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New theme

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps) on April 12, 2008 by lenscapremoved

This new theme has a lot going for it and only one thing against it. Size.

I really want a 500 pixel width on my main column. Right now it is set to 450. This doesn’t make much sense to me, because that really limits how large you can show your photos. I don’t know about you but I want as much size out of a photograph as I can get.

I wish WordPress offered more free themes.


It’s not just so we can leave anymore

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), Kernel on January 14, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Last semester we reached our readers well over half a million times through the Web.

The exact number of hits on from semester beginning to end was 572,767, a number that surprised me when I looked into our stats. It should be obvious to all of us that the days of putting online content on the backburner need to end.

Our readers are coming to us more than in the morning and there is no reason we can’t provide content. As we provide the material, they will begin to use the site more.

Traditionally, we all put our online content to the last of our cares as we work on the hallowed print edition, trying to tweak it to perfection and capture one day’s news as wholly as possible. After our PDFs are sent and reporters and photographers have long flown the coop, we load up our online content. The only time we upload before print edition is for game stories and major, major breaking news.

I’m not pushing for any changes that would sacrifice quality. Together we can increase the quality of our newspaper.

With our earlier deadlines, isn’t it possible to be able to publish stories sooner? It would be great if every desk would think of ways that we could work together to get content online faster.

Please come to me with ideas. I am looking forward to working with you this semester as we strive to make our content more accessible for our readers, but most of all provide our community with great journalism.

Dear (existing and aspiring) Kernelites

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), friends, Kernel, photojournalism on January 13, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Don’t be frightened.

With all of this talk of multimedia, technology you’ve never used and weekend-long workshops, it may seem overwhelmingly and obvious that you are going to get in over your head. You’re not.

Thursday kicks off our first multimedia workshop for the Kernel. We will be creating campus related multimedia and learning the process. Many of you have said you don’t know where to even start, but we’re all together in not knowing much of anything, this guy included.

Reporters, you’re not that far behind. Despite being up on camera technology, the photographers have just as much to learn. This is a great opportunity to be able to screw up. If by Sunday, you haven’t created a cohesive piece, it’s OK. It wasn’t an assigned story for the paper, and at the least you’ve learned the basics.

All of our productions will go onto our new multimedia site, As the semester goes on I’ll be working and tweaking this site to perform as smoothly as possible, and we’ll all be working to produce excellence journalism to upload to it.

2007 Year in review – Sports picture story

Posted in 2007 Year in review, Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), Diary, Football, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, sports, UKPJ on January 10, 2008 by lenscapremoved

KNPA entries were due last night. I worked my tail off going through my pictures from all of 2007. Instead of doing a massive slide show, I’m going to break it down, and hopefully get some feedback. These are my best sports photos from last year.

We’ll start with a picture story about the 2007 football season. Captions are as they were turned in.

This year, my goal at almost every football game was to make pictures, excellent pictures, due to the light. I watched for it. I wanted it. Without even noticing it at the times, I ended up with solid photos, due to light. I’m learning.


UK quarterback Andre’ Woodson stands with his team at the start of his second Music City Bowl appearance. Woodson was prospected to be a Heisman winner at the beginning of the season. Woodson led his team over top ranked LSU and to a second Music City Bowl.


LSU running back Charles Scott leaps into the end zone during the Kentucky vs. LSU game on Oct. 13, 2007. The Cats beat the top ranked Tigers after three overtimes.


UK fans argue a call at the UK vs. LSU game on Oct. 13, 2007. The Cats fans have suffered through many losing seasons, but for the past two years have enjoyed finishing with a post season record of 8-5.


Head coach of the Cats, Rich Brooks, argues a call at the LSU game. Brooks was long ridiculed by fans, along with athletics director Mitch Barnhart for the hire. “Ditch Rich and Mitch,” slogans were more common before the Cats titled as Music City Bowl champions for two years in a row.


