A Nikonic Ending

December 2, 2011 - 2 Responses

“We only part to meet again.” -John Gay

As hard as this is for me to type, it’s even more difficult to comprehend…

This is my final post for EYE OF THE BE[CAMERA] HOLDER.

Although it pains me to conclude my first blog, I can say I’ve never felt more accomplished. I’ve exceeded what I set out to maintain and this experience is one I will always hold dear to my heart.

What I’m most proud of aren’t the skills I’ve obtained but the fact that I’ve explored an unknown realm and have familiarized myself with a craft I’ve always been interested in. Thank you for following my progress. I can’t express how awesome it has felt to write to you all over these past few months.

This is not good bye but I’ll see you soon. I’ve definitely been bit by the blogging bug and fully intend on continuing the fun!

To see how the fairytale ends, check out my final video blog…

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Third Time, Same Charm

November 10, 2011 - 4 Responses

“Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity.” – Greg Lake

As a fan from his early days, Chris Brown never failed me musically speaking. I always found myself immersing my time and energy into learning his newest lyrics and researching his upcoming tours.

Although he disappointed many in 2008, after his domestic violence case against singer Rihanna broke news headlines, there was always a question as to whether he would ever top the music charts again…

Ultimately, Chris Brown’s actions will never be condoned. This is unfortunately the very real world that we live in and it saddens me that I have to categorize a fantastic performer and a criminal with the same artist.

Here you can find a narrated slideshow of his concert last Friday. I will say that in spite of the controversy Chris Brown has endured, he still performs at the same caliber that he did when I first saw him from across the room—err, lawn. It was literally a rain or shine show and the dedication he still has to his fans is beyond inspiring.

(P.S. I was totally one of those annoying concert girls and I loved every minute of it!)

Step Into My Office

November 4, 2011 - 2 Responses

Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film.

-Author Unknown

I’ve recently realized that I’ve never expressed exactly what it is that I do. Sure, I’ve mentioned that I am a student at the Cronkite School, but I am also extremely involved on campus. I currently hold two part-time jobs in addition to taking a full course load on campus as well as a class at a local community college. This is actually the first time in my life where I had to plan a lunch break in my schedule!

When first planning out my schedule over the summer, my fall semester appeared pretty intimidating. The nerves began to kick in and I found myself wondering, how will I ever survive these next 15 weeks? Luckily, I got over that once I finally got to experience what it feels like to be a true Sun Devil.

Take a look at what it means to live the life of Lauren Guzman. Well actually, this is more what a Thursday afternoon looks like but you’ll get the gist of it.

From 12-5pm you can find me on the 3rd floor of UCENT- assisting to the needs of those who approach the University College/School of Letters & Sciences desk. Just call me your more than average front desk girl!

This job consists of many secretarial duties that help me utilize my relations to the public in a positive learning environment. I also get to interact with many of my professors and now know them on a more personal level.

Another huge aspect of my other job is event planning. I'm the Special Events Director for the Programming and Activities Board (PAB) at the Downtown Campus. Our most recent event, "MOVE IT! MOVE IT!" showcased student talent as well as promoted healthy lifestyle choices.

Partnerships with other organizations on campus are a great way to incorporate the values of other students. RHA, the residence hall association, had free reusable water bottles to hand out at this event.

Seeking business relations outside of ASU is also an important element to PAB. Popchips is not only a healthy alternative snack but they are also very engaged in attending college events to promote their product.

However, in the end, all that truly matters is that those who attended had a good time! PAB aims to provide programs that are memorable and above all enjoyable to the students.

Word to the wise: Find a job that you actually like.

It will make for happier and more exciting memories!

Until next time 🙂

Playing Dead- The Epic Finale

October 28, 2011 - 7 Responses

“The show must go on.”

-Unknown

As promised, here is a sneak peek of what goes into a haunted house production. Below you will find a video slideshow as well as some photos that I thought should stand alone.

Enjoy!

This was the before showtime…
This is the after effect. One bedazzled sandal coming right up!

