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UK vs. UT – Pearl hunting

Posted in basketball, photography, photojournalism, Photos for sale, sports, University of Kentucky on January 26, 2008 by lenscapremoved

Despite how much I hate Tennessee, I actually like their coach.

Bruce Pearl is perfect for college basketball. Anyone who will go to a women’s basketball game with their body painted is a fun guy.

He’s also full of great faces. I captured a lot of emotions out of him, which is important when you don’t know how the game is going to end. You want to have the right moment for the story. I think that moment is in this top photo where he realized his No. 3 Vols were falling to what was supposed to have been a bad basketball team.

Agony of defeat – Rupp is erupptinghere and he is just taking it in.

Anticipation – wishfully looking on to see if the ball drops.

Confusion – arguing a call

Bustin’ a rhyme – Yo, my name is! Er, no. Just coaching his players. 

Respect – Pearl is very cool about his coaching. Not screaming his head off. He listens to his players. 

Yelling – but he does still let a few shouts loose. 

Eff – this looks like it’s a big curse word. 

All pictures on Beyond the map stars are the property of the Kentuckian and Brad Luttrell. They are available for purchase upon request. Taking photos from this site is stealing. Also, and this is important, all commentary on BTMS is the opinion of Brad Luttrell. While his opinions are likely the best, they do not represent the Kentuckian, Kernel or anyone else who has the misfortune of being associated with Luttrell. 


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.





Bringing back the landscapes

Posted in home, Middlesboro, photography, Photos for sale on December 29, 2007 by lenscapremoved

I did more than just stand on top of a mountain and take about 60 pictures of a city I couldn’t see through the fog yesterday.

I really enjoy shooting landscapes, and I think they’re good training. This summer taught me a lot about photography through shooting the land. But as much as it’s about the land, it’s not “things you can see from the road,” as I heard a fellow say this summer. As Dave will call one of his upcoming books, it’s more like, “This land I love.” Don’t just stand there and shoot the picture from the car, or pull into the turnout and shoot from the overlook.


More and more this is what I’m pushing myself to do, especially since the workshop. I thought I was doing that, but apparently I wasn’t. It’s not obvious that I’m trying hard enough, so I’ll keep climbing hilltops and getting as dirty as need be until it’s proving for pictures. (Apply all this talk of mountains and getting dirty metaphorically, not literally. Unless you’re just a hippie or in love with the outdoors. Then that’s OK).


I almost spilled into the road on this one. I was scaling down from the parking above me. Then I climbed on down to take the picture below.


These next pictures seemed like they were going to be cooler than they were. I pulled over to shoot this cliff that hangs over the road. It looked like Colorado. I climbed up into it and shot a few pictures looking down, but they’re really not anything extraordinary.






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Hands up if you’re confused

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), Photo lesson, Photos for sale on December 2, 2007 by lenscapremoved

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I am constantly learning.

Yesterday I probably surprised many of my friends after saying I shot a few armpit pictures that I liked. I’ve been very vocal in trying to find more than the rebounds and dunks in the paper. They happen every single game. If you look at today’s Herald-Leader sports section, you’ll notice that on the inside there are three or four photos by Charles Bertram that almost all look the same. Their center piece is an example of a good armpit picture, but the rest are run-of-the-mill basketball photos.

After it was pointed out to me last year that all of the pictures I was editing for basketball looked the same, the face of basketball pictures changed for the Kernel.

Before I can get back to showing a few armpits that I like, I think it’s necessary to show a few that I most certainly don’t. These are the ones you are likely to see.

The dreaded armpit pictures:





This last one is closer, just because of the diagonal lines through the arms and the ball. It’s semi-interesting, but still falls short of being a good picture. The rest aren’t good pictures.

I’ve been trying to think of why they are often thought of good pictures. Why do newspapers run these monotonous shots of arms up? It’s exactly what the coaches tell their players, “Keep your arms up! Arms in the air!” To me, I see it as shooting an extra point in a football game. Who cares if Perry Stevenson got a rebound? Unless he completed the game with a career high or set some kind of record, it’s not important.

Some silly reasons to run armpit pictures:

* Sharpness. As photographers sit like ducks under the basket (really just waiting to be toppled by the giants running up and down the court), one of the easiest places to be prepared for a picture is right in front of you. According to the “Law of Averages” one can assume the more pictures you take of something in one place, the more you will get in focus. The more you get in focus, the more likely you are to have one that is interesting.