Sophomore offensive tackle Justin Jeffries flexes to the crowd after UK put points on the board against LSU. The Cats beat the top ranked Tigers in three overtimes and moved to No. 7 in the rankings


Junior linebacker Braxton Kelley celebrates with fans on the field of Commonwealth Stadium after UK defeated No. 9 Louisville. The fans rushed the field twice during the 2007 season.


Head coach Rich Brooks holds up two No. 1’s to the crowd before leaving the fan-stormed field after defeating top-ranked LSU. Brooks had been under scrutiny for what he called a rebuilding process, but proved himself and his team by defeating a top-ranked team for the first time in 30 years.


Fans cover their eyes from the sun in Commonwealth Stadium during the UK vs. Florida game on Oct. 20, 2007. A once uncommon site, the fans filled the stadium for multiple games this season.


ESPN GameDay came to Lexington for the first time to cover the UK vs. Florida game. Around 10,000 fans showed up for the event and were the loudest group GameDay had ever seen.


Senior Andre’ Woodson looks for an open receiver against Vanderbilt defenders in Nashville on Nov. 11, 2007.


Senior Wesley Woodyard hugs Rich Brooks while his teammates pass their second Music City Bowl trophy around after the Cats defeated the Florida State Seminoles on New Year’s Eve, 2007. Brooks said that his senior class was the most special group of people he had ever coached.

The beavers will be out soon

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), friends, Hess, lexington, photography, photojournalism, UKPJ on January 8, 2008 by lenscapremoved


I’m just going to assume you guys are reading Jim and Elliott’s blogs.

I went with them to get information about their picture stories, the Woodsmen and Old man and the sea. In Jim’s whip, we blazed through back roads, while testing out his new Tomtom. I basically mooched off their last picture story, the Old man and the sea.  This guy was awesome. I didn’t get great pictures, but I’m OK with them considering I just hung out for half an hour.




Music City Bowl – (Re)action

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), Diary, Football, friends, Kernel, Music City Bowl, Nashville, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, sports, travel on January 6, 2008 by lenscapremoved


Just as they win and it’s over, we begin.

I’ve blogged about a big win before so I thought I would take a different angle this time.

Straight forward, things I learned or was reminded of:




  • When you’re in the front row of about 30 photographers, you have the best view of what’s going on but end up looking up people’s noses. So when you throw a hail-Mary up to get even with the subjects, don’t be surprised when everyone in the photo workroom is mad at you. But hey, I got my pics from it. Survival of the fittest.


  • Never, ever, ever forget about the Gatoraide bath. It’s going to happen. Don’t be one of the 29 photographers in the workroom without it while David Stephenson shows off his perfect shot.


  • Don’t waste time on the coach if you know you have your shot of him. I didn’t follow Brooks beyond the celebration of stage. If I had, I would have had 15 solid pictures of him, but none as good as the ones from him receiving the trophy.


  • Security and cops will most likely push you around. They’re just doing their job: protecting the coaches. You can see a fella yelling at me to get out of the way so Andre’ Woodson can get through. That’s going to happen. Get your shots, but be conscious that it’s not uncommon for people to get arrested at football games. A friend recalled hearing a cop say, “I can’t wait to topple some of these punks,” right before fans rushed the field. Journalist are not exempt.


  • There are show-boats amongst the players. You don’t have to shoot them. They’re just showing off for the media. Sometimes this is OK, sometimes it’s not. Generally I wont shoot it. find the real celebrations. The ones that they forget you’re watching.


  • Always, always, always be ready to run to the middle of the field at the end of the game. If the clock is out and no one else is going, who cares? Get out there and get your shot.


  • A big part of what we do is anticipation. Elliott is very good at this. It’s actually a big part of what he is better than you are. Anticipation separates the pros from the amateurs. While Elliott technically isn’t a professional, he still out shoots them at football games. Before the game he spent nearly an hour looking for Andre’ Woodson’s mom. All that just so that in four hours when the game was over, he would know where to be. He wanted a shot like the one above (he already has one that is better from earlier this season). You should check his blog to see if he got it.While we’re on anticipation, you should apply that to the action. What? You can’t anticipate action? I disagree. This is a whole other topic though. Just think about it.

