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Another Mudfest: 8fest photos and video

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The second # Fest that I shot was less wild than the first. For the first time since I came to OU, it didn’t rain the day before or the day of the fest, so when I arrived around 11 a.m., the field was mostly dry. Once people finished setting up tents and chairs, they cracked open their Natural Light cans and the party began. From what I saw, I estimate that about 85 percent of the alcohol that was consumed actually made into someone’s mouth. The rest of it was lost through various drinking games and beer-drinking gadgets (the most common being beerbongs and water guns filled with beer). The lost beverages, combined with around 20,000 youth moving around all day, created another field of mud for the intoxiced students to enjoy. It makes me believe that the # fests will forever be cursed to ruin fields, shoes, and showers for the rest of existence.

For those who do not know what 8fest and the other “number fests” are, it’s a day long, BYOB music festival in a field in Athens, Ohio. It brings in a lot of students from other colleges, as well as OU students, and features musical performances from local and state artists. Proceeds from the event are donated to various causes; 8fest benefited Don’t Break the Bond (www.dontbreakthebond.org), Project Lifesaver (projectlifesaver.org) & SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) (http://www.athenssheriff.com/salt.htm).

The following video is an attempt to very breifly show what being at 8fest is like.

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August 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Memorial, Police week and a new project.

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Lt. Anthony Fish, Athens Police, speaks to a crowd of Athens County officers, media and those who have relatives that serve and protect May 11, 2011, during a memorial preceeding National Police Week.

This week was National Police Week, following National Peace Officers’ Day on May 15. Last week, I covered a memorial in honor of fallen officers in Athens County. It was interesting seeing a more sensitive side of those who serve and protect, which I don’t see very often because of the nature of their job, especially in Athens, Ohio. The keynote speaker, Rev. Dave Cogar, talked about how a little bit of appreciation goes a long way. This sentiment was repeated by Athens Police Lt. Anthony Fish, who encouraged all those in attendance to give a simple thank you to the next person in uniform that you see.

I’ve also decided to try to come up with a project a week. These projects might be picture layouts or stories like this one, something just written (but I’ll probably still have a photo), a photo and a story, a slideshow, some audio, a video or anything else I might be working on. My hopes is that doing this will keep me pushing myself to be even better and inspire others to do work that makes them happy. As Sol Neelan said, “Own what you shoot.”


Read more about the event at The Post

Ode to the photo Gods

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I took a short roadtrip out to Snowville Creamery with Sir Zachary Nelson for a portrait of Victoria Taylor, who owns the creamery with her husband.

After wondering around for about five minutes and going to the wrong building, we found the entrance and met Victoria. We quickly found a huge window at the end of a hallway that looked over the fields and decided it was money to shoot the portrait there. As we were setting up the lights, we talked about how it would be sweet if there were cows in the field (there were not) and joked about photoshopping them into the photos. As we finished setting up the flashes, the cows that were outside the building we went to first came walking down the path right outside the window.


I ran down the short hallway, told Victoria that there were cows and we wanted take the photo before they walked too far way. She kindly moved quickly back to the window and we got it done in about 10 minutes. Zach and I then prayed to the Photogods on the way home. Story by Jessie Cadle here.

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April 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm

MAC Champions

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I took a road trip with Post writers Noah Meyers and Matt Wagner to Toledo so we could document the Women’s championship game for the MAC tournament. The girls got over their shaky record from the season and shut out every team they played during the tournament, including Northern Illinois in the finals. It was the best volleyball I’ve watched in a long time.

Click here to read the story, written by Matt Wagner. Next stop: NCAA. Here’s some pictures.

Thanks for looking

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November 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

MudFest

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7Fest ends the year’s fests, with a field full of muddy students and recent graduates listening and dancing to the different entertainers while drinking from their cache of kegs, coolers and kiddie pools. Good music, good friends, and cold beers to end the year. Oh, and don’t forget about the mud.

Tilt Shifts, Games and Beer: Palmer/Place Fests

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Big weekend for Fests: Palmer Place and Milliron on Friday, Palmerfest on Saturday. I only made it to two of them…

Palmer Place Fest

These are the images I took at Palmerplace Fest throughout the day. There were no arrests, fires or riots; there was only fun, drinking, probably some bad decisions and a lot of games until the night ended and people either went inside or went home.

Palmer Fest:

As the crowd at Palmerfest got rowdy, the batteries died on both of the cameras I was using. We had a good number of the staff from The Post, and they got some nice pictures and video of what was happening. Check it all our here. Here are my shots from the funness that is Palmerfest before dark/riots. Also, nice coverage by Lisa Bernheim, Alicia Fidler, Dustin Lennert, Erin Corneliussen, Gwen Titley and Meg Roussos.

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May 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Fest Season begins

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The first real fests (I say real because there were already two but nobody went) started Saturday. Here are some pictures from it, and the story in the Post can be read Here. Other pictures by Dustin Lennert, Lisa Bernheim, and Matt Hatcher (Who actually shot the fire. Good work Matt). Cheers

He didn’t get arrested though, everyone was let off with a warning.

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May 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm