January Top 10

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2015 is on the march and we’re over the moon about these 10 images from January. (Heh…see what I did there?)

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Matt Cashore & Barbara Johnston

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Jan 3, 2015; Jerian Grant (22) hangs on the rim after a dunk in the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 83-76 in double overtime. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Jan 3, 2015; Jerian Grant (22) hangs on the rim after a dunk in the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 83-76 in double overtime. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Jan. 9, 2015; Campus Crossroads construction. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 9, 2015; Campus Crossroads construction. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 13, 2015; Single digit temperatures cause frost to form on the trees and fog to rise on St. Joseph Lake . (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 13, 2015; Single digit temperatures cause frost to form on the trees and fog to rise on St. Joseph Lake . (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 13, 2015; A jet contrail passes behind the Mary Statue. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 13, 2015; A jet contrail passes behind the Mary Statue. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 14, 2015; Students brave the bitter cold (5 degrees) as they walk to class. Frost covers the trees in front of O'Saughneesy Hall. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 14, 2015; Students brave the bitter cold (5 degrees) as they walk to class. Frost covers the trees in front of O’Saughneesy Hall. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 19, 2015; Mass to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., who presided. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 19, 2015; Mass to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., who presided. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 19, 2015; Ground fog on the Burke Golf Course. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 19, 2015; Ground fog on the Burke Golf Course. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 19, 2015; Madison Cable (22) goes up for a shot in the second half against Tennessee. Notre Dame won 88-77. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 19, 2015; Madison Cable (22) goes up for a shot in the second half against Tennessee. Notre Dame won 88-77. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 22, 2015; University president Rev. John Jenkins C.S.C,. poses for a photo with Notre Dame students at the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Some 700 University of Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in the 2015 March for Life, which this year observes the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 22, 2015; University president Rev. John Jenkins C.S.C,. poses for a photo with Notre Dame students at the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Some 700 University of Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in the 2015 March for Life, which this year observes the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 30, 2015; High speed circuits and devices lab, wireless and radio frequency research. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 30, 2015; High speed circuits and devices lab, wireless and radio frequency research. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

 

Behind the scenes of a VIP group photo

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If you’ve talked to me for more than, oh, 3 seconds you know one of my mantras when it comes to photography is “Not As Easy As It Looks.”
Group photos are at or near the top of the “Not As Easy As It Looks” list and even more so when the group is your boss’ boss’ boss’ bosses.

Jan. 20, 2015; University officers and deans, 2014-15. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Jan. 20, 2015; University officers and deans, 2014-15. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Every year the Notre Dame yearbook, The Dome, does a group photo of the University leadership–the President, Executive Vice President, Provost, officers and deans. The Dome was a huge part of my education as a photographer and I wouldn’t be doing what I do today without my years spent in the Dome darkroom. (Yeah, we used film then!) So I’m more than happy to help out with this annual photo, which we did earlier this month.

Our University leadership is a busy group…they don’t get together all that often and when they do it’s important to be efficient with their time. We have to get the photo done quickly and get it done right the first time, because there simply is no opportunity for a re-take.

That means being prepared: Prepared with a strategy on how to arrange everyone (How many people total? How many rows? Do we need chairs? Platforms or risers?) Prepared with a location that can fit everyone and the equipment needed, and be dedicated to the job. Prepared by testing the lighting and exposure as much as possible to be sure there are no odd shadows or hot spots. In other words, get there early, test, check, double-check, and test again.

Since I had a GoPro with me on this most recent shoot I thought it would be fun to show the whole process on-site beginning to end. Hopefully it felt quick and effortless to the people in the photo. To me…well…let’s just say it’s “Not As Easy As It Looks.”

-Matt Cashore

December 2014 Top 10

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As promised here are our Top 10 images from December 2014.  Enjoy!

