Cheery is not necessarily the word to describe this week's post.
Midwest Photo Exchange challenged its followers to create a unique photograph that incorporated an issue of a newspaper published between April 1-6, with the date visible.
Locally, the big news has been the trial of Adam Longoria, who is being charged with a gruesome murder. Here's an excert from the Great Bend Tribune:
Adam "Longoria is charged in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, who disappeared the night of Aug. 21, 2010. Her charred remains were found three days later at the Venture Corporation asphalt plant near Dundee. Longoria is on trial for allegedly murdering her after an attempted sexual assault."
Yeah, not exactly a model citizen, eh?
Driving by the courthouse was slightly ominous, as you knew the alleged killer was a mere 100 or so feet away. The photo I came up with was my attempt at illustrating that feeling, while staying within the parameters of MPEX's contest.
Using a tungsten (full CTO) gel on my flash, I balanced for tungsten and turned daylight into a darker, gloomy shade of blue. The overcast sky certainly helped the cause.
The tricky part was getting the newspaper to behave in this nasty Kansas wind. I broke out the handy gaffer tape and forced the pages to behave so I could get this shot. Otherwise, I would have to get through a cardio workout chasing the silly thing down.
The winner of this week's contest gets something from Lowepro, which is a company that makes some pretty sweet bags for gear, something I could use right about now. Wish me luck!