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David Stephenson named Kentucky Sports Photographer of the Year

January 26, 2006 by Charles Bertram  
Filed under Charles Bertram

Herald-Leader staff photographer David Stephenson was named 2005 Kentucky Sports Photographer of the Year by the Kentucky News Photographer’s Association during the organization’s annual seminar held this past weekend in Louisville, Ky. Stephenson was also named runner-up Photographer of the Year. Pat McDonough with the Louisville Courier-Journal was named Photographer of the year. The Lexington Herald-Leader was named Newspaper of the Year. To see the complete list of winners, visit knpa.org

David plays My Old Kentucky Home on his bagpipes while standing on the track at Churchill Downs following the 2005 Kentucky Derby.
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Herald Leader staffers talk about Hurricane Katrina

January 24, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
Filed under Blog

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photo by Mark Cornelison

TELLING STORIES WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
Through the Lens: Images of Katrina
with Charles Bertram and Mark Cornelison
Wednesday, January 25
7:00 p.m.
President’s Room, Singletary Center for the Arts
Suggested Donation: $5
(for Hurricane Katrina relief)

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Floorcam outtake v.1

January 19, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under David Stephenson, Sports, Web/Camera Tech

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Ever wonder how close we get to the action at a UK basketball game? Here is an outtake from my floorcam which was sitting at my feet during the Alabama game. That would be Randolph Morris’ shoeless foot after a first half break to the basket. Check below to see what the floorcam is supposed to get.

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Basketball Hail Mary

January 18, 2006 by admin  
Filed under Behind the Photo, Lighting, Sports

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If you have ever had to cover a high school basketball game, you know the obstacles that come into play. On the list is the crowded gym, cheerleaders at both ends of the floor stretching from one sideline to the other, and having to deal with the refs moving in and out of your frame. Most troublesome for photographers is the poor lighting in high school gyms.
On this particular night, one of the officials had concrete for shoes. He stood in one place, and it seemed as if he was always in front of me. After about 3 or 4 minutes of not being able to make an exposure from where I was standing, I decided to move to the other side of the floor to get away from this official.
While action was at the other end of the floor, I weaved my way through the cheerleaders. As luck would have it, the home team stole the ball and was racing to the end of the floor where I was shooting. The player that had stolen the ball lost control and along with him, two players from the other team dove to the floor for the loose ball. Without thinking or looking, I turned the camera behind me and fired from the hip (also known as a Hail Mary among some photo circles).
Was I ever surprised to see the image. This frame ran as the centerpiece art on our sports front in our Saturday morning publication. It pays to be lucky. To capture his frame, I used a Nikon D2H digital camera with a 28mm to 70mm lens. My exposure was 250th at F2.8 with an ISO of 400. I lit one end of the floor with 2 Nikon flashes that I had put in the corners of the gym and fired them by remote control.

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Eagle

January 16, 2006 by David Perry  
Filed under Behind the Photo, David Perry

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There’s a joke about a photographer using a tripod on a boat. Good luck keeping it steady! But I did make use of a monopod when photographing this bald eagle on Dale Hollow Lake this month. It helped steady the composition when we spotted an eagle perched in a tree.
I was in a covered 5-passenger State Police boat. When someone spotted a bald eagle, I’d go out the front door, stand on a small deck, and train the lens on the bird. The engine would be turned off in the boat. The monopod worked pretty well until the bird started flying. Then I had to use the ‘pod as a grip and try to track it. Luckily, we spotted 8 bald eagles in the 3 hours I was on-board. With the magnification inherent with Nikon digital, the view ended up at about 20x with the rather large lens I was using.

You too can have a chance at photographing these birds at Dale Hollow and elsewhere (See Jan. 16 Herald-Leader City/Region section). It’s pretty expensive to use the rig I used. Now, I haven’t tried it, but you might check out this digital camera/binocular combination by Pentax at opticsplanet.net. I consider this camera as just a toy. However, it might be fun to use if you bird watch, go to Keeneland, photograph your pets, watch your kid play sports, etc. But it won’t yield much of a print past 5 x7 inches. – Dave Perry.

Tech info: Nikon D2H, 500mm f4 autofocus with 1.4x teleconverter (700mm equivalent focal length), 1/1250 sec., f8; white balance: cloudy.

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