Photography Internship of 2008

Just to let my readers know, here is an example of the kind of photography I wish to do when I start my career. I applied for a National Geographic Internship that starts this upcoming summer. I will know by the end of March if I am awarded this internship or not. I will keep you posted.

The internship is held in Washington D.C., and pays about $500 a week. It is fully photography, and they send the interns on assignments, all travel expenses are paid for. The one thing I will have to pay for if I go, is the living costs; that is what loans are for! There are two total internships available and one of them is automatically offered to the winner of the College Photographer of the Year contest; a list of the winners is presented here. I hope I get this internship, it would be the opportunity of a life time. If not, I guess there is always next year! Cross your fingers for me!


Pondering about Noah’s Wish

With Christmas break approaching, I have been thinking about what I will do with my extra time. I will be working full time to save up as much money as possible, but I need something else to keep my busy. Since I can not donate to the ASPCA anymore, I was thinking maybe I will try to get involved with a volunteer animal foundation of some sort.

When the Southern California fires were still ablaze, one of my classes assigned a project to blog about something related to the fires. I wanted to do the animal aspect, then a classmate informed me of a foundation called Noah’s Wish. I interviewed a woman who worked there, and she told me a lot about the organization. Originally, I was interested about an event that Noah’s Wish organized with Station Casinos to collect items for the animals rescued from the fires. It turned into an interview about Noah’s Wish itself.

The interview covered what they do, how they do it and, using the California Fires as an example, how they deal with disasters. Anyone may listen to the interview by clicking here and pressing the play button in the gray box to the right.

project40.jpgPhoto from Noah’s Wish Website.

The interview made me interested in volunteering for them, so I read about their volunteer program on the website. I found that they conduct their own training sessions for those who volunteer. They give you a complete list of dates, places, and times of when they will do their next in-field training.

I am seriously considering this option. I am going to try to get in touch with them some time next. If you are interested in volunteering, check out their website! I would think that they will take all the help they can get.I will keep you posted about what happens!

Lobster Anyone?

I grew up in New Hampshire, the part that touches the ocean. I was minutes away from the beach and all the seafood restaurants. My whole family has been raised near the ocean, so I was raised to love seafood. One of my favorite seafoods is Lobster. I know a lot of people have never tried lobster, and I am sure that a lot of those people would like to keep it that way. I am going to give a few lobster facts just to enlighten those who may be curious about a lobster’s life.

I always used to think that lobsters were going to become extinct if my family kept eating them all the time. However as I got older I learned the rules set for a lobster fisherman and a little about their species.

In fact, only a few of the hundreds of types of lobster are caught commercially. But those few species are some of the most heavily harvested creatures in the sea, and generate a multi-billion-dollar industry with more than 200,000 tons (181,436 metric tons) of annual global catch.

I went on a lobster fishing boat this summer and learned what it was like to be in this profession. Lobster fisherman have to measure every single lobster caught in their traps. If the lobster is not big enough, it must be thrown back. Also, female lobsters are not allowed to be taken for profit either. If a lobster fisherman traps a lobster and identifies it as a female (which is done by feeling how soft their under side is), they must clip their left tail fin and release it back into the ocean. Some females even have eggs when they are caught, so they are definitely thrown back.

I know what you are thinking, what stops these fisherman from keeping the smaller lobsters and female lobsters; the more they catch the more money they make right? That is true, but a large percentage of them realize that if they do not help preserve the lobster species, someday they or their family will be out of business.

I have worked with lobsters every summer since I was fifteen years old at a seafood restaurant called Brown’s Lobster Pound. I have learned a lot since then, but I still have a lot to learn.

Lobsters are ten-legged crustaceans closely related to shrimp and crabs. These benthic, or bottom-dwelling, creatures are found in all of the world’s oceans, as well as brackish environments and even freshwater. They have poor eyesight but highly developed senses of taste and smell. They feed primarily on fish and mollusks, but will consume algae and other plant life and even other lobsters.

Hopefully you have learned a little something about these unique, and oh so delicious creatures of the ocean. And maybe now that you know the species is not going to be erased because of the consumption by humans, you will go try one. I suggest the tail meat, it tastes the best, with butter and lemon. Mmm!


This one was big enough to be sold to a restaurant.


This is me watching the first set of traps being let back into the ocean.

These photos were taken by Jana Vejpustkova. Thanks Jane!