* Clean. Look at all of the photos I posted above. They all have the same bobble-headed fans behind them. The fans repetition forms a someone clean background, making the players pop. But you can have a clean and sharp picture of horse crap, and it’s still horse crap in the end. If nothing is going on in your frame besides a normal rebound and it is clean and sharp, it still may be worthless.

* Abundance. Once again to the “Law of Averages.” Since photographers sit under the goal, where rebounds and dunks are likely to happen, they have an abundance of these shots. If a majority of your pictures are rebounds, lay ups and dunks, you are likely to be picking from tagged pictures of the same.

If anyone else can think of other reasons, please post them so we can all learn.

What can make one of these typical armpit pictures stand out?

I asked myself that, and came to a few answers really. And after thinking about all of my responses, I realized one thing. The same things that make other pictures better, will improve your sports pictures too.

Great expressions

This isn’t an epiphany for photography or even myself. I’ve always known that good expressions are good in sports pictures. But after looking through my photos from the game, I realized that it’s this basic rule that led me to like a few of my armpit pictures. This picture of Ramon Harris isn’t amazing, but it’s a decent picture. His face is good, and it’s fairly clean (minus that ugly scoreboard). It’s an arms up picture that is decent. While I probably still wouldn’t run this, I have decided that great expressions could lead me to run an armpits picture.


Interesting compositions

With all of that movement under the goal, you are sure to see some interesting forms being made within your pictures. It’s possible that some of the arms that are stuck up in the air will be what frames your picture nicely and helps the photo in the end.

This photo of Patrick Patterson and AJ Stewart guarding a shot is interesting to me because the ball and Stewart’s arm frame up the NC player’s face and make it the first thing you see. Patterson has a good expression on his face and the NC player’s face makes me wonder if he was successful in his attempt (and he probably was).


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These two photos both have interesting faces and strange compositions with all of these limbs flying after the ball. They basically used the same formula as the previous photo.

Emotional reactions and telling the story

While the players are doing a lot of arms up, they are playing hard for something they are passionate about. When they make big plays, or fail to make them, they react.

If you were at yesterday’s game, you know there were a lot of fouls. Emotions were running high, especially among the freshman.


In this picture, senior Ramel Bradley throws his arm up to wave for his teammates after AJ Stewart, left, had committed a turnover. Stewart had just had a foul called on him (I think, it’s hard to pay attention and shoot well). Stewart had a look of disappointment, but Bradley, one of the team’s leaders, was trying to stay composed.


Other things to look for in those arms up pics are celebrations. Here the entire team cheers in the first half when the team was keeping the game within 5-7 points. All the way down the line you can see yelling and arm flying. This wouldn’t run in the paper unless you had a picture to show the second half disappointment in the team or in a player.

That is a part of the game. While these are not a typical arms up picture, I thought I would throw them into the mix since they do fit the category. Patterson seems like he will provide some very good photos for me this season.

To recap, when pictures have great expressions, interesting compositions and great reactions that are story telling, then it may be acceptable to run those armpits on the newsprint. These with a combination of sharpness and clean backgrounds can all combine to make powerful pictures. I don’t have any excellent photos for you today. But from now on I wont be so biased as to where they can come from.

But I still don’t like seeing rebounds run in the news.

Between the lines:

This photo had no relevance to this blog post, but is really funny. Michael Porter is heading straight for Mark Coury’s rear, and looks like he knows it. There are some excellent, monumental moments in sports. This one isn’t one of them.



The opinions of Beyond the map stars are Brad Luttrell’s. He works for the Kentuckian and the Kentucky Kernel, but in no way do they consider his opinion to represent their own.

Through it all, it’s best through glass

Posted in Photos for sale, quick and easy on October 3, 2007 by lenscapremoved

It needed to happen. And I think you’ll like it.

I’ve decided to stop publishing my photos for sale on this blog. I don’t think it’s fair for those who are looking for actual blog posts to have to dig through my photos for sale, and I don’t think it’s a very productive way to try and sale photos on a blog full of personal baggage and other photos.

So I give you, Through Glass, or linked to as

Now you can enjoy Beyond the map stars for what it was intended for, a place of refuge. For me, the author. For you, my friends. And for all those people who keep finding my site by searching for shitzus. (If you’re on this blog and just realizing that there actually wont be any pictures of shitzu puppies, shitzu dogs, or my personal favorite, shitzu lions, I’m sorry to have held you around for so long…but you’re really figuring it out way before most do).

