The North Callaway High School Thunderbirds took on their South Callaway High School Bulldogs in Kingdom City Monday night. The two junior varsity teams battled for pride in the heated rivalry between North and South. 

The Thunderbirds beat the Bulldogs 32-20. 

After the game, the players huddled up Coach Adrian Long congratulated the Thunderbirds on their hard work. “You know, the North beat the South in the Civil War,” Long told his team.

I’m Sedalia’s newest resident.

Just kidding. Sort of. 

Berkeley and I did everything short of buying houses in Sedalia. We routinely spent around nine or so hours at a time there most days last week. 

Every morning we were there we went to same cafe downtown and we’d usually end up there at some point in the afternoon to refuel. It had coffee, baked goods and wifi so it was a godsend. I’m pretty sure we made up 80 percent of their earnings that week. 


I had a consistent set of photo gear with me: 

The camera bodies: D800, D610 and  D4.

The lenses: 50mm f/1.8, 24-70 f/2.8, and a 200 f/2.


The 200mm and the 50mm and the D4 made shooting in low light a lot easier. Also that 200mm is just SOOOOOOOOOO beautiful. It is by far my one of my favorite lens Nikon makes. Berkeley took the 200mm out for a spin on Wednesday, and it was like I had just given a kid a handful of candy for the first time. 

I usually had both the 200mm on one camera body (sometimes mounted on a monopod), and either the 50mm or 24-70mm on another body, around my neck at once. So, now I have serious neck pain. But at least I got a good bicep work out. 

Before shooting, we did some research to better target our approach. We even got a library card. 



We went into a random vacuum store because we heard from a guy that the guy who owned it knew a guy that might know a guy that could lead us to a guy that we might want to interview.


We made a friend. 


Berkeley became married to that Zoom. 


We made our blogs from a tiny little dinner on the side of highway 65.


We looked at yearbook, after yearbook, after yearbook.



We knocked on random people’s doors, we eavesdropped at a restaurant, we took wrong turns on multiple roads, I laid in mud to get some good photo angles, Berkeley just about died on the Futures Lab floor out of exhaustion. But hey, it was worth it. By the end of the week, everyone knew us. When they referred to us, we weren’t just “those reporters” we were “their reporters.” The people seemed to appreciate what we were doing: telling the story of a place that they’ve held close to their hearts for so long. 

It was one of those times where I didn’t feel like I was an obnoxious photographer intruding on theses people’s lives. 

I’ll miss you, Sedalia.

(but I definitely WON’T miss the hour and a half drive)

In between shots at Smith-Cotton High School this week, I played around with my LumoPro LP180 flash to see how could change the light quality in the hallway. 

The top photo is taken with the available florescent lighting. I had to do some minimal color correction to take out a little bit of pink tones created by the icky lighting.

The bottom photo was taken with my LumoPro at 1/16 power and pointed up so that the light would bounce of the ceiling.