Casey Conemac

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Cass Studio: Cloud Patrol

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Mat Guido is a part of moving collective of individuals who are trying to make waves within the Roseburg’s art community. Guido’s work titled “Cloud Patrol” is the first art exhibit to be featured in the new Cass Studio, located off Cass Street in downtown Roseburg.

The idea behind Cloud Patrol was based on using experimental photography techniques documenting the clouds during the spring time. Guido’s work represents the transition and growth around clouds that can change how we think depending on the changing of the season. By using light leaks, red scale photography and double exposure, Guido obtained these types of effects. The term red scale photography is the process of flipping the film upside down in the canister, that gives the film a vintage look. Guido was using a variation of different types of point and shoot film cameras. Hacking into them, cutting little slits that allowed light to leak in gave him the effect seen through his work.

The whole meaning behind Cloud Patrol is the idea that there is pressure coming out of winter going into spring, and we are not mentally prepared for the coming months. We don’t see ourselves as being in shape, mentally prepared, and drained. We have this pressure to be more ready for summer. Cloud Patrol explores that idea, taking time to find solitude in the clouds. Going out on cloud patrol is kind of a way to re-awaken oneself and engage with the earth on a more interpersonal level.

Cass Studio is located on 633 Cass Avenue. The idea behind Cass Studio was to create a space where artists can create, share, and sell work. “We are letting this form organically, we are inviting our friends, having a lot of conversations, and waiting to see how this is all going to form,” Guido explains.  Guido went on to share that “we want to invite the outside community in, to try to build a more creative community.”

Cass Studio is located on 633 Cass Avenue.  It is open Friday night’s 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


 …“we want to invite the outside community in, to try to build a more creative community.” —Mat Guido, Cass Studio artist

Casey’s Photo Tips

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Shooting landscapes: the good, bad and ugly

Landscape shooting can be somewhat difficult, but the trick is in setting up the right composition. Some of the best moments on camera take a lot of time and patience, but the payoff is really great.

First ask yourself these questions:


What am I shooting? Whether it’s a large mountain range, animals, or a river bed, knowing what you are shooting will help you map out the composition. Look for a focal point and put that focal point on one of the lines that intersect if you divide the view finder into thirds.


Changing perspectives: Sometimes changing the position where you are shooting can help in making for a better composition. Shooting up makes a subject look larger, and shooting down makes a subject look smaller.


Looking at the clouds: Adding another element into the scene, like the sky,  can create atmospheric perspective, adding a moody effect to your image.


What to consider when shooting landscapes:

If you have a wide focal length, zoom lens tend to have a wide viewing angle; 20–50mm is optimal for landscapes.

For maximizing depth of field, opening the depth of field to the highest range possible enables a finer detail in long range shots. So set your f-stop to a lower setting.

In order to ensure a steady hand, use a tripod to steady the shot.

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Adding more sky to a landscape can create a sense of moodiness.

Adding more sky to a landscape can create a sense of moodiness.
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Casey’s Photo Tips

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Spring time is the perfect time for photography; that’s why it’s essential for new and even experienced photographers to know how to set up a composition.

Shooting in low light situations can be a challenge, but, rest assured, with a little practice your shots will turn out great.

In the last issue, I covered the basics of using a DSLR camera in manual mode. This issue we are going to cover setting up a proper composition and how to get the right lighting for a low light image.

When considering composition, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What kind of setting/ location am I going to shoot?
  2. What time of day is best for the image I want to take?
  3. What is the first thing that goes through my head when deciding what is the best way to set up a shot?
  4. How far away is the subject?
  5. Do I need to adjust the depth of field closer to or farthest away?


Things to consider:

Location: Your location can be one of the most critical things to consider; this can either make or break your image.

  Light / Darkness: In low light situations, you want to use a separate light source to get the best composition for the best results. In some situations, where this is not possible, you can turn up the ISO setting but stay within 800 to 1600, otherwise your image will look grainy.

The best time of day to shoot is early in the mourning just right before dawn or right before the sun goes down at the end of the day.

Shutter Speed: If you’re shooting a concert, the shutter speed needs to be within a 1/30 to 1/60 stop. This allows you to snap the shot where it freezes the frame. Experiment with this technique. It also really depends on the style of the photographer; some like to have those over-exposed shots with some movement to show the viewer a new perspective.

    Landscape / Portrait: This is the orientation of the image. Portrait is often used when taking close up shots of a subject. Landscape is often used when the subject is farther away. It’s up to the photographers to decide which technique best suits their needs.

Rule of Thirds: The rule of thirds allows the photographer to evenly distribute the length of the frame to get a proportional image without compromising image quality. Mentally divide the viewfinder into horizontal and vertical thirds, and put the focal point of what you’re photographing on any point where the lines intersect.  If you’re photographing a person or animal, leave space for the person or animal to gaze out.