 

 As I have been pleasantly reminded, yes this would only happen to me! In the midst of my theatrical performance, I seemed to have injured my big toe. I’ll spare you all the gruesomeness hidden under my sock but it is quite bruised and swollen. I am still pending a response from my doctor (Dr. Andrew Nava who is absolutely awesome!) to hear back if it’s broken or not. This is turn determines my recovery time—either 1-2 weeks or…6-8! Let’s hope I don’t have to wear this soon to be very fashionable sandal for too much longer.

Have a SAFE and happy Halloween 🙂

Playing Dead pt. 1

October 20, 2011 - 4 Responses

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”

-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

With Halloween right around the corner, I found myself at a loss for what I will be doing on the night of the 31st. One, it falls on a Monday this year. Two, I have work and school the next day. Three, I am a humble college student—unafraid to admit that my bank account survives on a biweekly basis.

Regardless of what All Hallows Eve will bring me, what I’m really excited for is the haunted house I will be a part of! On Wednesday October 26th, you can find me at ASU’s West Campus as a zombie ballerina—dancing my way through the various rooms of doom.

This is an experience that I cannot wait to share! Coincidently, it poses as a rare photo opportunity and I plan on documenting the whole night in its entirety. Not to toot my own horn, but the fact that I get to have a role in this production is beyond cool. I mean c’mon, how many people can say that they were one of the freaks in a haunted house?

Depending on who you’re asking that answer might vary…

Alright, since you’re wondering how I plan on executing this masterpiece, allow me to explain. Imagine Natalie Portman as Black Swan and the little zombie girl in Dawn of the Dead want to be each other for Halloween. They would look a little something like this.

Photo Credit- curiousphotos.blogspot.com

I’ve always loved Halloween but as I’ve gotten older, it saddens me to realize that this holiday sometimes loses its meaning. Screaming your lungs out. Uncontrolled heart beats. Loss of bladder control.

If peeing on yourself in public doesn’t scare you I don’t know what will.

Anyway, be sure to check back next week to see how my debut as a dead dancer turns out!

-Lauren

These Genes Never Fit So Well

October 13, 2011 - 4 Responses

“In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” -Alfred Stieglitz

As mentioned in my About Me video blog, I touched slightly on the fact that the photography bug runs in my family. I also talked about the old fashioned cameras that we had lying around in my garage. So I thought this week would be a picturesque moment—pun definitely intended—to showcase my newest goodies.

Probably one of the coolest cameras I've ever seen. This baby has been played with time and time again and I'm almost certain it's broken after all I've put it through.

This collection would not be complete without the good ol' detachable flash. What I really love about this camera is the simplicity of it. According to my mom, she said my dad would take this camera everywhere.

A side view of the "Twin Lens Reflex" camera. Not going to lie, I had to research what the correct title of this little powerhouse was.

Just like Christmas! Finding these in one of my cupboards at home was literally the happiest moment of my past week. I was beyond eager to zip those open and see what was inside...

Ta-da! Who knew there were so many different types of lenses you could attach to a camera!? With all these new treasures found, I am now more anxious than ever to learn the tricks of the manual camera trade.

Kieko. The only cat that ever won over the dog lovers of our family. I've been told she was very protective—almost guard dogish. She was captured here lounging in the front yard of my dad's childhood home.

Ah, the beauty of a wide angle lens! As a future world traveler, how amazing would it be to snap photos of some of the world's most beautiful places with this lens on hand?!

Now this may seem out of place, but I wanted to share one of my father's other hobbies: Hunting. One of the main styles of photography my dad focused on was nature shots and if he could dig it, I can dig it too.

I now realize, it's kind of cool how diverse my dad's interests were. Lately, it's actually inspiring me to look into hobbies that I normally wouldn't consider.

Finally, the signature name that is written on almost every item belonging to the original "Guz".

All of these pictures were edited with an “antique” tone which I thought added to the theme of the post. I can’t express how joyous it is to find something that means more to you than others can imagine. So I’ll leave you with the words of the wisest, bravest and most selfless man I ever knew and ever will know…

“You have to deal with the cards you were dealt.” -Larry Guzman
Translation: Live life, we never know what it has in store for us.

