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Tyler takes it

Posted in Kernel, lexington, photography, photojournalism, University of Kentucky on March 28, 2008 by lenscapremoved

In Keith’s case, he got a portfolio, award-winning photograph out of an SG election.

My first trip my freshman year failed me, as I think it was the first time I had ever used a flash. I got a crash course from Keith during the three minute walk to the presidential announcement. This year, when I’m comfortable with my gear and completely prepared, there wasn’t much of a celebration. Tyler was the only candidate running, so the photo below was about as much celebration as I could ask for.


The photo below has more emotion. This girl has tears in her eyes, but I’m not sure if she lost a senate position, won it or is just happy. I have her information and could look it up but I really don’t think this picture is worth the caption info.



UK vs. UT – Remote shots

Posted in basketball, Kernel, lexington, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, sports on January 24, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Blogger note: These photos are the property of the Kentuckian and Brad Luttrell. Respect the Kentuckian’s property. If you are interested in purchasing my work, please email me. 


Remote cameras are a good way to get where your big bulky body can’t.

Basically this is just a camera set up on the floor in front of where I was sitting with a wire attached and a button at the other end so I can fire it. It gets me a low shot and I can keep firing with my other camera to get nice tight photos, as in the previous post. The shot I’ve been trying for is kind of the one below but I want people chasing the ball right for my face. Remotes are basically thinking of the shot you want, setting up a camera, and hoping the moment is right.

Please, please, please tell me which one you like the most. If you just hover over the picture a number will pop up. Comment. Even if you don’t know jack about pictures.







Always be prepared

Posted in lexington, Photo lesson, photography, University of Kentucky on January 22, 2008 by lenscapremoved


I took this car out into the snow at 6:45 this morning. Snow covered roads and ground. All excited to shoot, I pulled up to the sidewalk, similar to the photo above. I waited from the car for the sidewalk duster to come by, fired five frames. After which, I chimped of course. No, my histograms weren’t bearing to the left or right, and my lens cap was removed. I had just forgotten to put a card back in it after dumping the last card.


Drive home. Come back. Get out of the car, come to take this picture. I look down. The battery is flashing. Not just low, but flashing. Apparently I didn’t charge my camera after my last shoot either.


Do I feel pretty stupid? Of course. A wise man with a beard always said that anticipation is the key. Always be prepared. Did I miss out on something super important? No. Just a rare snow in Kentucky. After my battery charges I’ll be back out in it. Hopefully to bring you some good pictures back. I’m not pleased with a single one of these.


But you’re going international

Posted in Dame, lexington, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, scourge of the sea on January 21, 2008 by lenscapremoved


Mary Margaret and I went to see the Scourge of the Sea at the Dame Saturday night. I found out about the Lexington natives my freshman year and have seen them play twice now. I love their shows. They’re music is pretty chill. They really let loose on their last song, Chocolate Chips. Don’t listen to me talk about music though, check them out at Matt’s blog. I do pictures, and sometimes pictures of musicians. But I would be doing an injustice to both the Scourge and you if I tried to give you hip comments about their music. So be sure to roll over to You Ain’t No Picasso.


I will say I love their music though. I hope you will check them out. We toughed out the 10 degree weather last night (felt like -3 with wind chill) and checked them out.


There was some dancing going on, and since I have been playing with slow shutters and dark light I tried to capture that. You really need a lot of card space to waste when you do this. I’m not good enough to nail it in three frames. So I wanted to represent the Dame’s atmosphere and show the fanaticals of the Scourge.


I’m only leading in with those few pics of the band. Those are coming.

Scientifically artisticated

Posted in Diary, lexington, photography, photojournalism on January 20, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Important blogger note: If you take this post as serious science, and myself to be a real scientist (or know-it-all) then you are completely missing out on the sarcasm that makes this post fun, but also a learning experience for the both of us.

I realize you haven’t been seeing them, but I have been taking them.

These aren’t my favorites from my most recent photographs, but they were a learning process. A friend had a celebration of his birth and we stopped by after dinner the other night. It’s highly challenging to photograph in darkness. When you think about the ultimate requirement for photography it seems near impossible. Light is that requirement. So when there is a lack of light, the challenge to make not only compelling, but just sharp pictures, dramatically increases.

