Queen's University engineering frosh week: Water & mud

Part of the fun of frosh week is that it's a great big well-planned mess. The crazy is cranked up to 11.

Overkill is the name of the game, such as using an electronic megaphone to address a camera less than a metre away:

And how about massive pump-action water guns in the hands of upper-years?

One water gun obviously isn't enough, though; you really ought to have four nozzles in one housing:

(A few years ago, some folks mounted a gas-powered pump and fire hose nozzle on a golf cart, feeding it from plastic drums in the back. It was a huge hit in the 30+ degree weather. Sadly, they haven't been seen since.)

Mud is of course also involved, and its preparation requires considerable talent and style.

None of us have ever figured out exactly why this happens. It just does. Everyone seems to have fun, with the exception of the custodian who has to clean out the shower drains the next day.

There's also a proper tug-of-war contest. It is fiercely competitive; winning strategies include putting your heaviest guys at the back (where they can grip the grass instead of the mud) and using the rope to set up harmonic oscillations in the other team's ranks.

The photographic techniques here are nothing special. 1/125 to 1/250 second, on-camera fill flash, and a bit of post-processing to bring up the shadows and enhance the purples (very few cameras can get an accurate, vivid purple without a bit of manual help). The main thing is to be willing and able to get right in there with the action, shooting from low or high angles, and being quick on the shutter when something interesting happens.

In a departure from our usual policies, today's photos (this post only) are CC BY-NC. Feel free to share and repost, provided that you link back to the original source (i.e. this site).




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