I recently made my annual trip to Northern California to visit family and friends. I was especially looking forward to seeing my niece, Kimberly, whose wedding I missed earlier this summer. It sounded like I missed the wedding of the century, at least for my family.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.