Fall Semester is Underway!

Yes, I know, I’ve been a bit remiss is keeping this up to date, but it has been a little chaotic since the return from Brooks’s Teachers Conference.  The Summer semester then ended and the next week we were into those pesky meetings and then BOOM! And the Fall semester started this week. 

It was a very strange start as a number of low middle level classes failed to fill sufficiently.  We predicted this at the start of summer when the basic classes were not allowed to run. But now, that flock of chickens has come home to roost and a couple of adjuncts will probably lose their classes for this semester. 

That is always tough.  I know, it happened to me when I was an adjunct and it hurt.  It is out of our hands but nevertheless it is never pleasant to tell a friend that for the next 16 weeks they are out of a job.

Three more of the new buildings opened for this semester bringing to four the count since our own CTC building was opened a few years ago.  Here are a couple of shots from the corner of our own building.  The first is the Math and Social Sciences Building that opened last school year.

The new Math and Social Sciences Building at City College.  This building opened last year and is due west from our Career Technology Building where the photo program is located.  Shot with Canon S120 P&S

The new Math and Social Sciences Building at City College. This building opened last year and is due west from our Career Technology Building where the photo program is located. Shot with Canon S120 P&S

This building also housed a large parking garage so with ours it really helped with campus parking.  This shot is taken looking directly west from the NW corner of our building. Then looking a little more to the north you can see the Arts and Humanities Building, the new campus entrance and the steps up to the Business Technology building and behind that the new Science Bldg.

Looking diagonally across the street to the north west you can see, from the left, the new Arts and Humanities Building, the new campus entrance, the steps up into the new Business Technology Building and behind that the new Sciences Building.  Shot with Canon S120

Looking diagonally across the street to the north west you can see, from the left, the new Arts and Humanities Building, the new campus entrance, the steps up into the new Business Technology Building and behind that the new Sciences Building. Shot with Canon S120

The last of the bond money will now be spent renovating a couple of the existing building and bringing them up to modern standards.  City College now has world class, state-of-the-art facilities for most of its various departments and programs.

BTW, if you remember my tale of woe from Brooks about forgetting my camera case, when I got back I ended up researching smaller Point and Shoot (P&S) consumer cameras.  I wanted one I could control manually and that shot RAW but would likely be willing to carry nearly anywhere.  I always loved the Canon “G” series but they were heavy and not really “pocket” cameras so I ended up, after trying several, with the Canon S120.  

Here is what it looks like.

Front of the S120 showing the function ring around the extended lens.  Shot with Canon 1DS II, Canon 70-200 L4

Front of the S120 showing the function ring around the extended lens.  Shot with Canon 1DS II, Canon 70-200 f4L

And here is the back side…

s120 Back

I’ve not had a good chance to wring it out but so far it seems to have performed exactly as I needed.  For me it is not intended to replace any of the DSLR bodies but it is a camera I can always (or nearly always) have with me which is NOT the case for the big heavy ones.  This weekend I’m going to an outdoor concert and will see what it can do to document that for this blog since I have no need for pro shots of it.  Meantime, the two shots of the new buildings above were both shot with this little tool.

Now that the semester opening gun has fired the world should settle down a bit and I’ll try to get back on track with this.

 

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About ndking

Commercial Photographer and Professor of Photography at San Diego City College
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