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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

The truth be told...

Telling the story of a sporting event in a photograph or photographs can be a challenge. When I'm shooting a game between two teams from our circulation area, I pretty much concentrate during the game finding the pivotal play or if I miss that, find something positive to publish showing the winner.

Election night

Tuesday was my night to work (with a staff of two now, Mike Bonnicksen and I alternate evening shifts) so that meant documenting election night. But before I could get to election coverage, I drove to Cashmere to photograph the girls state playoff win over Connell. Click for gallery here.

Finding something unique

Looking around for an interesting photograph and it is hard to get around making pictures of the fall leaves. But since we have already run many photographs of that subject in the newspaper already, I was in search of something different. Down at Riverfront Park, I noticed a big puddle in the parking lot and saw a nice reflection spot.

More than cute kids

As a photojournalist, I went downtown to photograph the Halloween candy giveaway with the idea to photograph more than just cute kids. I wanted to look for moments that told a story.

First hockey shoot of the season

Saturday night I covered my first hockey game of the season. For the most part I enjoy photographing a hockey game but even with the easy shooting conditions of a well lighted arena, I have a hard time getting good hockey action. Players and refs seem to block my pictures of action around the goals.

Two better than one

Most of the time, I'm trying to capture a story in one photograph. But there are times where two photographs are a lot more meaningful and play off of each other.


Having the chance to make photo galleries motivates me to go beyond what may normally be published in the newspaper and keep an eye out for interesting images on the fringes. That happened at the Eastmont homecoming on Friday night. The big game between rivals Wenatchee and Eastmont would be on the sports page but for the gallery, I could also include homecoming festivities at halftime.

Slot cars

This week I went to a slot car race in Monitor. It brought back memories of going to the Wenatchee bowling alley with my parents for league bowling in the 1960s and early 70s and watching races on a big track the owners built next to the south lanes. I was too young to drive the cars but I remembering wanting to soooo bad.


I was at Wenatchee High School a month ago and saw a poster up on a wall promoting the first meeting of a group of paintball enthusiasts. I made a quick photo of the poster and called the teacher/adviser, finding out there was a first tournament planned for the weekend I was scheduled to work. A quick call to the lead student and I was set for a morning of fun.