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22
Jun
10

balloon release

Jahsaan Bryant, 10, releases baloons with friends during activities to celebrate the Army's 235th birthday, at the Child, Youth and School Services at Fort Gordon, Friday, June 18, 2010, in Augusta, Ga. RAINIER EHRHARDT/STAFF

Last Friday was a busy day for me.  I spent the day at Fort Gordon, for the 3rd time that week, to shoot the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders (and a few players too, but who was paying attention to them, I mean lets be honest).  Since Fort Gordon is considered a bit of a haul for us, not to mention dealing with the security that goes with a federal Army base, we like to consolidate assignments on whatever day the photographer is present so that we minimize how many times we have to go out there.  This meant I had something else to shoot, only minutes after the cheerleaders were scheduled to land in Blackhawk helicopters.

Long story short, after waiting for an hour in the sun at Engineer Field, I quickly grabbed a few shots of the cheerleaders.  Then, the public affairs specialist, Siobhan, escorted me to the Child, Youth and School Services where they were conducting events for the children to celebrate the Army’s 235th birthday.  We thought we were late, but luckily, upon our arrival, the kids were just finishing up their hand-made decorated kites and waiting for the balloon release.  This was something I had previsualized.  I knew I wanted hands, balloons and sky.  It ended up better than I could have hoped, since the floating balloons created a nice background for the kids and hands.  The layering really invites the eye to move around the frame.

Now, about those cheerleaders.  Here’s a link to the photo gallery on the Augusta Chronicle website:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/multimedia/2010-06-18/photo-gallery-falcons-visit-fort-gordon

There’s just something inherently funny about primping cheerleaders and loud Blackhawk choppers.

-RAE

www.rainier-ehrhardt.com

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04
Jun
10

graduatin’ time

Never one for pomp and circumstance, I didn’t go to my college graduation, and I would have skipped my high school ceremonies had I been given the option (remember how the principal threatened the kids likely to “act” up by holding on to our real diplomas until we had actually walked across the stage and left the building? I remember really having a problem with that, as my inner adolescent was outraged that they could keep us from doing anything we wanted at this point…we were going to graduate no matter what, and no amount of chest beating and attempted power wielding was going to scare us.)  But I digress.

And, most appropriately, I don’t plan on attending my 10 year high school reunion when it’s held…tomorrow. Yes it’s been 10 years, and for the past five, I’ve tried my best to ignore the facebook messages urging everybody to attend.  No, instead I’ll spend the weekend in Greenville with the in-laws who still (and hopefully always will) ooh and aah over my new son.

As things come full circle, I spent last week and the week before covering our local high school graduation ceremonies (thankfully, all of the schools’ events are grouped together in one arena).

Near total darkness aside, graduations at the James Brown Arena are quite fun to shoot.  We have the run of the place, so you can get all kinds of angles and you have good access to the graduates as they hug and celebrate.

Below is a picture I quite like, but thought it was a throwaway shot at the time of pressing the shutter button.  It breaks a bunch of photojournalism “rules” (more like suggestions, really) including rule of thirds and the old ‘faces sell newspapers’ which, sorry to say, only word people think.

But it’s an easy read and it tells a nice story about the journey they are about to embark on.  They’re leaving one thing behind and going through new doors to their futures.  It works, I think.

New graduates Juanita Cody, left, and Kelsea Leverett hug as they walk out of James Brown Arena after A.R. Johnson graduation ceremonies, Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Augusta, Ga. Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff

-RAE

www.rainier-ehrhardt.com




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