This was my last assignment for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. A Georgia high school football practice. It lasted 30 minutes between severe thunder storms - just long enough for a rainbow to appear over the mountain ridge. Not a bad way to say goodbye.
In one of my final days at the paper, I was overwhelmed with assignments and incredibly short on time. I pulled into this softball game 5 minutes after it should have ended. Overall, it may have been the best prep sports assignment I've shot this fall. For the amount of time I had on the field to shoot, I turned out a surprising number of usable images. Woo-hoo!
Congressman Zach Wamp, representing Chattanooga, is one of Tennessee's next gubernatorial candidates. His Labor Day picnic and rally dissolved into a lightening storm, which sent supporters running in every direction. He's probably hoping it isn't an omen.
Holding a town hall meeting at 7:30 a.m. on a Wednesday just seems like you're trying to make yourself inaccessible. If you charge people to come on top of that, it just seems like weeding out the opposition. For some reason, health reform has brought some crazy people out into the limelight. This woman kept talking about the Communist Ka-czars (pronounced somewhat like "Ka-Zam"). Her history was a little rusty, but she continued to use the word emphatically.
This week has been a struggle in the world of feature hunting. This park ranger had a handful of marginally-interested tourists surrounding him in our local Civil War battlefield national park. He was so into the telling of his story, that he didn't so much as blink when I walked up and started firing away.
The first comment in the newsroom was that he appeared as though he were about to wrestle a bear.
This situation was a challenge. A school that failed to meet its adequate yearly progress goals let us in to take pictures, but you really don't want to put a child's face next to the headline labelled 'failure.' So, this was my library find, without faces.