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Behind the Photo: Horse Sale

October 24, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Behind the Photo, David Perry, Snappers

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Today I’d like to start off Behind the Photo with a picture I know well: it’s one of mine.

I know I’ve got a good photo when several members of the public bother to call me with their appreciation, and when fellow photographers give me a thumbs up as well. That all happened with this horse sale photo taken at Fasig Tipton on July 19.

Several folks commented that the photo looked like an Impressionist painting. Well, I can see their point, but this picture started out, like so many newspaper photos, as a story-telling photo.

This was one of the hardest rains I’d seen during any horse sale, so my first thought was how to incorporate the rain into the scene. As I saw the rain beating on the large widows of the sales area, I noticed that after every sale, a groom would walk each horse down a precise path behind the glass. But how can I get both the rain drops, which are so close to the camera, and a sharp enough background to see what’s going on at the event? The answer lies in an optical phenomena called “depth of field”.

To increase depth of field, a photographer uses the smallest lens opening for the light conditions. This small opening increases the apparent sharpness from foreground to background. For those of you wearing glasses, just take the thumb and forefinger of both hands, but them together to form a very small hole, and look through that hole without wearing your glasses. You’ll see a darker, but sharper view of the world without needing glasses! That’s depth of field. For more information on depth of field, go to http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/fototech/htmls/depth.html

But then, after putting the lens on a small opening (f16), I saw beyond the glass that spectators were running and walking from one building to the next. And this is where luck comes into play. Just as a horse was coming out of the sales pavilion, spectators were crossing to the next building. And that’s when I knew that “luck favors a prepared mind” is true. I had the lens already stopped down to take advantage of any activity seen behind the glass.

Well, that’s all for this installment of Behind the Photo. Drop me an email about a staff photo you’ve seen in the Herald-Leader or on Kentucky.com you’d like to hear about. (dperry@herald-leader.com) I’ll try my best to find out the story Behind the Photo.

– Dave Perry.

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Mountain Workshop time

October 18, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under David Stephenson, Web/Camera Tech

Three of the Herald-Leader photo and imaging staff are at the WKU Mountain Workshop this week in Lawrenceburg. See what we’re up to and view some outstanding photos by workshop participants at mountainworkshops.org

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Cat Football!

October 14, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Mark Cornelison, Sports

Cat football!

I just spent two weeks in Mississippi, and I was really looking forward to shooting some football. Even UK football. I say that just because we may try not to be fans, but it’s hard not to want the team you shoot the most to win. Is that too much to ask. I’m sure alot of fans think that the Herald-Leader is out to make UK look bad all the time, but I can tell you that is not the case. We are there to tell the story of the game win or lose. Are we going to shoot UK celebrating a touchdown when they lost the game 70-7? No. We are going to show Andre’ Woodson getting sacked for the 5th time and the disgust on his face as South Carolina celebrates the sack behind him. This is the story of the game. It is what we are trying to show. We get some complaints sometime from people saying we make the Cat’s look bad. It is not our fault when the Cat’s look bad. It’s just our job to show it! Thank goodness Big Blue Madness is tonight!

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The first blog snapper

October 11, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under David Stephenson, Snappers

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So the first post had to be a snapper – here’s one from the spring of some of the crew who works the backside at Churchill Downs during Derby Week. – David Stephenson

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