Bettina Hansen

photojournalism in musing and pictures

Archive for July 2008

Encanto Pool

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Today I was trying to work on composing better wide shots. They are more difficult than they look. It is so much easier to isolate moments with longer glass.

Unfortunately, even though these were my favorite from the take, they picked a closeup of a little girl laughing in the pool; go figure.


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July 31, 2008 at 1:20 am

Warehouses and motorcycles

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This morning I shot the food storage warehouse for the Mesa Public School district and a motorcycle training class for Gilbert PD.

This guy ate it a couple days ago. I don’t know why this looks so washed out; it looked fine before, but I have been editing photos all day and don’t feel like changing it.

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July 31, 2008 at 1:10 am

Day off… whew

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Today my sister and I had coinciding days off, so she brought Natalie down to see Aunt Tina.

First, there was car dancing and singing.
Then, the new kids museum; which is excellent.
Finally, swimming.
After they left, it was off to the Art Museum for free Tuesdays and then to Ranch Market for tortas y pan dulce. It was a great day!

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July 30, 2008 at 7:19 am

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People make me frustrated

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Quotes from the comments section of the azcentral story about the one-year memorial service for the journalists killed in the helicopter collision last summer:

“Media whores die. BFD. BS.”

“Reporters seem to think the news is about them, instead of about the news. I’m personally tired of reading about this b.s.”

“why because news channel 3 pilots,was the cause of the accident, and now they want people to feel sorry for them…..BS”

That first one really gets under my skin.

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July 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Feral Cat Sunday

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What sounds and smells to start Sunday with… Amelia and I had a good time practicing our feral cat calls this morning, though.

Altered Tails, a mobile sterilization clinic, set up shop in Mesa today where they sterilized about 35 cats. Adding all of the clinics together, veterinarians will spay, neuter and release about 150-200 cats around the valley today.

I wanted a really good “mrrrreaow!” shot but couldn’t get it. The cats were mostly nice.

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July 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm

More Trey

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Lisa and I spent the day with Trey, his brothers Drake (below) and Broc at their house yesterday.
Trey has to do stretches to keep his bones and muscles limber. Since he lacks enzymes to break down waste, his body gets clogged with the stuff, which can result in weak bones, hardening of the skin, corneal clouding and stunted growth. His parents are doing all they can to keep him as flexible and healthy as possible.

Most people with Trey’s disease, MPS VI, don’t live to be more than fifteen years old.

His family has set up a blog about Trey and his disease:

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July 27, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Story in Progress

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Working today on a story by fellow Pulliam Lisa Halverstadt on three-year-old Trey Lane of Chandler who has an extremely rare enzyme deficiency. More to come.

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July 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm