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.
Wooded hiking trail in Iroquois Park hosts pumpkin art display
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY BRIAN BOHANNON
SPECIAL TO COURIER-JOURNAL, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
The annual Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular opened at dusk on Thursday in Iroquois Park, where visitors toured the artistically carved, illuminated pumpkins on display along a quarter- mile hiking trail in the woods near the Iroquois Amphitheater.
This year’s theme, “America The Beautiful,” is set to music in scenes dedicated to states and current events.
Erika Nelson, community relations administrator with Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation, said with 3,528 visitors, Thursday could be the best opening night to date.
The Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular runs through Nov. 6, and is open from dusk until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from dusk until midnight Friday and Saturday.
Tickets range from $9 to $15, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation, which raises money for Metro Parks projects.
Fore more information, check out www.jackolanternlouisville.com or visit www.iroquoisamphitheater.com.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL WITHOUT BARRIERS CAMP AT U OF L
I photographed the American Football Without Barriers Camp at U of L Saturday for the Sunday, June 26, 2016 edition of The Courier-Journal. Many thanks to Kasey Mathes, our UL media contact for feeding me names! She was awesome to have near.
It was hot in the midday sun beaming down on Papa John’s Stadium. But the former UL football players/current NFL players were cool as could be running practice drills for the city’s future football greats, and the kids were sweating hard and loving it. So were Angela Shoemaker, shooting video, and I, as we worked the scene. Mopping my brow between periods of shooting, I’d find Angela taking refuge in the shade. Time to join her, and give her hell for taking a break. This was supposed to be held in the Trager Indoor Center, but it had AC issues, and the kids could say they played on the stadium field.
In the midst of all the group drills, one student was getting one-on-one attention from one of the camp co-founders, ex-Card and current NFL player Gary Barnidge. Barnidge led the kid through at least four different drills down in a corner of the field. I got the student’s name, Donovan Pleasant, 13, an eighth-grader at Ramsey Middle School, after the first one and kept looking back to find them doing something else. At the end of their time together, I captured them doing a fist bump.
I caught Barnidge walking across the field and asked, “How did that kid end up with a personal session with you?” He looked off smiling and said, “Yeah, I should send him a bill for $4000,” and went on to explain that he wasn’t paired with any other players, so he had nothing else to do. “The kid asked me, so I worked with him.”
I found Donovan Pleasant again before their lunch break as I was leaving. I told him how awesome that was – he worked out with an NFL player! I pointed out that he had asked for what he wanted and got it, and to remember to always do so in the future. How could he forget?
See the whole gallery of images in my archive: Cards Give Back – American Football Without Barriers Camp
My first few frames shot on the Belvedere Friday when I arrived to stake out my position for the photo of the Muhammad Ali funeral procession to pass by on I-64 before exiting onto 9th Street were in color, then black and white … A woman brought her daughters and made a nice feature with the flag. They were actually there for the event. It made a better B&W than color, but didn’t want to send it to The C-J as a “mistake.” I don’t know what setting it was on, just glad I fixed it before shooting more.
Intead, tweeted a picture of the Muhammad Ali Center and I-64 waiting for the arrival of The Greatest.
Spoke with other photographers and waited for traffic to stop on I-64W, a sure sign of his arrival.
After almost four hours of standing there, traffic did stop, and police cars whizzed by. The procession followed, and stopped across from the Ali Center. Eastbound traffic stopped too, and photojournalists jumped out of the back of an SUV that was riding ahead of the hearse. You could hear the folks on the Belvedere chanting, “Ali, Ali,” in a video I made with my phone. It all lasted a few minutes. The motorcade took off, people left the railing and waited for the memorial to begin.
For me, off to edit and sent out photos.
It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Muhammad Ali Saturday morning. My love and condolences go out to his family, friends and the people who worked with him, along with the public at large. He was an international icon loved and respected by all, and Louisville will miss him the most. But his presence will last forever.
While I’ve never been introduced to Muhammad Ali or had my photo taken with him, I’ve been near him on many occasions on assignment for the AP or shooting the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards for the Ali Center. Many of my AP file photos from a 2012 assignment are being used now.
Here’s the gallery I sent at that time.
Rest in peace, Ali.
I provided photos for a Michael L. Jones story that appeared on the June 1, 2016 cover of the LEO Weekly, “New Faces of Hope, breaking the prison cycle“.
Here’s hope for a solution to chronic recidivism using the model provided by New Legacy Reentry Corporation.
