Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Oh well enough standing around, time to get those final gifts on my list then head to the post office.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Really it was a chance to meet more of the stars from the famous Twilight movie series. Yes, the stars from that movie. Since they have become citizens of the area, happens when a multi billion dollar franchise is being filmed in your backyard, there are a number of appearances for the cast to meet and greet their die hard fans. And when I say fans, I mean these are some serious fans. Naturally some are from our viewing. Some really went the distance to make this one worth it. We are talking trips made from Mississippi, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Paris. Yes I said Paris. No not Texas, the place where they speak French and have the iconic tower. All of them who were ready to brave the elements for up to three maybe four hours just for a glimpse, and if they were really fortunate, or an autograph from the members of Team Edward and Team Jacob. Yeah, I had to ask about the names also since I’ve never watched any of the movies. You wouldn't believe how much heat I was taking because of this revelation of not participating in this version of pop culture.
However I was surprised that Jackson Rathbone, plays Jasper in the movies, recognized me and the fancy cam. Had to shoot his bands performance at the State Fair in October. Even though he got all the fame, fortune, waves & waves of screaming girls; he’s a real down to earth guy and doesn’t let all of the hype get to him. Sure it’s good to be noticed from time to time but it does helps that you have fuzzy mic on your camera also. May have to watch the movies to see what everything is all about.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Is the President doing a run in on the proceedings after that snag with healthcare reform? Will more members of Congress have a throw down on C-Span? Did Les Miles eat some grass on the front lawn? That’s a cool chandelier on the ceiling do they have them at Lowe’s? What will the desk make me cover next? I let who hold the microphone and what do you mean she works at the other station? Will the cookie tray make another round? Did XRAY TED say something nice or even better will he just be quiet for once? The last one is highly unlikely yes I know.
One thing is for certain, you never know what you are going to get at one of these events. At least the scrum madness is toned down. And the event is inside for once. After all it is cold outside.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The video looks likes it's green screen but definitely the real deal. Once again Mother Nature adds another notch to her belt with severe damage to indoor stadiums, remember the Louisiana Superdome, the Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA), and Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX). Just thankful no one was inside.
What is this thing??????
The info is real sketchy with. All I know that it was supposedly taken in Berwick, Louisiana off a deer stand and is making its way across the internet. I contacted Molder & Scully and the Men In Black with no success. They were just as lost as I was. The MIB’s are now working to contain the situation with Neuralizers in hand. Is it the missing link? Is this the biggest thing since the vast stories involving the Loch Ness Monster? Who knows?
I wonder if my peeps over at The 13th Gate know about this. Now if I can just get you to look at this flashy blue thing.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
That and simply saying thank you. Thank you for what you do for us.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
It’s one thing to go to school and learn the basics of television. How to shoot a sequence, where to put that microphone for good sound, how many lights does it take to execute proper three point lighting of a subject. But it takes a whole different kind of training for photographers to lug around their trusty weaponry. It takes someone with drive and determination. It takes someone who knows how to hold the camera properly. It takes someone who can work through lunch for a PKG. It take’s someone willing to throw caution in the wind for the money shot.
I am proud to call myself a photographer. Godspeed gentlemen, in your quest to become match fit, did you know?
Saturday, November 27, 2010
A condition of existence?
A period of one’s time?
To some fire is life. Its warmth provides comfort. Its heat can help provide nourishment. Its light can help provide hope. It is passion. It is something worth having. It is something that can be loss without hesitation.
What is life?
Life is short. It can pass you by. Years can flow like seconds if you don’t pay attention to it.
What is life?
Life is living to the fullest. Life is caring for others, whether you know them or not. Life is a precious gift, given to those from the most unlikely places. Life can be a second chance. It’s enjoying the small things that make you happy.
What is life?
Life is what you make of it.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Then I realized that is not going to happen. This is the Mad Hatter. He has a modus operandi of keeping fans on the edge of their seat. He’s been doing this since 2005 should we expect anything else. I mean what’s the big deal it’s just another day at the office for the White Hat. While people claim that he is crazy one thing is usually on point…HE KEEPS ON WINNING! Quite frankly it baffles the mind of fact, logic, and what in the world is going on here. Granted they aren’t pretty wins but they aren't stacking the loss column either. Anyway I digress.
