Canyon & 49er photo wrap up

This summer, I’ve been working at The Daily (or I guess Weekly, since we only publish weekly in summer) 49er based in my college, CSULB, and also at Canyon News in Beverly Hills as an intern. Needless to say, I’ve been taking pictures of some really random stuff. For everyone’s sake I left out all the boring photos.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

The Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier / Jenna Skarzenski / June 2010

The Roller coaster on Santa Monica Pier / Jenna Skarzenski / June 2010

CSULB campus cats are cared for by a student organization known as Beach Cats. Some volunteers even pay out of pocket to keep the cats tagged and healthy. / Taken June 29, 2010 at the Long Beach Animal Shelter / Jenna Skarzenski / Daily 49er

Read more about the campus cats here: ‘Students volunteer to register campus cats’ – Daily 49er

The Pacific Design center in West Hollywood.

Taken July 21, 2010 at CSULB student union. The CSULB cheer squad headed by Eric Anderson teaches high school cheerleaders in their summer camp program to help raise money for the CSULB cheer team. Brittane Johnson instructs a cheerleader from Godinez High School at the week-long summer camp. Jenna Skarzenski / Daily 49er

See this photo here at The Daily 49er: ‘Give me a cheer!’

CSULB cheerleaders teach high schoolers from Paramount HS a new cheer dance in front of the Student Union of CSULB.

A pink closure notice hangs in the window of the Westwood Library. The library, like all other LA libraries, will now be closed Mondays and have reduced hours as an attempt to save money by the LA government. Jenna Skarzenski / Canyon News

Read more about the LA Library closures here at Canyon News: Community Protests Library Closures

The CSULB library

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WWaterpolo Big West Championship – Day 1

23 April 2010 – Big West Women’s Waterpolo Championship – CSULB pool

I had my very own ‘Big West’ Press Pass for this, which I found a bit unnecessary, but whatever. The conference begins Friday, the 23rd and continues until Sunday, the 25th. The match I covered was CSULB vs. UC Santa Barbara and would determine who would play the next day, Saturday.

This game was crazy. It went back and forth throughout the entire match. CSULB had an early lead, but then UC Santa Barbara took them over and from then on it just seemed that when one team would score, so would the other one. When both teams tied in the 4th quarter it took 2 overtimes, the latter being a sudden death match to decide the victor. The fans were also really interesting. There were some die hard cheerers like there always are, but I find there’s often more people who think they know better than the players and coaches at the waterpolo matches.

UCSB goes to throw the ball while CSULB goalie, #1, and #8 prepare to defend.

CSULB goalie jumps to defend the goal from a UCSB throw.

CSULB and UCSB players scramble for the ball in the close 4th quarter.

I love the splash in this one.

CSULB #9 passes in the 6th overtime period

CSULB #6 attempts a goal, but misses in the 5th overtime period.

Goalie Kristen Stragier and the rest of the Long Beach State women’s water polo team will host the Big West Conference tournament starting Friday at the 49er Campus Pool. The No. 6-seeded 49ers (8-19, 0-5 Big West) play No. 3-seeded UC Santa Barbara (17-10, 3-2 Big West) in a first-round match at 5:45 p.m. caption by editor / Daily 49er

In the end, the game ended with UCSB as the victor, but the match was so close that really both of the teams should be proud. I personally have no favoritism for any team sports. All I want to see in sports is a good competitive game where the two teams push each other to perform better and that’s what I saw today.

UC Santa Barbara won 15 – 14 over CSULB

Daily 49er article: ’49ers fall to UCSB after furious comeback’

Long Beach State Athletic’s: Wild Back-And-Forth Affair Ends In 15-14 UC Santa Barbara Win

LB State Womens Basketball vs. Loyola Marymount

November 16th, 2009.
CSULB pyramid

This was my first time shooting a sporting event and it was kind of intimidating. I was worried about the lighting, whether my lens would work well and where to be. Over the course of the game I found out that shooting sports is difficult but surprisingly fun (and  I don’t even follow sports). Luckily, my professor really liked my photos. I think sports photography might just be a new favorite. I know my dad is super excited about that. :)

p.s. I’m too lazy to put captions right now, but here’s the Daily 49er article that ran. They also posted some of my photos with the article.

I ended up taking like 400 photos :D