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  • Craig Mitrakul
    Craig Mitrakul examines a bottle of Karma sparkling wine.
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    Logo for Sephora, the cosmetic and fragrance company
  • Royalty
    On my first day of work this week, I had one of my favorite assignments of the year - photographing the Apple Blossom queen for part of the day. It's a chance to show our readers some behind - the - scenes looks at the queen's life in her duties as queen and in her off times. Roslyn Thompson was comfortable in front of my camera and it didn't take long for her to be able to go about being queen without paying any attention to me. The photographs will publish later this month but here's one interesting photograph of her looking through her little book of etiquette as she and the princesses teach the junior royalty how to eat. I kind of like the finger pointing going on in the background - I thought it was not good to point?
  • Faced with hair
    I was able to squeeze shooting a tennis match while covering the queen story and liked a few of the out of the ordinary photographs from the match. Here's one we used with Eastmont's Lilly Waterhouse's hair whipping her face.
  • Focus1
    I actually like these next two oddly focused photographs. First, the focus on the net yet you can see in the background Waterhouse hitting the ball on her racket.
  • Focus2
    And then this unique picture focused on the ball as it is coming toward me from Wenatchee's Cameron Mandelis. It's pure chance. My camera can't focus on a tennis ball coming at me.
  • Unfaced
    And finally for this week I photographed Chelan County PUD lineman Andy Rice as he replaced reflectors on light poles on the softball fields at Kirby Billingsley Memorial Park. At first I was bothered that I couldn't see his face in the photograph but then a grew to liking it because of its composition. I decided that his face wasn't that important to the story (sorry Mr. Rice).
  • Sportsman's Warehouse
    An employee with Cascade Sign Service of Yakima puts the finishing touches on the Sportsman’s Warehouse sign at Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee. The store’s grand opening is April 26.
  • Flamingos
    03/31/2014 World photo/Don Seabrook On Monday, I was early to a golf tournament in Malaga and that gave me time to ask around about a bunch of plastic pink flamingos I had seen for many months in an empty field north of Malaga. I found and talked to property owner Bill Meyer of the Singing Springs Ranch who said the figures showed up about a year ago. "They just appeared one morning," he said. the news angle was that the area is generally wet with seepage from a mill pond across West Malaga Road from the pasture but with the Columbia River drawdown the mill pond water level is much lower so the pasture has dried up. He let me go out amongst the birds to photograph them. A wide angle lens showed the cracked mud and I waited for cars to go by the highway in the distance to give the photograph a sense of place. The early morning light helped increase the contrast.
  • Conflicts
    At the golf tournament, I had a bit of a problem. My son, Eastmont's Aaron Seabrook, is a pretty good golfer and had a chance to have one of the top local scores. Mike Bonnicksen had the day off so I couldn't get out of covering the tournament and that meant I had to photograph Aaron for part of the time. He ended up being the low score and the team took home second place so I had our sports editor help decide what to use as the lead photo - which was this one. We try to keep away from conflicts of interest as best we can but with limited staff that becomes difficult sometimes.