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Friday, May 7, 2010

The story of Emanon

For this year’s Little 500 race, I decided to take a different angle than usual. It was my fourth time covering the race as a student, and I wanted to try to tell the story differently. Instead of just focusing on the race-day peak action and reaction shots, I teamed up with a writer to tell the story of a single team in the race. We embedded with Emanon, a first-year independent team in the field. Emanon was formed by Alpha Tau Omega members after the school’s chapter was not allowed to compete in the race after an ethics board review and alcohol violations. I produced an audio slideshow, and fellow Herald-Times intern — and soon-to-be Chicago Tribune intern — Ryan Gregg wrote a narrative about the team.

Emanon team leader Derek Bailey adjusts his headband and helmut as he prepares for the team send off on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Alpha Tau Omega house. Several hundred members of ATO gather each year to send off the Little 500 team on the day of the race.

Emanon team leader Derek Bailey adjusts his headband and helmut as he prepares for the team send off on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Alpha Tau Omega house. Several hundred members of ATO gather each year to send off the Little 500 team on the day of the race.

Emanon rider Alex Ray takes a team bicycle for a spin in the basement of the Alpha Tau Omega house on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Bloomington, Ind. The team met at the house to do a few last-second tweaks to their bicycles before turning it in for pre-race inspection the next day.

Emanon rider Alex Ray takes a team bicycle for a spin in the basement of the Alpha Tau Omega house on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Bloomington, Ind. The team met at the house to do a few last-second tweaks to their bicycles before turning it in for pre-race inspection the next day.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Little 500 Practice

Here are a few shots from a project I am working on. I haven’t been shooting much lately aside from the story, and today I photographed a practice session for the race after one of my classes.

Emanon rider Justin Haviar, right, stays loose off the track by rider on rollers during an afternoon  practice session for the Men's Little 500 on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Justin Haviar, right, stays loose off the track by rider on rollers during an afternoon practice session for the Men's Little 500 on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Derek Bailey, left, prepares to jump off the bike in an exchange with teammate Sean Vallely during an afternoon practice sesson for the Men's Little 500 on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Emanon rider Derek Bailey, left, prepares to jump off the bike in an exchange with teammate Sean Vallely during an afternoon practice sesson for the Men's Little 500 on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sharlee Davis

The following photos are part of a story I photographed recently for the Bloomington Herald-Times. The images are part of an audio slideshow that was published online with the story.

Sharlee Davis shares a laugh on Monday, March 1, 2010, in the living room of her Bloomington home. Davis, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, says her blindness is "something to work around."

Sharlee Davis shares a laugh on Monday, March 1, 2010, in the living room of her Bloomington home. Davis, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, says her blindness is “something to work around.”

Sharlee Davis stretches her legs between laps during a swim on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the Monroe County YMCA. Davis suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a eye disease that progressively gets worse over a period of several years. Diagnosed with the disease more than 20 years ago when she was 21, and she now can only make out light and dark patches.

Sharlee Davis stretches her legs between laps during a swim on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the Monroe County YMCA. Davis suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a eye disease that progressively gets worse over a period of several years. Diagnosed with the disease more than 20 years ago when she was 21, and she now can only make out light and dark patches.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vocal lessons

The following photos are part of a story I photographed recently for the Bloomington Herald-Times. The images are part of an audio slideshow that was published online with the story. The story is about an Indiana University music student who is training to perform in an opera this summer.

IU student Mark Van Arsdale sings a selection of "Eugene Onegin," a Russian opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky during a vocal session with IU Professor Robert Harrison on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at the Jacob's School of Music. Van Arsdale is the understudy for the role of Lenski for a summer performance at the Opera Theater of St. Louis.

IU student Mark Van Arsdale sings a selection of "Eugene Onegin," a Russian opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky during a vocal session with IU Professor Robert Harrison on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at the Jacobs School of Music. Van Arsdale is the understudy for the role of Lenski for a summer performance at the Opera Theater of St. Louis.

IU student Mark Van Arsdale checks his iPhone before a vocal session with Professor Robert Harrison on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at the Jacob's School of Music.

IU student Mark Van Arsdale checks his iPhone before a vocal session with Professor Robert Harrison on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at the Jacobs School of Music.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Stage Frightless

The following photos are part of a story I photographed recently for the Bloomington Herald-Times. The images are part of an audio slideshow that was published online with the story. The main subject is Jeff Nelsen, an Indiana University music professor who teaches a class that helps students overcome stage fright associated with auditions.

IU professor Jeff Nelsen walks off the "stage" after a mock audition performance for his students during a class on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Jacobs School of Music. Nelsen teaches a class to help music students combat stage fright associated with audition performances.

IU professor Jeff Nelsen walks off the “stage” after a mock audition performance for his students during a class on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Jacobs School of Music. Nelsen teaches a class to help music students combat stage fright associated with audition performances.

IU professor Jeff Nelsen participates in a warmup exercise with his students, including junior Jenny Smoak in background, during a class on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Jacobs School of Music.

IU professor Jeff Nelsen participates in a warmup exercise with his students, including junior Jenny Smoak in background, during a class on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Jacobs School of Music.

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