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Christopher Sherman’s Flying Camera, Street Cop Ernie Hinkle, Concordia Dressage and more

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Shot of Butler Park and Doug Sahm Hill. Photo by Christopher Sherman at OverAustin.com.

Shot of Butler Park and Doug Sahm Hill. Photo by Christopher Sherman at OverAustin.com.

CITY: With drone shots, Christopher Sherman is helping to alter Austin’s self-image. Taken from my story in the Statesman: “The streets of Austin lie empty. A ghostly blue wraps the buildings, bridges and greenery. The horizon blooms yellow-pink. It is as if the city is lit from within. The most unsettling thing about these Austin images, however, is the point of view: Lower than if taken from an airplane, higher than all but the tallest local skyscrapers. Reproduced countless times online, drone-taken photographs, some shot at almost 400 feet above the ground, are changing the way we see the city. Among those pioneering this technique is Christopher Sherman, a technology events planner, licensed pilot and camera enthusiast. In the past few months, he and other photographers have gone a long way to upend the city’s self-image. “I don’t even call it a drone,” Sherman, 48, says. “It’s my flying camera.” http://shar.es/1fL1Hk

LAW: Ernie Hinkle was born to be an Austin street cop. Taken from my story in the Statesman: Lt. Ernie W. Hinkle relished being a street cop. During his 35 years with the Austin Police Department, he fought any attempt to fold his 6-foot 5-inch frame behind a desk. Which meant that, from 1960 to 1995, Hinkle saw a lot. And he kept a record. “I was fortunate to be on the street most of my career,” he says. “I had a clipboard and wrote stories down, then did research to make sure the facts were right. Any case I felt like I was going to court on, I’d copy all the notes so I wouldn’t have to go and look them up.” Luckily, for a time, another officer served as his secretary. “She took everything out of the wastepaper basket,” Hinkle, 82, says. “She said: ‘You’re going to want these someday.’ And I did.” http://shar.es/1fL1A8

SPORTS: To Jenna and Martin Arnold, dressage is ‘yoga on horseback.’ Taken from my story in the Statesman: “To the untrained eye, rider and horse appear to move in fluid harmony. They go from walk to trot to canter like two dancers who have shared the stage for many years. Even at the quickest gait, the equestrian pair’s movements seem slow, dignified and restrained. “In horse racing, they gallop their horses,” says Martin Arnold of Concordia Dressage, located not far from Coupland. “We do not use the gallop.” Arnold and his wife, Jenna Arnold, have been competing in — and training horses and riders for — the ancient sport of dressage for years. They see it as a rigorous athletic, mental and spiritual exercise for all involved. “From the outside looking in, dressage can simply look like ‘prancing ponies,’ but it is more complex than that,” Martin, 34, says. “It is the systematic gymnastic development of a four-legged athlete. To take a horse to the highest level of the sport takes a minimum of five years.” http://shar.es/1fL1Mv