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Fairly Fun

July 13, 2006 by Tricia Spaulding  
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Fairs are always fun. But the rain is not always fun. Although I have always been a fan of playing in the rain, I have not always been one of photographing in the rain.
I had great luck two nights in a row. It did not rain on me while I was at the Junior League Horse Show, nor did it rain while I was at the Lions Club Bluegrass Fair. Thank goodness.
While I was looking forward to going, there were very few people who decided to show up for one reason or another. There was more rain in the forecast, but I was hopeful the park would fill up. It didn’t.
I found myself wondering if I was capable of finding a unique picture.
I know this picture had been done before, but I think I have become a fan of shadowing. This picture was exposed for the background, which was a very bright sky. I then stopped my fstops down 2 to put the swings in shadow. (My exposure was ISO100, f22, 1/125 shutter.) Of course there are different ways you can attempt this… but I wanted the swings to be fairly focused.

Fairs are always full of suprises. Don Cassady, a 7-foot-18-inch cowboy, was playing with these children, passing them through his legs. They giggled and giggled as the little boy kept asking the cowboy why he was so tall. Although I didn’t get the exact picture I wanted, I think it is a fun picture.

I was on deadline, and had very little space in the paper for my pictures, so I did not get to stay for very long. But, I did get some practice in on photographing people’s reactions on rollercoasters and rides, which is actually a lot harder than you think it is.

I found that if you find a person that you think is making/or will make a great expression, you hold the camera still and wait for their cart to make it around. This ride was set up like the tea cups, so the carts went around in a group of four, and then around in a bigger circle, which is hard to follow a cart. I just waited for the cart to come around and then snapped the girls as they tried not to get sick on this ride!

Early Bird Gets the Worm

July 13, 2006 by Tricia Spaulding  
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060712jrleaguests012 It really is true.

Being early pays off.

Some days more than others.

I happen to be covering the Junior League Horse Show at The Red Mile last night. I was really nervous about the assignment because I had never covered an event like this, never been to Red Mile and was unsure about how I was going to approach the evening. That is the perfect recipe for butterflies in the tummy and a little sweat on the brow. It is necessary to have confidence in what you do, but sometimes the nerves get the best of you.

The competition didn’t start until 7, but I had another assignment in the barns at 6. I completed it and headed over to find a good spot for the competition and to check out the track. I noticed a group of children with stick horses and realized I had hit the jackpot.
I hung around and noticed these two children that were awfully cute together. I anticipated a few smiles, but this was better. I think it was the funnest surprise I could have found at the track.

060712jrleaguests005 Spike, the Lexington Horseman’s mascot, brought the children onto the track for the race. After Bella Falcone got a good look at him, she couldn’t really decide whether she liked him or not. (She later waved at him, so I guess she decided she like him.)

060712jrleaguests007 This sport is very difficult to photograph. That is all I can really say about it. I was on deadline so I had less than an hour to photograph, which meant only a few classes. (That is how they categorize competitions.) Sports is difficult to photograph because the action happens so quickly, and it tends to all look the same at the end of the day.

I learned a lot about this sport, and I learned a lot about how I should approach sports in general. I am glad I had the opportunity to do something different and to practice sports. The only way to get better is to practice. And I need a lot of it. I just wish the Herald staff didn’t make things look so easy.

As A Photo Intern…

July 5, 2006 by Tricia Spaulding  
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Img_3861 As a photo intern at the Herald, I have had some great opportunities. I got to spend a day with the Southwind Drum Corp and record a day in the life of the members. It was neat to see what it was like for someone who packed their suitcase and sleeping bag and left home for months to sleep on gym floors and ride across country on a bus. I know it may not sound fun, but when I saw the excitement in these musicians, it reminded me of my passions and excitements. It was an assignment that excited me even more about getting into photography as a career. It’s like playing all the time… as a job!

On this photo, I was so blessed by the surroundings. I was at Campbellsville High School. This football field was actually up on a hill, making the background clear and absolutely beautiful! The sun was coming in and out of clouds, big fluffy, dreamy clouds. It was around 7 in the evening. So… I got an idea to try and silhouette the players. I laid on my belly on the ground.. I exposed for the sky, not the players. I exposed for the brightest part of the sky. Then, I composed my picture and took one. I am a digital shooter, so I checked it on my camera. The players were not nearly dark enough. So, I exposed for the sky again and exposed it 2 f stops darker than the sky’s exposure. Then I took another shot. It worked!

The players warmed up for at least 30 minutes, so I had plenty of time to play with the exposures, which changed rapidly with the sun coming in and out of the clouds.

I thought the arch of the players was beautiful in itself, so I tried to incorporate the beautiful sky as best as possible. This job is so fun!

The most difficult thing was finding people after a performance or practice to ask them their name. Although I knew none were leaving the area, but it could take a lot of time since they were spread out in a high school. I was successful in finding everyone…

But I have a lot to learn.