Tuesday, February 9, 2010

USD campus, Vermillion

Funny how separating yourself from a place with some time and distance, too-familiar things can take on a whole new look.

I spent my freshman year of college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, attempting to hone some photography skills but not really having any idea what I was doing. Like a lot of people I thought, "There's not much around here close to me that is interesting to take pictures of." Stopping at the USD campus now reveals a quite different perspective.

Experience tells me that just about any subject looks great with late afternoon sun on it and that's exactly the case with Old Main, East Hall and the Shakespeare Garden in the middle of campus.

Returning after dark allows for some creative compositions with long exposures. Old Main looks very stately under a starry sky.

These photos just barely scrape the surface of what you could shoot at USD or any other university campus in South Dakota. It's just a matter of looking with a little more thought involved than I was applying way back when.



Larry said...

Wonderful series Chad! This makes me want to get out to wander around our local college campuses.

Maybe I'm just happy to see anything without white skies or snow! ;>)

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks, I guess I'm serving my purpose if it makes you want to get out there. I know what you mean about the snow, but there are some fun shots to be taken even with that on the ground.

Katherine said...

Reminds me of photography classes at the U. There were a lot of photo shoots filled with trying to find a new take on the same familiar surroundings.