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Tae Kwon Do sequence

At this point, I’m thinking, “What is Jun about to do, and why are those boards being held more than 7 feet off the ground?” With no trampoline, or running start, Jun begins his flat-footed jump.

Pretty cool, eh? A vertical leap of 5 feet or so. But that wasn’t the end of the story…

Wow!

Southern Oregon University International Fashion Show 2011

vietnam

Each year, near the end of the international show, the students do an international fashion show. My-Linh, above, is from Vietnam.

Not all of the students represent their home country though. Ashley, on the right, was representing Thailand even though she is from Oregon.

Erina is Japanese, but she was part of the Mexico group.

The hosts of the fashion show portion were from France and Japan. That’s another student, Yuki, from Waseda University.

Earlier in the evening, many of the Japanese students (and some non-Japanese students) performed a medley of Japanese Anime songs including Miyazaki classics like Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫) and My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ).

More photos and video from the SOU International Show

The Southern Oregon University International Show turned into an event where I came to understand my new camera’s limitations.

The autofocus (AF) on the Nikon D7000 in video mode has two major problems for which there is no fix. First, it isn’t smooth or quick as you’ll see in the video below. The second problem is the audible noise it makes. The video quality can be outstanding at times, but unless your target is not moving you will have problems with the autofocus. Actually, I took the camera out for more video tests today and found that even with a non-moving target the camera would sometimes try to refocus causing temporary blurs and the noise once again. Basically you can only use the autofocus if you are going to edit out all of the portions of your video when the camera is focusing. For future video on the D7000 I will have to only use manual focus, which means the quality probably won’t be outstanding. I’m very disappointed in this aspect of the camera.

The following video is of the Indian stick dance (Dandiya Raas). Many of the participants were not from India, but they looked great anyway.

Before they finished I was so frustrated with the autofocus problems in video mode that I just started taking still photos instead.

Taekwondo from Korea at the International Show

Sachta Bakshi and DaeWook Kim were the hosts of SOU’s International Show 2011.

One of my accounting students from Korea, Jun Byung Joon, put on an amazing display of Taekwondo.

“Sakura” by Naotarou Moriyama performed at International Show

Sohana and Sachta Bakshi

Many of the SOU International Show participants at the end of the performance

Takumi the samurai

This was my first time taking photos and video with my Nikon D7000 in this kind of setting (mixed stage lighting from a distance with mostly moving subjects). Photos weren’t coming out good using any setting (including Auto) I tried. Finally I settled on Sports Scene which provided decent, but not spectacular, results. Anyone have suggestions for a better camera setting for these kinds of conditions?

I had even more problems with video. The auto focus worked great at times and horrible at others (as you’ll see in the following video). Sometimes the focusing made a noise that the camera’s microphone picks up. Not good. Any tips for taking video with the D7000 18-200mm VR lens will be appreciated.

This video is of Shohei Okubo (from Waseda University) performing Naotarou Moriyama’s “Sakura.” I believe that is Yuri Hamano on the piano.

SOU International Show 2011

Tonight was SOU’s annual International Show put on by the Southern Oregon University International Student Association. I’ll have some more photos (and videos) in the coming days.

International Fashion Show (7 of 7)

Let’s wrap of a week of photographs from SOU’s International Show with several pictures from the International Fashion Show that took place at the end of the program.

The above picture is of Ixel, a former student of mine who ran the show (and got my kids and I in). As it turns out Ixel is not only a fantastic student and athlete, but she can also moonlight as a runway model to boot.

Belly Dancers (6 of 7)

Tiazza is another former student of mine. (Why is it that accounting majors show up in SOU’s International Show so often doing something so completely different than accounting?)

Japan – Taiko Drumming (5 of 7)

I’m looking forward to hearing Taiko drums on Japanese soil in a few months. This was the next best thing to being there.

India (4 of 7)

Neeta Singh represented India at the show. Neeta is a former student of mine who I think is back at SOU getting a master’s degree in a different subject.

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