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More photos from the 2011 SOU International Show

I processed another 15 or so photos from last month’s International Show. I’ll present them in two batches. Tomorrow you’ll get the final installment.

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Maori Kapa Haka

Even though this was a Hawaiian Luau, put on by the SOU Hawaii Club, not all of the dances were from Hawaii. In fact, I think more than half were from elsewhere. The photos in today’s post are from the final performance of the evening. I think it was called the Kapa Haka.

The above picture may look like a poorly taken photo (because it was thanks to the poor lighting conditions at the beginning of the dance), but it actually captures the feeling of the dance quite well.

SOU Luau

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring home the program from the luau put on by Southern Oregon University’s Hawaii Club. Therefore, I can’t correctly label these pictures as to what the dances were called or who the participants were. This photo is from the couples’ dance that was performed by the soon-to-be-graduating seniors.

Southern Oregon University International Fashion Show 2011


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).

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.

Derek Smalls (aka Harry Shearer) rocks Ashland

The Ashland Independent Film Festival began tonight. I’ve actually never attended before, but I’m a big Spinal Tap fan so I couldn’t miss the discussion with Harry Shearer. It was freezing and snowing when I arrived so rather than wait in line I waited in the car for the doors to open. Regardless of the fact that I was one of the last people in, I was still able to grab a seat in the front row (hence the picture without someone’s head in the way), although way over on the edge.

Harry spoke of his career, including Spinal Tap and Saturday Night Live. He also channeled Mr. Burns by request during the Q&A.

Nathan Stein & Hillel

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The act in yesterday’s photo was called “Nathan Stein & Hillel: A fool’s feast of balls, balloons, magic and madness.” While today’s photo isn’t a very good one of their performance, I like it for the expressions on the audience’s faces.

Deftones at the Medford Armory

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Normally I post concert pics and video on my other blog, but I think I will post local shows here from now on. Actually, I posted Floater here as well.

Few bands come through Southern Oregon, given the small population, but last night the Deftones made their first appearance. The crowd at the Medford Armory was not as large as it was for Black Label Society or Static-X, but they are about the only two bands who never miss the area so it makes sense that they have built up a strong fan base here.

More photos and HD video will be coming soon. For now, I’ll leave you with a video I took of the song “My Own Summer.” Even though cameras were “not allowed” you can see that the rules were not enforced. The two large guys that walk in front of the video (from left to right at 3:16) near the end are actually security guards.