Pazzo’s on Limestone has tons of little clusters of light and then black holes. It makes for interesting photos.

Let me explain. I have developed a complex equation to show what I mean.

Quality of your photography = (x)light + (y) ability to use light

X is the amount of light you have, or say a measurement of radiant energy. With a great enough X, anyone can make an appealing photograph with hardly any ability. For example, sunsets or sunrises. The golden hour provides newbs with a means of making good photos without any ability. Take the newbs sunset or sunrise photos and compare them to a professional’s. Now those photographs that were displayed proudly in photo albums would be tucked away into the closet. The professional is packing more Y than they can fit into a camera bag.

Mary Margaret and Eric (sorry Eric, can’t remember that last name…Sohl?). While this room is basically black, there was light coming in from the hallway. Which was cool.

With enough Y, you can learn to photograph in darkness. Y is you. You are what matters. When you hear a photographer speak to a group and at the end comes the questioning, listen to the questions and you can pick the amateurs from the pros. The newbs ask questions like, “Why did you use such a high f-stop?” or “How long did you have to leave your shutter open to catch that?” When it comes to the real questions, the questions you can’t learn from reading a manual, those are by the pros. “When do you draw a line and say that you could do more good for a person by taking them to a hospital rather than taking there picture?”

I think she is showing her friend a photograph. I can’t really tell.

“Leica, schmeica. The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to see.”

Ernst Haas

I don’t have anything that will change your life. Actually I would be willing to state that these are the type of photographs that wont even inspire you beyond lunch. But every shutter that fires, I learned something. Every time I have to compose, I’m thinking of why I am composing that way. I’m giving myself reason. I’m giving myself style and still debating seemingly the heaviest question of my life.

If I had one story left to tell, what would it be?

This is by far the most interesting photograph of these. There is a lot going on, if you just look. The girl, Kellie Oates, is laughing at this guy (black blob in middle of frame) while the two girls in the background are dancing. There are some subtle pretty colors. This feels right for the atmosphere.

One star for effort

Posted in Diary, lexington, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism, PJ class on January 16, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Before I even start, I don’t want any of that you’re too hard on yourself crap. My standards are high because life’s standards are high. I expect the best out of myself. Today I didn’t achieve.


Assignment: stop motion and blurred motion. Well, it turned out to be really freaking sunny but 19 degrees. It turns out people don’t move very fast when it’s cold. And stop motion photos being what they are, the only thing I could think of that would be moving fast enough to consider it stop motion was bicycles (cars don’t count). Given that, I still shot completely artsy and cut off everyone’s heads on purpose, slightly depersonalizing all of these subjects. Whatever, these photos are OK.

Here. These three. The following pictures are what totally ruins my days shoot. These were taken about an hour or less ago. I will explain each ones flaw.


This photo looks really cool at first, but only because you’ve seen those really cool chain link fence pictures that are rough, edgy and story telling. They’re through prison fences where inmates are behind them or maybe there is a group of Mexicans dashing over the fence and it represents a divide within our country. Or maybe it’s just a bunch of kids smoking pot by their high school. Whatever it is, it’s better than this. If you thought this photo was cool, that’s why. You’ve seen something like it and it brought back a good feeling. The composition is similar. If you didn’t think it was cool, it’s because you realized this photo completely lacks the content necessary to compete.

20080116blurredmotion_r_bjl044.jpg The only reason I show you is because I came up with a picture story idea tonight. There are tons and tons of liquor bottles right here, along with deodorant, mouth wash (which the homeless drink to get drunk) and other trash. It looks like someone may have been living here, and I hope they still are. The train yard is right behind my house, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for someone hanging over here, although it is really cold out now.


And I thought I would leave you with my most blown photograph of the night. I staked out my spot and knew where I wanted my photo. I waited, and luckily, this guy came through after only 2 minutes of waiting (which is convenient at 1 AM). I blew the picture. It’s not exposed correctly. My framing is off. It’s just c rap. So hopefully I can shoot a blurred motion picture that doesn’t suck to turn in for my first photojournalism assignment.

I’m in no way happy with my take. But I hardly ever am.

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.