G20 Summit 2017 Hamburg: Recap

The Harbinger

By Alexandra Reboredo

The annual meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20)–made up of 20 countries and the European Union with almost two-thirds of the world’s population–was held in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of industrialized and economically-developed countries gathered for the twelfth time after Germany gained presidency of the G20 on December 1, 2016.

U.S. President Donald Trump made a strong presence at the G20 Summit, his second overseas trip since taking office. Throughout the informal forum, President Trump tweeted on an array of topics discussed, from meetings with Putin to a special thanks to law enforcement after prominent protesters.

As for the most anticipated moment of the Summit, Trump directly confronted Russian President…

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Posh Paris

Just recently, I took a trip to Paris, France. My experience will be a whole other story to be posted soon. For now, I want to share some unconventional photos with you, not photos of people in berets, smoking cigarettes, eating croissants, and definitely not of beautiful paintings, flowers, or monuments.

Here’s Paris, France in its truest form: degraded in 2017.

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart Visits MLEC

The Harbinger

By Alexandra Reboredo

There is always something going on at Miami Lakes Educational Center. Everyday, the halls of the school are traveled by ambitious students, a group of them being those in Dr. Raffington’s finance class, who were recently visited by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

Those Entrepreneurship students participated in the “Capitol Hill Challenge: Stock Market” game, an online simulation of the global capital markets where our students engaged in investments, as well as personal finance. Each group was given a starting budget and the goal of making the most profit.

One of the participating groups presented their firsthand experience, as well as their final portfolio. Migdielis Diaz recounted her group’s experience of investing in company stocks like Apple, AT&T, and CVS, and how those affected their personal balance.

Although her group placed in the 1,000s out of over 3,000 participating groups, they were eager to have learned the ins-and-outs of…

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Here’s to Another Year

I am one who enjoys structure: knowing which classes I go to on what days, having a set syllabus, and knowing what to expect. But, when I lost my external hard drive, I felt as though I lost a piece of myself – my childhood photos, every single family holiday, my photography. I was the idiot who relied on my external hard drive as I rely on laughter to get me through the days. I cried. My parents tried to calm me down, but I couldn’t find myself continuing without what was on that piece of welded, circuited metal protected by a plastic housing.

When I first got my external hard drive, it was called “My Passport.” I thought it was a funny name for something that held my entire life’s memories – the abundance of my childhood memories, the photos of family that I’ll likely never see again – like stamps on a passport. The only thing I have now are the photos that are posted to the Internet forever: the embarrassing fifth-grade selfies, photos of a field trip to Busch Gardens in eight grade, photos of me and my first boyfriend. And for once, I was grateful for being part of the “Selfie Generation.”

Sure, the photos are embarrassing, but if I delete them, who is sure to know where they go. Is it to the graveyard of disassembled pixels, meaningless in the abyss of computerized 0’s and 1’s? Or is it the deep web, where predators hide under dark cloaks, collecting the photos of memories to those who are lost? Perhaps they stay in Heaven, alongside the gods and goddesses to remind them of what life on Earth was like.

But they were gone forever. My parents’ memories struggle to maintain the pace of my younger sister and I’s ever-growing lives. And soon enough, the day will come when my mother won’t remember the passcode to her phone, or the faces of the people that lit up her lock screen.

And for that, I dread being part of the “Selfie Generation,” where our only memories rely on the Internet. My house is full of stacks of photo albums of my pre-birth to when I was around the age of 5. For now, and in the future, Alexandra from the age of 5 to 16 is forever lost in the abyss of wherever-lost-photos-go-to-die. And on the seventeenth birthday, I remember never to trust a piece of metal to hold the memories that last you a lifetime.

How to Photograph on the Move

I recently took a trip to England, where I was constantly on the move – no time to stop for photos. I realized that a photographer can make use of any scene in a short amount time. For those who are taking a trip soon, including a lot of walking or bus rides, these following tips will help you capture your once-in-a-lifetime memories.

1. Do not use the “Auto” setting on your camera. 

While being on the move, the “Auto” setting on your camera may not always be accurate – especially if you’re outdoors. Throughout the day, lighting changes. Thus, the camera must be adjusted along with it. For beginners, familiarize yourselves with the “Program AE” setting. By using this setting, shutter speed and aperture (affected by lighting) are adjusted automatically while settings like “White Balance” and “Exposure” can be manually changed.

2. Catch action shots

The best part about always being on the move while traveling is all the sights there are to be seen. For example, in the photograph above, my tour group was walking towards Buckingham Palace when, all of a sudden, a mounted guard orders pedestrians to make way for the guards. Although unexpected, it was a great opportunity for some traditional London photos to bring back to my family.

With action shots, it’s important to keep a small shutter speed to avoid the blur. Since the shutter speed is decreasing, the aperture (or amount of light entering the camera when the shutter opens) needs to be increased. For beginners, the “Shutter Priority AE” or “Tv” setting allows you to adjust the shutter speed manually, while other settings are configured manually.

3. Capture the theme of the moment

Depending on the places you visit, there is a mood – whether you notice it or not. In my case, England was a place full of public affection. The Roman Baths, on the other hand, was full of seemingly uninterested kids. The best way to remember the places you went is to capture the mood of a place in your photographs.

4. Don’t be afraid

Interesting places call for interesting faces. The number one, top tip, I can supply is to not be afraid. Look at it this way: you will most likely never see these people again, chances are, they didn’t even notice you snapped a couple photographs. The worst part about looking back on a trip is thinking Wow, that was such a cute baby, she was staring right at me, too. She’ll grow up and never remember me.


London Attitude

A different continent is met with a group of 36 eager teenagers; blind-sighted, restricted to the comfort zone we consider our country. Our home, made up of every other country, stands nothing parallel to our destination. Yet, none of us knew what to expect.

Our flight was with Virgin Atlantic Airlines on their Dreamliner plane. Ironically enough, none of us could sleep if it weren’t for my wobbly walking up and down the aisles to feed ZzzQuil to the insomniac. La La Land, Assassin’s Creed, Moonlight – movies to fill the 8-hour time gap. Frank Ocean, Joey Bada$$, Harry Styles – to play as the muscle in my thigh twitched from the dosage of diphenhydramine.

Once we arrived, we were on the go – non-stop. The streets of London were our first destination, two tube rides and a train ride away to Waterloo: metropolis of train stations. Soon enough, we realized “Waterloo” has its own song (by Abba, it’s a classic), which served as the theme for our trip. Young American teenagers all of a sudden shout “Waterloo” down the train station in sing-song.

The faces, the attitudes, the people, are all what cannot be defined by photograph, as its dimensions are not all met. Perhaps, a song can tell more. Through the photo essay, we speak through pixels, trying to tell the story of each and every place in London, and each and every face.

Waterloo, promise to love me forever more.