Apr 28, 2008


It hit 90 on Saturday. It supposedly gets to be 115 here. I will be camping on the shore of a nearby lake or in the Sacramento River all summer so I can get in the water when it gets that hot. Florida was hot. But not that hot.

Apr 24, 2008


We've had good picture play lately which has forced us to think harder about editing and design. Nobody has very much experience with all this, but we have a great design desk who is enthusiastic and it's so nice to see your pictures used well. We have a LOT to learn. No joke. But it's a start.

Apr 22, 2008

"It was a mistake"

This is from a story today in the paper. The Sheriff apologized but the Rodeo officials claim they wanted my photos to help them with the investigation.


A sheriff’s deputy providing security and a Red Bluff Round-Up official interrupted and then prevented Record Searchlight photojournalist Jakob Schiller from taking pictures of the accident until the ambulances had left. State law allows members of the media to enter areas otherwise closed to the public for emergencies.

Schiller said he had been in the sports medicine trailer, photographing a doctor treating a bronco rider with a broken leg, when someone burst in saying a bull had hit the doctor’s wife. Medics already were loading victims onto stretchers when Schiller and others burst from the trailer.

Schiller said he stayed near the trailer, next to the Tehama District Fairgrounds general office, using a telephoto lens. A sheriff’s deputy told him he should not be photographing the accident aftermath, Schiller said.

Told about the incident on Monday, Parker said his deputy had acted incorrectly when barring the photographer from access.

“That’s against my policy,” Parker said. “We know you guys have a job to do. If it happened, it was a mistake and we’ll correct the mistake and it won’t happen again, I hope.”

Shortly after the deputy confronted Schiller, a Round-Up official approached him, put an arm around him and led him to a place where he could not photograph the victims.

Froome said the Round-Up official had asked Schiller to leave a restricted area as part of an emergency procedure.

“We want to control the area to allow the folks that need medical attention to get it and make sure no else is hurt and make sure the animals are not hurt,” Froome said. “We want to assess the whole situation while being protective of everyone’s rights. It’s no different than a fire drill.”

Froome later demanded to see Schiller’s photos. Schiller refused to share them. Asked about that exchange Monday, Froome said he had wanted to review the images to help the Red Bluff Round-Up in its investigation of the accident.

“That whole situation was less than a minute,” Froome said. “If there is no documentation, how can you go back and say, ‘This is how it worked?’ That’s why the FAA investigates plane crashes.”

Apr 21, 2008


Yesterday, I was at the rodeo in Red Bluff when a bull jumped the fence and got into the crowd. We don't have all the details still, but as far as we know he injured six people and several went to the hospital, nothing critical, but at least one person is still being monitored.

At the time, I was actually in the sportsmedicine trailer with a rider who had just broken his leg. When I ran out, they were carrying people into ambulances. It took me a second to get my head around what was happening, but as soon as I did I started to try and make pictures. A young girl was lying on a stretcher being responded to by paramedics so with a long lens I stepped back to make a picture. Almost immediately, I was confronted by a Sheriff's deputy who told me I did not need to be making pictures of this situation and that I need to give the family space. I was already fairly far back, but in the commotion, I decided to give them space and go around to the back to another angle, again with a long lens. At that point I was confronted by a rodeo official who stood directly in my line of site and then told me to leave the situation. Another official proceeded to then corral me until all the ambulances left.

I argued my case, as respectfully as possible with both the deputy and the official, telling them that I was only doing my job and absolutely trying to stay out of the way. Neither budged.

As a photographer, I hate these situations. The last thing I want to do is invade someone's space during a tragic event. But it is my job to report on the news. Period. At no point did I get in the way of emergency workers, and at not point did I try to get in the face of any victims. And, the rodeo was held on a public fair grounds.

The result is that I came away with one bad picture that does very little to report on the chaos of the scene. Again, I would have much rather the event not happened. But it did, and I was kept from doing my job. The fact that I was prevented from making pictures was reported in the article we ran today and there has been an enormous response by the readers, most criticizing the deputy and the rodeo officials for restricting me. My photo editor and the editor of the paper are meeting to figure out how we will respond.


It's straight out of a handbook on the 1st Ammendment and I feel like I am back in my law class for journalists.

Apr 20, 2008


I'm definitely getting those cowboy boots.

Apr 19, 2008



car shows. But I'm not a hater.

Apr 17, 2008

The Greeter

Jay Miller, the greeter at a retirement home, waits for a local breakfast joint to open so he can get a cup of coffee before heading to work. This is just one frame from a little story I'm working on.

Apr 15, 2008


Someone once said "No pictures of signs!" I can't remember who, and I'm not sure if I agree or not.

Apr 8, 2008


For rodeos.


Apr 5, 2008


High School Rodeo. High School Flirting