Forgive us, we’re photographers…not poets

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‘Twas two weeks before Christmas
And in South Bend it was cold…

To people who purchase prints as gifts
There is something to be told…

The elves need time to make the prints
To go on Santa’s sleigh…

The cutoff date for standard shipping
Is only a week away…

Bad poetry aside, a Notre Dame print from photos.nd.edu might be the perfect gift for a Notre Dame fan or alum you know. We even have a 20% off coupon code good through the end of 2014! Just enter “ND2014″ at checkout.

Because each order is custom printed, it takes at least a full business day from the time the order is placed before it can be shipped. Cutoff dates for shipping are:

USPS: 12/17

2nd Day: 12/21

Overnight: 12/22

For Canvas Wrapped Prints the cutoff dates are as follows:

UPS 3 Day: 12/15

UPS NextDay: 12/16

For more information on how our prints are printed and shipped, check out our previous blog post here: http://blogs.nd.edu/ndphotography/2013/01/

Merry Christmas from photos.nd.edu.

Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

November 2014 Top Ten

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30 days hath November and we’re all done with ‘em so here are ten of our favorite images from November 2014. Thanks for viewing and and we love your comments!

Matt Cashore and Barbara Johnston

Nov. 4, 2014; 2014 Baraka Bouts, an annual event hosted by the Women's Boxing club to raise funds for Missions in East Africa. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 4, 2014; 2014 Baraka Bouts, an annual event hosted by the Women’s Boxing club to raise funds for Missions in East Africa. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 5, 2014; Enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures, sophomore psychology and pre-med student, Patty Morrow stretches after her afternoon jog around St. Joseph Lake. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 5, 2014; Enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures, sophomore psychology and pre-med student, Patty Morrow stretches after her afternoon jog around St. Joseph Lake. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; Elizabeth Curtin puts on her makeup for her character, the Witch before dress rehearsal for "Into the Woods." (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; Elizabeth Curtin puts on her makeup for her character, the Witch before dress rehearsal for “Into the Woods.” (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; Elizabeth Curtin in costume as the Witch for "Into the Woods." (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; Elizabeth Curtin in costume as the Witch for “Into the Woods.” (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; ROTC cadets and midshipmen stand at attention for vigil at the Clarke Memorial Fountain in honor of Veterans Day. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; ROTC cadets and midshipmen stand at attention for vigil at the Clarke Memorial Fountain in honor of Veterans Day. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; Metal Studio, Riley Hall (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 10, 2014; Metal Studio, Riley Hall (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 13, 2014; Campus blanketed in snow after a morning shower. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 13, 2014; Campus blanketed in snow after a morning shower. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 14, 2014; "Here Come the Irish" sign on Zahm Hall. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 14, 2014; “Here Come the Irish” sign on Zahm Hall. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 15, 2014; The Notre Dame Marching Band takes the field before the football game against Northwestern. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Nov. 15, 2014; The Notre Dame Marching Band takes the field before the football game against Northwestern. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Nov. 21, 2014; Kevin O'Leary, one of the judges from The Shark Tank television show speaks with Mendoza students about entrepreneurship. Selected students also pitched their business ideas to O'Leary. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Nov. 21, 2014; Kevin O’Leary, one of the judges from The Shark Tank television show speaks with Mendoza students about entrepreneurship. Selected students also pitched their business ideas to O’Leary. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

 

It’s baaaaaaack!

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A while back we set out to do a monthly blog post of ten images we liked from the previous month. As these things often go, the “Monthly” Top Ten became the “Monthly…ish” Top Ten and then the “Semi Annual” Top Ten, and, well, you know.

So here’s the newest installment of the re-booted Monthly Top Ten, chock full of science and scenics from this past October.

We’ll see you in a month.

(No, really!)

Matt Cashore and Barbara Johnston

Oct. 8, 2014; The Word of Life Mural, commonly known as Touchdown Jesus, reflected in the reflecting pool. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 8, 2014; The Word of Life Mural, commonly known as Touchdown Jesus, reflected in the reflecting pool. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct 11, 2014; Notre Dame Stadium at the end of the North Carolina game. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Oct 11, 2014; Notre Dame Stadium at the end of the North Carolina game. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Oct. 14, 2014; Hesburgh Library (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 14, 2014; Hesburgh Library (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 15, 2014; David Lodge, director of the Environmental Change Initiative, is interviewed by Ira Flatow during a taping of the radio show "Science Friday" at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 15, 2014; David Lodge, director of the Environmental Change Initiative, is interviewed by Ira Flatow during a taping of the radio show “Science Friday” at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 16, 2014; ND LEEF Barn Raising Event at St. Patrick's Park in South Bend. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 16, 2014; ND LEEF Barn Raising Event at St. Patrick’s Park in South Bend. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 22, 2014; Cirrus clouds form above the steeple on the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 22, 2014; Cirrus clouds form above the steeple on the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct.27, 2014; Main Quad (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct.27, 2014; Main Quad (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 27, 2014; Main Building and Golden Dome at sunset. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 27, 2014; Main Building and Golden Dome at sunset. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 29, 2014; Light panel in the College of Science. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 29, 2014; Light panel in the College of Science. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 28, 2014; A student rides past the main entrance of Jordan Hall of Science. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 28, 2014; A student rides past the main entrance of Jordan Hall of Science. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

 

Chasing The Magic

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One of my favorite quotes by photographer Ansel Adams is:  “Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”
Like Ansel, I hope to be in the right place at the right time for that confluence of light, weather, and season I refer to simply as “The Magic.”  I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen rainbows:

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Lightning:
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Snowfalls:
blog snow
And now the recent lunar eclipse better known as the Blood Moon:
blog blood moon
The Magic is utterly un-schedulable, rarely happens during business hours and is almost always brief.  Two things help me in my pursuit:  1. Living close to campus and 2. An understanding wife who understands what I do, how I do it and encourages it.  More than time, it takes energy to chase The Magic–random interruptions and absences–and that support keeps the energy up.
I’ve gotten more response to the Blood Moon photo than any other picture I’ve made.  Ever.  Thanks for the nice comments on social media, emails and in person.  I’ve gotten quite a few questions as well so this blog post will hopefully answer some of those.

 

1. “How come my iPhone photo didn’t look like that?”

Without getting too technical, moon photos usually work best with a telephoto lens and a camera with full manual exposure and focus control.  The telephoto lens will make the moon appear bigger, and manual exposure is required because the moon is much brighter than people think and most automatic exposure modes will overexpose the moon.  The moon is so bright, in fact, that un-eclipsed, the Dome would have been a silhouette as it was for me when I made this photo in 2006:
Oct. 5, 2006; Mary statue and moon Photo by Matt Cashore
The reason the Blood Moon photo worked so well was because the eclipse knocked down the overall brightness as well as the fact that Notre Dame recently re-lit the Main Building with LED lighting which made it much brighter:

 

Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame
So thank you Paul Kempf, Tim Golichowski and everyone at ND Utilities for making the Dome brighter and thank you…God…for making the moon dimmer.

 

2. “Were you on top of a building?”
 
Nope, firmly on the ground between Breen-Phillips and Farley.  The hardest part of making the photo was finding a spot not obscured by trees or a building where the moon and Dome would line up.
Here’s my contact sheet of how the moon moved into position:
contact sheet

3. “You must have been out there a long time.”
 
Again, no.  The Magic, as I mentioned, is brief.  Thanks to digital camera time stamps I can say with certainty that I began making pictures at 6:20am and stopped at 6:46.

4. “Did you Photoshop that?”
 
As the contact sheet hopefully shows, I made adjustments to boost shadow detail, hold highlight detail and adjust color to my recollection of the moment, but the moon was really that size, that color, and in that place.

5. “What lens?”
 
300mm.  That was a lucky guess.  Longer would have made it difficult to have both the moon and the Dome in focus, and shorter would have made the moon appear smaller. I manually focused just past the Dome, and the depth-of-field made it possible to get them both sharp.

6. “What was going through your mind when you made the photo?”
 
(This was my favorite question)  Honestly and truly: U2′s “One Tree Hill” from The Joshua Tree album.  Great song with the line “I’ll see you again when the stars fall from the sky, and the moon has turned red over One Tree Hill.”  Being the age of instant gratification I even got out my phone and played the song while I was making the photos.

So in a way, I suppose I can say I did use my iPhone making the picture.

-Matt Cashore

2014 Kickoff

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It’s a new year and a new field for ND.  We stayed (mostly) dry, too!  Here are highlights from the football weekend:

Fans crowd the library quad under the gaze of Touchdown Jesus. Photo by Matt Cashore

Fans crowd the library quad under the gaze of Touchdown Jesus.
Photo by Matt Cashore

The field turf is ready for the game. Photo by Matt Cashore

The field turf is ready for the game.
Photo by Matt Cashore

Nothing says "Here Come The Irish" quite like a sign that says "Here Come The Irish." Photo by Matt Cashore

Nothing says “Here Come The Irish” quite like a sign that says “Here Come The Irish.”
Photo by Matt Cashore

Everett Golson scores one of his TDs. Photo by Matt Cashore

Everett Golson scores one of his TDs.
Photo by Matt Cashore

The Leprechaun celebrates. Photo by Peter Ringenberg

The Leprechaun celebrates.
Photo by Peter Ringenberg

The Notre Dame Marching Band performs at halftime. Photo by Matt Cashore

The Notre Dame Marching Band performs at halftime.
Photo by Matt Cashore

Offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley (78) blocks for running back Greg Bryant (1) Photo by Matt Cashore

Offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley (78) blocks for running back Greg Bryant (1)
Photo by Matt Cashore

The student section stands and cheers. Photo by Peter Ringenberg

The student section stands and cheers.
Photo by Peter Ringenberg

"…aaaand our hearts for-eeevvverrr…LOOOOVVE THEE NO-TRE DAAAAAAAMME!!!!" Photo by Peter Ringenberg

“…aaaand our hearts for-eeevvverrr…LOOOOVVE THEE NO-TRE DAAAAAAAMME!!!!”
Photo by Peter Ringenberg

And don't forget… Photo by Matt Cashore

And don’t forget…
Photo by Matt Cashore