The feature profiles Gisela Nelson and her husband Paul Nelson Sr., who formed the New Legacy Reentry Corp., a faith-based organization that hopes to break the cycle of chronic recidivism for ex-offenders who have been incarcerated for nonviolent, nonsexual crimes. When the convict leaves prison, they’re given a place to live, a job and a chance to restart their life in a supportive environment. They’re an inspiring couple with a successful program.
I was up early last Saturday to cover Bellarmine’s outdoor graduation.
It was a cold, blustery morning and I was under-dressed for the elements with a light jacket. Had my fingerless gloves, but should’ve at least worn the neck gaiter. I was envious of those who’d thought to bring a stadium blanket to huddle under with others wearing stylish but unseasonable clothes.
Congratualtions to all those shivering grads and the family and friends that made the effort.
Here’s the story on The Courier-Journal website, “Bellarmine graduates 603 at outdoor ceremony.”
I had photos on the cover of the Wednesday, April 27, 2016 issue of The Courier-Journal for the story, “Director Addresses Overcrowding in Jails: Bolton assures public that old jail now housing inmates is safe.” Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Director Mark E. Bolton made his case to the media.
After the jail press conference to explain why new inmates are being placed in the old jail, a few of us were taken on a tour by LMDC Assistant Director Steve Durham to see the space and take pictures along the way.
After seeing a few empty but soon-to-be-filled cells, we ended up at a block that had already been filled with around 30 inmates. It’s always best to have a person in your photos, but unless corrections has a signed photo release for an inmate, you’re not allowed to show their face. Durham and a lieutenant that were showing us around were speaking with inmates through the bars while inmates mugged at the TV camera. But then I went around the corner and noticed the horizontal slot where trays are slid through the bars. In the foreground an inmate in orange jumpsuit with “LMDC” printed on the pants leaned on the pay telephones, and the group of inmates to the left were soft and in brighter light. They paid attention to the reporters and TV photographers while I made a candid photo through the slot with and without flash.
Then it was gone. Everything changed as Durham and the others were on the move back to the conference room where we began and the other inmates had busted me, looking my way. Tour over.
Last Friday I photographed someone moving into The 800 Building on Fourth Street using the app-based service Bellhops for a Courier-Journal assignment. I told the client (who was moving here from Chicago) about the glory days of The 800 when I moved there in the early 2000s.
There was a doorman in uniform at the front door at all times to greet residents and guests and buzz them in – and residents could use a cable channel to see who was at the door. To park, you pulled into the entrance and left the car running, and a valet would get in and park your car for you. When you were ready to leave, you’d page the valet with your apartment number and your car would be sitting there waiting for you. It was a cool place until a series of sales and management changes stripped away the doorman and valet services. When I left my 11th floor corner apartment on the northeast corner with a balcony above Fourth Street, a company had bought The 800 to convert it into condos, which never happened.
I’ll never forget flying balsa wood gliders off that balcony one night long ago …
See the story by Grace Schneider in the Courier-Journal, “Phone app connects muscle for quick moving”
Monday morning I was asked to go out and photograph people working in the cold. It was in the mid-twenties. So I went out feature hunting and shot seven situations and moved ’em! I was surprised to see that two photos made the cover with a story by Staff Writer Sheldon Shafer, “More Snow Tuesday, Then Back To The 50s”
Here’s my take of workers in the cold:
Sunday I shot the “A Taste of Independents” Apron, Inc. fundraiser at The Olmsted for The Courier-Journal. It appeared in Monday’s print edition on the Metro section cover.
Normally, I don’t taste – I’m there to shoot, and it’s not easy. I’m looking for candid situations in a crowded, visually cluttered space in a limited amount of time. I don’t have hands free to carry food and drink around.
But I broke my rule! I tried Varanese’s Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop Topped with Apple-Bacon Chutney. It was so good. And, I was just standing there by the table for Ward 426, so I tried their Bacon Wrapped Chorizo-stuffed Dates in a Tomato Barbecue Sauce with Judy Schad Goat Cheese. My God. I had to get out of there! On my way out, I passed Chef Dean Corbett, owner of Corbett’s and Equus & Jack’s Lounge, talking with award-winning photographer Dan Dry. They were about to part, but seeing that I was about to photograph them, it seemed that Dan paused just long enough for me to frame and shoot … Candid enough!
See my photos and text at The Courier-Journal.com: Foodies enjoy fundraiser for independent eateries
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:
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.