Photojournalists snap thousands of pictures each year. Steve Hasel, Ron Thompson and Michael Weimar of the Citrus Times share their favorites from 1998.
Sometimes, photography is seeing what others do not see. The flamingos at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park are among the most photographed birds in Citrus County, but looking at them a bit differently creates a new impression on the viewer. Here, an abstract pattern is created in a flamingo's reflection in a pool of water in March.
At the Crystal River Jam in November, I took pictures of Rebecca Lynn Ringgenberg, 6, of Lecanto holding a sign before Bryan White took the stage. The sign, "Bryan, my name is Rebecca Lynn," referred to one of the songs on White's 1994 debut album. With deadline approaching, I was headed for the gate but felt I should stay. I was lucky I did. About halfway through his act, White saw Rebecca Lynn and brought her on stage, where he sang a beautiful rendition of When You Wish Upon a Star to his young fan. The duo received a standing ovation.
In the dirt
Much of the talk about baseball this year focused on the first season of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Many of those players started out playing Little League, just like the boys on the Inverness Braves team whose practice I happened upon one Saturday afternoon in May. An experienced photographer once told me, "If you're not getting dirty, you're not doing your job." Taking those words to heart, I used a wide-angle lens from a different perspective to capture 10-year-old Shawn Certain's swing and show Inverness residents their real hometown heroes.
Love earns love
There was nothing glamorous about this assignment, but I wanted to show our community how a group of businesses joined to help others in need. Roscoe and Clara Markham of Floral City live on a tight budget and cope with numerous medical problems. They were desperate when they lost an envelope of cash from his Social Security check. Unable to pay their rent or other bills in July, they allowed a neighbor to seek help from the community. A few days later, employees of businesses in Colby Plaza had collected enough to replace the $522 the couple lost. After receiving the check, Roscoe Markham kissed his wife. I was struck by the couple's gratefulness, and their love for each other was refreshing.