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KNPA Seminar coming soon.

December 31, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under David Stephenson

Kentucky News Photographers Association announces its 2006 Educational Seminar and Photographer of the Year contest on Jan. 20-21, 2006 at the Louisville Marriott East.

More info can be found at the KNPA.org website. It’s a good opportunity to hear and see some fantastic work by great still and TV photographers from around the country.

For you KNPA members who plan on entering the contest, the deadline is fast approaching: Jan. 9.

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Pablo Alcala Year in Review

December 30, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Pablo Alcalá

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My show went up this morning. While I had a quieter year than others in terms of national news, I thought I made a few nice photos.  Learning to use the programs to make the shows was a good, if time consuming, experience.  Here are some quick thoughts on the past year.

I was proud to get to know the Castillos.  After getting their immigration status in order, they have bought a home, improved their jobs, started a family and used their good fortune to help others do the same.

I had several opportunities to see people caring for our national parks by cleaning them up or repairing trails. And like every year I do this, I met people from all walks of life, doing all kinds of interesting things.

I began Nuestro Kentucky this year.  It’s my monthly photo column where I show a little slice of our Latino community that maybe people don’t know about.

Personally, this year I celebrated my one-year anniversary of marriage.  We bought a house and adopted a puppy.  I biked my first century, 102 miles, around Lexington, VA, during Bike Virginia, a week-long bike tour of the state.

-Pablo Alcala

 

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Charles Bertram Year End Show

December 28, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Charles Bertram

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2005! How can 2005 be coming to an end when it seems like it just started? When I began looking at my photos for this year-end show, I was amazed at how much history I had witnessed in only 365 days: everything from hurricanes to the near demise of the tobacco farmer, gas reaching $3.00 per gallon, a war in Iraq, and the passing of a great Kentuckian-Dr. Thomas D. Clark. In 365 days, I made photographs in Canada, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia, all with one goal in mind: to visually record the lives of Kentuckians.

In the simplest terms, a photojournalist’s job is to visually chronicle the everyday lives of our readers. We photograph the joys in life. We also photograph the sadness in life. But any photograph that evokes an emotion is a successful photograph. I hope the photos in this end of year photo show cause you to reflect on the year–both with tears and smiles.

The show can be viewed at heraldleaderphoto.com

(The photo on the title slide is of my son, Michael Bertram, a senior on the University of Kentucky baseball team. He was sliding headfirst into third base in a game played February 18, 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina. I encourage you to come to a UK game this spring to watch an exciting baseball program that is on the rise. Send me an email address and I’ll make sure you receive a schedule.)

Thanks,
Charles Bertram

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Perry’s Year in Review

December 27, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under David Perry

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I tried to make my Year in Review as much about music as about photography. Because of the music, I hope my slide show becomes more entertaining. And because there’s photos, the show becomes more than just music. I enjoyed putting together music tracks available in Apple’s GarageBand and chose some photos on the basis of the music I could “compose” to go with them. I hope you enjoy my initial effort. You can see it here. – David Perry

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End of the Year for Stephenson

December 26, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Behind the Photo, David Stephenson

People are always asking me which of my photos is my favorite. I never have a good answer. It always changes, and there are so many that I like for so many different reasons. So from 2005, I’ll pick one to talk about.

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Sometimes you like a photo more for the experience of taking it, or being there, or meeting someone, regardless of how the picture comes out in the end. In this case, I was photographing the sunrise at Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Ky., in November and thinking to myself how beautiful and peaceful it was out there, and how lucky I was to be there. The only thing missing, I thought to myself, was another person to be in the photo so I could show them enjoying the same moment I was. Before I could even finish that thought, Eddie Ralston crested the hill and sat down to watch the sunrise. We didn’t speak until he started back down the hill, but then had a nice conversation about the beauty of that morning and what it meant to us.

This photo was part of an equally satisfying project that I worked on with Charles Bertram. Dr. Clark’s Kentucky Treasures was first printed in the Herald-Leader but then expanded and printed in book form and published at the beginning of December. At the last minute, I was asked to shoot three of the eleven locations – in three consecutive days no less! Each one of those days was spectacular. Certainly they are three days I’ll remember clearly from 2005.

(Coincidentally, another one of my favorite photos – one that is hanging in my home office, was taken on that same hill at Gethsemani. In 1994, at my father’s invitation, the Dalai Lama visited Berea, Ky., where my father was the President. After his time in Berea, we a jumped in a helicopter and flew to Gethsemani where his holiness was planning to visit the gravesite of an old friend of his, Thomas Merton. The picture on my wall is of my father holding hands with the Dalai Lama as they walk from the helicopter where it landed at Gethsemani. You can see the same statue of St. Joseph in both photos.)

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My congratulations go out to the rest of the HL photo staff for their great multimedia shows. I have had a little experience putting a few of these together, so this task probably wasn’t so daunting for me as it may have been for some of the others who were faced with an entirely new way to tell a story and present photos. We in the print media are faced with a pretty steep learning curve when it comes to the new ways of story telling on the internet. My hope is that you’ll be seeing more and more of it on our photo website.

To see my 2005 Year in Review multimedia presentation, click here.

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