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


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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.



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Sunday Still from Patrick Farrell: “Surviving R. Kelly”

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


“Surviving R. Kelly”

For makeup artist-turned-photographer Lazarus Jean-Baptiste, the behind-the-scenes assignment to shoot CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King interviewing accused sex abuser/singer R. Kelly rocketed from routine to viral when Kelly lost his cool. As video clips of the explosive March 6 moment trended across social media, it was the still photograph of an unflinching female journalist maintaining sphinx-like composure in the face of male fury that captured everybody’s attention – and imagination. The Washington Post called Jean-Baptiste’s photo a “Renaissance painting.” San Francisco Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais objected and dubbed it modern art. Women identified by sharing the photo with the Twitter hashtag #unbothered. To his credit, Jean-Baptiste resisted the urge to zoom in on Kelly’s rage and provided a wider perspective that encompassed the calm contrast of King’s professional composure. The result? A powerful, indelible image that lasts longer than any temper tantrum.

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.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Sunday Still from Patrick Farrell: Violence at the Venezuelan Border

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


Violence at the Venezuelan Border 

Sometimes you have to use your feet to zoom in rather than the lens. Marco Bello of Reuters risked personal harm on Feb. 23 to deliver a tight shot that delivered us to the Venezuela-Colombia border, where the Venezuela National Guard and protestors clashed over the delivery of U.S.-backed emergency food and medical supplies to the crumbling country.

 

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.

Photojournalists C.M. Guerrero and Patrick Farrell take buyouts at Miami Herald

On Thursday, several of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald’s finest took buyouts. In the photography department, C.M. Guerrero and Patrick Farrell will no longer be working for Miami’s newspaper of record. Charles Trainor's Miami Herald newsroom goodbye email to Guerrero and Farrell reminded of how fortunate I have been to work closely with Guerrero plus the Miami winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Photojournalism who I have worked with in Miami; Patrick Farrell, Michel du Cille, Carol Guzy, Brian Smith and Alan Diaz. Smith won the Pulitzer as a staffer at the LA Times before joining the Herald and Alan Diaz won it for the Associated Press. We have lost Michel and Alan, Carol has moved on to Washington, DC, Smith is a celebrated portrait photographer for the stars and now Patrick and Guerrero are no longer a staffer at the Miami Herald. When I started working at the Herald we had over 35 photographers on staff. As I said, I have been fortunate to work with so many outstanding award-winning photojournalists and I'm sure it has made me a better photographer. 
Below are Trainor’s goodbye emails to Patrick and Guerrero.
PATRICK
My friend and colleague Patrick Farrell is leaving the Miami Herald to pursue other opportunities in photography. Patrick and I started together in a small bureau in Hollywood and, together, we shared a passion for our work and the Miami Herald. During those few years, I saw a photographer with an eye unlike any I’ve ever studied or work with. He saw his images with such a unique perspective. 
When Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992 it was a tragic time for South Florida, but our photo staff rose to the occasion and produced incredible images that helped the world see the tragic consequences of the storm. The Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The photo staff didn’t win the photojournalism category, we were finalists but we were fortunate to be able to say we were part of the newsroom's effort. 
Then in 2009, Hurricane Ike struck Haiti. Patrick Farrell and Jacqueline Charles were on the island, with great possible consequences to their well-being. Their coverage of the story grabbed the hearts of the world. Jacqueline’s stories and Patrick’s images to this day can bring a tear to the eye of the viewer. Patrick, with two small children at home, had his heart ripped out watching the parents and friends hold their sons and daughters who were lost in the floods. Those of us close to Patrick could see the emotional and physical toll it took on him. 
Patrick’s work in Haiti was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News in Photojournalism, one of three Pulitzers in Photojournalism that photography staffers have won for the Miami Herald. He joined a talented legacy paved by Carol Guzy and the late Michel du Cille for winning the Pulitzer Prize in Photojournalism at the Miami Herald. Their names on that incredible wall in our lobby. 
I accompanied Patrick on his last Miami Herald assignment. It was at the University of Miami, where he attended college and is now a professor of photojournalism – a fitting final assignment. As we talked about his time at the Herald, he remarked, “I’ve never seen finer coverage of a hurricane than our staff did with Hurricane Andrew. Each photographer had so many remarkable images, each had a Pulitzer entry of their own.” That’s quite a compliment from the 2009 Pulitzer winner in Photojournalism. It demonstrates how Patrick always deflects attention and always supports his colleagues. We will miss his generous spirit and his talent.

The Photographer’s Storm: Patrick Farrell and His Photos of Storm-Ravaged Haitihttps://vimeo.com/8729472


GUERRERO
Today I would like to bid farewell to another colleague, Carlos Guerrero. Carlos’ tenure at the Miami Herald and El Nuevo has been marked with excellent work and a flair to describe a moment in time with words like no other. It has always been a pleasure to have a conversation with Carlos. And we will never forget his iconic image of the man standing in water, disheveled and shocked after Hurricane Andrew. It ran the full page on 1A, a striking photo that to this day can be considered the iconic image from the storm. 
I’m honored to have shared an acknowledgment with Carlos. Carlos and I were recognized by a committee at Knight Ridder for photographing two of the most important images taken by photographers at the Miami Herald: Carlos’ Hurricane Andrew photograph of the man and my image of the women in the raft during the Cuban rafters crisis. That is something he and I will always share. 
I have covered countless Miami Dolphins games, Carlos contributing to that coverage, and to this day I will always admire his image of Miami Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers’ one-handed touchdown catch in the end zone. Carlos scored that day, too. 
I can speak for us all in the photo department when I say that, “Carlos, we will miss you, but we will always be friends!”

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Sunday Still from Patrick Farrell: Lunch in Harlem

Photojournalist Patrick Farrell will be joining 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


Lunch in Harlem

A month after California Democratic Sen. Kamala D. Harris announced her bid to become the first black female president, AP photographer Bebeto Matthews drew the press pool position to shoot a Feb. 21 meeting between Harris and Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s in Harlem. The famous soul food restaurant is the same one where Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders met with Sharpton to (unsuccessfully) seek his endorsement. Although Matthews’ photo would be shared, other New York photographers weren’t about to miss their shot. Matthews positioned himself inside and rose above a standard meeting image by including the photo pack outside, pressed against the cold window, to emphasize the importance of the historic sit-down.


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.