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Girls Rock!

February 20, 2006 by David Stephenson  
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This was a fun group of young ladies participating in an after-school program, called Girls Rock, at Shearer Elementary School in Winchester. From left, fourth graders Hannah Tipton, and Ashley Fraley, and fifth grader Kelsey Woods, learn yoga. The program aims to break the chains of poor body image. You can read more about them here.

Shot with Canon 1D MkII, 16-35mm lens, 1/40th at f2.8 at 800 ASA.

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Kenton Street Fire

February 17, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under Behind the Photo, David Stephenson

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Here are a couple of photos from an apartment fire on Kenton Street near Transylvania University’s Campus Friday evening. I was on my way to the Henry Clay/Bryan Station basketball game when I got the call to head over to the fire. I was a bit late getting there, so the yellow tape was up, seriously restricting the view of the house. A big thanks goes to homeowner Carl Heltzel for letting me hang out of his upstairs bathroom window to get the shot above. The photo below is what could be seen from street level, but I really couldn’t get a good view of the firefighters doing their jobs. One firefighter suffered minor burns and treated at the scene and some apartment residents were treated at the scene. One injured resident jumped out the second-floor window and taken to the hospital.

Shot with a Canon 1D MkII, 70-200, 1/40th sec. at f2.8 at ISO 800. (People often ask why we have such big and expensive lenses – well, this is a good example. An f/4 or f5.6 lens would have been much, much tougher to get a sharp photo at such slow shutter speeds.)

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Sunrise

February 15, 2006 by Charles Bertram  
Filed under Charles Bertram

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As I opened my garage door this morning I was greeted with the beginning of a beautiful sunrise complete with a bright planet (Herald-Leader reporter Andy Mead thinks it was Venus). A jet was off in the distance with the contrail glowing from the light of the rising sun. I grabbed my camera and fired off a few frames as the jet streaked past Venus. The photograph was made with a Canon EOS-1D Mark II digital camera, ISO 400, 1/10 second at f2.8 with a 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens set at 70 mm. The camera was hand held with the image stabilization feature turned on. Charles Bertram

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Super Show!

February 8, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
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Many of you who know me know that this year I got the chance to do my first Super Bowl for Knight Ridder, and of course I jumped all over it! It was not like any other event I have shot before. Not like Derby that happens in a two-minute span, but more like the last second shot in the NCAA tournament on EVERY play. The thing is you never know what is going to be THE play of the game. We are talking historical stuff here. That alone puts a lot of extra pressure on you.
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The day began at 7:00 a.m. Remember that kickoff is actually like 6:20 p.m., and you can see where I am going here. The thing is, with so much security, and questions like, what is the access, how soon can I get in to mark a spot to shoot from or if I even can mark a spot. Most of the pressure early in the day not knowing if I would have a position in the end zone to shoot from like I was assigned too! Luckily for us, the Seattle paper, also Knight Ridder, got in the night before the game and marked spots for us! So the result was we had about 7 hours to wait, and wait. Talk about nervous energy. Luckily we had another Knight Ridder photographer, Patrick Schneider, on our team and he had shot 6 or 7 Super Bowls so he told me to chill out and I finally did. It was almost a relief to finally get into the stadium and get ready for the game. Once I was in and the game started it was all up to me to cover my zone. I was in one end zone. Patrick was in the other; two other shooters were on the sidelines and two in the seats up high. We were all pretty much responsible for our area.
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When Hines Ward caught a pass from Antwain Randle El for a touchdown and jumped , gazelle like, into the endzone I knew it was probably the play of the game and definitely the best reaction of the day. Problem for me was I was shooting with a 400 2.8 lens, ( thanks D.R.) and was really tight on the shot, but my biggest problem was having a TV sound guy step out with his translucent dish right when he crossed the line. It would not have been the best shot either way, but would have been nice to have it rather than the unusable shot through the dish.Hines_2
Enough said, this post is getting a little too long. Email me if you have more questions about the game, exposures, or whatever. It was a great day, great game and I only hope I get to do another Super Bowl in the future.Bettis_1

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INDOOR SWIMMING

February 8, 2006 by David Perry  
Filed under Behind the Photo, David Perry

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Indoor swimming is a real challenge sometimes. Be sure to allow anywhere from 5 min. to 15 min. for your camera to warm up and get used to the humidity. I’ve had lenses fog badly if I’ve left them in the cold car for a while before coming into the pool area. The light in indoor pools is usually dim. For example, this photo was shot at 1000 ISO, 1/200th sec., f.2.8, 17mm, Nikon D2-H. I got this swimmer on a turn, so he was sharp at a 200th. “Panning” the camera is difficult because swimmers are bobbing up and down, but you can sometimes catch other peak action when a swimmer comes to the surface for air in the breaststroke and butterfly. This crop is “loose” because the whole idea of the assignment was to show this temporary tent above an otherwise outdoor pool.

Caption: Tyler Adams, 15, made his turn during a practice lap on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2006 at the Lexington Dolphins practice under a tent-covered pool at the Cumberland Hills neighborhood club in Lexington.

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