I hope you like them and have enjoyed my Music City Bowl coverage. Please comment and make fun of my photos.


But as always with UKphotojournalism photos, you do not have permission to take these down from the site. They’re the property of the Kentuckian and myself. If you’re interested, email Also, while my opinions are the best ones, the Kentuckian would probably not step out to say that they are with me on basically anything I say. So don’t call them complaining because I made a subtle joke about Dicky Lyons Jr. being a showboat.

Clear as black and white – Part I

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), friends, Hess, Kernel, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, UKPJ on December 27, 2007 by lenscapremoved

Blogger note: Here is 2-part step-back to my photo lessons & discussion, which never really ends in discussion. It’s more like I give my opinion, I get a few hundred hits and 3 comments about pretty pictures. I have talked about this to several people lately and know this is interesting to more than just me, so please give feedback (even if you don’t shoot pictures).

Black and white is no longer mandatory.

We’re not shooting film on Nikon Fs (not that I have ever used anything before a 20D). All in one photo you have the options of color or black and white or really, any color scheme you can pull together in Photoshop. I don’t think it’s a decision to be made very carelessly. Both color and black and white have much to offer.


This is one of my favorite photos I have taken over the break, and it is definitely IN for color. The multiple layers and colors work really well together, although after some criticism I do believe it should be cropped a bit from the left. But for now, we’re only looking at color. My eye flows well through the photo above. Recently, one of our peer photographers said, “I think that’s what makes a good photograph, is when it just stops you and gets you to look at it.”


I agree with what my peer was saying, but there are boundaries within what he is saying. The black and white version of this picture grabs you, but it’s only because you’re confused. If confusion is what is capturing your viewer and you aren’t relaying a message, emotion or piece to a story, then what is your picture doing? This photo in black and white is definitely OUT and just simply does not work.


This photo comes from Britney McIntosh’s blog. She had a few nice frames from a nursing home, which I found it to be interesting that she had them toned in black and white AND color. I can see her reasoning for this frame being color. It has a nice tree and fun color throughout the frame. The lady in the frame has colorful shorts on. It’s not a great frame, but in my opinion – speaking strictly to color, it’s better in color than black and white. So her choice on color for this frame is IN.


This frame – OUT. If I just try to look at the subject my eyes are burning trying to look at that ugly EXIT sign and the giant red and yellow blocks in the background. This frame is in no way about the EXIT (unless Britney is sending us subliminal messages) or the huge legos at the end of the hallway. They aren’t adding to the picture. Let’s try it out in black and white.


Much better. This photo is IN. The sign and legos aren’t distracting me at all anymore. I can focus on the subject and work my way through the photo on my own terms, without feeling compelled to relate the EXIT and this lady.


Elliott Hess loaded up this photo along with others. I have mixed feelings about this picture. I haven’t seen it in color, so all I have is all you see, but I think it would have worked in color pretty well. In this case, I don’t think the red flag would have been distracting, but helped to give life to this picture (which is of a dude scraping a raccoon’s skin off it’s body). Still the same, this photo is IN. I think his decision to make this picture black and white fell more to do with the fact that his others about this subject were black and white. You can’t bounce back and forth at your own free will. Pick your formula and don’t deviate. More on this in part II.

Now, the original thought, or question. Of what guidelines should we go by when deciding if our photos should be in black and white? I wonder if we (WE:me, you, the next guy) are attempting to give weight to our pictures that is lacked in content by toning our pictures in black and white. Are we falling back to a repressed idea that by giving our photos an old fashioned, hard hitting, documentary appeal they will affect people the same way? Yeah, I think so.

Mull that about for a day or so. We’ll see what comes of this tomorrow.