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Forgive Us Our Lens

A group blog by the Knoxville News Sentinel photo staff

Father and son duo Brian Rupp and Connor Rupp were my favorite individuals to photograph at the Fanboy Expo. My father used to take me fishing, but some dads take their kid to comic book/science fiction conventions. Wearing a life vest in a bass boat is probably not nearly as fun as dressing up as these two. 

Father and son duo Brian Rupp and Connor Rupp were my favorite individuals to photograph at the Fanboy Expo. My father used to take me fishing, but some dads take their kid to comic book/science fiction conventions. Wearing a life vest in a bass boat is probably not nearly as fun as dressing up as these two. 

Halls’ Katie Scott beats the tag at third base from Farragut’s Kelsey Hughes in the Region 2-AAA semifinal on Monday, May 13, 2013.

I’m not a very good sports photographer, but I have managed to get by thanks to autofocus cameras and motor drives. This photograph was taken completely by accident. I wasn’t even looking through the viewfinder when I pointed a 400mm in the general direction of third base. This is why I am glad luck is sometimes on my side. 

Halls’ Katie Scott beats the tag at third base from Farragut’s Kelsey Hughes in the Region 2-AAA semifinal on Monday, May 13, 2013.

I’m not a very good sports photographer, but I have managed to get by thanks to autofocus cameras and motor drives. This photograph was taken completely by accident. I wasn’t even looking through the viewfinder when I pointed a 400mm in the general direction of third base. This is why I am glad luck is sometimes on my side. 

Tagged with:  #Knoxville  #Halls Softball
Tennessee basketball player Isabelle Harrison steps out of a photo booth during the Volscars awards ceremony. 
Nothing can ever prepare a photographer for these fun little moments. We just need to be lucky enough to have our cameras pointing in the right direction when they happen. 

Tennessee basketball player Isabelle Harrison steps out of a photo booth during the Volscars awards ceremony. 

Nothing can ever prepare a photographer for these fun little moments. We just need to be lucky enough to have our cameras pointing in the right direction when they happen. 

Tagged with:  #Knoxville  #Lady Vols

The Knoxville Marathon is one of my favorite and also most hated assignments. I hate it because I must be up by 5am. I love it because it is a creative challenge. There are only so many good photographs of people running-I would argue two-before it becomes repetitive. So for the sake of variety, I like to explore a variety of compositional elements when I’m chasing down the marathon runners. In the first photograph, I use the vertical shapes to give the photograph a unifying theme. In the last photo, I used the open space of a parking garage to frame a runner. There’s nothing great about these images, but they’re a little different. It’s these small differences that still fuel my love for photography.

These 10 Hike of the Month photos span from August 2011 to May 2012.

In celebration of Knoxville News Sentinel writer Morgan Simmons and I completing our 50th Hike of the Month, I will be posting a set of 10 photos each day until Friday, April 5, 2013, when our 50th hike is published.

This set features a wide variety of photos from the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and the Lone Mountain State Forest.

Check back here for a new post each day this week on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Also look for a gallery of the 50 photos on www.knoxnews.com at the end of this week.

Enjoy

- Adam Brimer

Clergy members line up for the start of service at Episcopal Church of the Ascension. If there’s anything more frowned upon in photography, it is the blurry photo. I took this photograph through two overlapping panes of glass as the clergy members waited in a foyer area for the start of service. It’s a bit hard to notice, but I was especially drawn to the cross pattern made by the window frames.

Clergy members line up for the start of service at Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

If there’s anything more frowned upon in photography, it is the blurry photo. I took this photograph through two overlapping panes of glass as the clergy members waited in a foyer area for the start of service. It’s a bit hard to notice, but I was especially drawn to the cross pattern made by the window frames.

Tagged with:  #Knoxville  #Episcopal
Valentine’s Day dance at the Halls Senior Center. The single disco ball, an empty room, and the expression on the gentleman’s face makes for delightful photograph.

Valentine’s Day dance at the Halls Senior Center. 

The single disco ball, an empty room, and the expression on the gentleman’s face makes for delightful photograph.

This is not my favorite photo that I shot from the Vols’ game at Mississippi State last week, but it has become sports blog fodder since the game. At least three sports blogs I have seen today used this image with their posts.
None of them gave proper credit and certainly did not have permission to use this copyrighted photo. Two of the blogs stated that this was taken after the game, which is incorrect.  The photo caption under this photo on www.govolsxtra.com clearly states that it was taken before the game. I digress.
Mississippi State’s locker rooms are situated a level above the playing field. Players and coaches descend the ramp on foot, or in a wheelchair in this case, before taking the field. Coach Dooley was escorted by this Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper as UT Athletics Department photographer Donald Page, background, photographed the scene.
Coach Dooley underwent hip surgery earlier in the week and coached the game from the skybox. 
Usually we try to capture the coach on the field, but in this case he was so far away in the skybox that it was nearly impossible to get a photo of him. Moments like this one before the game had to suffice as our only art of Coach Dooley from the game.

This is not my favorite photo that I shot from the Vols’ game at Mississippi State last week, but it has become sports blog fodder since the game. At least three sports blogs I have seen today used this image with their posts.

None of them gave proper credit and certainly did not have permission to use this copyrighted photo. Two of the blogs stated that this was taken after the game, which is incorrect.  The photo caption under this photo on www.govolsxtra.com clearly states that it was taken before the game. I digress.

Mississippi State’s locker rooms are situated a level above the playing field. Players and coaches descend the ramp on foot, or in a wheelchair in this case, before taking the field. Coach Dooley was escorted by this Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper as UT Athletics Department photographer Donald Page, background, photographed the scene.

Coach Dooley underwent hip surgery earlier in the week and coached the game from the skybox. 

Usually we try to capture the coach on the field, but in this case he was so far away in the skybox that it was nearly impossible to get a photo of him. Moments like this one before the game had to suffice as our only art of Coach Dooley from the game.

I have never seen someone in stilts sit down before. This is Kevin Collins just before he participated in a march against federal immigration program 287(g). Later in the day I watched him descend two flights of steps while still in stilts. I must admit, he travels better on two wooden sticks than I do with my legs.

I have never seen someone in stilts sit down before. This is Kevin Collins just before he participated in a march against federal immigration program 287(g). Later in the day I watched him descend two flights of steps while still in stilts. I must admit, he travels better on two wooden sticks than I do with my legs.

This video is a faster version than the one in the previous post.