Streaming on a budget

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Getting the most bang for your buck

There used to be a time when we had to sit around waiting for our favorite shows. Not now. Viewers can find anything they want to watch with a flick of a switch.

The Internet fueled companies to create an alternative to what the cable companies were offering. This allowed services like Netflix and Hulu to thrive in a market that was formerly controlled by the cable companies.  Now, so many subscription services are out there to choose from that deciding which plan meets your needs  can be somewhat overwhelming. A comparison below of some of the major subscription services can help reduce the confusion.


Netflix: from $7.99 a month

Pros: Netflix offers a wide variety of TV shows and movies with new content added every month, both selected titles and primetime programming.

Netflix is great for binge watching favorites like Stranger Things, House of Cards and Fuller House.

Cons: Netflix doesn’t have current seasons of shows that are not original to Netflix, a moot point to some. There are no add-ons, so viewers are unable to expand  their library of shows and movies.


amazon primeAmazon Prime: from $10.99 a month or $99.99 per year

Amazon Prime Student: $49 per year

Pros: Amazon Prime has add-ons for movie channels like Starz, Showtime and HBO GO. Customers on the $99.99 a year plan get two-day shipping and access to Amazon music service plus access to over 1,000 books for phone, tablet or Kindle.

Amazon Prime is home to popular shows like Transcending, Sneaky Pete, The Man In The High Castle, and Red Oaks.

Cons: Amazon Prime houses an estimated 40,000 titles, but a fraction of those titles are available to stream.

huluHulu: from $9.99 a month

Pros: Hulu is the only streaming service that has up-to-date episodes of shows one day after airing.

Hulu also has premium content for their subscribers such as 11.22.63, The Path, and Casual.

Cons: There is no way getting around those pesky commercials even with a paid subscription, unless you want to pay an additional $4.00 a month.

Movie selection is sub-par, but getting better.


HBO NOW: from $15 a month

Pros: HBO was one of the first cable companies to offer its existing and new customers an easy way to view their favorite movies and shows.

The difference between HBO GO and HBO Now is that HBO GO comes free with a cable subscription, HBO Now is a standalone service.

HBO’s streaming service is easy and clean design allow for great versatility whether you’re on your phone, tablet, or television.

Cons: HBO GO is priced a little higher than competing subscription based services.

Other than comedy specials, HBO only cater to an already established audience of the brand.

Casey’s Photo Tips

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The basics

A picture can tell a thousand words without speaking one. That’s why it’s important to take note of good habits that make for better pictures. The first concept to grasp is to know how take a photo using manual mode. Instead of letting the camera make all the decisions for you, this gives the user full control, allowing you to make all the critical decisions.

Ask yourself these questions:

What is the lighting like, is it dark or light?

How far away does the subject have to be?

What is my subject going to be? Is it going to be moving or still?

All these questions should be asked when considering taking a picture.

The following applies to using a DSLR ( digital single-lens reflex camera)

Simply put, a DSLR is a  a camera that uses mirrors and interchangeable lenses.

 The three key concepts for a perfect composition are as follows:

ISO: Is the light sensitivity, the higher the ISO the more sensitive to light the camera is.

Shutter Speed: Can make the difference between getting a blurry or frozen shot.

Aperture: Is the amount of light you let into the camera, finding the happy medium allows you to properly expose an image.

After doing this process for awhile it becomes second nature, and that’s when the fun begins. Practice makes perfect! The more you practice and learn to understand the camera, the easier it gets – this process also doesn’t have to be limited to DSLRs. Most smartphones allow you to manually focus.

This series is to help people who want to learn more about how a camera works. Next time, I will demonstrate how to set up a composition and provide tips on what settings to use in low light situations.

The Amity Affliction ‘brings the weather’: Music instrumental to student’s healing

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    Tyler William Ross, guitarist for Being as an Ocean, rocked the crowd at The Hawthorne Theater in Portland.
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    Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction loving the crowd.

The band The Amity Affliction means so much to me. With all Oct. 1 aside, this band gave me the strength to move on. This story is through my eyes. As a concert goer, I want others to feel what it’s like to be at a show.

A friend and I braved the October 2016 storm threats for a growling long, three-hour drive to Portland’s Hawthorne Theater. We arrived around 4:15 p.m. near check in time, lining up with a crowd of people gathering around the front entrance.

The forecast rain then started to pour down as we waited outside for the doors to open. About 5:30 p.m., at last we were greeted by staff and given instructions on what to do next. As we made our way down the corridor, some anxiety set in. With my gut in my chest, I walked into a smoky room with a front stage toward my right and a bar to my left. The stage crew was running late, running frantically across the stage trying to get the first band out.

The opening band was Deadships, a Chicago based band that packs a pretty big wallop. David Kvistad, vocalist, was ready to get the night started, commanding the crowd to open the pit.

