Archive for November, 2009


More Football

I got to shoot the Tigers’ last home game of the season Saturday against Iowa State.  Once again, it was a great day game with great light from overcast skies.

Iowa State’s James Smith, top, grabs the face mask of MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert, bottom, during the first quarter Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo.

MU’s Sean Weatherspoon juggles his shoe that came off while making a tackle in the third quarter of the Tigers’ game against the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo.

MU defensive end Brian Coulter, 2, attempts to sack Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud , 4, in the third quarter.

MU senior Sean Weatherspoon holds up a rock that he picked out from the giant ‘M’ in the north end zone after the Tigers’ win over the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo..  “This is my rock,” he exclaimed as he showed it off to the crowd.  Weatherspoon played his last home game at Memorial Stadium Saturday.


We fear sunlight — CPOY Judging

My skin will soon turn white, I will no longer have a need for eyes, and I will develop other cave creature characteristics.  Yep, it is time for College Photographer of the Year judging which means I will be spending my time working in a dark room for 14 hours every single day this week.   If you are interested in studying how a lack of sunlight affects the human body, come see me this week.

It’s all for the best though.  After lots and lots of preparation work with fellow co-coordinator Katie Wood, the time has finally come to judge over 10,000 images that were submitted to us from college students all over the world.  If you are interested in listening to the judging, we are recording the final rounds of judging for each category which you can watch online or download to your iPod.

In the meantime, I have started my steady diet of Starbucks, Chex Mix, and Dr. Pepper.  It should keep me going through the week.  This is my view:



Changing the face of billboards

This is a piece I did for the Columbia Missourian’s photo column, “Boone Life.”  This semester, the theme of Boone Life is “Beginnings” which means we have to go out and photograph different types of beginnings (we sort of use this term very loosely).  Last week was my turn to do the photo column.  My idea for a “beginning” was the installation of new billboards and the people who climb up and do it.

Unfortunately, because of 5,000 different federal OSHA laws, I didn’t actually get to go up on the billboards.  But, I did what I could from the ground.  You can also read the article I wrote here (A writer I am not) and you will find the multimedia piece below:

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