Calm Before the Dbacks Storm

October 6, 2011 - 2 Responses

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorothea Lange

Unless you are living under a sizzling Arizonian rock, you should know that the Diamondbacks are in the MLB playoffs. What you should also know is that last night proved their determination to hold on to a hopeful spot in the 2011 World Series. As they tied the first round series 2 games to 2—against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 10-6 win on Wednesday—Chase Field was the epicenter of the all the excitement.

 Unfortunately, I could not be at last night’s game. But from the looks of the coverage shown on TV, it was obvious that the crowd anticipated a win. Fortunately, we can watch the Diamondbacks fight for game 5 in Milwaukee on Friday. Leaving Chase Field empty, with only the memories of a well-played game.

While walking to this week’s photo shoot location, the inspiration building up inside of me was something I had never experienced before. I felt as though I was fighting for light against the setting sun. Starting to get disappointed from the lack of natural light, I realized this posed a perfect learning opportunity for myself. It was then and there that I decided this week’s topic would be focused on shadowing, blur reduction and the use of natural sunlight. Every picture I took was captured without flash and had a serious focus on camera steadiness.

With the help of TGI Friday’s and their wonderful staff, I was granted access to the inside of Chase Field where an overwhelming sense of peace was felt. Once getting into the swing of things, I quickly acknowledged how the solitude of the ballpark added to the beauty found behind the lens.

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, I think pure happiness is something we all strive to find. Last night, the Dbacks found it and they got to share that happiness with 38,830 others. Taking pictures is no longer a weekly assignment for me—it’s something I truly enjoy doing. And although Chase Field was empty tonight, I’ll get to share my happiness with all of the world to see.

God bless the Internet.

Check out my Photobucket link below.

Enjoy 🙂

Dbacks @ Dusk

A Gray Life, Not So Blue After All

September 29, 2011 - 9 Responses

“Life is like a good black and white photograph. There’s black, there’s white and there’s lots of shade in between.”

-Karl Heiner

Energetic. Hilarious. Loving.

Oli.

The one name that I can always count on. He is by far one of the most exciting aspects of my life. Always there to greet me when I return home and never fails to amuse me just when I need it. Without sounding too much like a lonely old woman, I feel it’s only right that I admit I am speaking of our family dog. He’s the perfect bundle of Chihuahua joy—minus the annoying stereotype most of his kind are associated with.

As I sat with him in my lap earlier this week, I got to thinking that he’ll never see the world the way the rest of us do. Of course, it is a myth that dogs solely see in black and white but that doesn’t change the fact that they are in fact partially color blind. Imagine for a moment that you are Oli—the victim of vision almost similar to an “I Love Lucy” re-run. But is he really the victim here? Or are the rest of us too blinded by the color spectrum to see beauty in its rawest form?

This week, I decided to start looking at my surroundings the way he would. Capturing photos in black and white changes how you look at things. Most digital cameras nowadays have the option of switching over to a colorless setting and if you don’t have one on yours any photo editing software should. So jump on the Oli-Trolley and take a look at what we saw on our walk around our neighborhood.

Four numbers. One home.
Something about stop signs always sparks a potty break.
Fire hydrants also have the same effect…

At the end of each day, no matter what it was like, I’m reminded how simple an act of kindness can be. From a lick on the cheek to not peeing on my bed, Oli truly does it all …

 

This post is for you, pup.

Vlogging Gone Wrong

September 27, 2011 - Leave a Response

After about 50 takes, it was safe to say I had some impressive footage to work with…

Wha-wha-wha-wha-what’s it all about!?

September 23, 2011 - Leave a Response

Who doesn’t love a Beastie Boys reference.
This post is mainly to lead you in the right direction–which is back to the “Who IS this girl” page. In case you were curious as to who the heck I am, you are in luck! Once there, you will find me talking to my computer (I mean, all of you lovely people) giving some insight on what EYE OF THE BE[CAMERA]HOLDER truly means to me.

Keep smiling people 🙂