Deadship’s sound is a mix of gut wrenching screams, heavy breakdowns and a little bit of synth for atmosphere.  We were off to a good start, and as the night went on, the crowd was in full spirit.

Next up was Trophy Eyes, a small band trying to make a name for themselves. Hauling all the way from Australia, the band consists of John (vocals), Pokket (guitar), Jeremy (bass), and Callum (drums). John was in his element, jumping around in freeform motion. Trophy Eyes’ sound is a unique time capsule of the past, with well-structured lyrics and the punk up tones and jarring movement that punk ensues. A delightful treat for people that like an easy listen.

So far so good, we were halfway through the night when we were presented with a band called “Hundredth.” Take it from a kid who grew up listening to hardcore — Hundredth brings the energy and composure that is expected through the genre.  A quick search on Google shows that hardcore at its deepest meaning stands for a movement. As music goes, hardcore is a brotherhood that is united to bring down repression and educate others about worldly issues. Hundredth’s sound is very aggressive. There are moments of silence in between breaths, but for the most part, Hundredth gives it their all.

At this point in the show everybody is moving at a rapid pace, spiraling out of control. People are running to the stage to engage in the monumental phenomenon that is crowd surfing. Clocking in at about a 30-minute set, Hundredth then gasped their last breath for the night.

I began to walk to the bar for a drink, returning with Red Bull and vodka in hand. As the next band began to set up, I looked across the room at a sea of people. Catching my breath, I pushed my way back up to the front. The lights started to dim, and the next band was ready to start. Only this time there was a different vibe in the room. As the next band started to play, through the music we began to see a change in the tone of the crowd. The band Being as an Ocean can be best described as a poetic journey into the mind of a broken soul who sees hope through the eyes of the world.

Lead singer Joel Quartuccio almost brought us to tears as he spilled his deepest, darkest secrets onto the stage. As a person who battles depression, I can go on to say music is the only thing that keeps the world in check for me. As the band’s Being as an Ocean name states, we are all just a body of souls trapped in a fragile world that needs some redeeming. Being as an Ocean is a sight to be seen. From the poetic heartfelt lyricism to the melancholy atmospheric vibe, we the audience were truly set free of our past mistakes and regrets, transported into a dream-like state of mind.

Last but not least made it to the end of the night with the main attraction, The Amity Affliction. The Amity Affliction is an Australian hardcore band from Glypsie, formed in 2002. The current line up consists of Ahren Stringer (vocals/bass), Joel Birtch (vocals), Ryan Burt (drums) and Dan Brown (lead guitar). The Amity Affliction have released a total of five full-length albums including “Severed Ties,” “Youngbloods,” “Chasing Ghosts,” “Let the Ocean Take Me” and their current release “This Could Be Heartbreak.” As a result of a near death experience, Ahren wrote “Let the Ocean Take Me.”

They opened their set with “I Bring the Weather with Me” then performed “Open Letter” as their second song ( would have to say they did truly bring the weather with them to Portland).

Ahren Stringer poured his emotions onto the stage. As the show raged on, the crowd was ignited. Hit after hit, The Amity Affliction screamed from the top of their lungs, getting everybody in the mood. “This Could Be Heartbreak,” the title off their new album of the same name, was the go-to anthem for the night. Mid-set, they started to slow things down by introducing a ballad called “All F@#$% Up.” When we all thought there could be no more, Amity then surprised us with some older classics from their past albums and closed out the show with one of the crowd’s favorites: “Pittsburg.”

The hardest part for me as a UCC student was the struggle last year for me and my Mainstream family, but through the power of music I have made it through. The Amity Affliction was instrumental to my healing.


Building the future: Health, Nursing Science Center opens

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Class may feel a lot like the set of Grey’s Anatomy or Scrubs this fall in the new Bonnie J. Ford Health, Nursing & Science Center which celebrated its grand opening today. The $17 million 35,000 square foot center replaces UCC’s 50-year-old science building with state-of-the art labs, classrooms, offices, conference spaces and a Medical Legal Resolutions Center where professionals can come together to resolve medical treatment issues traditionally resolved through litigation.

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Virtual Reality A new generation of gaming

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Although virtual reality has been around since the 1950s, VR is just now getting a foothold.  Facebook, which owns the rights to Oculus Rift, is trying to push virtual reality into the mainstream. Sony is also currently processing pre-orders on a VR system that will be ready to ship by October.  Microsoft also just opened their VR HoloLens software to U.S. and Canada developers who join their Windows Insider program and agree to provide development feedback.

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Foo Fighters, a decade later — What’s in store for the future?

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The reason Foo Fighters’ music works so well is because there aren’t any rules. It’s just a bunch of guys in a band who love playing music, having a good time and giving their fans the treat of experiencing rock and roll without any compromise.  They mix elements of punk, rock, blues and alternative to produce an electrifying sound that is heavily influenced by cheap trick, red hot chili peppers, and screaming trees to name a few.

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