Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fall 2010 Portfolio

Art freshman Elisa Rodriguez sleeps among the fiction Dec. 12. "I was just tired today, so I looked for somewhere to sleep," she said. Click the photo to view a slideshow of the semester's best.

Featured audio slideshow:

Featured Video:

Virus: A Haunted House at San Antonio College from Journalism Program on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lanier, Fox Tech Chili Bowl Gala

On any given year this time, thousands of fans would gather at Alamo Stadium to witness what nobody would then call "history in the making," but now exists as only a memory for so many since 1942: the Chili Bowl.

Fox Tech high school has begun its transformation into a magnet school for the West Side, going from hundreds of graduates to only one hundred, meaning too few students for a football team.

Graduates of Lanier high school and longtime football rivals Fox Tech gathered Saturday to "keep the tradition alive" at the grounds of the Freeman Coliseum:

"How have they changed?"

People dance, laugh and drink.

A graduate shares wise words of many years with youthful Major Julian Castro.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lunch with the Los

A few shots from an unforgettable afternoon lunch spent with my photo Professor Dr. Lo and classmates at his house

Courtesy of Dr. Lo
So many delicious dishes.

food pantry closes to the public

Joseph Sky Martin carries a bag of grapes Wednesday while leaving the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry in the basement of the Catholic Student Center at Belknap and Courtland. Martin said he uses the pantry to help support his family of four, however, the pantry will serve only students and staff at this college beginning next week, from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

History sophomore Angela Henry grabs cans off the shelves while social work sophomore Brent Walker moves boxes Wednesday at the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry in the basement of the Catholic Student Center. "I felt kinda naive because I didn't know it was here," Henry said on her first day volunteering. "Everyone is so friendly that it makes me want to do more."

Economics Professor Susan Spencer, coordinator of the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry, reacts Wednesday to the surplus of canned food available in the pantry, located in the basement of the Catholic Student Center on Belknap and Courtland. The pantry recently won $5,000 in a Pepsi Challenge and were able to buy new appliances and food. The pantry will be closing to the public for reasons declined mention by Spencer.

Volunteer Carla Calderon carries food Wednesday while volunteering at the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry in the basement of the Catholic Student Center at Belknap and Courtland. "You can't come here and just leave, because it's so rewarding for everyone," said Calderon, who has been volunteering at various food pantrys since 1989.

Education sophomore Richele Brooks looks for a recipient's file Wednesday while volunteering at the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry in the basement of the Catholic Student Center at Belnap and Courtland. "I don't like having to tell people that we can't help them anymore," Brooks said of the new policy requiring that only students and staff at the college may use the pantry. Thousands of files will be discarded, she said.

Kysean Ferreira, 3, waits to pick out a toy with volunteer Carla Calderon Wednesday inside the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry in the basement of the Catholic Student Center at Belknap and Courtland.

Volunteer Carla Calderon apologizes to an unidentified man Wednesday at the Phi Theta Kappa food pantry because the pantry is unable to serve the public beginning next week. "It's upsetting because (the pantry) helped alot," the man said.

All photos copyright protected by The Ranger/Tyler K. Cleveland

Saturday, October 30, 2010

At Shishas

Paul drinks tea.

David smokes shisha.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Spurs game with Kin Man Hui

A former Ranger staff now shooting for the SA Express-News, Kin Man Hui offered to take me along to the Spurs game last Thursday when I-10 rivals the Houston Rockets visited the AT&T Center for the final preseason game.

When I decided to become a photojournalist four years ago while mentoring with the Express-News for a senior project, I dreamed about joining the pros along the baseline of an NBA game. Getting there again with the greater responsibility of an assignment, along with improved abilities and well-earned equipment, remains my goal.

Being a huge Spurs fan, my interest in what I called "newspaper photography" was fueled by watching how close photographers were to the action, providing viewers with images of what I consider the closest level that watching a game can get, without actually being there.

So I parked my car at the Express newsroom, and Kin Man drove over to the AT&T Center. I had no idea about how close to the action, and realizing that my dream job is reality, I was about to get.

I owe enormous thanks to photo editor William Luther, who taught me a great deal during my first year, Kin Man and others at the Express-News who helped me get out there.

Kin Man put together a great slideshow on with a few of my pics! Click the photo to view a slideshow of my pics from the night:

Tyler Cleveland/Special to the Express-News

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Snail World

Warning: don't click below if squeamish!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interior LED lights

How to install interior vehicle lights from Tyler Cleveland on Vimeo.

Henry helped me complete an instructional video project for school while installing my red LED lights in the Civic. Some shots from the other night's harvest moon:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

First Video: Cooking With Mama

My first video of 83-year-old Esther Morales making flour tortillas at SAC as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Some techniques to improve upon:

1) use a tripod ANY chance you can to have steadier shots.
2) use a lavalier mic (attachable) during interview to amplify voice

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Welcome Autumn

The Autumnal Equinox took place at 3:30 a.m. today, when the sun completed its move southward to bring the northern hemisphere out of the heat, the southern hemisphere out from winter and into spring.

This fall holds the challenge of producing videos, slideshows and photos with on-location lighting for my news photography 2 and portraiture classes. The stories I'll tell may be the last in my work for The Ranger before transferring to a university in the Fall of 2011.

