T-Minus 4 Weeks and counting

As the title suggests, I am drawing frighteningly near the end of my internship with McGraw-Hill Companies. I honestly cannot believe it’s already been two months, and now there’s only less than four weeks remaining. What direction my life will take after those four weeks are up, I have no idea, (which is absolutely terrifying to put it mildly).

Anyway, on to less depressing stuff. I have been BUSY! Since my last update, I have been working hard on a large variety of photo shoots. Like I mentioned in my last installment, I am able to post a couple images from my shoots as a part of my portfolio. McGraw-Hill Companies own the rights to these images though. I can’t post all my photos, and there are some shoots I can’t show you at all, so here’s just a little sampling of what I’ve been up to since my last update.

My parents and uncle came out to visit me during the first week of July. It was really nice to see them again, and fun to actually have someone I know here to talk to. I had to work during their visit, but we were able to combine some of my work trips with family time, which was nice. On the 2nd day they were here, we met my sister and brother-in-law (who were visiting my brother-in-law’s family in the Cleveland area). We met at Mansfield, Ohio, which is half-way for both of us. My mom and sister took my nephew shopping while my dad, uncle, brother-in-law and I toured the Ohio State Reformatory, better known as the prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed. I actually own the rights to these images as I didn’t shoot them for work.

© Holly Hildreth 2012

Looking down the row of empty cells


© Holly Hildreth 2012

An actual escape attempt by inmates. They tried tunneling out of the chapel.


Of Course I had to snap a picture of my nephew!


I had to spend some time in the office, but I was then able to go with my parents to the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Work was happy, as I was able to photograph things for them while spending time with my family. It was a win-win. Museums are pretty difficult to photograph, though. You have a problem with people standing in the way of your shot and you can’t arrange the objects the way you want to. Always a source of pain for photographers!

Naval Medal of Honor



The next morning my parents, uncle, and I took off for Niagara Falls. None of us had been there before, so we were all pretty excited to see the area. I decided that a photographer could easily spend a week there and still not get all the shots they wanted. When we got there the first night, we did a little exploring and my parents and I went into Canada. I was entirely too excited about that. It was the first time I had left the country. I got a passport  5 years ago and never used it until now. Hindsight, I feel un-American for going to Canada on the 4th of July.

Me and the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls in the background. This is on the Canada side looking towards the US


My parents on Rainbow Bridge, which is the pedestrian bridge that connects the US and Canada.

I spent about 90% of the vacation taking pictures. I wasn’t brave enough to take my camera on the tours with us, as you got soaking wet, and I didnt’ want to risk it, so I took a few images on my mom’s cheap point-and-shoot. I REALLY wish I had brought my good camera though, because the views were absolutely incredible. Next time I’ll know better.

Downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, at dusk. The Skylon Tower is on the right side of the frame.


Fireworks over Horseshoe Falls


The edge of Horseshoe Falls at sunset


Looking down through the mist at the Hurricane Deck at the base of the Falls


Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist Observation Tower at sunset



After Niagara Falls, my parents headed home and it was back to work for me. I have been shooting a ton of different things, so instead of listing out everything that I’ve been working on, I’m just going to throw down a few images for your viewing pleasure.

Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot


Flagship Detroit at the Vectren Dayton Air show


Skywriting at the Vectren Dayton Air Show


Madison County Fair



A cowboy prays before riding a bull


Bull-riding in Ohio–who would have thought?!


Anyway, there are images I WISH I could post, but unfortunately can’t. Stay tuned, as I will hopefully have more shoots to share with you soon.

November at the Zoo

This Saturday I decided to visit the Kansas City Zoo again. I’m trying to build up a collection of work for mid-program next semester. For mid-program, you have to pick a specific area that you want to go into and then make around 25 prints of your absolute best work, and then present it to a jury of the professors of the college. From there they interview you and determine whether you can pass and stay in the program. Usually I put things off until the last second, but I didn’t want to have to make a million trips up to Kansas City in the dead of winter, so I decided to work ahead.

Initially while shooting, I didn’t think I had very many good images at all. The zoo was crowded and there were masses of inconsiderate people (lots of children) who think it’s okay to push someone with an expensive camera out of the way or body check them while they’re walking. This is why I’m not a people person! After I got home and looked at the images, I realize I had a lot better ones than I have previous thought.

I didn’t get as many images of the animals that I usually like as normal. I have a tendency to hover around the big cats. Tigers are my favorite zoo animal, so I typically spend a large amount of time at their cage as well as the leopard, lions, serval, etc. This time the best shots I got were with the birds. Normally I usually pass up birds, because I don’t find them that interesting. I usually think a roaring lion makes a much more dynamic image than some parrot sitting on a branch. It must have been my lucky day, because I got some great shots of the birds at the zoo.

I took a different route through the zoo this time. I tried to do the Africa section first this time. Usually when I get to Africa, I have been at the zoo for 3-4 hours already and my feet are tired and I’m ready to be done. I thin this new touring tactic lead me to spend more time at the animals I don’t usually shoot that much.

All in all I’m ready to go to a new zoo. The Kansas City Zoo is nice, and I’m really grateful to be so close to a zoo, but having been to other zoos, like Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, it seems really small. I would love to take a trip to Omaha or St. Louis and explore what they have to offer in the not-so-distant future.

Anyway, here are the images. Be sure to check out my flickr slideshow for all the proofs from the shoot. What’s on my blog is only a small sampling of what I have to offer.

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