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An unexpectedly handy lens

March 17, 2007 by David Perry  
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(BTW, for those wanting to see Mark’s blog after UK’s win over Villanova, just go one more blog down!)
I really haven’t met anyone else who owns this odd focal length manual focus Nikkor lens: a 28mm to 50mm f3.5 zoom.
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I bought it new in the old film days (well, really, sometime in the late 1980s) for studio work.  But now, on my digital cameras, I call it my "poor man’s macro," and it has become unexpectedly handy.  It will focus to 1/4 life size, and with a No. 2 Nikkor closeup lens, it REALLY gets close.  Because of the 1.5 magnification of digital Nikons, it’s the equivalent of a 75mm macro.

I can’t even find one on ebay, but I’d say a manual focus oldie like this could be had for under $100, and a used No. 2 for around $15.  So when I go hiking on assignment, I always carry this lens for flower photos.  I have to put the shutter and f-stop on manual, since no data is transmitted to the camera. The photo below shows an early stage of a buckeye (as in "Ohio" buckeye) that I shot on assignment in the Mary E. Wharton Nature Sanctuary at Floracliff in Fayette County, open by appointment, 859-351-7770.
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Look in the Herald-Leader Inside/Out section on Mar. 24 for our story on this little known sanctuary.

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Long weekend!

March 17, 2007 by Mark Cornelison  
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The weekend in Chicago has been extended because Kentucky came through last night with a big win over Villanova. It was nice to see the team play well and not make a 1st round exit, which I’m sure would have really put the heat on Tubby. It also gives Charles (Bertram) and I a day to explore Chicago even though it is freezing outside.
After UK won the game last night it was late. Game ended about midnight or so I would guess. ( I am still messed up with Central time vs Lexington time.) When the game ended, we went back to the photographers’ area and sent the second-half photos, trying to get them in before the final newspaper deadline. The paper does a great job or knowing what the people want, and the people want UK basketball. We generally "hold the presses" until the game is over, so we can give the full story in the next days paper. We know going in we are going to shoot all the action for 38 minutes, but it all comes down to the final two minutes when you are looking for the emotion and telling photos from the game.
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Kentucky played with a lot of good energym and Randolph Morris really asserted himself. Strangely, there was NO energy in the arena. It was really quiet. Part of what I love about being on the floor is the energy you can feel from a pumped-up crowd. Gives you chills when it gets loud, but there were no chills last night. Even after a season of losses in close games, I was surprised to see Kentucky fans leave the arena in the last two minutes after the win seemed in hand. I have thought we had a few wins in hand this year that ended up losses.
Anyway, it’s an off day in Chicago and it is St. Patricks Day, so the streets are packed with people. We are going to find a place to eat some lunch and watch the U of L game. It’s fun to watch games you don’t have to shoot because you can enjoy the whole game instead of the last two minutes.
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NCAA practice

March 15, 2007 by Mark Cornelison  
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Charles Bertram and I arrived in Chicago a day early to shoot the University of Kentucky practice at the United Center. These practices used to be quite the event for fans, but the interest has waned during the last few tournaments I have attended. A few hundred fans showed up overall today, and I saw only single-digit Kentucky fans in attendance. We figured the turnout was low because it was a Thursday afternoon, and the fans should show up for the game Friday night. Charles and I took advantage of the practice to work out the exposures and white balances for the game tomorrow night. We tried to spread out and cover the event from different vantage points with Charles going up while I stayed courtside.
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The players were not really into it and there was not a lot of practice going on. We just tried to make the most out of it and give the readers a peek into an event they were not able to attend. We are looking forward to the game like everybody else.

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Silver Bullet

March 13, 2007 by Mark Cornelison  
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Bob Seger rocked Rupp Arena last week! It was great is all I can say! He played all the hits that you could have wanted him to, and his new stuff was great too. Especially "Face the Promise" which is title track for his new album. His voice was very strong which was a nice surprise. You never know how some of the older acts are going to be after such a long lay off. My friends always rip me for loving the music of the 60’s and 70’s and how I always want those older acts to come to Rupp , but the reality is Seger filled Rupp Arena and was a quality show. Not exactly what can be said about some of the boy bands and newer acts that come around!
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Art@Noon

March 6, 2007 by Pablo Alcala  
Filed under Blog

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Image Credit: RUSSELL LEE, Faro and Doris Caudill, Homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico, 1940

I have been asked to be a guest lecturer for UK’s Art@Noon series Wednesday, March 6.  I will be discussing the current exhibit, Bound For Glory: America in Color 1939-43.  It is an exhibit of color photographs from the FSA.  I don’t think I have ever spoken publicly except about my own photography so this should be interesting. 

The Farm Security Administration photographs from the Great Depression have shaped my idea of documentary photography and I am honored to share a few thoughts on this group of extraordinary photographers.

http://www.uky.edu/ArtMuseum/noonart.html

 

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