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March mayhem in the Bluegrass

March mayhem in the Bluegrass

Kentucky fans sure like to celebrate when their Cats win. This time, in similar fashion to the 2012 tournament, fans on State Street in Lexington poured out of their houses to party in the streets.


Million Dollar Mares

Million Dollar Mares

I had the privilege of photographing 8 mares ahead of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. These mares, who had extremely successful careers at racing, will go through the auction ring at Keeneland in early November and will likely be at the top of the sales charts. They include Groupie Doll, Awesome Maria, Diamondrella, Daisy […]


Iron pours, rains fire

Iron pours, rains fire

I’ve photographed the University of Kentucky Art Department Iron Pour in the past, but I’ve never been able to stay for the finale until this year. After a day-long process of firing the furnace, melting scrap iron and pouring into cast molds prepared by artists and sculpture students, the final show began. Just as fireworks […]


Louisville continues to dominate UK series

Louisville continues to dominate UK series

From the University of Kentucky game against the 7th-ranked University of Louisville on Saturday. Louisville continues it’s domination over Kentucky football (2013) – Images by David Stephenson


God made a photographer

God made a photographer

Here is a little Monday morning quarterbacking after The Ravens Superbowl victory and a long night of disappointing commercials. It took me a few 4th downs to recover my appetite after the sloppy GoDaddy kiss. But finally late into the evening, Paul Harvey’s voice, paired with stunning (mostly) still photographs, made me again stop munching […]


The Battle of Perryville: A Look Back

The Battle of Perryville: A Look Back

The sunrise battle at Perryville never fails to make for great imagery. My third trip there, this time for the 150th anniversary, did not disappoint. Below are the collections of the photos from my three visits to the Battle of Perryville’s Civil War reenactment. Battle of Perryville: 2012 – Images by David Stephenson I particularly […]


Kentucky fails to upset Gamecocks

Kentucky fails to upset Gamecocks

It was certainly an exciting first half which was led by UK. But the second half belonged to South Carolina and they walked away with the win, 38-17. UK vs. South Carolina 2012 – Images by David Stephenson


Somebody grab a towel

Somebody grab a towel

The first WUKY and UK ROTC obstacle course mud run seemed to go over well with the racers. It certainly made for good photos. I think the “fish in a barrel” analogy is appropriate here. WUKY UK ROTC Mud Run 2012 – Images by David Stephenson


Big Red makes UK blue

Big Red makes UK blue

An interesting game Saturday night when my alma mater WKU beat Kentucky on a trick play in OT. UK vs. WKU 2012 – Images by David Stephenson


The Transit of Venus

The Transit of Venus

June 5, 2012 – Lexington, Kentucky, USA – The planet Venus can be seen as a small black dot as it crosses in front of the setting sun on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The planet’s transit across the sun, which lasted over 6 hours, will not be seen again until 2117. The transit began at […]


I’ll Have Another wins 2012 Kentucky Derby

I'll Have Another wins 2012 Kentucky Derby

It was a surprise finish to the Derby this year as I’ll Have Another takes down Bodemeister in the stretch. Kentucky Derby 2012 – Images by David Stephenson


A fox and her kits

A fox and her kits

I got a tip about a mother fox and her kits that would come out and romp around at about the same time every day. While I’ve seen foxes in the city limits of Lexington in the past, it’s just about impossible to photograph them unless you know where a den is. The Babies of […]


Kentucky beats Kansas, wins 8th NCAA Championship, fans go nuts. Again.

Kentucky beats Kansas, wins 8th NCAA Championship, fans go nuts. Again.

Monday night’s celebrations seemed a bit tamer than Saturday night when Kentucky beat Louisville, but someone still managed to get shot. Kentucky fans celebrate winning the 2012 NCAA Championship – Images by David Stephenson Photos from Saturday night: Kentucky fans celebrate after beating Louisville in NCAA tourney – Images by David Stephenson


Kentucky Fans Celebrate victory over Louisville

Kentucky Fans Celebrate victory over Louisville

State Street in Lexington was simply nuts for a few hours after Kentucky beat Louisville Saturday night. Couches burned. Cars flipped. Then cars burned. If UK wins the NCAA championship Monday night who know what will happen. (Update: They did it.) Kentucky fans celebrate after beating Louisville in NCAA tourney – Images by David Stephenson


Coming to the rescue of canine tornado victims

Coming to the rescue of canine tornado victims

The Humane Society of the United States aids dog victims of Kentucky tornado – Images by David Stephenson Only days after vicious tornados ripped through Kentucky, The Humane Society of the United States had set up an emergency animal shelter in London, Ky., to aid animals and their families.


Sandhill cranes migrate through Kentucky

Sandhill cranes migrate through Kentucky

These birds, which are part of the Eastern population of sandhill cranes, are part of a group estimated to be larger than 70,000 birds, many of which were wintering in Florida.


Hammer time with some blacksmiths

Hammer time with some blacksmiths

I had the pleasure of photographing blacksmith Terry Allen of Mountain Man Blacksmith in Piqua, Ohio, and Dustin Baker, of Tipp City, Ohio, recently for a client. They have an awesome shop with fantastic light and they make some fine iron work. How can you go wrong with fire, hammers, anvils and sparks? Mountain Man […]


Cutting through the competition

Cutting through the competition

Competition draws crowd to see who is the fastest tobacco cutter September 3, 2009 – Lancaster, Kentucky, USA. Alvin Stamper, 26, defends his title as the tobacco cutting champion at the Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Competition. At the end of every summer during the tobacco harvest, men gather to compete against each other to see […]


Ringside

Ringside

Six Kentucky Kernel photogs took a photo field trip Friday to Legends Boxing Gym on Versailles Road. You can always count on the gym as a great place for photography, but it can also pose some challenges when working with those quick boxers in pretty low light. It was fun for me, too, as I […]


Homing Pigeon Collection

Homing Pigeon Collection

Homing Pigeons in flight – Images by David Stephenson Dave LaBelle likes to give me a hard time about when we first met. I was in high school and thinking of coming to WKU for the photojournalism program. I handed him a copy of Bird Talk Magazine and inside was a photo of a white […]


American Pickers

American Pickers

The true American Pickers – three generations of them in fact, had some long rows ahead of them early one morning this summer. Picking that many beans and then snapping them will give you some fine callouses – I can vouch for that.


Shaker Village and the Hipstamatic

Shaker Village and the Hipstamatic

I’ve written before about how keeping it simple kept things fun at Shaker Village using my iPhone4 and the Camera Bag App. This time, on a trip with some family and friends, I used the Hipstamatic app and enjoyed the results even more.


Something fishy

Something fishy

Never have I seen a collection of fish heads such as this one nailed to the side of a barn in Winchester. Yikes. It’s like the bass have a second life haunting me now.


Great Blue Heron Rookery on the Kentucky River

Great Blue Heron Rookery on the Kentucky River

Blue Heron Rookery on the Kentucky River – Images by David Stephenson I had a great time during a media preview trip to see a great blue heron rookery on the Kentucky River last week for the Herald-Leader. Shaker Village will be offering two wildlife cruises on their historic Dixie Belle paddle boat this spring. […]