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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.


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.

Music City Bowl – Light

Posted in Football, Music City Bowl, Nashville, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, sports, travel, University of Kentucky on January 5, 2008 by lenscapremoved

This is one of my favorite pics from the game for the light and body language of Andre’ Woodson. He looks focused and is an obvious leader. Even if you don’t know who he is, this photo tells you he is important.

Football stadiums do amazing things to light.

They bend, break, interrupt and mold it into beautiful pockets that create excellent photos. All you have to do is wait. We realized that the good light wasn’t going to last until gametime, so we all hit the field shooting warmups. We were lurking like ligers on the sidelines, prancing along the boundaries basically trying to piss off the photo marshals.

I ripped this idea from Keith and didn’t get the exact shot I wanted, which was more movement than the players just walking. The separation is still nice and it is different.

In an ideal situation you can get gameplay in these pockets of light. Since this game started later in the day there was no chance. Just think how nice it would be to have Dicky Lyons Jr. leaping into the air to catch a pass in that pocket where Andre’ is standing. Or what if you have Micah Johnson lifting up the FSU quarterback and slamming him, and the only thing in light is Johnson’s upper body and the QB.

This photo might be overtoned, but I wanted to emphasize what was going on. (And I’ve read that wordpress photos need to be overtoned to show up correctly…so let me know how it looks). Wesley Woodyard is pumping up his D-line.

I mostly focused on catching Rafeal Little, Keenan Burton, Wesley Woodyard, Steve Johnson, Jacob Tamme and Andre’ Woodson in these pockets. They’re the significant seniors. They’ve made this team who they are and they’re the story.

It had been questionable that Keenan Burton would play. I knew that and was watching for him. If he didn’t play, it may have been a part of a story. So if we needed a picture of him, what better one than this?

We’re story tellers. Catching Lone Seiber in the light doesn’t really say anything, except maybe, “Hey, this guy has a really white uniform because kickers rarely get tackled!” So once you find the light at the stadium, watch for the players you need to make the picture.

I hope these teases your brain a bit. Give me your side and help me learn too. I hope you enjoyed the frames.

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 fun of kickers.

“FSwho?” – UK fans

Posted in Football, Kernel, Music City Bowl, photography, photojournalism, sports on January 2, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Not really much to say about these. Fan photos from the Music City Bowl. Tomorrow I’ll throw a break in these, but throughout the rest of the week you’ll see all of my Music City Bowl keepers.