Under the direction of Charles Brooks, the Liberty High School Pep Band goes through a practice session Thursday. The band will be performing March 14 at the Illinois High School Association Boys State Basketball Tournament in Peoria. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Josh Routh, right uses his juggling act to entertain children, while they wait on their dental exam during the third annual Give Kids a Smile Day February 13, 2009 at the Adams County Health Department Clinic in Quincy. Area dentist and dental professionals volunteer their time to provide children in need with free dental care. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Here’s an example of using available on location props to make a nice environmental portrait. Using the piano as a platform next to a wall mirror added a nice element and depth to the picture.
Rhonda McHargue has opened a dance studio in Monroe City, and it has proven to be popular. McHargue hopes to help grow the arts community in Monroe City. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
This photo came about while looking for a weather related feature photo. Luckily I found these two friends as they were playing in the snow on their way home from school. I used a long (telephoto) lens to throw the background out of focus as much as possible, placing emphasis on the subjects of the picture. I also used a fast shutter speed in order to help freeze the action. The photographers at the Herald-Whig welcome photography tips from viewers and are happy to answer any questions you may ask of us.
Best friends Tyshai Eickelschulte, left, and Angela Schmidt pelt each other with snowballs while walking home from school.
H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Camp Point Central’s Eli Hibbert screams in pain when Brady Kolb from Porta bends Hibbert’s arm behind his back trying to get his back to the mat for a pin. Action was stopped to have Hibbert’s shoulder examined and resumed with a loss for Hibbert. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)
Devon Johnson from Pittsfield throws Tyler Hampton of Pleasant Valley, Ia., to the mat and pins him in 33 seconds in the 171 lb. weight class. An interesting note to this photo, I was getting the names of the wrestlers from the officials at the beginning of the match and turned around to see Johnson slam Hampton to the mat when I took this photo. With the match over in 33 seconds, this is the only photo of the match. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)
Quincy Notre Dame’s Chloe Barnes shoots over the top of Illini West’s Kelly Ard during Thursday night basketball action at the QND Pit in Quincy. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
With no basketball games to cover tonight, I headed out to photograph geese and other waterfowl after a tip from local bird-watching enthusiast Ken Heinze pointed to a potential photo opportunity on Quincy Bay. Flowing with the ice theme, I received another tip about a group of friends who play hockey on an icy pond at the Niemann Horse Farm. Ice is nice, but warm weather is better. That’s my take on it.
Geese, ducks and several other species of birds gather by the hundreds, attracted to open water along Quincy Bay Wednesday, February 4, 2009. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Putting freezing temperatures to good use, a group of friends play a game of ice hockey on a frozen pond at the Niemann Horse Farm in Quincy, Wednesday, February 4, 2009. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
After shooting a nice family portrait for an upcoming story about the efforts of the Petty family remodeling and opening up a new hotel in Pittsfield, the kids, J.J. and Finley asked if they could make funny faces for another picture. This sort of fun reminds me of the joy of being a photojournalist, and how cool it is to be a kid.
Jonas and Jane Ann Petty, along with their children J.J., 5 and Finley, 6, have remodeled the former Mansion House, the first hotel built in Pittsfield, into the William Watson Hotel. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Quincy University Lady Hawks Pic of the night.
Quincy University’s Whintae Irby intercepts a pass meant for Bellarmine’s Trisha Bennett during Monday night’s basketball action at Pepsi Arena in Quincy. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Here’s a quick little series of hoop shots for all you fans out there
Quincy University’s Billy Baptist goes up against Bellarmine’s Chartrael Hall during Monday night’s basketball action at Pepsi Arena in Quincy. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Quincy University’s Andrew Kueker, drives past Bellarmine’s Oladapo Fagbenie on the way to the basket during Monday night’s basketball action at Pepsi Arena in Quincy. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
Quincy University’s Austin Chapital is fouled by Bellarmine’s Nick Holmes during Monday night’s basketball action at Pepsi Arena in Quincy. H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt