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FIRE TWIRLERS

April 22, 2006 by David Perry  
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A group called Foxfire Hypnotica gave an impromptu performance at Triangle Park at 10pm Saturday. The group twirls various configurations of fire “wicks” and put on quite a show for lucky late night park goers. Foxfire had finished their performance indoors at Victoria Square (using harmless fuzz balls on strings) as part of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. They walk while twirling hands and arms, thus making slow shutter speeds sometimes inadequate, blurring their features, BUT making the fire streak appropriately. Sometimes, they stop walking and slow down their twirl, and thus their faces and bodies are sharp, but the flames are less dramatic. Here’s two approaches, one with a slower moving performer (top), and another with faster movement using fill flash (bottom).

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Tech info: (top): Catherine Simmons; 1/30 sec., f.2.8, 145mm (zoom), 800 ISO, auto white balance.
(bottom): Jamie Burks; camera set as above, but with a -2 compensated TTL fill flash.

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Stormy Weather

April 17, 2006 by Charles Bertram  
Filed under Charles Bertram

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The roof of the Herald-Leader building provided a great vantage point to photograph an intense thunderstorm that moved across town during this morning’s rush hour. The fast moving storm passed Lexington without causing any damage.

Canon EOS-1D with 16mm lens, 1/20th sec., f 4.0, ISO 400

Charles Bertram

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Pratt Falls

April 14, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under David Stephenson

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Never one to miss an opportunity to mess with a Herald-Leader photographer, local activist Don Pratt decided yesterday to demonstrate what the controversial speed humps near his neighborhood does to him and his legendary moped.

Pratt spotted me sitting on the top of my truck as I was waiting for traffic or kids to drive over one of the speed humps in the Bell Court neighborhood. The photo was to accompany the story by Beverly Fortune about a rift among neighbors who wanted more of the humps – and those who didn’t, including Pratt.

Below is the photo we published (look closely and you’ll spot Pratt in this photo, too!)

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Shot with Canon 30D, 16-35mm, 1/30th, f22, ISO 100.

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Finding Alex

April 9, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under David Stephenson

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Retired Lexington police officer Yolanda Davis searches for answers about a loved one’s death in post-Katrina New Orleans. See a multimedia presentation about her trip to the Big Easy and her reason’s behind her investigation here. You can also find the stories through this link.

Reporter Linda Blackford and I spent three days in New Orleans as Yolanda questioned residents who lived near Alex Weathers before and during Hurricane Katrina, and as she made phone call after phone call trying to get a copy of Alex’s autopsy. She found few answers so far, only contradictions from a system still in disarray from the storm.

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RACE TV

April 7, 2006 by David Perry  
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The clouds, and a little rain, moved in to Keeneland on April 7 just in time for the feature race. It got dark enough for the infield TV to show up pretty well on a still photo. This is the start of The Transylvania stakes, on grass, which brings the horses closer to the TV than the dirt track. I’ve seen similiar photos shot at Rupp Arena, with the TV showing the same action as the “live” event in the foreground. One other thing: the shutter was set to 1/160 to get a little blur in the hoofs and background while panning the camera. -Dave Perry

Nikon D2H, 1/160 sec., F 7, (zoomed to) 120mm, cloudy white balance.

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