Dancing with Drums

•April 15, 2010 • 3 Comments

Hey all,

Here are a few more photos I shot for my project. I’m still in the process of editing and sorting through them. I used a 55m lens for these shots to try out a different effect. This uses wide aperture and in turn illustrates less depth of field.


Mohammed playing the drums

Warming Up

Mohamed teaching

Learning a new step

I found a nice little proverb that goes well with this post: “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you like them.


The Man behind the Drum

•April 13, 2010 • 7 Comments

Hey Everyone!

So I’m working on my final project for Photojournalism! Basically, we have to do a photo story about someone that incorporates both sound and photos. I decided to do it on Mohamed DaCosta, a performing arts professor at UF. He is from Africa, and he teaches West African Dance.

Besides dancing, he also sings and plays the drums. After spending a few days with him, I have decided to actually take the class in the fall! He is a great person, and a lot of fun to talk to. Anyway, here are some shots I recently took at an outreach performance they did on Sunday.

As always, please let me know what you think.

Mohamed DaCosta

Waiting to perform


Dancers watching the other performance

Hanging out with his students

More to come soon!

Happy Photos! Hope everyone is having a lovely day.

Sports Assignment

•March 30, 2010 • 1 Comment

So for this assignment, we had to photograph sports! It was actually my hardest assignment. It’s really difficult to capture expression when there is such fast motion going on. There’s a lot going on and you have to sort of predict what will happen next to actually capture the perfect moment. This assignment made me realize that photographing sports is definitely not my thing. It really gave me an appreciation for sports photographers. You really have to be talented!

I’ll update more later, but here is my final photo that I turned in:

READY FOR THE BALL - Alexis Taylor, an animal biology major, brushes up on her tennis skills at the Broward Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Coffee Break

•March 17, 2010 • 4 Comments


I know it has been a while since I have updated. I have been buried under school work and applications! Hope everyone had a lovely spring break.

Anyway, this post features Volta Coffee Shop, a new Coffee House in Gainesville. It has a great environment: beautiful art, fun people, coffee, hot chocolate and lots of tea! There’s also a great selection of pastries and things to munch on. I initially walked into Volta to photograph for my Environmental Portrait/Person Working. I was assigned to photograph employee working or posing in their work environment. However, I got so caught up with the atmosphere, that I started taking pictures of the coffee shop itself. Here’s what I came up with:

Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate

A little bit of the environment...

In the photo above, I tried a different angle which I thought was interesting.

Behind the Counter

Here are a couple of the actual person working.  The Barista was fabulous! She was charming and very quirky. Unfortunately, due to the lighting, I had to use a higher ISO setting which created a bit of digital noise in these photos.

COFFEE BREAK - Natalie Suwanprakorn, 33, makes a latte for a customer on a rainy Monday afternoon at Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate.

Natalie Suwanprakorn

Natalie Suwanprakorn

Here’s one that was an alternative to the first photo you saw:

Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate

For those of you in Gainesville, you must check it out! It’s also a great study place 🙂

Have you had your coffee yet?

A Day at the Park

•March 6, 2010 • 3 Comments

Hey Everyone,

I know it has been a while. Here are a few photos I took of children at the park a few weeks ago.

Playing the bagpipes at Blue Jacket Park, Winter Park, Fla.

Definitely not something you see everyday.

Here are some photos of two siblings who were playing the park:

Running away from her brother

He somehow got the ball from her

He was camera-shy at first, but then he loosened up.

About to fly a kite!

Some of these photos are in their raw format because I was having issues with my editing program.

I should be updating pretty soon. This week is Spring Break, and I plan to take a lot of photos. Hope all is well, and as always, let me know what you think!

Quality of Light

•February 17, 2010 • 5 Comments

This week, we had to do photos that show the “quality of light.” This means silhouettes,  shadows or rim light. Normally, the best time to do that is when the shadows are long–early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Once you start looking for it, you realize how pretty sunlight is during those times of the day. I woke up at around 7 a.m. and took photos around campus and gainesville in general. It was nice to see campus so peaceful. The sunlight and shadows were so mystifying.

Starting this week, our photos have to be strictly journalistic. That means, we can’t “make” the photos, and we can’t know the people in the photos. I ended up meeting quite a few interesting people with this project.

Here’s the final photo I turned in. Captions are the ones I had to write in class.

GETTING SOME SUN - Dane Vind, a senior computer science major, sits near The Hub listening to Bob Dylan and catching up on some work. "I come here all the time." Vind says. "It's a peaceful place to sit in the afternoon, especially in the sun." (photo by Mishri Bhatia)

You can see a bit of Rim Light around the hair and on his throat, which is pretty neat.

Here are a few others that I took:

MORNING BREAK - James Booth, an employee for Gator Dining Services, continues his daily routine of reading the newspaper in the cool morning air outside The Hub. (photo by Mishri Bhatia)

SPREADING AWARENESS - Ruth Lobo, a junior at Carleton University and member of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, waits in the cold as her fellow group members pass out fliers to raise abortion awareness. (photo by Mishri Bhatia)

I guess that’s what is going on on campus this week! Thanks for reading 🙂

Here’s wishing you love and creativity this week!

Memories of Europe

•February 11, 2010 • 5 Comments

As beautiful as it is here, there’s something to be said about Europe that is just so charming. It’s breathtaking. The culture, the history, the colors–it really is another world. It’s crazy how people walk by this stuff almost every single day. The feeling you get while walking down the quaint, enchanting streets is indescribable. It’s something that stays with you.

Here are a few memories/highlights from my trip. These were taken on my little point-and-shoot. It takes some pretty good pictures.

The Baños de Maria de Padilla in the Alcázar. Sevilla, Spain.

The market of fruits in Barcelona, Spain.

Her smile was so endearing. Fez, Morocco.

The Grotto of Love. Lagos, Portugal.

Stumbled upon this on the side of the road. Lisbon, Portugal.

And of course, finally, my favorite bridge to walk across on the weekends:

El Puente de Triana at night. Sevilla, Spain.

These are my fondest memories. I can’t wait to do it again!