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Yes it was

Posted in Kernel, Louisville, Photo lesson, photography, photojournalism on March 30, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Blogger Note: I’m not going to keep going for so long without posting. I don’t learn as much when I’m not blogging. You guys teach me so much about my own work and what it should be. I promise to resume my blog full speed this week. If I don’t let me know. I will be letting you know.

This was the best assignment I have gotten to shoot in a long time.

Hillary Clinton came to Louisville yesterday to pick up where her husband and former president, Bill Clinton, had left off last week. Instead of a thoughtful essay that’s written well about what I learned, I thought I would just bullet it so you don’t have to pick through all of my b.s. ideas.

  • An apparent local photographer grossed me out yesterday. He walked down from the media platform and into the pit where all of the supporters were cheering and throwing signs in the air. He asked a supporter to move from one side to the other so he could get his shot. He told the guy he was in the way of the media.This is unacceptable folks! The media are there because this matters to the people we’re communicating to. The supporters are not there to make our pictures better. We are documenting this event. If you can’t see because of a supporter, that’s your fault. You shouldn’t have picked that spot.
  • Julie and I were talking and we both agree we would love to follow a campaign across the country. It would be so great to be a campaign photographer or reporter. The challenge of trying to find what makes each speech different, or where the new photo is would be tremendous. If I ever get this opportunity I will surely jump on it.
  • Another broadcast photographer was kind enough to move his whole set up about a foot to the right so I would have room to stand on the press area. In no way did he need to do that, because he had spent an hour and a half setting up and I hadn’t. This was all too kind, and he is the guy that keeps me from being pissed off at the entire broadcast media.
  • In general I have found through three years of shooting events where media flock that newspaper photographers in Kentucky have a similar outlook to the one that I have. Let’s help each other out and not be jerks about the information we have. Mark Cornelison and the rest of the H-L staff prove that idea every time I see them. That’s appreciated.

Anyways, here are the photos. Which of these first two do you like more?




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Posted in Louisville, luttrell, Mary Margaret, photography, pinhole on January 15, 2008 by lenscapremoved


Pinhole – simple camera. Results – God awful photos.

An idea I picked up from Jim in Evarts, I tried it out recently. My first attempts at pinhole photography were some of the worst photos I have ever taken. I did learn a few things about light, and that I need to clean my sensor.

But, I have researched a bit and think I have a much better understanding of how to do it now. It seems I was a bit impatient for pinhole photography. So as I learn you’ll learn.

My setup was basically a body cap that I drilled a hole in the center and laid a piece of paper over and tried different sized holes. It’s a bit cheaper than those fancy lenses we haul, but obviously the quality sucked. I am convinced I can make good pictures this way though. Look for it.






Always challenging

Posted in friends, Louisville, Mary Margaret, photography, Photos for sale, travel on January 4, 2008 by lenscapremoved


For as long as I can remember, I have turned mindless tasks into games.

When I was younger and would help my dad do work around the yard I would do my best to keep it from being boring. If I were helping carry pieces of a tree he had chopped up with a chainsaw, I would see how far I could throw each one into the pile. Or maybe pick out a log already in the pile and try to hit it with the one in my hand. I would imagine it being a competition, and I was to be the best contender.

I tend to apply that with everything. It’s always a competition. I’ve been in Louisville since the Music City Bowl and have been shooting the whole time, and all of it has been in completely meaningless situations. Nothing extraordinary. My goal is to make each scene enchanting. Yeah, enchanting. Captivating. Breach the methodical. Capture true character. Conquer beyond what has been conventional.

That’s what I have tried to do with all of these photos taken from the inside of a car. I hope they made you stop and think, “I wouldn’t have thought of that” or at least make you appreciate my eye.

If you don’t, let me know. Because this isn’t an imaginary playing field anymore and I’m certainly not the only player on the stage.