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House Dems Pick a Speaker: Hurry Up and Wait

Herald-Leader reporters John Cheves, Jack Brammer, and Beth Musgrave wait with other media.
The top photo shows Herald-Leader reporters John Cheves, Jack Brammer and Beth Musgrave waiting with other media for the results of the House Democrats closed-door session in the Capitol Annex to pick a Speaker.

This comes as no surprise to pros, but as you can see, when the new Speaker of the House, Greg Stumbo, emerged from the meeting room, all heck broke loose as everyone wanted a quote and/or photo. The media was anxious, because we had waited FOR OVER 2 1/2 HOURS.
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Maryjean’s view from the ‘dark side’

October 30, 2008 by David Stephenson  
Filed under Behind the Photo, Blog, Horses

Former Herald-Leader racing writer Maryjean Wall, who has often been our partner when covering all things thoroughbred, worked at the recent Breeder’s Cup as *GASP* a photographer!

She outlines her days in Santa Anita working for Team Z and the Thoroughbred Times on her blog.

“But that’s what it’s like, I learned, on photo side at a major event: pressure, pressure, pressure, with far more of it than the writers experience. I’m not going to go so far as to say the writers are coddled in their press box. But they do have time to handicap and bet between races. The shooters do not.”
(Photo by Maryjean Wall, above. In photo at left: Front row from left: Enzina Mastrippolito (”Z”), Kirk Schlea, Amy Wallot, and Maryjean Wall; rear, from left, Max Morse, middle is Matt Barton, and Jeremy Lyverse.)

Welcome to Churchill Downs.

April 29, 2008 by Jenn Ackerman  
Filed under Behind the Photo, Blog, Jenn Ackerman

(From an intern’s perspective)

As a recent transplant to Kentucky, I am experiencing the Kentucky Derby for the first time. Well actually, I am experiencing racing and horses — lots of horses — for the first time. Read more

My vacation camera comes in handy

My Vacation Camera Comes in HandyI recently bought a nice little vacation movie/still camera called the Sanyo CG6 Xacti. It’s 6 megapixels, shoots stills and MPEG4 movies, 5x optical zoom, and does a very credible job, especially for Web use. I tucked it in my pocket when I covered, using my Canon SLRs, former President Bill Clinton as he campaigned Read more

Shooting the moon


Canon MKIII, 300 mm 2.8 lens with 1.4 teleconverter (420mm equivalent). ISO 400, 3 second exposure f/6.3.

I new the lunar eclipse was happening Wednesday night, but really hadn’t given it much thought since weather reports were calling for clouds. Plus, I had a game to shoot in Richmond which would take most of my evening.

On the way to the EKU/Morehead game, though, I watched one of the more beautiful full moon rises I’ve seen recently. The skies were mostly clear as I drove down I-75 to Richmond. But the eclipse wasn’t due to start until I would be in the middle of the game. Since these things last a while, I figured I’d have a shot at it after the game.

Apparently the editors at the Herald-Leader figured I’d have a shot at it too. They called me during the game and told me to try to get something of the moon after the game. As I left the game, the moon was just about to enter into total eclipse – when the full moon passes into Earth’s shadow and is blocked form the sun’s rays that normally illuminate it.

A picture of the moon on it’s own can be quite nice, but generally we look for something else to give the photo another element. A good example of this is a nice moon-setting photo by Charles Bertram in Bourbon County in 2005.

Driving back from Richmond I saw the steeple from the White Hall Holiness Church from the interstate and was able to get to the church parking lot and check it out. Just at the time I was set up to shoot, and just as the moon had become enshrouded in Earth’s shadow, some cloud cover moved in. I had to wait about 45 minutes for the clouds to part again, and by this time it was getting past 10 p.m. and I was really pushing the limits of my deadline.

But it worked out, as you can see above, and by the time I got home, it was cloudy enough that I couldn’t see the moon anymore. And it’s too bad we won’t get another shot at seeing a total lunar eclipse until 2010.

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