As I roam the sideline with XRAY TED, my objective is clear. Get a few plays, find some fans talking about the game, then get a live shot on the newscast afterwards. Simple right? Did I mention the Mad Hatter is coaching the team? Did I mention Ole Miss always give LSU problems? Did I mention that the every possible second is used in all these games? Did I mention that failure isn’t an option? Why am I always put under this pressure with these games? Next you'll tell me that I'm the chosen one. Maybe, but so was Anakin Skywalker and you saw how well that turned out. Whoa, calm down Senator your digressing again. (deep breath) Alright, what was I talking about, oh yeah.
So with some luck, 1:14 on the game clock, and a game winning TD, things fell into place. Manage to get some fans that are now riding a wave of euphoria with hopes of Championship Run, a decent bowl game in January, and a live shot on for the news. Two out of three isn’t bad.
As for me, I’m just glad that losing skid is finally put to rest. Last one of out of Death Valley, please turn off the lights. Won’t need the place again until 2011, did you know?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
That’s right I said cats. Even I had to do a double take on that one. Over 70 of them have found a home thanks to a local dentist. We better watch our steps with this one. Never know what presents are being left on the ground.
However time, just like my new furry friends, won’t stand still. Good thing I have a lot of space on my capture card and that my friend Kiran Chawla, newest member of the Ways & Means to Make TV Interesting Committee, had a lot of patience with me for making her hold that pose for the tease. Even though it didn't have the same ring as 101 Dalmatians it was still an interesting story to help put together.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This is where fellow photographer Big Easy photographer Jim Pennison comes in. Always willing to try out new techniques to make every story that comes across the eye of his lens better. Even though the shots are nicely compose, the sound is incredible, the sequences are masterful he is always willing to add another dimension to his craft. In the world of fast pace newscasts, he and reporter Shelley Brown get the unique assignment of profiling a local dance group that is more than meets the eye to the peeps down in NOLA. Never afraid to try something new he once again raises his standards to provide quality television in the world. All while telling those who wonder of his methods...
...YOU JUST GOT SERVED!!!!!!
That's right. That's Jim in the the piece. Adding another tool to an already impressive run bag of tricks. Raising the the bar for the rest his peers to follow. Better start practicing my own moves before I challenge him on the dance floor.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
From the time when JFK was hard at work and a little visitor peeked out the front of the kneehole panel in the the desk.
To a trio of Commanders In Chief sharing a story in the Oval Office before the next historic event was to happen.
Images that are once in a lifetime. Rarely seen but can still captivate emotion while standing the test the test of time. I wouldn't mind meeting some of these guys capturing momentous chapters in the lives of leaders. I would simply ask, "How cool of a job do you have?"
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Our brave hero, armed with only a camera & a fuzzy microphone, was ready to brave the controlled madness that the nation's top haunted attraction would bring. As he ventured through the hall of mirrors he thinks of those who were with him last time and wishes they joined him for this latest installment. He wonders will that figure's reflection jump out and ask about the dust wand on the camera. Who knows what unforseen horrors were ready to pop in front of the lens. One thing is for certain, it's stories like this that get your blood pumping. Until it is time for the other monsters to scare the daylights out of you.
-Special thanks to The 13th Gate for opening their doors and giving me a look behind the scenes. This is one great attraction and is worth visiting. One more weekend of horror then the buildup to their new feature in 2011.-
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Did I remember to turn off the sprinklers before leaving for work this morning?
Will my starting QB finally live up to his true potential?
Will that photographer get any closer to me?
I wonder how the food is in this town. After all we aren’t in Louisiana anymore.
Will that weekend sports guy ask me a legitimate question at the next media luncheon?
I have Defense and Special Teams, will the Offense show up this week and shock the world?
I mean seriously, how much closer is that guy going to get to me? And does he know that his armband is on his ankle?
