The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

To a year behind…

To a year behind…

The year 2013 will be the first since 1987 to have no duplicate digits. Just saying… But 2012 was a pretty good year, double digits and all. It really was. These images are a random smattering. Some of my favorites from the past year. They’re probably not the best, but these are just about 50

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Planting homes…

Planting homes…

On Saturday of Homecoming, the new student housing on campus was christened. But of course, Homecoming is capped off with a football game. . . The game, honestly, was ridiculous: Harding won 76 to 23. Not even reasonable… Fumbles and interceptions and blocked field goal attempts… It was the highest scoring game I’ve ever shot.

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Cheated equipment…

Cheated equipment…

I sometimes get frustrated when online blogs review equipment. It’s getting better than it used to be, but it still happens with new cameras in new classifications. When the Olympus PEN came out, everyone continually compared it to cameras completely not in its category… which made it seem really great compared to a digicam but

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Going out with ME…

Going out with ME…

And, yes, that’s referring to the Leica M-E (Type 220)… I’m not really a newcomer to Leica. I’ve had a Leica M4-P since 2006 and an M8 since 2010. So after careful planning and many miles of thought, I decided that the “M9 update” was the one. I pre-ordered it the moment it was announced.

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A complete run around a field…

A complete run around a field…

I don’t shoot football like I used to. I mean that both literally and conceptually. I seldom photograph football games anymore. But, also, I shoot football like I shoot any feature story: the whole scene is the story. To only have the goings-on of the area between the sidelines is a small fraction of what

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A wish upon a ‘Chrome…

A wish upon a ‘Chrome…

I’ve been experimenting with that elusive digital “Kodachrome” look recently. I’m not entirely pleased by the saturation of the sky, but otherwise, not completely awful… . I’m especially pleased by the moderate burns in the highlights that is generally my experience with slide films. . Fairly far from the real thing, it still has that

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In water, on water…

In water, on water…

Just a little ride around the lake and some wakeboarding action… “To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that: That is why sailing is a way of life, one of the finest of lives.” ~Carleton Mitchell . Stay tuned… -Noah D.

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Teaching models…

Teaching models…

In a few years past, we have relied on the generosity of a couple of students to sit while other students photographed. Then swapping around. This year, we decided to go with… models. And, oh, what a moment of “why have I not done this sooner!?” Teaching this class four times now and this makes

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Before two classes…

Before two classes…

Above: Jeff and I teach opposing sections of basic photography. Some days, we join our two classes of 25 into one huge class of 50. On this particular day, it’s old camera day. We drag out all our antique cameras of off shelves and out of storage boxes and say: “This camera, class, is not

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Frozen in place…

Frozen in place…

Along with all this photography, the ability to shoot and edit video just sweeps right along with it… This was a still from a short promo piece. Stay tuned… -Noah D.

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When a photojournalist plays wedding photographer…

When a photojournalist plays wedding photographer…

It happens every once in a while… like here and here. And quite a number of engagement photos like this. But they tend to have a “photojournalist” skew… If anyone is curious, here’s a little mini-dissection of the thought process from my point of view. When a photojournalist shoots a wedding, there’s a chance that he’s

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The heart of the street…

The heart of the street…

Street photography where street photography took its first steps… Only because there are a bazillion images of Paris, it makes street photography all the more unusual. . . . It is the reason why street photography is so extraordinary. There are 11 million photographs tagged “Paris” on Flickr. And those are 11 million views of

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