Multiple Strobes

Bill Rastorfer instructs a new student during a sparring session with a far more experienced and larger boxer.  Rastorfer had a 14-year professional boxing career but is now retired and coaches boxing at Dojo Studio.  Rastorfer’s gym is unique in Columbia, as it is in his wife’s hair studio with just a partial wall dividing the salon from the small gym area.

Painting with Light

The Perils of Pauline: Rocheport, MO ^

Amongst U.S drivers, a common problem ignored is tire safety.  Although defective tires cause an estimated 6,000 accidents annually, the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that US consumer’s knowledge of tire safety is still minimal.  The AAA study revealed that out of consumers who had a flat tire, 46% changed their own tire, 22% asked someone else to change it, and 19% called a road service provider.   Furthermore, the majority of participants said they checked their tires less often than recommended or never at all.  Worn tread, improper air pressure, and age are the most common reasons for tire failure.  A tire that is more than five or six years old should always be replaced regardless of its condition.

Color Correction

Eric Sweet is currently a second year graduate student at the University of Missouri.  When Sweet is not teaching his undergraduate 2D design class at MU, he works in his art studio on Hitt St in Columbia.  Sweet’s thesis project focuses on idealism, specifically the deterioration of utopias, which Sweet sees as the physical manifestation of idealism.  Sweet uses low relief sculptures on large white canvases to show the architectural lines of these utopias.


In the diagram, I used a studio white backdrop to represent the white walls in the room.  Eric was seated across from me near his desk and I was sitting on a couch against the opposite white wall. My flash had two middle-green gels on it. I found that just one middle-green gel wasn’t dark enough to match the florescent lighting, yet the dark green gel was too dark.  I bounced my flash off the wall behind me to light the scene.

Lighting Metal

It is commonly reported that about 50% of all American marriages will end in divorce, however this statistic depends on a variety of factors.  For example, specific rates depend on the couples’ ages, and how many times they’ve been married.  Statistical trends show that the younger one marries, the more likely the marriage will end in divorce.  Furthermore, about 41% of first-time marriages end in divorce, which rises to 60% for second-time marriages.


To light the metal still life, we positioned a light with a grid and barn doors behind and to the right of the subject.  The subject was on a table with a black cloth and had a black backdrop.  Four reflectors were positioned around the still life; two on the sides to try and bounce light on the back of the left ring and the lock, one slightly below to light the bottom of the lock, and one above to bounce light on the glass diamond and top of the rings.  A black card was also used to block light falling onto the plastic base of the still life, preventing unwanted reflections.