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Easy job?!

March 31, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
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I have heard people talking before about how easy the job of photographer would be. While I see this as a ridiculous statement, I won’t go into that right now. What I will do, is give yet another and “new” example of how hard the job is. Forget about the skill it takes to be able to capture a moment in a split second with correct composition, exposure and focus. Let’s talk about what the job now entails before even taking the first photo.
I am in Indianapolis to photograph the Final Four. I arrived late afternoon on Wednesday because we had to be at the RCA Dome early Thursday morning. You may be asking why we needed to be there that early with the games being on Saturday, and I actually was not sure myself, but it would not take long to find out. My new nemesis is Ethernet cable.
We have all heard of it and probably 80% of houses today have some of it in their house for their computer. It is now one of the new tools of digital photography, and of covering an event or ball game with a late start. We ran just over 1000 Ft of cable from the photo editing room to 7 camera positions in the arena.
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The second game on Saturday night starts around 9:00 and the same on Monday night for the National Championship. It gives us the ability to shoot the game and actually send the photos from the floor to an editor in an editing room. From there the photos are cropped, toned, captioned, and put out on the wire for newspapers Nationwide. There is alot of competition for getting photos out first and now these games have become a battle of the latest technology. The area behind the basket is now a quagmire of Ethernet cables, routers, laptops, and power strips. It is not a pretty sight. Cable everywhere. Ah technology!
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A fresh coat

March 30, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under David Stephenson

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Kind of a slow week here, so I thought I’d post this feature shot of Valente Portillo painting the front of a building on North Limestone in Lexington – gotta love red paint! Canon 1D MkII, 320th sec. @ f/8, 200 ASA.

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On the road

March 28, 2006 by David Stephenson  
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Anyone care to guess where I’ve been lately? Stay tuned for a fascinating story from the Gulf Coast . . .

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horsemen season opener

March 25, 2006 by Pablo Alcala  
Filed under Blog

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Well, basketball season has come and gone (’round here at least, my alma mater, Texas in still in it), luckily indoor football is under way.  The Lexington Horsemen began their 2006 season with a win over the Ohio Valley Greyhounds.  Arena football is a bit different to cover than traditional football. The light in Rupp, reflected off the green turf is challenging.  Being very even like florescent and exposing for the players faces under their helmets means I am shooting at a high ISO making the end photos grainy. 

Luckily, there is lots of action. Also the UIF doesn’t seem to mind the players endzone antics, like Jaquar Sanders and Harry Lewis doing some odd mime of reeling in a fish.

Lens (mm): 145 (80-200mm zoom)
ISO: 1250
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/500
Exp. Comp.: 0.0
Flash Comp.: +0.0
Program: Manual
Focus Mode: AF-C
White Bal.: PRESET

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On the road!

March 20, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
Filed under Mark Cornelison, Snappers, Sports

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Being on the road is alot of fun. There is pressure to produce and justify the money spent to send you somewhere. It is never cheap to go on the road, especially during NCAA tournament time. By the time you find out where the team is going you only have a day or two notice before you have to fly out to who knows where. When the team is doing really good in the season the first round is usually within a drive but when they struggle like this year you never know where you may end up. It does make things fun, getting to go to some new place and see some cool things you only have seen on television or movies.
On the day off between games this week, David Coyle, Bill Luster and I decided to check out the Rocky Balboa statue. We drove around town to where we were told it was , but were told it had been moved because they were filming a new Rocky. We went to the Philadelpha Museum of Art where it had been originally and was supposed to be now, but it was not there either. To save the day, Bill Luster and I struck the Rocky pose while David Coyle made a photo of it! Had to document the event of course.
On Sunday before the game we thought we would eat breakfast at the hotel to save time. We went in and it was Sunday brunch. The cost would be $62.00 each. FOR BRUNCH. So much for the perks of being on the road. We passed!

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