Green Light

A group leader gathers her students before a presentation at the DeRosa University Center’s ballroom before a clean up of the Calaveras River in Stockton. The clean up was organized by the university’s MOVE program (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm.  Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 500).

The University of the Pacific’s DeRosa University Center is an impressive building. Sitting along the Calaveras River in Stockton, the 55,000 square-foot building is meant to be the center of campus life for Pacific students. It houses all the dining services, an information center, a gaming room and a grand ballroom. It was built employing green design elements and it uses natural airflow and lighting to cool and light the building.
It is so well lit, that it could almost be used as a portrait studio, with soft illumination filling the large room.

University of the Pacific student Leanna Ceglia of Hollister listens to a presentation at the DeRosa University Center’s ballroom before a clean up of the Calaveras River in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm.  Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).

I don’t know how many dances have been held in the ballroom, but it’s also used as an events center. I’ve covered other events such as job fairs and seminars there.

University of the Pacific students listen to a presentation at the DeRosa University Center’s ballroom before a clean up of the Calaveras River in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm.  Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).

Before the start of the university’s MOVE program’s cleanup of the Calaveras River, participating students gathered in the ballroom for a briefing/introduction on what they were going to do that day. Several people got up to speak to the students while using Power Point presentations projected onto a large automatic drop-down screen.

University of the Pacific crewteam coach Eric Weir gives part of a presentation at the DeRosa University Center’s ballroom before a clean up of the Calaveras River in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 20mm.  Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200).

The problem was, because the room was so well lit from many large windows, it was difficult to see the images on the screen. Even with the shades drawn and overhead lights turned off, light bounced around the high vaulted ceiling, then filtered down and washed out the screen. The upside, for me at least, was the light was nice and soft making for pleasing pictures of the students.

I’m sure the university is saving money and contributing to the environment’s health with the center’s green design, but for viewing projected images in the ballroom, it just needs to be a darker shade of green.

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