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An Outtake from my Five Points of View

While I have not yet posted my “Five Points of View” on the True/False film festival held in Columbia last week, I have decided that this image–much as I might light it–will not be making the cut.  Think of it as a teaser for the project to be posted some time soon.

Amanda Espy, a volunteer for the True/False film festival, twirls in front of the "Q" line for standby tickets for the movie "Identity Crisis" on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at the Tiger Hotel in Columbia, Mo.

Amanda Espy, a volunteer for the True/False film festival, twirls in front of the "Q" line for standby tickets for the movie "Identity Crisis" on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at the Tiger Hotel in Columbia, Mo. | Canon 5D Mk. II and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens @ 59mm; exposed 1/6 sec. @ f/5, ISO 400

If only that “Q” was a little sharper….I’d like it more.  But it still wouldn’t make it in!

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The Semester’s Outtakes

I’m at home in Racine, Wis., and have begun the process of filling in the missing keywords, re-ranking, and re-organizing my photographs from fall 2009 in my Lightroom database.  I keep finding images that only got one star that should have been two, four star images that should have been three, and so on.  When I got to my photos from MU’s homecoming parade, the eyes in this image lunged out at me.  I had to work up the image (tone and crop, mostly) and post it up here.  I’m sure I’ll uncover a few more “lost images,” and will be sure to post them here.

Kaitlyn Peacock, 13, from Chamois, Mo, prepares to march with the Chamois High School band in the University of Missouri’s homecoming parade through downtown Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. | Canon 5D Mark II and 85mm f/1.2L II lens; exposed 1/4000 sec. @ f/1.8, ISO 100

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MU Women’s Basketball vs. Texas – Pan American

MU freshman Erika Chapman dances with the Golden Girls during a time-out at the women's basketball game against Texas - Pan American on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

MU freshman Erika Chapman dances with the Golden Girls during a time-out at the women's basketball game against Texas - Pan American on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Canon 1D IIn and 16-35mm f/2.8 L II lens @ 23mm; exposed 1/400 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 800.

On Thursday I went over to the Mizzou Arena with Stephanie Hinkle to photograph the University of Missouri’s women’s basketball team demolish Texas – Pan American 83-34.  I haven’t photographed basketball much, but have found that I can at least find the occasional feature photo even if my action images haven’t yet developed to the point where I’d like to have them.

Missouri's Bailey Gee attempts to drive past Texas-Pan American's Sherrell Davis during the first period of the game against at the Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 in Columbia, Mo.  Missouri won the game 83-34.

Missouri's Bailey Gee attempts to drive past Texas-Pan American's Sherrell Davis during the first period of the game. | Canon 7D and 70-200mm f/4 L IS lens @ 70mm; exposed 1/800 sec. @ f/4, ISO 3200.

Golden Girls.

Golden Girls Time-Out. | Canon 7D and 70-200mm f/4 L IS lens @ 176mm; exposed 1/400 sec. @ f/4, ISO 2000.

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Hickman Women’s Basketball defeats Helias

I haven’t photographed much basketball before, so I didn’t exactly know what I was doing when I went to photograph Hickman High School’s women’s basketball team play Helias High School.  I have no doubt that I am at the bottom rung of the totem pole, but even so, I had fun.  Especially when Hickman’s junior guard Aqua Corpening dove down to the floor after shooting for a two-pointer with only a minute left to the game.  Just as she’s about to hit the hardwood floor, the ball starts to go through the net.

Hickman junior guard Aqua Corpening dives to the floor after shooting a two-pointer in the fourth period of the game against Helias High School on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 in Columbia, Mo.  The Kewpies defeated the Crusaders 53-48.

Hickman junior guard Aqua Corpening dives to the floor after shooting a two-pointer in the fourth period of the game against Helias High School on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. The Kewpies defeated the Crusaders 53-48. | Canon 1D IIn and 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens @ 16mm; exposed 1/320 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 1250.

I also thought that the way that the Helias team was swarming around the same player, Aqua Corpening, was fun in this image:

Aqua Corpening, junior guard for the Hickman Kewpies, prepares to attempt a two-point shot during the fourth period of the game against the Helias Crusaders on Dec. 3, 2009 in Columbia, Mo.

Aqua Corpening, junior guard for the Hickman Kewpies, prepares to attempt a two-point shot during the fourth period of the game against the Helias Crusaders on Dec. 3, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. | Canon 1D IIn and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens @ 38mm; exposed 1/320 sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 1250.

Usually I’m told to find a good sports feature in addition to the usual sports action.  Most of the time I can find interesting people in the crowd, but I had forgotten that a better opportunity would come at half time, when people can go out onto the court and shoot baskets themselves:

Jackson Kespohl, 6, aims for the basketball hoop during half-time at the Hickman High School vs. Helias women's basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. | Canon 7D and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens @ 81mm; exposed 1/400 @ f/4, ISO 3200.

Jackson Kespohl, 6, aims for the basketball hoop during half-time at the Hickman High School vs. Helias women's basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. | Canon 7D and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens @ 81mm; exposed 1/400 @ f/4, ISO 3200.

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Dixie Swim Club outtake

Betsy Shirey, the house manager for the Stephens College production of "Dixie Swim Club" at the Warehouse Theatre, walks on stage before the start of the tech rehearsal on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. The play opens next Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 PM, and will run though Saturday, Nov. 21.

