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Almost!

November 28, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
Filed under Mark Cornelison

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OK so it is fourth down  in the fourth quarter and UK has a chance to beat Tennessee for the first time in over a decade. What do you do? You get the shot of course… but which shot. There is a million things going through your head- The actual play, the reaction, the coach, will I get blocked, where should I be? There is never a right answer so you just put yourself where you think you should be. You remind yourself you that you are a professional and that you are supposed to KNOW where to be and not be nervous. We all get a little nervous but I think it’s more adrenalin than nerves. As the final play unfolded I thought for sure they would come to my side. They had had alot of success throwing to the right and Jacob Tamme had been killing Tennessee all day. Well the guess of Tamme was right but Woodson over threw the ball badly and no one had a chance for it. I followed the ball to the endzone but as it flew high out of bounds, I pulled the camera back and looked for Woodson who I found sitting in disbelief of the throw and how close they had come. If we back up a quarter or so you see a missed field goal that , if it had been made ,would have had us shooting some celebration as UK kicks a short game winner instead of coming just short once again.

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It’s a Sousaphone

November 27, 2006 by David Perry  
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OK, I was going to call this blog entry “poor man’s fisheye”, but I decided that everybody knows you can get (admittedly sometimes cliché) wide angles by shooting reflections in the bell of instruments. This was taken in Neyland Stadium at Knoxville.
But I don’t know if everyone out there knows that when you shoot a marching band’s “tubas”, they are more properly called a sousaphone. If you find the bell of the large instrument pointing forward, it’s a sousaphone. If the bell points straight up, it’s most likely a tuba, which is most often used as a concert instrument indoors. Many sousaphones you see in marching bands are made of white fiberglass, and thus reflection photos are impossible with them. The brass instrument, like you see here, is great for reflecting the scene around it.
So when you caption a shot of the “tuba” section in marching bands, call ‘em sousaphones.

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Hardwood and Longboards

November 19, 2006 by David Stephenson  
Filed under David Stephenson, Sports

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That wave of blue I saw in Maui today wasn’t only from the Pacific Ocean. That faithful set of UK fans known as Big Blue Nation swept into town for a little fun in the sun and perhaps a basketball game or three. The Maui Invitational tournament starts Monday, and coach Smith said he hopes, among other things, the trip provides for some ‘bonding’ time for his team. I don’t think he’ll have a problem there.

This is my first trip to the islands of Hawaii – I can see now what all the fuss is about. I went snorkeling today (AFTER I shot these photos), and swam along with a gigantic sea turtle and schools of fish of all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors.

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Lukasz Obrzut

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Bobby Perry, Lukasz Obrzut and Jared Carter

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Tubby is interviewed by ESPN while UK fan Robert Owens, from London, Ky., enjoyed the beach.

More photos are posted on heraldleaderphoto.com and will be updated daily.

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Basketball time!

November 16, 2006 by Mark Cornelison  
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I love basketball season. Actually I love any sports season, o.k. maybe not tennis, or soccer necessarily but sports in general….good. For about the last 8-9 years I have shot the preview covers for the upcoming season whether it be the UK college basketball section or the High school preview sections for basketball or football. It is great to have a job where I can have access to the players and  try to come up with a cool idea for a nice cover that people will want to keep, or hang

up somewhere. I don’t really go for the gimmicky cover ideas. I don’t want two people trying to pull a trophy out of the others hands while laughing, and I don’t want to shoot something knowing it is going to be chopped up in photoshop and put on the page in some stylish matter. I prefer to just get to the point and show the athletes for what they are. Sometimes there is a theme we try to catch such as a team of hard nosed players who intimidate, or maybe a player who is so fast no one can guard him or her. Some years there is no real focus to the cover story at the time of our planning and I just try to rely on my eye and hopefully use some cool lighting technique to get the point across.
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That was kind of the case this year. The story line was going to be about team chemistry and that is a hard thing to try to portray in a photo. Like I said I am not a fan of the idea of someone in a lab coat mixing chemicals, or something like that so I just relied on the players who will be the key to the chemistry and make them look larger than life. I always try to think about how I would want to look if I were in the photos and doing something unrealistic and even embarrassing is not it. The players are cool and they know it. They want to look cool whether it is the center of the Lexington Catholic girls basketball team, or a UK point guard. There is a great line in one of my favorite movies, Almost Famous, where one of the characters tells a rock and roll journalist " Just make us look cool" and that is what I try to do!
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Mexican Holiday

November 2, 2006 by Pablo Alcala  
Filed under Blog

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Date: 11/1/06
Time: 6:57:06 PM
Model: NIKON D2H
Lens (mm): 28
ISO: 640
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/60
Exp. Comp.: 0.0
Flash Comp.: -0.3
Program: Manual
Focus Mode: AF-C
White Bal.: FLASH
ICC Profile: Adobe RGB (1998)
Contrast: NORMAL
Sharpening: NORMAL
Quality: FINE

Bluegrass Youth Ballet dancer, Emily Mooney, left, painted Amanda White while  in costume backstage during a dress rehearsal of "Dia de los Muertos" a ballet based on the Mexican holiday of the same name.  The performance will run for schools on Thursday and Friday, public performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and a Saturday matinee at 3:00 pm. 

Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico, other Latin American countries and Latino communities in the United States, November 2, to remember relatives who have deceased. Altars are made in the home with items reminding people of their loved ones, graves are decorated.  Many cities and towns have parades with participants painted like skeletons like the dancers in the photos.

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