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Archive for July, 2010

Thick skin for criticism

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Last Wednesday, Josh Bickle and I photographed the Boone County Fair Queen competition. I have an amazing amount of respect for Josh’s work, so talk about pressure. At the end of the night, we both came away with a frame similar to the one above, only he didn’t chop off the girl’s arm. Here’s what ran on our side.

In checking out the competition, I noticed this comment posted to Josh’s photo:

“Kudos to Columbia Tribune for consistently asinine stories and poor photography. This particular article/photo exemplifies that quite well. [...] I thought we had a journalism school here, draw from the talent pool people… I have an SLR camera if you’re hurting that bad, I can do better than this… How much are you offering?”

Another said:

“cant believe there is a link under the picture taker (wont call him a photographer saying “buy this photo”.”

Seriously? Not a word on our side. I suppose that’s because we led with a portrait. To be perfectly honest, my frames were okay, but Josh captured the moment here that I wasn’t able to.

This isn’t the first time the loyal Tribune peanut gallery has railed on Josh. How about that amazing father-daughter dance photograph? The responses irk me, a lot. I hope to someday have a fraction of the eye for moments that Josh has.

It takes a thick skin.

Crash and burn

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I’ve spent the last few weeks spent immersed in projects. One being the demo derby project Erin mentioned. This shot didn’t make the final video, but I still love it. I think it captures the essence of demo derby: wrecked cars, mud and cowboy boots.

POTUS says “What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Driving over 1,000 miles in a week and sleeping 6 hours in three days causes one to go a little loopy. When I saw this shot of the POTUS, all I could think was “What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” (Raise your hand if you’re gray enough to remember that.)

Anyway, this was an amazing experience (thanks, Stephanie). Erin and Joel were outstanding teammates. Stand by for the run down including highlights from the making of Multimedius Prime, and a full explanation of “He’s just another subject.”

The morning after.

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Used, perused, bought, sold, trashed and discarded. What happens to firework stands after the 4th? My idea was to shoot the sunrise over abandoned firework stands and include hospital injury stats in the cutlines. It didn’t quite pan out the way I’d hoped (of course it never does) but I did enjoy this happy shot between the legs of Mr. Wobbly Arm Man. Catch the full story in the Missourian tomorrow.

Food for thought

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Photographer detained by police, BP employee near refinery

White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill (Thanks, Scott, for the follow up!)