iPhone Photo(s) of the Week (Week 2)

It has been a busy week so I haven’t taken too many pictures with my phone this week, but I’ll make the most of what I have. Last night was the Liberty Women’s Lacrosse team’s home opener against Elon University. The Lady Flames pulled out a 13-9 victory over Elon and, as usual, the Lynchburg sunset was beautiful. So, for this week’s pictures of the week, I have two panoramas that I took during the game. The first is taken of the field or play while the second is a view from the field towards the rest of the campus. Because of the fast shutter speed, the picture is a little dark, but captures the colors of the sky over the mountains and gives a little bit of a silhouette of the main campus.

For stats from the Women’s Lacrosse Game, click here.

The Liberty Lady Flames Lacrosse team takes on Elon in their home opener on February 21st.
The Liberty Lady Flames Lacrosse team takes on Elon in their home opener on February 21st.
View of main campus taken from East Campus just after sunset on February 21st.
View of main campus taken from East Campus just after sunset on February 21st.
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My Job (Baseball)

Today was the home opener for Liberty University Baseball. This is only the second season that the Flames baseball team has played in their new baseball stadium and today was the first time playing a home opener after the stadium was fully completed. Although the Flames fell to Old Dominion University 7-4, it was exciting to be back into baseball.

Before today’s game could be played, countless hours were put in by some of my coworkers and Grounds crews clearing the stadium and field of snow that fell on Thursday and Friday (To see this progress, check out theΒ Athletic Director’s Instagram). They did an amazing job getting the field ready for today’s game. Baseball is actually a relatively easy sport for the Athletic Facilities department. All we need to do for these games is put out some white rocking chairs, put umbrellas up on patio tables. Also, we clean up the stands of trash post-game and periodically use leaf blowers to get rid of the hundreds of sunflower seeds that are eaten during games. Here are just a few pictures I snapped during today’s game.

And here is a look at what the Jerry Falwell Library looked like in the snowfall back on Saturday.

The Jerry Falwell Library is pictured covered in snow after two days of snowfall that accumulated 10 inches on Liberty's campus.
The Jerry Falwell Library is pictured covered in snow after two days of snowfall that accumulated 10 inches on Liberty’s campus.

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My iPhone Photo of the Week (Week 1)

This picture is a little over a week old, but it’s the coolest picture I was able to take with my iPhone recently. On Thursday, February 6th, I was walking to my dorm from Walmart (where I had just printed some pictures ironically) and sitting outside my dorm was a female cardinal. She was literally just sitting on the sidewalk. I slowly approached her and she didn’t even flinch. I thought she might be injured, but I didn’t see any real signs of injury. First, I took some pictures, and then I decided to try to get her on my finger. It took a little nudge, but she got on and stayed on my finger for a couple minutes! I actually had a hard time getting her off my finger, but I was able to snap this great picture. I put her down in the sun light (she had been in the shade previously) and when I came outside 10 minutes later, she was gone! I was grateful for the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of God’s small, wonderful creations.

On February 6th, this female cardinal was sitting outside my dorm and let me put her on my finer. A rare chance!
On February 6th, this female cardinal was sitting outside my dorm and let me put her on my finer. A rare chance!

Snow Day (Day 2)

Hey! No classes for two days in a row! When we got the text message yesterday saying classes were cancelled for today, students at Panera were going crazy! Also, last night, Panera (where I was studying) closed early and because they sell their food fresh, they gave out all of their baked goods instead of throwing them out. I got five bagels and a chocolate chip muffie! The food was delicious! I also ended up walking an additional 5 miles that day walking to my friend’s dorm on the other side of campus and walking to Walmart twice! Today is Valentine’s Day (obviously) and once again, I’m doing homework, but this time in the library! My girlfriend and I are going out to dinner later and are happy to get to spend some time together today instead of being in class. I hope you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day and make the most of your weekend!

Also, new to my blog, I decided to try to sell digital copies of some of my photos. If you would like to have full size copies of my photos I would greatly appreciate your support. Just visit the “Buy Media” tab and browse the pictures for sale. If you want to buy a photo not featured on the page, fill out the contact form at the bottom! Thank you for reading my blog and thanks for the support!

Snow Day

All week, Liberty University students, including myself, had been waiting with anticipation to see what would become of this snow storm coming up from the south. Last night around 5pm, we got the announcement that there would be no classes today (Thursday, February 13th)! Guys on my hall were elated and students all over campus started playing in the snow that started falling at a rate of 2 inches an hour. From about 3pm when the snow started falling and overnight, about 10 inches of snow fell on campus. Snowball fights involving hundreds of students and sledding down the various hills on campus were some of the activities that students enjoyed. For some students, this was the first time they’ve ever seen a snowfall like this before. I, being from Syracuse, wasn’t really impressed, but it was a beautiful sight to see the white stuff that used to accumulate up to 5 feet sometimes while I lived in Upstate New York.

Me using a roof rake to clear the snow off our roof after 3 days of snowfall outside of Syracuse, NY in 2007.
Me using a roof rake to clear the snow off our roof after 3 days of snowfall outside of Syracuse, NY in 2007.

Today, my girlfriend and I are at Panera, eating lunch and doing our homework. It just started snowing again so maybe we can get some more classes cancelled tomorrow? It might be just a prayer, but no matter what happens, seeing this snow makes me feel at home.

UPDATE: No classes tomorrow!

My Job

While at school, I work for the Athletic Facilities department. While many people mistake this department as being the people who clean the bathrooms and such, that is not the case. Below you can see a time-lapse of what a typical basketball game day set up looks like.

While this video does not show everything we do, it gives a little taste for the amount of work that goes into preparing the floor for a basketball game. The Athletic Facilities Crew does things like keeping the court(s) clean, moving the basketball hoops on and off the court (there is convocation in the same facility every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), setting up and plugging in all the tables around the court, putting up the benches, rolling out the red carpet (hidden from view by the tunnel we set up), setting up the scoreboard, and doing fun things like using flame effects and smoke machines. During the actual contest we can be pretty laid back. A couple of us will sweat mop during the game to make sure the floor stays dry so players do not slip and injure themselves, one does the flames and the others basically are on standby in case anything needs to be fixed–like if a player runs into the tables and pushes them apart.

I hope to be able to capture time lapses of our set-ups for other sports throughout the next year and I will share them here when I do! Also, watch my girlfriend’s blog for pictures she took of me at work the other day.

 

Update: Here’s a link to the pictures mentioned above.

Photo Expo

I don’t usually pay too much attention to photography events at my school, but this semester I decided to participate in the Student Activities Photography Expo that is happening on February 28th. I have my two pictures picked out (thanks to the help of my Facebook friends) and framed, but now I need to think of creative titles for them.

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You may have seen these pictures included in my previous posts (and that’s why I have the watermarks on them). If any of you have any ideas for titles, you’re welcome to write a comment with your idea. Thanks for your help and wish me luck!

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