Roblogs

July 3, 2010

Firefighter Cadets in Training

Photos I’ve taken in the past 3 years of San Jacinto College fire prevention technology students in training.

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June 9, 2010

2010 JUCO World Series

Scenes from the San Jacinto College baseball team’s trip to the 2010 JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. The team finished as the national runner-up. Photos by Rob & Sandy Vanya, and Amanda Booren.

April 17, 2010

Faces 2

Faces are fascinating. Here’s a tapestry of photos I’ve taken at all 3 campuses of San Jacinto College that reveal a rich cultural diversity. The College is like a microcosm of the United States, the greatest nation in the world.

March 29, 2010

Central campus dinner show, 2010

Collection of photos from the production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” presented as a dinner show by San Jacinto College Central’s theatre and film department, Spring 2010. All photos by Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College Communications Coordinator.

February 28, 2010

Time After Time

Photos from dramatic thriller “Time After Time” as performed by San Jacinto College Central’s Theatre and Film Department, February 2010. Photos by Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College Communications Coordinator.

February 25, 2010

The Many Faces of San Jacinto College

A collection of random photos taken around San Jacinto College, mostly during the 2009-10 school year. All photos by Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College Communications Coordinator.

January 23, 2010

Play ball !!!

San Jacinto College’s 2010 baseball season will soon get into full swing. Here’s a collection of pix I took during the 2009 season, including scenes from the JUCO World Series, in which San Jac finished third in the nation.

December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas, 2009

Random holiday scenes from the district offices of San Jacinto College. Pix by Rob Vanya, RNVANYA@gmail.com

November 10, 2009

Firefighter cadets in training

Random pix that I took of San Jacinto College firefighter cadets in training — November, 2009.

March 16, 2009

Around San Jac

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Here’s a slideshow of photos I recently took on various assignments at work. Most pix are taken available light, no flash, at high ISO (2000 and above) using my Nikon D700, the King of Available Light Photography.

March 14, 2009

Mix of Recent Pix

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Hope you enjoy this mix of some of my recent photos, some taken at home, some at work, and some on the go.

March 7, 2009

Firehouse Training

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Took these pix of San Jacinto College firefighter technology cadets training at the La Porte VFD firehouse. I admire firefighters for suffering great hardships and regularly putting their lives on the line to minimize property damage and rescue people in danger.

March 1, 2009

Firefighters in Training

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I took the photos above of San Jacinto College Firefighter Academy cadets during training exercises. Photo #24 in the slideshow won the 2007 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Medallion Award in the category of Unmanipulated Color Photography.

February 28, 2009

High School Musical

Photos below include a few of my favorites from the pix I took of the recent performance of “High School Musical” by the theater department of San Jacinto College. You can click on any of the smaller pix to view an enlargement, and then press delete or backspace to return to the post. (Tech Specs: Nikon D700 + Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8; available light [no flash]; most pix shot at 2000 ISO and above).

Grand finale: "We're All in this Together"

Grand finale: "We're All in this Together"

Grand Finale 2

Grand Finale 2

Troy & Gabriella falling in love

Troy & Gabriella falling in love

Thespians in action

Thespians in action

Ryan - a ham who loves the spotlight

Ryan - a ham who loves the spotlight

Troy & Gabriella, a cute couple

Troy & Gabriella, a cute couple

A Jock gets a call from a Brainiac

A Jock gets a call from a Brainiac

Gabriella declares her love

Gabriella declares her love

February 19, 2009

Studio lighting experiment

Students who will appear on the magazine cover

Students who will appear on the magazine cover

Devera, the Modeling Diva

Devera, the Modeling Diva

At work, I had an assignment to produce some pix of students who will transfer from San Jacinto College to 4-year colleges. The photo will appear on the cover of Career Focus, a magazine that is distributed to every home in the College District.

The only requirement was that the students needed to wear clothing that prominently displayed logos of the 4-year college.

So, my co-worker aAron and I decided to experiment with some studio lighting ideas we had been tossing around. To begin with, we set up a dove gray seamless paper backdrop. aAron suggested we roll the paper out so that it extended on the carpet so we could position the subjects on the paper. I had seen some pix done with that sort of a setup, but I’d never tried it myself. Turned out to be a very good idea that helped to give the pix a lot of depth and a 3 dimensional look.

For our lighting setup, we decided on a four-light combination (all Nikon gear). The main light (key light) was one SB-800 Speedlight shooting through a 15” x 15” Alzo softbox. The key light was placed at about a 45-degree angle to the left of the camera, firing about directly at the subjects, at about eye level, and placed at a distance of about 5 feet from the subjects. The secondary (fill) light was provided by one SB-800 Speedlight shooting into a reflective umbrella (facing away from the subjects) to provide indirect lighting. The fill light was placed a little to the right of the camera and about 2 feet behind the photographer. The backlight (hairlight) was provided by one SB-600 Speedlight shooting through a Honl gridspot. The backlight was suspended from an Alzo boom and lightstand, behind the backdrop and in such a position as to be directly above and slightly behind the subjects, aiming a pool of light at the backs of their heads and at their shoulders. To complete the setup, we placed one SB-600 Speedlight close to the ground on a tripod to act as a background light. The light was raked across the backdrop at an angle. The blue effect was provided by one of Rob’s Do-it-Yourself ideas — a small piece cut from a thin blue plastic chopping mat. The piece was cut to fit snugly over the front of an SB-600 Speedlight, to act as a color gel. aAron achieved the tight blue ray of light by wrapping a Honel flexible snoot around the background light.

aAron held the camera, while I patrolled around the setup, making adjustments to lights as needed, straightening out the subjects’ shirts, trying to get them to produce natural-looking smiles, etc.

I think the photo that turned out to be the “keeper” has a nice, eye-catching effect and ought to look really great on the magazine cover.

The other subject in this post is a photo of Devera, who works as an administrative assistant in office next to our Marketing office. She just happened to walk by as aAron and I were setting up our portable studio, so we “recruited” her to stand in as a model while we ran some light tests.