Posts Tagged ‘reaction


That Casey Anthony hoopla

While we were flipping through channels this evening, I paused on CNN for a minute to watch some lawyer spout off about the Casey Anthony verdict, and my wife turned to me and asked something I hadn’t considered yet.  “How did this whole Casey Anthony thing get so big?” she asked.  And that’s a really good question.  I don’t know.  It’s not like she’s a famous football player/actor or something.  She’s middle America.  Unfortunately murder cases come up all the time in this country and they barely get noticed outside their city or state. Where did all this media attention come from?

Of course, when I heard that a verdict had been reached and that it would be read at 2:15p.m. EST, I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to add to that media attention.  So I hurried down to Nacho Mama’s with an idea.  I had just been there for lunch that day and remembered that the TV was on in the kitchen (you can see the cooks from over the bar).  When I got there, I still had about 15 minutes to spare so I shot a few frames of the cook with CNN tuned in on the tele.  It was something, but not exactly what I wanted.  The TV was too small and it was difficult to get something that would read easily.  So I had another idea.  I hurried across the Savannah River to North Augusta in hopes that the WalMart would have a wall of televisions set to CNN or Fox News.  But as I made my way to the back of the store I realised my error.  I remembered that most big box stores don’t have cable on their TVs on demo.  Instead they have a loop that plays extraordinary action sequences like sky diving or rock climbing to show off the 1080p or i or whatever it is.  I confirmed with the electronics manager. No cable.  Bummer.

So I rushed back to Nacho Mama’s, know that the potential for a decent frame was there, I just needed to hope for a decent close up of Anthony as she cried or smiled or whatever.  By the time I got there, the verdict had been read but they were replaying her reaction over and over.  I basically reshot the same picture but with a more interesting image on the tube to give it more context.

Guess this is my little way of saying I was there.  For better or for worse.

Cooks Mike Goings, left, and Erik Starlings prepare food while watching the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial in the kitchen at Nacho Mama's, Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Rainier Ehrhardt)





election night

America Decides 2010.  America Votes 2010.  Indecision 2010. Whatever you called it last week, it was exciting in an election kind of way.  For photographers and reporters around the country, that meant gathering mounds and mounds of results information or running around town going to election parties photographing candidates, who, depending on whether they are winning or losing, can be great or horrible to shoot.  Lets just say the loser tends to run late to their own party, making it hard on a reporter or photographer working on a tight deadline.

And because of these deadlines, the night ends up being an exercise in grabbing what you can, until something better comes along – a ‘hurry up and wait’ sort of situation.   As a result, election nights tend to rise in excitement until the very end, when everything happens at once and the desk wants photos five minutes ago.  I remember my first election night, I was stressing out because I wanted to get THE shot, but I was running up against deadline.  It was a crash course in learning to make as many pictures as you can, as safety shots, and transmit as fast as possible.  This way the desk has at least something of the candidate.  Then you wait for the decisive moment, when the election is called.  Of course, there’s always a small chance you’re busy at your computer when the candidate fist pumps after winning – at which point you’re screwed, but that hasn’t happened yet, thanks in part to the ability to keep track of results online as I’m toning photos.  Hopefully that will never happen. 

So, in many ways, shooting election night is like shooting night sports.  Decisive moments, safe shots, looming deadlines, horrible lighting conditions – I’m sure there are more similarities.  And I guess that’s why I like the two so much.  The photo conditions are some of the hardest we face in daily work, so it’s that much more rewarding when you’re able to get a nice picture from it.


Deke Copenhaver, left, and his wife Malisa, campaign as they wait at a traffic light on Walton Way, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Sheila Stahl, right, looks on as Katelyn Gibbs, left, and Gabby Benton use campaign signs to pretend fight as they show their support for candidates at the intersection of Milledge Road and Walton Way, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver, right, and supporters cheer as they hear election results at Polka Dot Pig restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver uses a laptop to watch election results at Polka Dot Pig restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver acknowledges his supporters after he was declared the winner in the mayoral race, at Polka Dot Pig restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Augusta, Ga.