LEO Weekly: UofL Baseball Star Brendan McKay

University of Louisville star Brendan McKay pitches Friday, April 7, 2017 as U of L (25-3, 10-2 ACC) hosts No. 22 Wake Forest (22-8, 8-4) for the first of a three-game series at Jim Patterson Stadium. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Today the LEO Weekly published a story by Creig Ewing on UofL’s star pitcher/hitter Brendan McKay, UofL’s Major League Baseball double threat Brendan McKay that I shot at a cold Friday night game in April. It was the first time I’d shot baseball in ages! I had to walk back to the car for my jacket after the second inning or freeze.

It certainly helps to not have to worry about game action and only focus on one player. Thankfully he played all but the last inning, so there were plenty of opportunities to catch him at work.

When he returned to the dugout, I kept watching for his face from where I was allowed to shoot from along the first base line. He leaned over the rail to watch the last inning and I made about four different versions of him there. the Leo used the one where he’s looking at the camera, but I liked him looking out, as a guy standing to the right of McKay kept moving, changing the background.

At the end I was supposed to meet with the media rep and go out on the field with the players. He wasn’t around, so I went on out looking for a last photo of McKay. The coach was talking to his players and I was walking around when I heard a whistle and a “hey.” A different coach caught me and chastised me for being on the field as we returned to the dugout. Without explaining, I said I was sorry, and left.

Republic Bank 10th Anniversary Gala

Republic Bank Vice-President Steve Deweese and Chairman and CEO Steve Trager with Vince Tyra and Greg Bromley at the 10-year anniversary celebration of Republic Bank’s Private Banking and Business Banking divisions Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Shot for TOPS Louisville:

I shot groups for TOPS Louisville.com at the 10-year anniversary celebration of Republic Bank’s Private Banking and Business Banking divisions Wednesday at the new Speed Art Museum. This was my first event there after the renovation. It’s a beautiful space with lots of light! Big windows to shoot against. Great mix of people.

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NAWBO Kentucky presents the 23rd Annual 2017 EPIC Awards

NAWBO 2017 EPIC Awards

NAWBO Kentucky presents the 2017 EPIC Awards Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center in Louisville, Ky., as they celebrate their 23rd anniversary of honoring the Woman Business Owner of the Year with this prestigious award. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Shot for TOPS Louisville:

NAWBO Kentucky presents the 2017 EPIC Awards Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center in Louisville, Ky., as they celebrate their 23rd anniversary of honoring the Woman Business Owner of the Year with this prestigious award.

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4th Annual Taste of Prospect and Dancing With Prospect Stars

Shot for TOPS Louisville:

Gill Holland and other local celebrities danced for charity at the 4th Annual Taste of Prospect and Dancing With Prospect Stars. I even got to see the Opthalmologist I used to work under when I was an optician for Southern Optical 30 years ago, Dr. Sushil V. Kumar and his son, Rishi V. Kumar! Cheers to all!

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Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville

Here’s another restaurant/food story … (With much thanks to Chef/Owners Kathy Cary of Lilly’s and La Peche, Anoosh Shariat and Paula Barmore of anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh and Louvino’s owner Chad Coulter for allowing me into their kitchens and dining rooms for photos.)

Chef/Owner Kathy Cary of Lilly's Bistro and La Peche Gourmet-To-Go looks up between preparing dishes in the kitchen for the carryout counter. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

Chef/Owner Kathy Cary of Lilly’s Bistro and La Peche Gourmet-To-Go looks up between preparing dishes in the kitchen for the carryout counter.

On the stands today: “Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville,” a LEO Weekly feature by Susan Riegler about how the locally-owned restaurants we enjoy in Louisville are dealing with hiring new staff.

For some restaurants, it has led to signing bonuses. (Go read the story for more about that.) For me, it was about blur, yet with something in focus.

For this assignment, I spent time shooting during breakfast at Noosh Nosh and anoosh Bistro, during lunch and dinner in Lilly’s kitchen and then during dinner at Louvino. Probably more time than I needed to at Lilly’s, but I was directed to “shoot something artsy” by Keith Stone, managing editor at the LEO, for their square cover. So I was there dragging the shutter and panning the motion of server Rosalie Guthrie as she expedited food, walking backward in front of her to the dining room. Generally, getting in her way. I tried rear curtain synch on Allen Grimm, Chef de Cuisine, while he prepared dishes. Blur, baby, blur! Lilly’s Chef/Owner Kathy Cary walked past the camera, rendered as a ghost passing the in-focus staff in the background.

After all that, they choose a great portrait of Cary for the cover, standing still and looking at the camera.

Here’s a gallery of more images from the assignment: