Monday, 18 Jun 2007 | Family
I was so proud of Erin last Thursday night when she graduated from Woodcrest Christian High School with high honors. Toni and I loved the commencement ceremony because it was an intimate ceremony held at Harvest Christian Fellowship. Because the graduating class comprised just over 80 students, there was time for music, speeches, a sermon and a slide show. It also allowed for a smaller venue than typical of most high school graduations where five or six hundred graduates are honored outdoors with a football stadium as the venue.
It was also neat to see many of Erin's friends graduate. We have known quite a few of them for some time since they grew up and attended school together with Erin. I felt like a proud parent to Erin and also her friends I havecome to know over the years.
At the end of the month, Erin will be departing on a medical mission to Vietnam for almost four weeks. I know their team will complete a wonderful work there helping local doctors adminster vaccinations, medicine and medical treatment. I will miss her so much while she's away.
In the Fall, Erin will be attending UCR, Toni and my alma mater. She intends to pursue a career in the medical field int the future. Alas, my daughter has blossomed into a beautiful, intelligent young woman and I am very proud indeed.
Taffy and Erin are daddy's two little girls.
Sunday, 10 Jun 2007 | Family, Photography
A few weeks ago I photographed the Concurso de Ballet Folklorico at UCR for the third consecutive year. My sister-in-law used to work for UCR and has helped coordinate the event, a charity to raise scholarship funds for Hispanic students. She has since moved on to work at RCC, but still helps with the event. I volunteer my time and effort because I like to give back and it's truly fun and interesting to see the talent of these young people. They put on a great competition each year.
This event helps me hone my photographic skills. It's a challenge to take the outdoor portraits in the limited time available and the indoor photos sans flash are challenging to capture. It's worth it to see the costumes, makeup and jewelry and the beautiful dancing. The kids are always happy to pose for me. They love to perform and to have their portraits taken.
It's also quite a workout toting my Nikon D2x with 70-200mm f/2.8G VR and SB-800 flash for several hours. I do get a little break during the indoor competition since I mount my camera on a monopod for stability. All in all, it's worthwhile when I see how pleased the dancers and dancers' parents are with the pictures.
Sunday, 10 Jun 2007 | Pets
Taffy romping in our front yard.
Wednesday, 6 Jun 2007 | Blog, Movable Type
My blog and photoblog are now running on Movable Type 4.0 Beta 1. The new interface looks very nice and it seems pretty stable for a beta version. I had to update a few things in my templates to get all the pages to rebuild properly. Overall, it wasn't too hard to upgrade. If you see any weirdness in the next few weeks, it's probably due to the beta blog software. Here's hoping things continue to go smoothly with disneymike.com.
Tuesday, 5 Jun 2007 | Pets
Taffy lurks in the background while I take Erin's picture.<< May 2007 | Main | July 2007 >>