Beech Fork Covered Bridge for Kentucky Living

Restorationist and conservationist Arnold M. Graton Associates, Inc., of Ashland, NH, a master bridge wright, and his wife Meg near completion of the Beech Fork Covered Wooden Bridge Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, near Springfield, Ky., as they and workers add the floor boards to finish by December 25. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

I recently met Arnold and his wife Meg as they and others worked on the Beech Fork Covered Wooden Bridge last Wednesday near Springfield, Ky. They were adding the floor boards that day, and Arnold was having a hard time getting around. He’d twisted his ankle three days prior, so he was limited in what he could do for the camera. I had so many ideas of where to place him, but the setting dictated how I would photograph him, and it would have to be inside the bridge.

Kentucky Living Magazine sent me there for a portrait of Arnold for use in an upcoming issue, and asked for a short video interview. They used some of the photos for an online feature published this week in their Explore section as a follow-up to an earlier story about the restoration of the bridge.

Take a look at the story and video online at Kentucky Living’s Explore section:

Christmas Day opening predicted for historic covered bridge, by Joe Arnold.

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.

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:


PhotoCoach!

Title slide in my Keynote presentation as PhotoCoach for Best Buy's Camera Experience Shop.
Title slide in my Keynote presentation as PhotoCoach for Best Buy’s Camera Experience Shop.

Taught my first photo class to beginning photographers as a PhotoCoach for Best Buy’s Camera Experience Shop yesterday. We had nine participants of various skill levels, one of which had never used her camera – I helped her put in the battery, memory card, mount the lens and screw on her UV filter! The class covered portraits, low light, macro and action photography, all in the store.

I had to tell my origin story, so I began with my first successful feature photo shot at WKU, that made the front page of The College Heights Herald:

Shot as a photojournalism student at WKU following a soccer match, I called it "Spray Play."
Shot as a photojournalism student at WKU following a soccer match, I called it “Spray Play.”

If you’re interested in attending my next class, sign up here: Free #PhotoWorkshop at @BestBuy Sunday, July 26th at Store #333 on Shelbyville Road in Louisville.

UL Bridge Crossing

Saw this while parked in the Floyd Street Parking Garage after visiting KY Telco …

A student crosses over the railroad tracks on the bridge from the Floyd Street Parking Garage to the University of Louisville Belknap Campus Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.
A student crosses over the railroad tracks on the bridge from the Floyd Street Parking Garage to the University of Louisville Belknap Campus Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.