How did the last guy manage to deal with all of this madness?
Did anyone see that Rangers / Giants matchup in the World Series this year?
No matter what logic goes on under the White Hat, he knows how to keep the fans on the edge of the seats.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Every photographer in the Red Stick knows these streets. One that are filled with elements that are less than desirable. An area that is scarred be the name of Mall City. One of the hot spots in the city where it’s not a matter of if something bad comes across the scanner but when. Unfortunately it’s also a place where the innocent can get in the middle of the crossfire. But it’s also home to some of the innocent. It’s the only place some have known for years. It’s also a chance for some to lead the charge for change in the area.
A chance for the innocent to change the perception of the area known for flashing lights and yellow crime tape filling the evening sky. First order of business is to change the look. Picking up the trash, cleaning the empty lots, and getting rid of the abandoned & blighted property. That is only the foundation and hopefully those who care can build on it. And those who care can recruit more to join their venture. Just hope I’m around to see the finished work and put that on television as well.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
So where were you on September 11, 2001? Him? That’s George Steffensen, he has been a paramedic for over two decades. He was enjoying a day off in the Big Apple when hell was unleashed. The day when everything changed. The day when freedom and liberty was tested. The day when he and his comrades rushed into the unknown. Not knowing if they will come home to the one they care about. Sadly, some did not make it. Others were scared for life.
So I ask again, where were you on September 11, 2001? I hope you remember what happened that day. George does.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Being a photographer in the news business you will see images that can cause any sane person to lose touch with reality. Most times we are called upon to shot people, places, and things during the worst possible moment in time. Think that’s bad, how about capturing events that directly affect you. That’s what my friends & peers had to deal with during Hurricane Katrina five years ago. As the winds and eventual flood waters ravaged the region, they had to go and keep the viewers informed while that sense of uneasiness crept in the back of their minds wondering if their loved one were safe from an unwanted weather witch knocking down the walls and flooding the streets of the Big Easy. So when Brian Lukas, longtime photographer at WWL-TV, put together a moving photo essay on this infamous anniversary using images from his collection I had to sit in awe of how powerful the images still are five years later. While every journalist wishes they get to cover a monumental event, I sure hope none of us have to go through this again.
August 29th is the day. 2005 was the year.
The day the Gulf Coast was changed by one word…Katrina.
I was heading to New Orleans to but a last second change of plan put us in Laplace, Louisiana, 20 miles outside of the city. We figured that we would ride out the storm there. The Sat dish was beaming the signal through some fierce winds. I had to really watch myself out there. Trying to keep upright while making sure nothing was going to fly out of nowhere and knock upside my noggin. Once the shots were done it was time to carefully navigate area to see who else riding out the storm. A local hotel provided the backdrop. Some residents were scared but they were ready as they could be. Pretty much another day in Louisiana’s Fifth Season, or we thought. After the winds died down we headed into the city, I noticed the water from Lake Ponchatrain was higher than normal. I paid it no mind, just had a storm roll through the area. As we drove down the interstate that’s when it hit me. The interstate was turned into a boat launch. The water was everywhere as far as my eyes and lens could see. Word was coming in that some of the levee systems were failing. Hell’s floodgates had opened and the water emendated the city.
We saw the models. We saw the intensity this monster was bringing. We knew this was going to be the “perfect storm.” What we didn’t know was the lasting impact it would bring. We’ve seen the aftermath. The levees breeched by water, people trapped in their attics and on their rooftops, the Superdome becoming a shelter and prison for those who couldn’t escape, and the convention center turning into a morgue before everyone’s eyes.
Five years later, most of NOLA has returned but there is still ways to go before the Big Easy is back to its true luster. As the region continues on, you can’t help but remember what happened only five years ago.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
That brings me to a group of cyclists I stumbled upon on Sunday in The Feliciana’s. Braving some near extreme conditions I end up working on a story with some peeps known as Cycling for Change. A team of diverse individuals willing to go and a 5,000 mile cross country trek to for what you ask? Try poverty. That’s right poverty. An issue that is rarely mentioned that affects 13% of the country’s population, and this was before the turbulent economy. So now while braving the elements their goal is to bring awareness to the situation, galvanize American ingenuity, and slap poverty right in the face. It’s a daunting task but one that can be accomplished with time, faith, and due diligence.