Matt Cashore & Barbara Johnston

Dec. 2, 2014; Rev. Matthew Kuczora, C.S.C. - Alumni (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 2, 2014; Rev. Matthew Kuczora, C.S.C. – Alumni (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 10, 2014; Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 10, 2014; Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 10, 2014; Farewell to the Floor Renovation Celebration and Launch Party on the second floor of the Hesburgh Library. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 10, 2014; Farewell to the Floor Renovation Celebration and Launch Party on the second floor of the Hesburgh Library. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 10, 2014; Farewell to the Floor Renovation Celebration and Launch Party on the second floor of the Hesburgh Library. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 10, 2014; Farewell to the Floor Renovation Celebration and Launch Party on the second floor of the Hesburgh Library. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 12, 2014; A special bi-lingual Mass presided by Bishop Kevin Rhoades to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Notre Dame Folk Choir, Coro Primavera de Nuestra Senora, Mariachi ND and Ballet Folklorico in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 12, 2014; A special bi-lingual Mass presided by Bishop Kevin Rhoades to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Notre Dame Folk Choir, Coro Primavera de Nuestra Senora, Mariachi ND and Ballet Folklorico in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 12, 2014; A special bi-lingual Mass presided by Bishop Kevin Rhoades to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Notre Dame Folk Choir, Coro Primavera de Nuestra Senora, Mariachi ND and Ballet Folklorico in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 12, 2014; A special bi-lingual Mass presided by Bishop Kevin Rhoades to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Notre Dame Folk Choir, Coro Primavera de Nuestra Senora, Mariachi ND and Ballet Folklorico in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 13, 2014; Zach Auguste (30) dunks in the second half against Florida State. Notre Dame won 83-63. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Dec. 13, 2014; Zach Auguste (30) dunks in the second half against Florida State. Notre Dame won 83-63. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Dec. 17, 2014; Ornament on Main Building Christmas Tree. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 17, 2014; Ornament on Main Building Christmas Tree. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 21, 2014; The Women's Basketball team gather in a huddle before the game against the St. Joseph's Hawks at the Purcell Pavilion. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 21, 2014; The Women’s Basketball team gather in a huddle before the game against the St. Joseph’s Hawks at the Purcell Pavilion. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 22, 2014; Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., Men's Basketball team chaplain. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Dec. 22, 2014; Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., Men’s Basketball team chaplain. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Year in Review: 2014

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Seems like making photos at Notre Dame would be repetitive and predictable, right?  Move-in, Football season, Winter…winter…winter…Commencement, aaaand repeat.

Nope.  And that’s what keeps the job fun.  We’re always surprised and entertained by what’s around the corner.  Keeps us on our toes.  2014 was no exception.  Here’s a highlight from each month from both University Photographers.

Matt Cashore & Barbara Johnston

JANUARY

Jan. 9, 2014; Sculpture on the arch of Lyons Hall after snow storm. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

Jan. 9, 2014; Sculpture on the arch of Lyons Hall after snow storm. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

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I think this photo sums up last January!

Jan. 28, 2014; Undergraduate School of Architecture students (from left to right) Eduardo Oronia, Andrew Packey, Chris Lattimer, Joseph Abbamonte, and Michael Langer play soccer next to the Colosseum, near the Notre Dame Rome Centre.

Jan. 28, 2014; Undergraduate School of Architecture students (from left to right) Eduardo Oronia, Andrew Packey, Chris Lattimer, Joseph Abbamonte, and Michael Langer play soccer next to the Colosseum, near the Notre Dame Rome Centre. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

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I was lucky enough to make my first trip to Rome and visit Notre Dame’s Global Gateway there.  There’s nothing unusual about undergrads taking a break to play a pickup game of soccer, but with the Colosseum in the background?!?

FEBRUARY

Feb. 17, 2014; Portrait of an inmate taken inside the St. Dismas Catholic community center after mass with Fr. David Link at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

Feb. 17, 2014; Portrait of an inmate taken inside the St. Dismas Catholic community center after mass with Fr. David Link at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

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I am often moved when I compose a portrait through the lens of my camera. I felt
very grateful when this man, an inmate at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City
granted me permission to photograph him after mass with Rev. David Link, C.S.C.,
the prison chaplain.