Betsy Shirey, the house manager for the Stephens College production of "Dixie Swim Club" at the Warehouse Theatre, walks on stage before the start of the tech rehearsal on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. The play opens next Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 PM, and will run though Saturday, Nov. 21.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, “The Dixie Swim Club,” a play written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be performed at Stephens College at the Warehouse Theatre (Missourian article here), and again every night through Saturday.  I photographed a tech rehearsal last Thursday, and this photograph struck my editor, Stephanie Hinkle.  I had dismissed it as it is a photo of the house manager coming onstage to welcome the audience to the theatre and to announce a raffle to be held at intermission, it does have a graphic quality to it.  It’s funny, as I’ve been trying to focus so much on content-driven photos that I sometimes forget about having a little fun with graphic elements in the frame.  Some day I can better blend the documentary with my other styles of photography, but maybe this is a start.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away…

Memorial Stadium in the pouring rain.  The Nebraska Huskers beat the Missouri Tigers in a last-minute comeback in the 4th quarter to win 27-12 on Thursday, October 8, 2009 in Columbia, Mo.

Memorial Stadium in the pouring rain. The Nebraska Huskers beat the Missouri Tigers in a last-minute comeback in the 4th quarter to win 27-12 on Thursday, October 8, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. / Canon 1D II N and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens @ 42mm; Exposed 1/60 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 1600

This evening I spent a solid two hours in the pouring rain to photograph fans outside of Memorial Stadium before tonight’s football game.  In particular, my editors wanted a photo for Vox Magazine that would illustrate the tremendous amount of refuse and recycling generated by the tailgaters to football games.  Too bad that the assignment seems to have killed my 50mm f/1.4’s autofocus, and possibly my cell phone!

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Outtakes from the Missourian

David Champlin of the "Big Mo" drum crew, who lead the MIZ-ZOU cheers at football games, celebrates the Missouri Tigers' victory over the Furman Paladins with the Golden Girls at the end zone of Faurot Field on Saturday, September 19, 2009 in Columbia, Mo.  The Tigers defeated the Paladins 52-12.

David Champlin of the "Big Mo" drum crew, who lead the MIZ-ZOU cheers at football games, celebrates the Missouri Tigers' victory over the Furman Paladins with the Golden Girls at the end zone of Faurot Field on Saturday, September 19, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers defeated the Paladins 52-12. / Canon 1D Mark IIN and 16-35mm f/2.8 II L lens @ 16mm; exposed 1/400 sec. @ f/8, ISO 800.

This weekend I photographed a college football game–Missouri Tigers versus the Furman Paladins–along with John Schreiber, for the Columbia Missourian.  It was only my third or fourth time photographing football, and my first college game, so it was a little different.  I was also using a Canon 600mm f/4 L IS lens from CPS, which made things extra different.  But it was a lot of fun, and there’s a web gallery here.

While at the game, I was assigned to get a feature photo of the crew of “Big Mo,” an over-sized drum on a trike that is used to lead cheers of “MIZ–ZOU” at the games, as well as run up and down the end zone with the cheerleaders after a touch down.  At the end of the game, David Champlin started dancing with the Golden Girls, who are a more “sparkly” version of the cheerleaders.  The result was the photo above.  Sadly, it will never find its way into the Missourian, so I’m posting it here for all to see.  I suppose it’s better this way.

Secondly, I thought I would post this portrait of Anthony Fitzgerald and Arnold Cromwell, two custodians–one from Hickman High School, the other from Rock Bridge High School–to be featured in this week’s VOX Magazine in the “On-The-Job” section.  I was happy with the final select, but also felt that the image  below worked fairly well.  I do wish I had some more time with them to get a moment between the two, but at the very least I feel that this was a respectful presentation of the two men.

Anthony Fitzgerald, left, a Hickman High School custodian, and Arnold Cromwell, right, a custodian from Rock Bridge High School, stand in the hallways of Hickman High on Monday, September 21, 2009 in Columbia, Mo.  Despite the two schools' athletic rivalries, neither Fitzgerald or Cromwell take it too seriously.

Anthony Fitzgerald, left, a Hickman High School custodian, and Arnold Cromwell, right, a custodian from Rock Bridge High School, stand in the hallways of Hickman High on Monday, September 21, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. Despite the two schools' athletic rivalries, neither Fitzgerald or Cromwell take it too seriously. / Canon 5D II and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens @ 75mm; exposed 1/160 sec. @ f/8, ISO 800.

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Softball Outtake: Hickman Kewpies vs. Rock Bridge Bruins

Tonight I photographed a blowout softball game: Rock Bridge High School: 4; Hickman High School: 0.  And while I was reasonably pleased with the results of my first attempt at softball in over three years (read: they were OK) one of the outtakes sticks in my mind, so I thought I would post it here.  It’s more of a graphic / dynamic image than a story-telling one:

Going off to bat.  The Rock Bridge Bruins defeated the Hickman Kewpies 4-0.

Danielle Linneman, a junior on the Rock Bridge High School varsity softball team, heads off to bat on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. The Rock Bridge Bruins defeated the Hickman Kewpies 4-0.

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Cutting Room Floor

I have finally had a chance to go over all of my images from the Tour de Missouri, as well as my other shoots from the week, and found three images that I thought were particularly interesting but were unpublished–they did not find their way into the Columbia Missourian, or my Blog, for that matter–until now!

Old Courthouse reflection, St. Louis, Mo.  Canon 5D II and 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm; exposed 1/500 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 100

Old Courthouse reflection, St. Louis, Mo. Canon 5D II and 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm; exposed 1/500 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 100

I saw this composition with the imperfect reflections of office buildings and the Old Court House as I was walking to the downtown Hilton to pick up my press credentials for the first stage of the Tour of Missouri.  This is cropped fairly heavily, so I do wish that I had switched lenses to the 70-200mm f/4 I L IS, but I was in a rush to get to the race before it started without me!

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