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Lake Cumberland

February 24, 2007 by Charles Bertram  
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Lake Cumberland was formed when Wolf Creek Dam was constructed across the Cumberland River in 1950. The lake is so large it touches four Kentucky counties — Pulaski, Wayne, Russell, and Clinton. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced on Jan. 22 that the 56-year old dam is leaking and at high risk of failure. Construction crews are already at work; the repair is expected to take seven years. In what was called an emergency move, the corps lowered the water level to 680 feet above sea level, which is 43 feet below normal summer level. The lower level already has had a dramatic economic impact on marinas and other businesses that depend of lake traffic. On Sunday, Feb. 25, the Herald-Leader will publish a package of stories, a graphic, and photographs that show what the lake looks like at the target depth of 680 feet.
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I have family in Wayne County and have been familiar with the lake much of my life. I have seen the lake at low levels due to droughts and when repairs were made to the dam in the 1970s, but that was nothing compared to the sight at the current level. This past week I spent several days with Herald-Leader writer Bill Estep, who works out of the Herald-Leader’s Somerset Bureau, driving around much of the lake, talking to marina owners, local residents, and tourists. At just about every stop, someone would say they’ve never seen the lake this low. Many marina owners were concerned for their businesses, and they wanted to remind people that there are still over 35,000 surface acres for water activities. Some are upset that the media is only showing the dried up areas of the lake. But, it’s difficult to ignore that aspect when visually telling the story of the lake’s current situation. In addition to the ground photography, I spent two uncomfortable hours in a small airplane photographing the lake from 1,200 feet, and while the photographs show the dramatic drop in the water level, they also show there’s plenty of water left for recreation.
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Check out www.kentucky.com for links to the story and a photo gallery.

Charles Bertram/Staff

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50 photographers in 50 States

February 22, 2007 by Mark Cornelison  
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I was selected to be the featured Kentucky photographer in the Photo District News issue, 50 Photographers in 50 States!. A big honor for me. I submitted several photos and the publication chose the portrait I did of Bradley, Crawford, Sparks, Morris, and Rondo when they arrived for their freshman year! With so many good shooters in the state I definitely take alot of pride in the article: PDN feature
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Super soak!

February 21, 2007 by Mark Cornelison  
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This post is a little delayed but I am actually just now drying out from the Super Bowl this year! As many of you know, Ron (Garrison) and I went to Miami to do the Super Bowl for McClatchy Photo service. We got to Miami and had a great time. It was a little cool but hey, it was better than the 7 degrees we had here when we left.
We went through the whole week with the threat of rain come game day. I don’t know if we were in denial, or just didn’t want to believe that it could actually rain. It did rain. All day and all night.Superbowlxli2184
Despite having some of the best rain gear available, I chose not to take it. My cameras were nice and covered but Ron and I took a beating. Of course, Ron headed for shelter after one quarter. He had tried to use a computer cover to send my photos from the seat next to me but the rain was just too hard. I had to endure it for hours. When I sat down after the halftime show my pants bubbled with water. I was saturated. I lost a pair of Gore Tex boots cause they filled with water running down my legs. Gore Tex is great at keeping the water out but once you fill your shoe with it, it is also hard to dry out. Talk about stink!

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Don’t get me wrong, Super Bowl was awesome even with the rain, but I had to ask Ron … how long do we do this job and how old do we have to be before we stop learning lessons all the time. I guess it is never ending.

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Herald-Leader Presence!

February 2, 2007 by Mark Cornelison  
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There is a Herald-Leader photo presence at the Super Bowl. I was walking through town today going to get a new cell phone, since I went swimming with my old one, and walked by a Miami Herald box to see a photo that looked pretty familiar! I bought the paper and sure enough it was my shot of Peyton Manning and his dad Archie hugging after the AFC Championship! It’s always fun to see your photos run somewhere that you did not expect!

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