Feb. 19, 2014; Alliance for Catholic Education 20th anniversary bus tour stop at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Pinellas Park, Florida. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Feb. 19, 2014; Alliance for Catholic Education 20th anniversary bus tour stop at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Pinellas Park, Florida. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

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In 2014 the ACE Program kept me busy by joining them on several stops of their bus tour.  This was in Tampa, FL, a quick but welcome break from the winter we experienced.

MARCH

Mar. 12, 2014; Main Building after a snowfall. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Mar. 12, 2014; Main Building after a snowfall. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

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Winter finally let go of Campus, but it saved the best snowfall for last.

Mar. 29, 2014; 2014 Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa shoots past Oklahoma guard Tiffany Bias during the regional semifinals at the Purcell Pavilion. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

Mar. 29, 2014; 2014 Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa shoots past Oklahoma guard Tiffany Bias during the regional semifinals at the Purcell Pavilion. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

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It is always a challenge to get “clean” composition when shooting sports action. An
overhead remote camera is one way to accomplish that while also capturing the
competitive spirit of the athletes from a different perspective.

APRIL

Apr. 19, 2014; Easter Vigil Mass with Rev. Peter D. Rocca, C.S.C. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

Apr. 19, 2014; Easter Vigil Mass with Rev. Peter D. Rocca, C.S.C. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

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The Easter Vigil with Rev. Peter Roca, C.S.C., is one of the most beautiful masses held
in the Basilica. I make it a point to shoot it every year.

Apr. 26, 2014; Steven Warner and the Folk Choir sing the Our Father at the 2014 Ordination Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Apr. 26, 2014; Steven Warner and the Folk Choir sing the Our Father at the 2014 Ordination Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

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The Easter Triduum is capped off by the C.S.C. Ordination Mass.  Ordination is one of my favorite events to photograph.  Steve Warner and the Folk Choir make the Basilica as pleasing to the ears as it is to the eyes.

MAY

May 11, 2014; Baseball vs Clemson. Photo by Matt Cashore

May 11, 2014; Baseball vs Clemson. Photo by Matt Cashore

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The ND Baseball team played its first season as a member of the ACC.

May 12, 2014; Sacred Heart of Jesus statue on Main Quad. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

May 12, 2014; Sacred Heart of Jesus statue on Main Quad. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

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Alleluia! This is my favorite time of year to photograph campus. Nothing motivates
me more than the beautiful tulips.

JUNE

Jun. 13, 2014; Football player John Turner spends time with residents from Corvilla, a not-for-profit organization that provides homes for people with developmental disabilities. Notre Dame football players participated in a one-credit, community-based learning course through the Center for Social Concerns combining classroom work discussing principles of social justice and afternoons interacting with participants of local area organizations. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Jun. 13, 2014; Football player John Turner spends time with residents from Corvilla, a not-for-profit organization that provides homes for people with developmental disabilities. Notre Dame football players participated in a one-credit, community-based learning course through the Center for Social Concerns combining classroom work discussing principles of social justice and afternoons interacting with participants of local area organizations. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

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Every summer, members of the Football team participate in a one-credit community-based learning program in partnership with the Center for Social Concerns.  It’s a great combo of athletics, academics and service.

June 23, 2014; The steeple of Sacred Heart Basilica and cumulus clouds. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

June 23, 2014; The steeple of Sacred Heart Basilica and cumulus clouds. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

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Some days all the elements of nature come together for a perfect scenic of campus.

JULY

Jul. 12, 2014; 2014 ACE Commencement ceremony. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Jul. 12, 2014; 2014 ACE Commencement ceremony. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

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No sooner had they parked the bus than ACE was at it again with their annual Commencement ceremony.  I’m always pleasantly surprised at how many ACE graduates go on to become career educators.

July 15, 2014; Mamadou Drame, Cote d'lvoire - YALI Fellow. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

July 15, 2014; Mamadou Drame, Cote d’lvoire – YALI Fellow. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

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I never grow tired of capturing people in motion as I did here with a very
enthusiastic, Mamadou Drame, a YALI Fellow from Dakar, Senegal.

