talk to her because I know that we will not use photos of our Ranger staff in our publication.

eva ybarra

Legendary accordionist Eva Ybarra belts it out the Loftin Student Center for Woman's History Week. Priscilla Reyna-Ovalle/The Ranger

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille

This is a friend of mine. I love people who have exotic good looks. Joann is vietnamese. She is also painfully shy, so getting these pics was not easy! After we sat and talked for a while (and had a few glasses of red wine), she loosened up and let me get these pictures. Any advice is welcome. :) Jose

Wednesday, April 1, 2009