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Hockey and stand-alones

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These past seven days were filled with playoff hockey games and hunting for stand-alones. A stand-alone photograph is one that presents some news value to the readers without needing a written story to support it. Enough news is given in the caption to support the photograph. When the stories that reporters are writing don't lend themselves to strong pictures, news photographers take part in the great picture hunt. (The first edition of David LaBelle's book was a stronge source of inspiration for me out of college.) I drive to locations I haven't been to, I go places where I've seen possibilities, I look at the weather and try to capture a photograph that shows how people are reacting to it. Most of all, I try to find something interesting, timely, and newsworthy.

But first, lets look at a few hockey photographs...

Hockey hit
The Wenatchee Wild could close out their playoff series with a win over Minnesota Wilderness last Friday night so I needed to cover that game. Whenever I can get a shot of a hit like this I'm pretty happy. Hockey is a tough game to photograph with so many people - players and refs - moving in and out of the frame. The Wild ended up losing the game so that meant I'd need to show up to Saturday night's game too in order to photograph the players reaction to either winning or losing.
Hockey sign
In the second game, I noticed a fan holding up a sign that was somewhat confusing. I was thankful the ref was nearby to include in the frame.
Victory
The game came down to overtime - bumping up against my deadline - but thankfully the game was over in that first overtime period as the Wild scored the only goal of the game. I jumped over the wall and hurried onto the ice to capture the happy moment as Wenatchee Wild teammates surround their goalie, Chase Perry, after he held the Minnesota Wilderness scoreless, having 48 saves, in a 1-0 in overtime win Saturday night at the Town Toyota Center arena.
Tulips
My first stand-alone hunt day was Monday, looking for an image for Tuesday's newspaper. I had been looking around at tulips and was searching for a nice color contrast between the flowers and the background when I spotted an interesting fence that had slats cut into the shape of one of the flowers. After talking to the homeowner and working the scene by mainly using the fence as a backdrop, I decided to try framing the garden through one of the cutouts. I think it made the image more interesting and I was blessed when a pedestrian walked by in the background.
Share riders
Heres' a photo from my picture hunt on Tuesday. I saw them trying to get on the bike while I was headed the opposite way they were so I doubled back on side streets and got my camera out of the car window just as they were passing through an intersection. It might have been a better image if they were facing me but the emphasis here is on how they shared the bike and not their expressions.
Rain
And finally on Thursday's hunt, I wandered to the baseball games looking for a weather picture and caught Kathy Binner, East Wenatchee, protecting her son, Randy, 7, from the rain while they wait for his first baseball game to start. All in all, I was pretty happy with the week's pictures.

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