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From UU

Posted in Kernel, travel, University of Kentucky on February 8, 2008 by lenscapremoved

This is as we turned it in to the Kernel.

By Britney McIntosh and Brad Luttrell

Jackson, Tn- Cars lean sideways against the residence halls and broken glass, pajama pants and muddy teddy bears litter the lawn outside of the dormitory that he used to call home.

Chima Abakwue, a doctorial student at Union University , said he couldn’t believe what had happened to the dorm he used to live in a few years ago.

“Wow. Just looking at the damages,” Abakwue said. “This is something you see on TV.”

Crystal Kinser Bruno, an employee in the Eureka office and a 2007 graduate of Union University, said that it was terribly upsetting for her to watch her alma mater on the news in such a state of disarray.

“I can still pick out things on campus even though everything is a mess,” Bruno said. “I feel so helpless being here, and not knowing what to do. I just want to help out.”

Serious tornadic activity hit Union around 7p.m. yesterday, said David S. Dockery, the president of the University, in a post on the campus emergency blog.

“It was like organized chaos,” said Amanda Brown, an education junior. “We knew what we had to do and did it as calmly as we could, but it was really hard to stay calm.”

“Following a nearly five-hour emergency effort, all students — including the 13 who were trapped in the fallen rubble — were rescued,” Dockery said. “Fifty-one students were taken to the hospital, nine of whom suffered serious injury. By God’s providence, no lives were lost.”

According to Rick Lasher of the National Weather Service, the storm that hit Jackson was a super -cell that began in Tupelo, Mississippi and was also the same super-cell that came across southern Kentucky.

“Super-cells are individual storms that are extremely strong and can have a tornado with them,” Lasher said. “They are the most damaging thunderstorms where the most death and destruction occurs.”

The structural damage turned out to be more severe than it was initially estimated to be last night after the storm passed, said Mark Kahler, associate vice president of university communications.

“The damage was even greater than we thought last night,” Kahler said. “The morning has shed light on things we couldn’t see last night.”

 “About 40 percent of our dorms are beyond repair,” Kahler said.  “About 40 percent are heavily damaged, the other 20 percent have minor damage like broken windows.”

Volunteers from the school and the Jackson community have already begun making serious efforts to help out Union.

“Union has a great repor with the community,” Bruno said. “Local businesses and churches would do absolutely anything to help out.”

Bruno plans to head down to Jackson to join other volunteers in helping clean up the school, which is not expected to reopen until after February 18, 2008.

“Right now they have bigger things to worry about than school,” Bruno said. “They need to focus on rebuilding their lives.”

Abakwue said that he feels for the students who lost their homes and possessions.

“You’re heart goes out to these students, he said. “Your life is most valuable, but when you’re a kid coming a long way from home this is all you have.”

Sarah Stinson, a junior music major, said that she has no idea what will become of her old dorm or her school.

“At this point we’ve heard so many different stories,” Stinson said. “I guess we’re just waiting.”


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.

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 in a new year

Posted in sports, travel, University of Kentucky on January 1, 2008 by lenscapremoved

I hope you had a fun and safe new year. But let’s be quick about this.

 I didn’t slept much two nights ago. Woke up early. Drove to Nashville. Covered a game. Brought in the new year in a hotel room watching the world’s most shocking car crashes with the guys (summer crew). Didn’t sleep much last night. Drove to Louisville this morning. Now I’m really tired.

I had more fun with the three of them than I did actually covering the game. Reasons vary. I hate covering games with ESPN for one thing. And I’m growing to not really care about shooting sports action. The moments after the time the clock runs out were what made for nice photos, so that was nice.

But I got what I needed. Pictures are to come. Don’t be hasty. I need time to catch my breath.

Most kids were

Posted in home, photography, travel on December 25, 2007 by lenscapremoved




While most children would have been building ramps for their remote control cars, running their bicycles through their neighbors driveways or trying out their Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200 shot range model air rifle with a compass in stock, I was out roaming with my new gift.

My Christmas gift: TomTom One.

I tried it out this morning. I drove way up into the backgrounds and searched my way home. It was pretty awesome. I’m excited to get to use it while I’m in Nashville.

On my way back through the Cumberlang Gap National Park I saw these deer. They’re pretty much always there, so it wasn’t that big of a deal, but I did have a 70-200 on my 20D. Merry Christmas.



It’s like out West, only without the 5,000 mile drive

Posted in Also removing lens caps (or pen caps), California, Diary, friends, Harlan, Hess, home, Matthews, photography, photojournalism, picture kentucky, road trip, travel, UKPJ on December 23, 2007 by lenscapremoved

With a dead story and only a day and a half to shoot, I wanted to leave Evarts, Ky with more than what I came with.

I could be sentimental and say, “Oh but I met so many new friends and had fun and it was a great learning experience.” But really, I wanted good pictures. Workshops always provide you with all of these. Connections. Good times. Learning experiences. Portfolio pictures.

I didn’t have time to shoot much of a story, but in between being honked at on the side of the road for standing at memorials, I shot landscapes. Some of which are really nice and telling of the area, others are just OK.

Shooting landscapes reminded me of this summer. It made miss just driving, not knowing where I was going to sleep. Evarts, a place so different than the West, caused me to miss California and its diverse land. It made me miss Elliott and wish he had been able to be in Evarts not only to shoot good pictures, but to hang out with me and Ed when we’re not having to make newspapers. Staying in an unfamiliar house for the sake of photographs made me miss Martha.

I will probably never have another entire summer to throw away for the sake of pictures. These trips when I get a full week to just think about them are some of my favorite times each semester. I hope, with Jim’s help, we can keep building these workshops and having great experiences.

This is the main cemetery from Ages through Evarts. There are other small cemeteries, but this is pretty much it. In my lifetime, I’ve had 6 family members buried here, including Clyde Wilson and most recently, my grandfather, JC Luttrell.

Good light and old, pretty houses make for good pictures.

I am going to reshoot this sometime. I need to be closer to downtown, or get a hold of a 300 with an extender. There are two steeples right in this area, and I think if I moved around I could probably frame this up a lot better.

I think my dad called this area Sunshine. I told him there’s nothing there but a few playing fields, but he said it used to be a community.