Best of 2014

I know I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I decided to post my best images from 2014. Yes, I know it’s almost the end of January 2015 but that’s ok, right?

Anyway, 2014 certainly was an exciting time for me. I got my first job, in Nebraska, and have since found my second job at the State Journal.

Since starting in Kentucky I’ve covered SEC football games, UK basketball games, state government, fires, car accidents and more. It really has been a blessing to be here. So, hopefully you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Welcome to Nebraska City

Well, once again, I’ve looked up at my calendar and noticed that it’s been more than a month since my last update. But, perhaps you can forgive me, considering I’ve moved 10 hours away from my previous home in Indiana, to Nebraska City to my new job at the Nebraska City News-Press. It’s a little bit of a change for me since I’m not longer just a photographer or multimedia reporter, which is not only what I had been making my living as, it’s what I went to school for, trained for and planned my life around pretty much.

That’s not a complaint, just a little different. Because of that, it’s taken me a little bit longer than I would have liked to get my feet firmly planted on the ground. Focusing on my writing skills has made, in my opinion, my photography skills a little rusty. So, hopefully I’m going to start working on some projects to help with that. Until then, I hope you don’t mind looking at my rusty photography skills for the things I’ve shot so far.

 

The Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings

Ever since I graduated from Ball State, I’ve been job searching. It’s not a fun process. Each interview is a glimmer of hope at the future that could be. And every turn down is an added voice to the chorus of “you’re not cut out for this profession”. Lately though, I’ve been afforded the chance of covering a local volleyball team, the Barr-Reeve Vikings, for a paper in my area, the Washington Times-Herald¬†as a freelancer. Besides bringing me out of the depression that is sitting at my computer all day sending out job applications, covering the Vikings was interesting for me in the sense that it was almost like working on a documentary.

The first match I covered had the Vikings going up against their biggest rivals, the Loogootee Lions. I hadn’t seen a gym so packed since I had graduated from college and it really got me back into the spirit of photojournalism. I even took a few Instagram videos of it. The next match was the Vikings sectional match, again facing their long-time rivals. Then it was the regionals, the semi-state and finally the state championship at Ball State (I just can’t get away). I became such a staple at the Vikings’ matches I even had a parody Twitter account made about me by a Barr-Reeve student.

Obviously, I’m not going to post all the pictures I have of all those matches. But, I feel like I would be doing a disservice to the State Champs by not posting pictures of their journey to Muncie. So, the photos are a mix of all the different matches I covered as well as a video I made for the Times-Herald. Hope you enjoy them.

Evansville Fall Fest

It’s been awhile, no worries. I’m still alive and kicking. I went down to the Evansville Fall Fest yesterday after a friend of mine told me how big of an event it was. I didn’t get as many pictures as I liked but I did get some good from-the-hip shots that I don’t think are too bad. Hope you enjoy, and expect a sports photo post coming up soon.

Summer Fun

I have been having a super busy summer since my last post. Three weddings, one that I photographed, one that I traveled to Texas for and another that I was a groomsman in. Not to mention the freelance work I’ve been doing and all of the time I’ve been putting into job searching. So, I’ve gotten myself a couple of pictures that I’d like to post for you during that time. They’re a mix of different things that I’ve been shooting over the past month or so. Hope you like them.

To Color or Not to Color?

I present to you the hardest question I have as a photographer when it comes to the post production part of my job. Should I make this picture black and white? Or should I leave that beautiful color in there? I had a friend of mine asking me about this not too long ago and we basically decided that it all comes down to the mood that you’re trying to portray with the photo, at least when it comes to artistic snapshots. Obviously, a sports action photo will retain the same message whether it’s in B&W or color, but a picture of a girl looking out over a field can take on a completely different mood depending on how you decided to run the photo. Let’s look at the colored photo:

FieldColor

Now, as you can see, the color in this photo adds a very nice touch and helps to really show the different kinds of palets are present in the scene. The red and blue dress, the green of the grass, the orange and yellow hue of the sinking sun and the deep blue from the impending storm. And really, in my opinion it’s quite a pretty scene. Now, let’s take a look at the B&W photo of the same scene.

FieldBW

Talk about a mood shift. Not only do we loose that pretty scene and all it’s colors, we look at the photo in a completely different way. Instead of a girl (thanks to my girlfriend Katie for posing for me) taking in the beautiful view, we now see a girl looking out to the small patch of sunny sky and perhaps using it as a metaphor for happy days she hopes are on the way. Really, this was just a quick experiment so there’s no great artistic metaphor to be seen here, but you get my point.

I personally like the B&W photo better. Besides having a bit of a better angle, I think the contrast in the photo is just very nice. But, what do you think, my five or six noble readers? Let me know.

Home Sweet Indiana

So, I got a new camera for graduation. A Nikon D3. I decided I would test it out during a drive up north and also while I walked around town today. I was actually really happy with a couple of the shots I got and I really came to appreciate the difference in scenery between Northern Indiana and the Southern part of the state where I live. Hope you like the photos.

Time Lapse

So, I’m proud to present my first time lapse. A couple days ago, I got to shoot a drag queen applying his make-up for a reporter. I’m actually pretty happy with the way it turned out with it being my first time making one of these. Anyway, hope you enjoy it.