But any-who, check it out:

MHS soccer photos, Kelly Cline, 15

Posted in Middlesboro, Photos for sale on October 2, 2007 by lenscapremoved

If you’re interested in purchasing photos, please comment or email me at, and let me know what numbers and what you want. Photos have not yet been color balanced, or prepared in any way for print. If you have questions or concerns about toning, please contact me.

Photos are available for single prints or packages. Portraits available upon request. Prices are listed at the bottom.

Photo 15a


Photo 15b


Photo 15c


Photo 15d


Photo 15e


Photo 15f


Photo 15g


General Prices:

4×6………….$ 2.50

5×7………….$ 5.50



wallets(4) ..…..$3.00

Minimum of $8.00


five 4×6, one 5×7, two wallets…………..$17.00

B ten 4×6, two 5×7, two wallets……………$25.00

C fifteen 4×16, five 5×7, four wallets…….. $40.00

D ten 4×6, five 5×7, two 8×10……………. $55.00

E create your own package. Just contact me.

All photos on Beyond the map stars © Brad Luttrell

Major improvements

Posted in Photo lesson, Photos for sale on October 1, 2007 by lenscapremoved


Photos by Danny Luttrell

At the photo workshop, Greg Cooper said he was really pleased with how the students were listening to the advice the coaches were giving. They were actually trying to apply what was said in critique.

Well, if you remember the blog post I did about my dad’s soccer photos, I gave him a pretty rough way to go about zooming in. The idea was that if you stay zoomed in, your subjects would be more likely to be in focus and you would have better quality.

The top photo has been cropped since he sent it to me, but over all it’s a much better outcome than the first selection he showed me.


This is the best picture my dad has ever taken. To all of my Kernel companions reading the site, they’re saying that the horizon is crooked and the zoom is still too far out. But take a look at the final available product from this picture:


This is an excellent sports photo. With a crop and a little toning, this photo came out to be an excellent catch. I’ll go so far to say that this is better than anything I shot at that soccer game.

Reasons I like this photo:

* Peak action – this photo wouldn’t have been this good 1/100 of a second before or after this very moment. So much of sports photography (and other types, but let’s stay focused on sports) is catching the right moment. That’s my sister making that great anticipated face. She is trying to out head her opponent, who is being hit in the face with the ball. Both players are off the ground. This all combined is peak action.

* Sharpness – this photo isn’t perfectly sharp once you crop in, but it is very very close. This picture is usable, and even sharp enough to sell. If the lens had been zoomed in (it’s at 150) to 300 this photo would have been much sharper.

*Angle – getting higher up gave a mostly clean background, one that would have (most likely) been more cluttered than if he were on the sidelines.

*Exposure – he is using aperture priority, but still the same it’s helping him to get a well exposed photo.

Let’s go back to the original though…


Reasons I do not like this photo:

* Tilted horizon – this is hard to avoid in sports when you first start. We get so focused on what we’re watching and trying to get things like peak action that we forget the basics. Just because you can fix something in photoshop doesn’t mean you can not worry about it. A tilted horizon is unacceptable.

* Background – yes I know I said I liked that dad tried to get up higher and get a clean background (or it may have been he didn’t want to leave the stands…which is fine for a parent with a camera but not you aspiring professionals), but the signs are growing out of this girl’s head. In most situations on the field, he wouldn’t have had that problem. Since they are jumping and competing for this ball, we have that white sign which actually hides the ball.

* Too wide – he did better about zoom from what I can tell but this is still way too wide for sports. We’re only at half zoom. The best way to fix this is to tape the lens at it’s longest extension, which is 300 in this case.

If you’re looking for soccer photos for sale, just give me an email or comment. Prices are listed below.

General Prices:

4×6………….$ 2.50

5×7………….$ 5.50



wallets(4) ..…..$3.00

Minimum of $8.00


five 4×6, one 5×7, two wallets…………..$17.00

B ten 4×6, two 5×7, two wallets……………$25.00

C fifteen 4×16, five 5×7, four wallets…….. $40.00

D ten 4×6, five 5×7, two 8×10……………. $55.00

E create your own package. Just contact me.

All photos on Beyond the map stars © Brad Luttrell unless posted otherwise.