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Cherry stems

The latest Business World issue featured a photo illustration on the cover that even though simple in elements, took a bit of time to arrange. 
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2013 contest winners

Here's a photo gallery of the images I made in 2013 that won in a regional National Photographer's Association monthly clip contest.
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Telling a story

I had an interesting email this week wondering why there weren't more youth parade photographs put online compared to the number of Warrior Challenge photos posted. My first reaction was to respond that in the youth parade, I spend a lot of time getting caption information on the pictures that I take so I'm pretty selective on what I take. But I also think I only photograph those things on the parade route that tell some kind of a story and not just any float or entry that happens by. ...
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Queen for a day

We published our annual photo package on the Apple Blossom queen, documenting a fraction of her life as queen, with and without her crown. I started the day with her at a ceramics shop and ended it with worship team practice. I thought it would be interesting to look back 25 years and see how I covered that queen. In 1989, Stephanie Smith was the Apple Blossom queen. She was from Wenatchee High School and the daughter of an Eastmont teacher who I had as an advisor in annual staff ...
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Hockey and stand-alones

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 ...
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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.