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Hunter’s Moon

November 28, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Charles Bertram

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Often my favorite photographs are made while driving to or from other photo assignments. Whenever possible, I drive the back-roads instead of interstates in hopes of finding feature photographs. Shortly before sunrise on October 17th, while driving to Augusta for another assignment, I came across this photograph of the moon setting over a foggy field in Bourbon County. The hardest part of the photograph was finding a safe place to pull off the road before the moon dropped out of sight. After I finished making photographs in Augusta I called Herald-Leader reporter Andy Mead, who seems to always have answers to any questions relating to the environment, for some help with the moon caption. Andy called back a short time later to tell me that the full moon in October is known as the Hunter’s Moon or the Blood Moon. That’s because the crops were in (thanks to September’s Harvest Moon) and hunters could stay out all night, using bright moonlight to track the game needed to get through the winter. Charles Bertram/Staff

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Quiet moment…

November 26, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Mark Cornelison, Sports

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It’s sometimes frustrating to get a photo that you know has some nice meaning only to see the next morning that the sports page did not have room for it. I guess that is part of the reason we have the blog. To show all of you who view the blog what we think is good, what we worked to get and how it should have run. We don’t control the final product. All we can do is give the best we have and hope for the best. The best sometimes being quite subjective. At the end of the Henry Clay-Trinity football game last night, Coach Sam Simpson walked up quietly behind his son, starting quarterback Salin, and gave him a hug while quietly talking to him as they watched Trinity celebrate at the other end of the field. A moment that should have been shared to the rest of the city through print, but alas….was not. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

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Duck season?

November 26, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Mark Cornelison, Sports

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Is it any wonder Kentucky struggles with the pass when they come out of the quarterbacks hand like a lame duck? In a painful game to shoot, Kentucky ran an offense that consisted of back up quarterback Curtis Pulley either throwing a shovel pass to a running back , running the ball himself , or throwing up another duck. To his credit he did throw for 149 yards on 22 of 32 but the pass was never a threat to the Tennessee defense. How many years can Kentucky go back to the drawing board with it’s offense?

You can see more photos from the game on the Herald-Leader photo staff’s
website here

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Black Friday II

November 25, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under David Stephenson

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Some photographers may dread having to be at Best Buy at 4 a.m. in 18-degree temps. I love these kind of assignments – but I sure wouldn’t be there if I weren’t being paid, unlike these shoppers who appear to be willing to do about anything for a good deal.

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Black Friday

November 25, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Blog

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On the day after Thanksgiving hoards of shoppers descended on Lexington stores to take advantage of deep discounts and the opportunity to wait in incredibly long lines. They rose well before dawn and clustered outside, bundled to their eyeballs against the arctic temperatures, waiting for the doors to open so they can be among the first to pounce on those early bird specials—while they last.

When I saw Lindsey Hammond sitting, head in hands, while waiting in line at Target, I was reminded of why I hate shopping on Black Friday—long lines. To me, few things are worth the wait. I don’t know if it’s the boredom, the sore feet, or the de-humanizing effect of being herded like cattle. Probably all three.

It’s ironic that today I found myself rising before dawn along with the bargain-hunters, bundled to my eyeballs against the artic air, ready to pounce on any shopper that made a good picture.

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