For three years now, the fall has meant hours spent hustling around the unlevel, brick-tiled ground of campus, my efforts to make better pictures than a semester or season before made worthwhile by the simple fact that I enjoy showing others what they may not have seen.

Grammy award-winning saxaphonist Joe Posada plays jazz flute to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" Sept. 10 in Loftin.

Officer M.C. Romero writes a ticket Monday as math freshman Esteban Lara moves his car from Lot 20 for faculty and staff. "We don't like to give tickets any more than they like to get them," Romero said. Monday was the first day tickets were issued this semester.

Josh Davis, three-time gold and two-time silver olympic medalist, at the Josh Davis Natatorium Monday on the Northeast Side, 12002 Jones-Maltsberger Road. Davis will speak about achieving success at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept.30, in McAllister Auditorium.

Kinesiology freshman Rueben Ortega is fed a lateral by business administration freshman Nathaniel Castro during 4v4 flag football Tuesday, sponsored by the office of student life, at San Pedro Park. Ortegas team, "Victorious Secret" won against "The Longhorns" 7-1 and competed to win iPod Shuffles.

Photographer Keith Carter walks across the stage while giving his lecture, "Autobiography in Fiction," Monday in McAllister. Carter said, "that our life stories are told by what ideas, places and beliefs we belong to."

English sophomore Emerald Travieso waits an hour in line Monday in the Engish Department Office to re-register after her classes were dropped, along with 2,400 other students. Education sophomore Stella Pina said that a frustrated student posted a notice instructing classmates to call Chancellor Bruce Leslie.

Faculty and staff toast Sept. 10, while counselor David Rodriguez's band "True Stories" plays at The Cove, 606 W. Cypress. It was the first time that faculty and staff celebrated "SAC Night."

Theatre sophomores Beatrice Ramos and "Z" Badillo carve styrofoam sculptures for the play "Waving Goodbye," which premiers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in McCreless Hall. The sculptures, which Romas and Badillo volunteered to work on for weeks, will be destroyed after the final performance, they said. A sculputure from last spring's "Amadeaus" hangs on the wall after they refused to destroy it for all the work they put into making it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

40th Anniversary Surprise Party

It's going to be something when I get married, let alone for 40 years; a love changed by many seasons.

I had the opportunity to record an anniversary surprise party for a family friend at Fleming's Steack House in the Quarry.

Click the photo for a slideshow:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Custom Interior

Henry have spent many hours on customizing my interior:

Lego Civic

Yes! Seven paint cans later. Up next: custom seat/door panel covers.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

21st Birthday List

I'm turning 21 soon (Oct. 10), so I thought I would make a birthday list, not for the sake of material desire, but to reflect on recent experiences that, in a way, acknowledge an increasing understanding of self, of who I am and what I hope to be for the future.


A succulent (for the home).

Both succulent and cactus, they are a vivid images of a Texas landscape I've grown up on. The often painful life that also flowers protection and empathy. The harsh reality of existence made beautiful by its impermanence. ;-)

Henry jams out at Paul's ranch in Yancey, Texas.


A watch

Childhood memories of an orange silicon-banded watch, probably themed by some Disney character like Aladin or Buzz Lightyear. The watch is also my refusal of existing by constant I-phone or cellular referral. Turn them off for a second. Enjoy uninterrupted silence that relies on listening, not transmitting; finding truth without googling it.

Fossil Chronograph Watch - $99. I believe it's been purchased already ;-)


Glass jars (cork or clamp)

I imagine myself storing various juices in these bottles, like a medicine man providing natural health for his children or loved ones. I like that idea. ;-)

$5-7 at Hobby Lobby


A second Super Nintendo controller and Super Mario Kart.

Dug up from the grave of garage storage, my Super Nintendo is running again! Thanks to Henry providing lost cords, I can finally enjoy games like F-Zero, Zelda: A link to the past and Pilot Wings. However, a second controller is needed for some awesome two-player gaming like Super Mario Kart!

Game is $10 and a controller is $1.50


Texas birds book.

Every time Megan and I see a bird we can't recognize, we want to know what it is. National Geographic makes a great Texas Birds book (available through Amazon).


iTunes giftcard.

Since hearing segments on NPR about Stewart Copeland and his writings for The Police, I've been itching for some of their best hits. Henry plays songs I've never heard before in his car which provides relief ;-)


Glass clip frames.

Any number or combination of 16x20, 8x10, 4x6 and 5x7 frames to be filled with memories and placed on my wall. They are relatively inexpensive and can be found at Michael's with coupons available (it's a non-sale, regular priced item)

Monday, August 30, 2010


Click the photo to view a recent trip to the zoo with Megan and her family:


The Ranger got a request from ESPN for a photographer and writer to cover the Madison-Steele football game, featuring Madison's Malcolm Brown and Steele's Aaron Green, the No. 1 and No. 5 prospective running backs respectively. I actually enjoyed talking to and watching professionals from the Express and wire services more than I did making my own pictures!

ESPN chose two action shots from the slideshow I submitted to them.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Henry's Car

I've been trying out a few car shots lately.

Running around the car (left) popping the external flash. Fun stuff.