AUGUST

Aug 12, 2014; Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. 82 Notre Dame students participated in the Summer 2014 Ireland Inside Track program. The 8-day program involved cultural excursions, tours and travel between Dublin and the West of Ireland. Students learned about Ireland’s rich culture, complex history and contemporary business such and Google and Twitter. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Aug 12, 2014; Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. 82 Notre Dame students participated in the Summer 2014 Ireland Inside Track program. The 8-day program involved cultural excursions, tours and travel between Dublin and the West of Ireland. Students learned about Ireland’s rich culture, complex history and contemporary business such and Google and Twitter. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Ireland for Notre Dame’s
inaugural program, “Ireland Inside Track.” During the 8-day trip, I was lucky enough
to spend a morning taking photos at Kylemore Abbey. The only challenge for this
photo was waking at 4:30 am to arrive in time for the amazing morning light.

Aug. 16, 2014; Fr. John Jenkins is doused with ice water as part of the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Aug. 16, 2014; Fr. John Jenkins is doused with ice water as part of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.” Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

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August was hot but not THAT hot!  The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge got a lot of buzz over the summer and Fr. Jenkins volunteered to have not one but two icy buckets dumped on him by residence hall staff members.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 8, 2014; Graduate student Benjamin Sunderlin examines the carillon church bells in the bell tower of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Sept. 8, 2014; Graduate student Benjamin Sunderlin examines the carillon church bells in the bell tower of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

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Graduate student and bell maker, Benjamin Sunderlin shows the scale of the largest
bell in the spire on top of the Basilica, which houses the oldest carillon bells in the
United States. Who knew?

Sep. 27, 2014; The football team prepares to take the field before the game against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium. (photo by Matt Cashore)

Sep. 27, 2014; The football team prepares to take the field before the game against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium. (photo by Matt Cashore)

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ND Football was at that point taking a 3-0 record into MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to take on Syracuse.

OCTOBER

Oct. 8, 2014; Lunar eclipse, also referred to as a "Blood Moon." (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 8, 2014; Lunar eclipse, also referred to as a “Blood Moon.” (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

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So, uhhhhh, this photo got a little bit of attention.  (Read all about it here: http://blogs.nd.edu/ndphotography/2014/10/14/chasing-the-magic/)

Oct. 27, 2014; University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., - 2014 Annual Report. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Oct. 27, 2014; University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., – 2014 Annual Report. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

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This is the second year I have had the honor to photograph President Rev. John
Jenkins, C.S.C., for the University’s annual report.

NOVEMBER

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)

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Baraka Bouts are one of those “Only at Notre Dame” things.  Believe it or not, the girl in the blue trunks won this bout.

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)

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I was on my way to St. Michael’s to pick up my dry cleaning before calling it a day
when I caught a glimpse of ND sailboats on St. Joseph Lake. Because it was one of
those rare warm days in November and you know it is likely to be the last one until
spring, I could not ignore the opportunity. On the dock in front of the boathouse I
found sophomore, Patty Morrow stretching her legs after a jog.

DECEMBER

Dec. 3, 2014; Rev. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C.- Alumni. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Dec. 3, 2014; Rev. Patrick Reidy, C.S.C.- Alumni. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

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The beautiful pattern of light from a stained glass window provided a nice touch to
Rev. Patrick Reidy’s, C.S.C., portrait in the Basilica.

Dec. 13, 2014; Zach Auguste (30) dunks in the second half against Florida State. Notre Dame won 83-63. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Dec. 13, 2014; Zach Auguste (30) dunks in the second half against Florida State. Notre Dame won 83-63. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

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The Men’s Hoops team had an early conference opener and won it in decisive fashion with Zach Auguste putting the exclamation point on the win with this dunk.  This was shot with a remote-control camera.  I can’t see the frame as it’s shot, I just have to visualize and anticipate (That’s photographer-ese for “guess and hope”) and the effort produces far more failures than successes but it’s the successes that keep me motivated.  Thanks Zach!

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:
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And now the recent lunar eclipse better known as the Blood Moon:
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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