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A “liberated” Friday!

January 13, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
Filed under Mark Cornelison

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Well, it is done. The Weekender is on the racks, the nude people are on the cover and all seems well. The only feedback I have heard personally so far is from people who are in the photo and some others who have written to say how much they like it. Of course when I go into work, I could be faced with several more comments both good and bad. Make the job fun for sure! The shoot took about 2 hours total. I told the models up front that I would need them to be patient because positioning 17 people so that nothing “extra” could be seen in the photo was tough. I told them I was not a big fan of digital manipulation and wanted to cover everything up with light and shadows so that would require more test shooting until things were all covered…literally. We tried a few different poses and I realized 17 people were a big group. Maybe too big, so I divided the group into smaller groups, first, two groups of 9 and 8 then finally in groups of 5 and 6 randomly numbered to the best of my ability. Working my way around the group with my camera shooting tests to make sure nothing was showing and finally up on top of the ladder I was doing the main shot from. I shot about 70 frames of the different set ups and presented 4 or 5 different views, groups, and poses for the editors to choose what would make it. I just got my paper this morning and I am really happy with it. Hope you are too! Here is one more outtake from the shoot.
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Kentucky Treasures makes appearance on WUKY

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Charles Bertram, also considered by many to be a Kentucky Treasure, seemed to have a little difficulty figuring out where to put his headphones before our radio gig on Curtains @ 8 with Nick Lawrence last night. Charles, Jim Warren, also pictured, and I had the pleasure of discussion the Herald-Leader’s book published last month called Dr. Clark’s Kentucky Treasures.

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Worship Assignment

January 11, 2006 by David Perry  
Filed under Behind the Photo, David Perry

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This photo is a little abstract until you know the context. It’s an out-take from a photo package in the Jan. 11 City/Region section on the Muslim Eid al-Adha prayer service at Lexington Center.
If you are ever at an Islamic service to take photos, it’s good to identify yourself before the service begins. The most common rules for photographers are:
1) Don’t shoot everyone from the back as they lean forward to pray. It’s just unflattering.
2) If you are tempted to make a detail shot of the variety of shoes that are discarded by the worshipers before they enter the worship area, DON’T.
3) Women are in the back of the worship area. Don’t shoot a telephoto close-up of them. Children are usually OK to photograph, but ask before the service begins. Boys and men are OK to photograph.

The important thing is to get there early so as to get the ground rules. But these guidelines will keep you from making any glaring mistakes in etiquette. – Dave Perry

Tech info: Nikon D-100, 80mm, 1250 ISO, 1/45 sec. at f 2.8, tungsten white balance.

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A liberating photo shoot!

January 10, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
Filed under Mark Cornelison

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I believe I have heard that being naked is liberating! Is this true? Well let me tell you, in an uncharacteristic Herald-Leader photo shoot I stood at the Loudoun House on Monday with 17 very liberated subjects in front of me! It was a blast. The concept was to have actual nude people viewing the nude exhibit that opens at the Loudoun House this Friday night. We asked for volunteers and got the. 17 strong. This actually made the shoot a little more difficult. The point of being nude was so people could “tell” you were nude without actually seeing anything that shouldn’t be seen in the newspaper. Putting 17 people into the area that needed to be the photo area, (square as dictated by the front of the Weekender section), made it tough. People were so jammed together it made it tough to even tell who was nude besides the people on the outside of the frame. The first photo you see here in the blog has been darkened to keep things up to Herald-Leader standards. Sorry it is not a juicier blog. This afternoon those in charge made their decisions and it was all ok’d by the higher ups, and it was one of the photos with fewer people in it. I apologize to all those who came for the shoot who didn’t make it but it was a success either way! I did not want to give away the final piece that will be used Friday so for now you just get the manipulated photo only. Will post again on Friday and let you know some of the reactions we got!

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The Prepared Photojournalist

January 10, 2006 by Janet Worne  
Filed under Blog

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Covering a compost fire is a good argument for why photographers should always carry an extra pair of mud boots in their car at all times. I broke that rule the day I took this picture and paid for it in the time I spent cleaning good shoes.

The prepared photojournalist should always carry:
Mud boots
Rain gear
A good book
Hat, gloves, long underwear, chemical hand warmers, etc. (In cold weather)
Flashlight
Extra cash
Snacks
Water

This is, of course, in addition to the ton of camera and computer gear I have to carry. The book is for those hurry-up-and-wait situations, the snacks and extra cash are for when I’m called out of town unexpectedly with no time to eat or stop at the bank and the rest is obvious.

I know I’m forgetting things. I’ll remember when it’s too late to do anything about it.

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