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Spring

Spring has sprung - first week of April

With spring weather in the Wenatchee Valley, photographer Mike Bonnicksen and I have more opportunities to find interesting people - and things - in our wanderings. Here's how the first part of this week worked out for me.
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Colors not printable

Rarely do I take photographs that I'm worried won't be printed very well on our wonderful presses but earlier this week I made a picture under stage lights that I enjoy on my computer screen but when I change it over to colors that our presses use, it turns out very flat.
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Daylight football

It was great shooting a football game during daylight hours a couple weeks ago as the Rams played a Spokane team for the WFL championship in East Wenatchee. I didn't have to worry about the lighting changes from one end of the field to the other, typical of shooting sports under stadium lights, nor using high ISO settings to get fast enough shutter speeds. And facial expressions could be clearly seen, adding to the emotional impact of the photograph. A photograph like this one near the end zone wouldn't have ...
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Contest winners

I have been asked by a few people to post the photographs that were submitted and won first place in the portfolio category for the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists regional competition. Here they are:
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Dirty jobs

It was getting late in the day Monday and I was roaming, trying to find an interesting photograph of our community and noticed a crowd of cars at Eastmont County Park. Children were at the fourplex practicing with their coaches and teammates so I wandered over, introduced myself to a coach and began photographing batters as they took mighty swings at the ball being thrown to them by a machine.
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Patience

I think I've written about this before but I don't have the patience to look back and find out. One of the keys to my job is to have patience to wait for that moment that tells an interesting story and provides an interesting photograph. Of course the need for time to devote to the decisive moment is also important.
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A couple of blessings

A couple of times in the past week I've been fortunate to notice being blessed with timing. In the first, I had an idea of catching a seed pod coming off a cattail and waited quite a while for that to happen. At one time, I noticed something flash along the viewfinder of my camera and instinctively hit the shutter button thinking it was a bug of some sort. I was surprised to discover I had actually caught a seed pod flying by in the wind.
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For sale

For quite a long time I had Wenatchee World darkroom equipment stored at my mother's home in East Wenatchee. It was a backup plan for printing photographs when me made a transition to digital production. It was time to clean it out of her house so I brought it all into our studio and have been trying to sell it off. Apparently there isn't much of a market anymore for the professional gear.
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Out of context

Here's a photograph I thought was funny when I shot it but after thinking about publishing it in the newspaper, figured it would bring an incorrect connotation. I just finished dinner while in Twisp last week waiting for an evening assignment and noticed two businesses, side-by-side, at the local strip mall. I liked how they played off each other so knelt down to make a photograph and was happy when the massage business employee looked out her window and pulled the blinds down.
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Out of place

I enjoy showing contrasting subjects in a photograph and at last Friday's basketball game at Eastmont, a contrasting element just happened in front of me. It was the end of the game, the team was celebrating on the court, then shaking hands with the other team. I had an inclination the team would next head to the student section so I tried to get there ahead of them. That's when an elderly gentleman, leaving the gym, happened to find himself in the direct path of the team.
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Far far away

Even though it's interesting to watch, photographing a crane working at installing something is pretty tough to shoot an interesting photograph of. There is quite a bit of distance between the ground and whatever the crane is lifting - pretty much wasted space in a photograph. So the more interesting picture is sometimes a close up of part of the process.
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The little things

Out of some 100 photographs I made of this subject last week, this is the one I chose to have published. Most of the others had birds in the frame but I especially liked this one because of where the single bird in the sky is located in the frame. Its location gives balance to the overall image and makes the timing of the photograph special. Most times it is the little things that differentiate one picture from another.
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One over the other

While I'm photographing any sporting event, I'm keeping a watchful eye on how the game is progressing. Who is making a difference? How are they doing it? Why is one team beating the other? These kinds of questions help me decide how to shoot the game and help me when I decide what photograph to publish in the newspaper. It also makes each game I photograph different and a challenge I need to stay focussed and fresh.
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All over the place

I drove to Omak last Friday for a story about a family who operate a boarding kennel for animals at their rural home. It was a nice story with home schooled children working around the place that was decorated in a island beach theme. I had a difficult time though as they were scattered about working on their chores. I couldn't photograph a time when they were in the same area - at least I couldn't do it successfully. Here's the one time I was in the room with a ...
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A tent and a banjo

Near the end of my shift on Monday, I drove to Albertsons looking for a church food drive. I had made a call last week to the pastor of the church to find out what they would be doing and when they would be doing it, knowing that he planned to spend the week there in a tent.
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Fire aftermath

I went to Quincy Monday to cover the aftermath of an apartment fire that left 24 people without a home. Making photographs of something like this just takes time and patience. It's a matter of getting to the location of the fire and waiting for something to happen that is newsworthy.