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For those of you who live in Lexington, you know how frustrating Man o’ War Blvd. can be. For a Sunday story about some of the proposed solutions to the growing traffic problems on the road, Charles Bertram and I put together a time-lapse video of the road.

While it plays like a video, it is actually a sequence of 1,044 still images. Here’s what we did:

We clamped a Canon 5D to Charles’ sunroof using two Bogen magic arms and various clamps. We used a Canon intervelometer and set it to take a photo every two seconds as we drove the entire 16-mile length of the road. It took us 27 minutes to drive it the first time at around 3:30 on Thursday. On the way back, beginning at around 4 p.m. at Blue Grass Airport, it took us 35 minutes.

You’ll notice that we got pretty lucky and hit some crucial green lights during our trip – something we weren’t expecting, even at 4 p.m. We joked about doing it again at 5 p.m. to see how long it took us, knowing that rush hour would be picking up steam.  Twice was enough for us, though, even with the green lights. 

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High school sports!

June 22, 2007 by Mark Cornelison  
Filed under Mark Cornelison

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     I love shooting high school sports! In the last two weeks I shot about 10 games over a 5 day period. Last week was the state baseball championships and the week before that was state softball. Baseball was a little more fun because we had a local team in it and several teams from our  coverage area.
     High school sports are fun to shoot because they are action packed and full of emotion.  In most cases the pitchers are good but not great, resulting in plenty of hits, and the catchers  are good but not great leading to many a good play at second base! My thinking is if you had a catcher who was so good that no one would try to steal on him and therefore leave me with no plays at second base.
      While second base it a great chance for good shots this particular tournament seemed to feature plays at home plate. The above photo is Dunbar’s Casey Lucchese trying to make it to the plate with the game winning run. The catcher had the ball with Lucchese still several steps away so he tried his best to make a football play out of it and the photo looks more like football.
     I try to mix it up each game with plays in different areas of the field but the best action kept coming to home plate where it matters most. See all the shots and plays at home in the State baseball slide show!

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A Bug Life

June 17, 2007 by David Stephenson  
Filed under David Stephenson

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We’ve started up a new season of Project Dateline stories for the Herald-Leader (we’ve taken a bit of a break since we visited Bachelor’s Rest in February).

Most recently, Amy Wilson and I visited Bug, Ky., just south of Albany near Lake Cumberland. It didn’t disappoint. After shooting video and working on web stuff lately, it is so, so nice to just get out and shoot pictures (call me old school). The great thing about these Dateline stories is that anything is fair game. It’s very relieving and helps me open my photographic mind back up.

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Here are a few samples from Bug and Sprout. The full slideshows can be seen here.

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Here’s Sprout:

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–David Stephenson

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The End of an Era

June 17, 2007 by admin  
Filed under David Stephenson, Videos


The Garrard County stockyards in Lancaster, Ky., is closing its door this summer. Hear from a couple of regulars and see some sights of one of their final Friday sales.

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June 15, 2007 by Charles Bertram  
Filed under Blog

Fox

Living on the edge of suburban Lexington, I sometimes get to have close encounters with wildlife. So I try to keep a camera handy.

I was stepping out of the shower one morning this week when I looked out the window and saw this fox walking around the far side of my back yard. The sly creature didn’t stay long — just long enough for me to run for my camera and a long lens and fire off a few frames through a window screen.

Charles Bertram, the Herald-Leader’s chief photographer, suggested that I share the photo with you. He noted that it’s a good example of why it’s always a good idea to keep a camera handy for the unexpected.

(Technical details, if you’re interested: Nikon D200 camera, IOS 400, F8 at 1/250 second, 300mm lens, deep crop.)

While this fox is the most exotic animal to venture into my back yard this summer, he hasn’t been alone, as you can see here.

Hummingbirds, goldfinches, cardinals and squirrels are regulars around our deck, thanks to my wife Becky’s generous spending on bird seed and homemade nectar. They won’t let me get close, but they’re a lot easier to photograph than a fox.

Thanks to advances in digital photography, you don’t have to be a great photographer like Charles and his colleagues at the Herald-Leader to get a memorable image now and then. With a camera at the ready, it’s amazing what you can find in your own back yard.

Tom Eblen
Managing Editor

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