After meeting and interviewing them, it is refreshing to know that there is still some good in the world. There are people who will come together for the greater cause and try to make a difference in the world. So if you see a large group rolling on to Key West, Florida. Stop and get to know them. Their story is good and their cause is a great one to follow.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Four years ago she left the friendly confines of the northeast to pursue a career of Television Broadcasting at the local NBC affiliate. I first ran into her at the steps of the Capitol, that’s right it all comes back to the House That Huey Built. We were picking up a B-Block story about a local marching band getting ready to make the trip the Rose Bowl parade. I saw her with the fancy cam climbing up the stairs looking for the next shot of a sequence needed for the story. Eventually we exchanged pleasantries then wishing each other well in the business of gathering images for the glowing box.
Some time had passed then and we were at Police HQ waiting for the guest of honor to be taken away wearing some shinny bracelets. While we waited she had hinted that she always had an urge to sports reporting. Thinking in the back of my head that there was an opening at our shop, I simply said, “Come on over.” We had a position and she wanted change in her career. A couple of weeks pass, I had just come from getting some crime tape lining the streets when I walk into the edit and see that right you guessed it. Knowing that I had been looking into some flashing blue lights I had to make sure that my glasses weren’t playing tricks. She simply stood up, smiled, and gave me hug. That’s when it all began. Making her second leap of faith, she covered all that she could. From high school to National Championships she made her presence known to the peeps in South Louisiana. However her lasting mark didn’t happen until the morphed into the weekly TV phenom know as Darin Erin. Always willing to challenge local athletes, large or small, to any and all challenges known to the sports world. Never afraid to stack the odds in her favor but don’t ask her about the win – loss record.
Now faced with another leap, she jumped and landed into another opportunity closer to home. Willing to trade gumbo for chowder, she now leaves the halls of the asylum for a new sports job over at WJAR. Erin we had a lot fun and you were a blessing to work with. My dare for you is to continue what will be an excellent career in broadcasting, did you know?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
How do you pay tribute to a hero? You can shower them with respect. You can tell them that, “We like what you are doing. You have us behind you.” You can simply tell them thank you. Or you can go hit the diamond and play a friendly game of softball. If you are one Jacques Doucet that is what you do.
For the better part of a decade, Jacques & his friends have been spending their summer with a friendly game of softball with the neighborhood crowd over some Cajun food and few cold ones to wash it down. However lately he decided to take the game and transform it into a must attend event that is pure entertainment for the family, minus the adult cold ones of course. Using his fame garnered from years of television exposure and recent contacts gained from a recent trip to the west coast, Doucet has managed to pull off a first for his tournament.
A great token of appreciation to the men and women fighting for our freedom. Thanks guys, look forward to seeing everyone coming home safe and sound.
Special thanks to Derron "XRAY TED" Daquano and Chris Blades for the video & stills from the Celebrity Game last night.
