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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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