Tornado survivor

I don’t think I’ve done enough followup stories in my career. It’s an important aspect of journalism. We cover the storm but we don’t always come back to see how people are coping weeks later. I had the opportunity to do just this and I got a story of a woman who survived a tornado but lost her house. The community is coming together to help her rebuild. I made this video to accompany a written piece and photos published in the Wise County Messenger.

 

Covering severe weather

Last week several tornadoes swept through the county I work in. The damage was dramatic but thankfully, no one was critically injured. Other parts of Texas have not been so lucky. Mostly Wise County saw a large amount of property damaged caused by tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. Below are some of the photos I took in the Runaway Bay and Decatur areas. More severe damaged was reported near FM 920 in the county, but that was assigned to another photographer.

Covering a natural disaster, even one as small as this, can be pretty daunting. Finding the damage, getting accurate information and getting it back to the copy desk as quickly as possible is a completely different animal than most reporting duties. I’m not sure there is anything to compare it to.

What I’ve been up to

Sorry for the tardy post. It’s been a busy month. I’ve shot track meets, baseball, softball, traipsed around the woods for hours taking photos of hikers for the the paper. I get pulled around to several different kinds of shoots at any given time. I have to be ready for whatever comes my way. I admit, sometimes I’m not as prepared as I’d like to be.

Here are a few photos from the past month.

Iron Cowboy

Rodeo has got to be one of my favorite sports to shoot and there is no rodeo event more hyped up than bullriding. It’s fast, and dangerous and not unlike NASCAR, the fans are watching for the big wrecks. I shot PBR’s Iron Cowboy event Saturday at AT&T Stadium. It was amazing and fun. If you’re wondering about the technical feats behind shooting rodeo, it can vary widely depending on the venue. Most rodeo arenas are old and the lighting is just good enough to not trip over small dogs and children. Since the bulls are always at the end of the night, this event can be very tricky to shoot. You need fast glass, and a high ISO and even then you will have a hard time. However at AT&T, I might as well have been shooting in the daytime.