Monday, July 5, 2010
For the past 11 years that I have been in television I have never had to work this holiday. Normally the holiday would fall on a weekend or with me taking the events later in the year I was left out of the rotation for this one. As someone once said there is a first time for everything. I knew about the music and the fireworks that will happen once the sun goes down but to me there is more than just showing up and having one big party to put on television. So once I finished making the cable run for the live shot it was time to find another angle that is sometimes put on the back seat because most see this as just another day off.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, in Omaha, Nebraska, is a fixture to College Baseball much like Wrigley Field is to the Chicago Cubs & Fenway Park is to the Boston Red Sox. It is the epicenter of college baseball where teams like Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Texas would have trips penciled in to play in the collegiate showcase. Opening its doors in 1948 it has hosted the College World Series since 1950 crowning 60 National Champions while displaying a cast of thousands while etching memories that will stand for generations. Images like Minnesota’s Dave Winfield and the one hit gem that wasn’t enough to beat mighty Southern California in 1973. Or the famous phantom pick off play by Miami to knock off Wichita State in 1982. How about 1996 where a two-run bottom of the ninth home run by LSU’s Warren Morris that gave the Tigers the National Championship, number three of six. Will Clark (Mississippi State) hit here, Mike Mussina (Stanford) pitched here, and Jacob Ellsbury (Oregon State) rose to stardom here. It was not only a place for the best college baseball teams to showcase their talents but a gathering point for fans across the country to meet up and trade stories over some shaved ice & a hot dogs with the works. Whether the team you followed made the trip or not it was one place that you had to see and experience for yourself. Now the hallowed grounds on top of the hill next to the zoo will close its doors forever. One more champion to be crowned, a closing ceremony will ensue, and a flood of tears bidding farewell to a place where baseball and ice cream from the Zesto Hut go hand in hand. The girders and aluminum bleachers may be moving but your time Rosenblatt will be in the hearts of baseball fans forever.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I know that you have been enjoying some well deserved time away from making television at the Ocho. However, by chance if you have been watching any of the World Cup you are witnessing some serious drama originating from South Africa. France falling apart in front of the world to see, the United States making an improbable run, & the Germany taking England behind the wood shed for a serious butt kicking. However nothing could prepare me would what was about to happen. It was Argentina verses Mexico. Two hated rivals waging another contest for supermacy
in the world of soccer. The Argentines had just gone up 2 – 0 when it happened. Gabriel Henizne, the guy on the right, was in the huddle celebrating a goal, turned, then bumped is head against the camera. Incidental contact I’m thinking, no harm no foul. Then without hesitation this was the result.
The lens is being sent the other way. Now I know emotions can run high with the weight of one’s country on your back but this ridiculous. This is just another example of people who just can't keep their hands to themselves.
Surprisingly, no official caught this heinous attack that is being shown on international television as well as on viral videos across the globe. We are already being subject gated to the possibility of Argentina’s Head Coach running around the country in the buff should they win it all now it seems that it is open season on photographers just trying to cover the beautiful game that has all of a sudden shown an ugly side.
Therefore, I am requesting that the Lenslinger Institute investigate this matter with great urgency and that the proper issuing of a Red Card, as well as any other punishment deemed neccessary, be delivered to the player in question, did you know?
Ways and Means to Make TV Interesting Committee
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
There must have been a persistent voice whispering, “If you build it they will come?” Hey it worked in Field of Dreams. Thousands of people from 43 states and three countries descended on the Red Stick to catch some of Country Music’s biggest stars. Naturally with an event of this magnitude within striking distance of the asylum we had to go and cover it. Just one minor detail, Country Music just isn’t my style and I had no clue what I was getting into. It isn’t every day I am thrown into the unknown, wait that is what happens to me during the week. Don’t get me wrong I knew some performers like Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, and Keith Urban. Thankfully my girl Taylor was there to point me in the right direction and get a picture of me in all of the excitement. Yeah Taylor. No not the one who was interrupted by Kayne during the awards show although she will be a well known sports reporter one day. With an all star line up performing over 14 hours of their greatest hits I was to roll off about four minutes of video. Hey, can’t afford the rights to play all of these songs surprised I was able to get that much.
Overall the event was a success. The crowd got into every lyric that was sung inside the stadium. The newsroom was happy to have something different on television. And I got a brief education from other music genera. Now I am more than just Hip Hop and R&B now good thing there is room on my Ipod. Next year may have to find some decent seat since I am familiar with the layout. For now it’s time to find some Aleve, got one hell of a headache at the moment.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
So how do you enjoy the day? Well, you aren’t going to get the chance to hang out with a beautiful, intelligent, aspiring model every year. You enjoy it with an early morning phone call from your mom to start the day. You enjoy it with people who care about you sending their best wishes via your Facebook & Twitter pages, isn’t technology wonderful. You enjoy it with some homemade cupcakes from Darin Erin. You enjoy it with a surprise phone call from Nashville with C-Line on the other end. You enjoy it with the Nubian Princess, The Meeks, & XRAY TED surprising you in the newsroom with a card, a song, and a nice cookie cake. It didn’t matter what assignment was thrown my way, nothing was going to put a damper on May 20th thanks to some really good people in my life.
