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ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Oran’s Preston Hahn walks back to the dugout after flying out to right field in the third inning of the Eagles' 7-6 win over the Scott City Rams Wednesday, April 9, at Oran High School.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Oran’s Preston Hahn walks back to the dugout after flying out to right field in the third inning of the Eagles’ 7-6 win over the Scott City Rams Wednesday, April 9, at Oran High School.

Baseball season is upon us. Working as a staff photographer at a newspaper a big part of your professional involves sports. Any sports fan knows about slumps, though the term is most often used in talking about our national pastime. The term also applies to photography. When you go out to make photos every day it’s inevitable that you’ll go through a time when no matter what you do your work doesn’t come out how you’d like. You find yourself in a slump. As a photojournalist and Kansas City Royals fan I can tell you there are few things more frustrating.

It’s frustrating because there is almost never an easy to point to, concrete reason that explains why this is happening, no simple answer to solving the problem. You just have to struggle though it until you reach the other side. It is a struggle. It is easy to succumb to despair when editing an assignment or gather clip contest entries and thinking to yourself, “Really? This is it? This is all I have?” Then without warning, without explanation, it’s over.

The last few months I’ve been slumping. Hard. Hated almost everything I was putting out. I just couldn’t SEE and I didn’t know why. I was blind. I felt like there was a curtain over my eyes. Then last week, it lifted. All of a sudden the curtain lifted. I could visualize, anticipate and SEE again. I don’t know why and, to be honest, right now I don’t care. I just hope it sticks around.

Does this mean everything is perfect? That I’m ecstatic about all of the work that I’m producing? Nope. Not even close. Part of living a creative life is never being satisfied. There really isn’t even anything all that great about the work I’ve done post slump. It isn’t the results as much as the process, the execution rather than the end result. I feel that I’m seeing clearer than I was before. That gives me the ability to concentrate on making great photos.

Here’s a few frame from the last couple of weeks. Elections, baseball, Messy Morning, a concert, Zombie Prom, a car crash and Cape Girardeau’s own take on the Color Run: Color Me Cape. Thanks for looking!

 

ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com A voter fills out her ballot Tuesday, April 8, at the Christ Church of the Heartland, 720 Bertling, in Cape Girardeau. The church is the polling place for precincts 1 and 4.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
A voter fills out her ballot Tuesday, April 8, at the Christ Church of the Heartland, 720 Bertling, in Cape Girardeau. The church is the polling place for precincts 1 and 4.

 

ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Southeast Missouri State shortstop Andy Lack connects to advance the base runner with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of the Redhawks' 8-7 ten-inning win over the SIU Edwardsville Cougars Friday, April 4, at Capaha Field.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Southeast Missouri State shortstop Andy Lack connects to advance the base runner with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of the Redhawks’ 8-7 ten-inning win over the SIU Edwardsville Cougars Friday, April 4, at Capaha Field.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Southeast Missouri State pitcher Greg Moseland throws to SIU Edwardsville's Skyler Geissinger in the seventh inning of the Redhawks' 8-7 ten-inning win over the Cougars Friday, April 4, at Capaha Field.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Southeast Missouri State pitcher Greg Moseland throws to SIU Edwardsville’s Skyler Geissinger in the seventh inning of the Redhawks’ 8-7 ten-inning win over the Cougars Friday, April 4, at Capaha Field.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com The Zombie Prom Saturday, April 5, at The Hi-Dive, 107 N. Main in Cape Girardeau. The prom catered to members of the undead's seeking to drink, dance and watch movies about themselves. A pin up contest was also held as well as the selection of the zombie king and queen.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
The Zombie Prom Saturday, April 5, at The Hi-Dive, 107 N. Main in Cape Girardeau. The prom catered to members of the undead’s seeking to drink, dance and watch movies about themselves. A pin up contest was also held as well as the selection of the zombie king and queen.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Scott Givens sprays shaving cream on a group of kids during Messy Morning Saturday, April 5, at the Show Me Center. Promoted by the United Way of Southeast Missouri's Success By 6 program the event features more than fifty vendors each of which offers a different activity for children.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Scott Givens sprays shaving cream on a group of kids during Messy Morning Saturday, April 5, at the Show Me Center. Promoted by the United Way of Southeast Missouri’s Success By 6 program the event features more than fifty vendors each of which offers a different activity for children.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Ava Vogelsang, 9, reacts to the Slimy Skettie during Messy Morning Saturday, April 5, at the Show Me Center. Promoted by the United Way of Southeast Missouri's Success By 6 program the event features more than fifty vendors each of which offers a different activity for children.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Ava Vogelsang, 9, reacts to the Slimy Skettie during Messy Morning Saturday, April 5, at the Show Me Center. Promoted by the United Way of Southeast Missouri’s Success By 6 program the event features more than fifty vendors each of which offers a different activity for children.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Dafodills bloom in a field at the intersection of Highway 177 and County Road 643 as storm clouds pass north of Cape Girardeau Thursday, April 3.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Dafodills bloom in a field at the intersection of Highway 177 and County Road 643 as storm clouds pass north of Cape Girardeau Thursday, April 3.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Central sophomore Justin Vaught warms up in the on-deck circle in the second inning of the Tigers' 6-4 win over the Jackson Indians Tuesday, April 1, at Whitey Herzog Stadium in Jackson.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Central sophomore Justin Vaught warms up in the on-deck circle in the second inning of the Tigers’ 6-4 win over the Jackson Indians Tuesday, April 1, at Whitey Herzog Stadium in Jackson.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Southeast Missouri State shortstop Andy Lack rounds second on his way to third off a single by Jason Blum in the second inning of the Redhawks' 5-4 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis Tuesday, April 8, at Capaha Field. Lennington went on to score.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Southeast Missouri State shortstop Andy Lack rounds second on his way to third off a single by Jason Blum in the second inning of the Redhawks’ 5-4 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis Tuesday, April 8, at Capaha Field. Lennington went on to score.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Southeast Missouri State wide recover Spencer Davis brings in a touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Snyder  during the Redhawks second intersquad scrimmage under new head coach Tom Matukewicz Saturday, April 12, at Houck Stadium.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Southeast Missouri State wide recover Spencer Davis brings in a touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Snyder
during the Redhawks second intersquad scrimmage under new head coach Tom Matukewicz Saturday, April 12, at Houck Stadium.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Hunter Hayes performs Friday, April 11, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Hayes' next album, "Storyline," is set to be released May 6.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Hunter Hayes performs Friday, April 11, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Hayes’ next album, “Storyline,” is set to be released May 6.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com The Color Me Cape 5k Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
The Color Me Cape 5k Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Colored powers coats the street in front of the Bell Air Grill after the participants in the Color Me Cape 5k did the first color bomb Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Colored powers coats the street in front of the Bell Air Grill after the participants in the Color Me Cape 5k did the first color bomb Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k street mingle in front of the Bell Air Grill after the color bomb Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k street mingle in front of the Bell Air Grill after the color bomb Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k throw colored powder in the air in the street in front of the Bell Air Grill during the color bomb after the run Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k throw colored powder in the air in the street in front of the Bell Air Grill during the color bomb after the run Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k run through the yellow color station north of the interception of Independence Street and Frederick Street Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k run through the yellow color station north of the interception of Independence Street and Frederick Street Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k run through the yellow color station north of the interception of Independence Street and Frederick Street Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Participants in the Color Me Cape 5k run through the yellow color station north of the interception of Independence Street and Frederick Street Saturday, April 12, in Cape Girardeau.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Molly Pate wipes her eyes after a two-vehicle accident on the 200 block of Independence Street Thursday, April 10, in Cape Girardeau. A Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Pate was traveling East on Independence when it struck a parked Oldsmobile Aurora. The Trailblazer rolled over after driving the Aurora into a utility pole.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Molly Pate wipes her eyes after a two-vehicle accident on the 200 block of Independence Street Thursday, April 10, in Cape Girardeau. A Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Pate was traveling East on Independence when it struck a parked Oldsmobile Aurora. The Trailblazer rolled over after driving the Aurora into a utility pole.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com A Cape Girardeau police officer blocks off the road as emergency personal work to clear the scene of a two-vehicle accident on the 200 block of Independence Street Thursday, April 10, in Cape Girardeau. A Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Molly Pate was traveling East on Independence when it struck a parked Oldsmobile Aurora. The Trailblazer rolled over after driving the Aurora into a utility pole.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
A Cape Girardeau police officer blocks off the road as emergency personal work to clear the scene of a two-vehicle accident on the 200 block of Independence Street
Thursday, April 10, in Cape Girardeau. A Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Molly Pate was traveling East on Independence when it struck a parked Oldsmobile Aurora. The Trailblazer rolled over after driving the Aurora into a utility pole.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Broken glass is strewn on the payment after a two-vehicle accident on the 200 block of Independence Street Thursday, April 10, in Cape Girardeau. A Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Molly Pate was traveling East on Independence when it struck a parked Oldsmobile Aurora. The Trailblazer rolled over after driving the Aurora into a utility pole.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Broken glass is strewn on the payment after a two-vehicle accident on the 200 block of Independence Street
Thursday, April 10, in Cape Girardeau. A Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Molly Pate was traveling East on Independence when it struck a parked Oldsmobile Aurora. The Trailblazer rolled over after driving the Aurora into a utility pole.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Scott City’s Isaiah Berry misses a fly ball from in the third inning of the Rams' 7-6 loss to the Oran Eagles Wednesday, April 9, at Oran High School.
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com
Scott City’s Isaiah Berry misses a fly ball from in the third inning of the Rams’ 7-6 loss to the Oran Eagles Wednesday, April 9, at Oran High School.

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