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Drone journalism

As this industry evolves, we’re having to constantly adapt and learn new skills. Sometimes those turn out to be frustrations. Other times they’re an absolute joy. At the end of 2018, I studied and passed my my Part 107 remote pilot certificate exam and took to the skies for The Villages Daily Sun. At first, we used the drone for basic aerial imagery. We were providing a new perspective for common sights, as well as seeking things that looked interesting […]

Exploring Florida county fairs

Some assignments are more fun than others. Over the last year, I drove thousands of miles exploring county fairs across Florida. Let me back up. Our special projects team wanted to take a look at county fair culture across the state. As we talked it through, things fell into their natural places. The biggest fair. The oldest fair. The biggest midway. You get the picture. Each fair I visited had a unique focus. The first on my long list was the […]

My first NASCAR experience

There’s a first time for everything. And July 2018 brought me my first opportunity to cover a NASCAR race. Now I’ve covered auto racing before. I shot a few races at the Rockford Speedway. I shot even more races at the Byron Dragway. Heck. I’ve even shot go-kart racing. But it wasn’t until moving to Florida that I was in a market where I would get to over NASCAR. My paper really only covers two big race weekends. The Daytona […]

Best of 2016

I hate this time of year. This is the time when photographers pull together their best frames from last year. The solid daily frames are tossed aside and we’re left with an internet that is overwhelmed with the best of the best. It’s an amazing thing to see. But I hate it. Photographers make connections with their pictures. Sometimes you make a killer frame. Sometimes the story behind making the image is better than the image itself. That is something a viewer […]

Favorites of 2012

It’s that time again. Time to look back on a years worth of work to find the best of the best. It’s easier said than done. Last year, I mentioned that photographers can get attached to an image because of the back story. Some images might be technologically challenging to make. Others might have required hours of anticipation and preparation. When it comes to a contest, the back story doesn’t matter. The final image is all that counts. This year, […]

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