With that let me say thank you to everyone. You are the best people anyone could have in their life. Y’all really know how to make someone feel special and a keep smile on my face from the time the sun rises all the way through the moon gracing the night sky. I love you all.
I look forward to celebrating with you next year and the many more to come after that, did you know?
Monday, May 17, 2010
Fast forward to last weekend’s Live After Five concert. The band was rocking, the crowd danced like there was no tomorrow, and the heat was bearable. Just another weekly get together in the concert series. So as I was setting up my shot for the five pm show who would show up but these guys. Characters from some of my favorite movies are in the Red Stick. Leaping off the big screen into the newscast while promoting their upcoming concert. Anakin, Leia, and a couple of Republic Troops took some time to entertain the crowd and bring back memories of the time I first saw the Death Star get blown up. We all wanted an X Wing Fighter to fly in. As I stand shoulder to shoulder with these guys, I can’t help but think that the role of Jedi Knight and Photographer are one in the same. The constant training and use of ideas to better ourselves. The daily traveling from one side of the world to other. Not to mention the use of Mind Tricks to help tell stories to fill the newscasts. Don’t think we’ll ever get to use Lightsabers. Shotgun mics with fuzzy windscreens is the best I am going to do.
For now I will have to settle with the impromptu meet and greet, don’t know if can get tickets for the event. However as sweeps continues, be mindful I sense a disturbance in the Force.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Seriously, how do they do it? After the phones went silent , I developed a new found respect for my assignment editor and the ones in newsroom across the country. They are the ones who have to deal with what to cover, who is going where, and all of the tension that goes with it. This is a job that doesn’t get a lot of recognition. I don’t know how you pull this off but somehow you to do. I’ll keep this in mind when my lovely AE gives me my next assignment. May have to bribe her also, did you know?
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Famous words from Capt. Jean Luc Picard. Yeah I know he is fictional but you cannot help but smile when The Meeks gets his hands on the dry markers. Nothing like a laugh to break the ice on the first day of the sweeps book.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
And yeah, I know it was just one octopus but octopi just sounded cooler, did you know?
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
This was one of those times where a story lacking video was going to live with a creative stand up. So the Nubian Princess and I had to brainstorm first on what to say then how to make the pictures flow since we didn’t that much to work with any way. A few takes later and we come up with something that will keep some eyeballs watching the lead story.
Got to thank the NP for being cool with some of the crazy ideas I threw around therefore I picked up the tab for lunch. Small price to pay when thinking out of the box works, did you know?
Saturday, April 17, 2010
“I hate crime scenes”.
All I could say was, “me too kid”. Some powerful words from someone so young. Someone who should be playing with his friends not dodging bullets. Someone who should be looking forward to life not fearing it will be cut short by another’s recklessness. I think that this kid is done with seeing the world through the flashing lights of a police cruiser. Maybe there’s hope for this world seems like the next generation has had enough of senseless death & destruction being the norm.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sine Die is a long time away. I wonder if I can get the lawmakers to convene every other year. It works over in Texas, did you know?
Those of us who are in the business know that the camera, much like a Jedi’s Lightsaber, it is an extension of ourselves. For example, take a look the camera pictured below. It is a number of stories that were captured during the years on the job. It’s the places that one has been to over time. It is the number of interesting people that stood in front of the lens while trying to avoid troublesome lens flare. It’s emotion good and bad. It’s what stands us out during large gatherings. However, it does make is us a target for some pent up frustration by unexpected schmucks in the world.
That camera up top belongs to my friend Robert, who handles some sports duties down in the Big Easy. Did you figure out where he got some of his badges of honor? Next time you run into him just ask what’s he has been up to in the sports world. I’m sure he has some interesting stories to share with you.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Time to stock up on some gaffer tape and chewing gum.
Special thanks to Kevin Johnson & b-roll.net for the picture.