Monday, June 21, 2010

A tale of two photographs

This has been a busy year for Miami Herald photographers.

The year started off with a devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Herald photographers and reporters have been rotating in and out of Haiti since January. The Herald's Pat Farrell has made several trips this year to the island nation. (It was Farrell who won the 2009 Puliter Prize for his photographs of the resulting devastation in Haiti after four hurricanes hit the island in 2008.)

Two months ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion occurred, causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The Herald is all over that story too, sending reporters and photographers to the Gulf region.

But there's other news, too.

This morning's Herald had a front-page story about the record-breaking heat wave that's blanketed South Florida for the past two weeks.

Pretty much your standard heat wave story.

We had to chuckle, however, at the dissimilarity of two of the photographs used to illustrate the story.

Anyone care to guess which one was taken in Miami and which one was shot in Pensacola ... aka the Redneck Riviera?

Score bonus points if you can guess which one made the front page what those boys are drinking!

Miami Herald photo by Patrick Farrell

Miami Herald photo by Walt Michot

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