PHOTO OF THE DAY

I have not mastered developing a method for updating my blog from the various computers in my life. We use PCs at the paper, and simple keystrokes on my MAC, such as the copyright symbol, are ridiculously difficult on the PC. The list of fonts between the two systems are different. If I wait until I get back to my MAC the updating just doesn't get done. It seems the little amount of down time I have to check in comes about 4pm at the office.

I'm so glad this has finally appeared in the paper. The story is about an 83-year-old golfer who has seven career holes-in-one, two of them this past year. We did the interview at his house, and he suffers from some memory loss (he couldn't remember the name of the club he plays at.) So I was without a golf course, cart or clubhouse, and with a budget limited to $0, I was struck with a bolt of genius.

How does one make a golf cup out of nothing? One snags a styrofoam coffe cup from the lunch room, rips off the bottom, wedges it onto the 10.5, uses the same setup I use from my remote camera and gets our victim model to lean down like he his pulling the ball from the hole. GENIUS!!!

Photo of the Day

I have joked for years that I prefer not to peak early in the sports season. Today was the first soccer game of the year. A day game is not something I see much of, as almost all the schools we cover have lights and night games mean bigger crowds and charging for admittance. But this game was scheduled for high noon. Mother Nature gave us a nice cloud cover, and Nikon got me my company camera back. I wish I had shot this with the D3, the slight softness from the slower focus on the D2Hs bugs me, but you work with what you are given. With my schedule for the next few months I am not exposing my equipment to any more wear and weather than I need to for own work. Hopefully I have not peaked for the fall of 2010 with this image.

Photo of the Day (from the day before)

There are quite a few happenings that I cover every year, and some of them, such as Swinging Summer Thursdays in West Chester happen a few times each year. After 15 years at this it becomes hard to find something new. While I don't remember every shot I've taken, I do know how my eye works analyzing a situation. I am mentally thinking about not going to the same lens/angle/subject more often than not. I guess admitting you have a problem is the first step in correcting it.

After about the third year on this job I realized I actally am part of the commmunity. I spend as much time saying hello to people as I do shooting. This image was made while catching up with a woman I hadn't seen since before the boy was born. Time does fly! I have some funny moments when Addison is open mouthed for her taffy, but I just love the randomness of this frame. I don't know exaclty what it is, but it is an intangible quality I love other people's images. I know it when I see it. (As I quote out of context Potter Stewart.)