We had several readers call us today asking for reprints of the photo of the Keeper of the Plains which ran in Saturday’s paper. I asked staff photographer Travis Heying how he managed to capture such a dramatic shot. He said he had been thinking of a lightning shot with the Keeper of the Plains statue
since the statue was elevated last winter. In the past, trees and power lines made
such a photo near impossible. When he was leaving a dinner in Old Town
Friday night, Travis says he saw lightning off to the south so he decided to drive by the
statue and have a look.
"With the storms off to the south, and the
lightning heavy, it was a perfect opportunity," Travis said. "I set up directly to the
north of the statue with my camera on a tripod. Exposures were around 6-10
seconds in length. I took around 75 photos. Only about five had lightning
strikes in them."
One caller told me today he planned to buy a copy of the photo to frame to hang in his office. It’s easy to order Wichita Eagle photo reprints on Kansas.com.
Daily Archives: Aug. 28, 2006
A very young reader called us this morning to leave a message protesting our removing Slylock Fox from our comics roundup. I’ll be in touch with her this afternoon (when school lets out) to chat with her about this and about our recent recent comics survey. I’m glad she’s weighing in with useful feedback for us, and it is great to know someone her age is reading the paper.
Another reader called to point out that in today’s paper, we got the age wrong for Wichita’s Sidney Toler, who played Hollywood’s Charlie Chan from 1938 to 1947. He was 72 when he died, not 59. Aaargh. I’m very happy that people alert us to these details, but unhappy to learn we’ve published a mistake in our paper. We’ll get a correction posted and in the paper on this.
One item of discussion this morning in our news meeting centered around coverage of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is tomorrow. I’d be interested in hearing from readers about what they would most like to read about in The Eagle on this, beyond our story yesterday on families who came to Wichita after the storm. Also, how do readers feel about anniversary coverage in general, which seems to be a staple of news coverage throughout the country?