Monday, April 15, 2019

Photojournalist Charles Trainor Jr. captures Dwyane Wade's Final Dance


By Al Diaz
Miami Herald Photojournalist

Legendary point guard Dywane Wade crashed into John Legend and Chrissy Teigen while shooting a jump shot during his final regular season home game for the Miami Heat. Miami Herald photojournalist Charles Trainor Jr. captured the decisive moment in a photograph. Once tweeted, the image went viral. 

Charlie and I covered many of Wade’s games over the years during his time in Miami, playoff games and NBA Championships in cities across the country. We were both assigned to cover the "The Last Dance", his final year and a tribute to the NBA All-Star on Tuesday night along with Matias Ocner shooting video.  

All the photographers that night seemed anxious, not knowing how the night would play out and hoping to get the perfect moment to compliment this future NBA Hall of Fame member. Charlie, Matias and I divided the coverage with only one position on the court, Charlie and I rotated as Matias shot pregame and postgame video. 

In the fourth quarter, I was sitting under the basket capturing Wade’s reactions after hitting several three-pointers. Charlie was shooting from the overhead position with a Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens mounted on a Canon EOS 1D-X. 

Charlie says, “In the final two minutes my lens was locked on Wade. I felt this is where the sentimental, emotional, heartwarming image would be captured. Then he shot a fade and fell back crushing his good friends, model and author, Christine Teigen and singer-songwriter, John Legend in their courtside seats.” 

The photograph was retweeted by Teigen, who wrote “a renaissance painting.” From there, it went VIRAL and used on TMZ, BuzzFeed, NBC's TODAY SHOW and Entertainment Tonight.

Charlie says, “My friends at FOX WSVN did a 90-second news segment and comedian Jimmy Fallon displayed it during his nightly monologue. I think it was the most viral photo of the day. It seemed to be everywhere and several celebrities continued the retweets, including Reese Witherspoon! Who would ever guess that Reese would Tweet me! Charlie said.

















Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Sunday Still: Legend on Legend

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.

The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Legend on Legend 

Miami Herald photography legend Charles Trainor Jr. nailed the most talked-about photograph of legendary Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade’s final home game as Wade landed in the laps of legend Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John, on April 9. Trainor, a veteran photographer with three decades of experience shooting world-class athletes, knew that taking a position up high in American Airlines Arena would provide the opportunity to capture classic images of the retiring Wade on and off the court. The still image froze the moment of impact in a way that no video footage could duplicate.

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Sunday Still: Sealed with a Kiss

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.

The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Sealed with a Kiss

Journalism is the “first rough draft of history,” The Washington Post publisher and late co-owner Phil Graham famously said. AP photographer Nam Y. Huh snapped the first kiss in a historic moment at an April 2 election night party in Chicago, where Lori Lightfoot became the first openly gay person and black woman to lead the city. Lightfoot wasn’t the only lesbian to win that night: Satya Rhodes-Conway was elected mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, and two other major cities – Kansas City, Missouri, and Tampa, Florida – have lesbian mayoral candidates now heading to runoff elections. But it was Huh’s photo of a victory kiss in front of a jubilant crowd that was published around the world as a symbol of what one LGBTQ activist called “the year of the lesbian mayor.”

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Sneak Peek into a Lighting Workshop and Photography

By Skip Cohen

I don't usually profile workshops, or for that matter a specific image, but when Rick Friedman was in Florida a few weeks back, we were trying to grab lunch or dinner together, but we were on opposite sides of the state. However, we did talk about some of his images.

Then, at WPPI I walked by the Tamron booth, and Rick was teaching. It was just a short in-booth presentation and like any booth program at a major trade show, time and space were limited. However, Rick packed in as much information as he possibly could.

Rick and I recorded this short podcast about this image 

and an upcoming workshop he has scheduled later this month with the Miami Photo Workshops. If you know Rick's reputation, it's work hard, play hard, which you'll immediately pick up looking at the image of his class when the image on the right was captured.

Now and then I'll meet a young or relatively new photographer who says, "I specialize in natural light!" Well, we all know what that means. Most often, they're afraid of working with studio lighting or just haven't taken the time to add lighting to their skill set. We all love natural light, but situations come up in every professional photographer's career where you need to understand whatever it takes to meet the needs of your clients. Sooner or later that's going to mean lighting!

If you're in the Miami area, Rick's workshop is March 23-24. Click on this post to link to Rick's page at Miami Photo Workshops. And, check out Rick's website - it's just a click away.

Image copyright Rick Friedman. All rights reserved.


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Photo Workshops Miami: Location Lighting Workshops with Rick Friedman


ABOUT LOCATION LIGHTING WORKSHOPS: THE STUDIO | THE BEACH | WITH RICK FRIEDMAN

Location: Townsend Photographics, Inc. Studio 
4812 NE 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334 
DAY ONE  |  THE STUDIO   |  SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD  |  10 AM - 5:30 PM | $249.95
DAY TWO  |  THE BEACH   |  SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH  |  2 PM - 8 PM | $249.95
COMBO TICKET FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS | $395.95

DAY 1  |  THE STUDIO
Spend the day  with Rick Friedman in an intensive 
hands on portrait lighting workshop. Participants 
will come away with a greater knowledge
of how to control light using light modifiers 
and produce creative portraits while working 
and learning how to pose a live model.

DAY 2  |  THE BEACH
The beach will be our studio for the day as Friedman 
teaches you how to photograph a model in harsh 
conditions while controlling and overpowering 
the hot Florida sun using light modifiers, 
reflectors, soft boxes and scrims. 
We will progress into photographing at 
sunset’s "golden hour" and later the 
"blue hour" of gorgeous light.


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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Sunday Still from Patrick Farrell: Anguish in Ethiopia

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell has joined the blog with his weekly feature, The Sunday Still. Farrell selects one image each week that showcases the best photojournalism by photojournalists from around the world. The feature runs weekly in The Sunday Long Read. The goal of the newsletter, edited by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman, is to put the week’s best journalism in your hands every Sunday morning.


The Sunday Still
from Patrick Farrell


Anguish in Ethiopia

As country after country grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners last week in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, Ethiopian photographer Mulugeta Ayene, shooting for the Associated Press, was one of the first on the scene of the horrifying disaster. On March 13, with the news that no bodies could be recovered, Ayene captured the heartbreak of friends and families of the 157 people killed. One by one, mourners stepped forward with quiet offerings to the dead. His image of a young woman with a bright umbrella framing her tear-stained face was a portrait of loss that compassionately conveyed the pilgrimage of grief to the rest of the world. ​

Patrick Farrell, the curator of The Sunday Still, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Breaking News Photography for The Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1987. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.