It is the first week of January and we finally had our first decent snowfall in Central Kentucky. January 1st also marked the first day I was eligible to freelance for the Herald-Leader. So while I was looking for some “horses in snow” photos to help build up my almost non-existent stock files, I ran across this camel in a pasture in Midway. For years when I was a staffer at the HL, I tried to get a photo of this camel in the snow (and so did Charles Bertram – we often joked about how difficult it was to nail). That camel has been there for years, but when it snowed, it was never where we could see it.
I turned this photo over to the HL as my first photo as a freelancer and they used it lead on the front page. I got a few kind phone calls and emails from friends who said they were glad to see me back in the paper again. Frankly, I was too.
As a freelancer, I’m also trying to maximize the earnings potential of every assignment or photo, so I generally send a selection of photos to ZUMA press. They apparently liked the camel photo well enough to include it in their Pictures of the Day website.
On Saturday, the fam and I went back to Natural Bridge to shoot the formation in the snow. It was basically a repeat of a shot I did in the fall. I’m trying to shoot some stock not only for myself, but for a project that Tim Broekema is working on for the University of Kentucky hospital called Celebrate Kentucky. I re-shot a pano with my iPhone from under the bridge and stitched it with AutoStitch app. You can see the comparison of fall and winter here.