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Don Seabrook | Moments in time

A defining part of my job as a photojournalist is to capture moments that tell a story.

It’s challenging but can be extremely rewarding. I find it similar to playing sports where planning and anticipating what’s going to happen puts a person in the right place at the right time to accomplish their goals.

This past Thursday there were three instances where I think I was able to capture some of those usually elusive moments.

I started my day at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery for the 29th annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. It was the first day of the festival that was geared toward elementary school students.

One activity was a demonstration of smoking salmon. I noticed a girl looking uneasy at the thought of eating the fish, so I followed her with a long lens as she watched it being prepared. I like this image because the girl next to her glanced over for a second to make sure she was all right.

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Kinsley Miller, 10, a fourth grader from Cascade Elementary School in East Wenatchee makes a face while watching a smoked salmon prepared for eating. After trying it, she said, "It tastes like bacon - it's okay." Students from North Central Washington took part in the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

I was getting ready to head to another exhibit when I spotted a group of children wearing masks. I was able to get a camera up and shoot a few frames before they walked past me. I like this image because of the different layers of children with the masks on. There was enough separation in this one moment to make it work.

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Fourth-grade students from Alpine Lakes Elementary School walk between exhibits at the 29th annual Wenatchee River Salmon Festival on Thursday. Thursday and Friday are devoted to students from schools throughout the area. On Saturday, the festival is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event takes place at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.


Stopping at the Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School on my way back to Wenatchee, I hung around inside the renovated building, focusing on what changes had been made on the remodel.

One area of focus was a new kindergarten classroom. I like this image because the page the teacher turned said “sitting still,” which is something all kindergarteners struggle with. It was in my camera’s view for just a second before it was gone.

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Kindergarten teacher Abby Palmer reads a book to her class. Four kindergarten classes were added to the P-D school building as part of its remodel. Palmer, who attended the school as a youth, returned four years ago to teach.

That evening I photographed Eastmont’s volleyball game with Eisenhower. Eastmont was playing much better than Ike, so I concentrated on showing a happy reaction.

I spotted the coach with her hands in the air, a player in front and students behind celebrating a point. Again, happened in just a flash. When I shoot sporting events, capturing emotion that shows winning or losing (depending on the outcome) helps quickly tell the story of the game.

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Eastmont volleyball coach Karinne Davis, with hands in the air, celebrates a point for her team against Eisenhower on Thursday night at Eastmont. There was a lot to celebrate as the Wildcats won their first league match of the season in straight sets.

It feels good to come away with some decisive, storytelling moments from assignments. But that’s not always the case.

On Tuesday night I spotted some people playing volleyball in the rain at Walla Walla Point Park. Trying to get the clouds behind them, I just wasn’t able to get enough separation from the players' feet and the sand court. It’s an OK shot but one that I hoped would be a better moment.

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With a rainstorm passing over them, David Evans, Wenatchee, spikes a volleyball over the net on the sand courts at Walla Walla Point Park on Tuesday night. On his team is Michael Tucker, Chelan. Players from North Central Washington gather Tuesday, Friday and Sundays at the park for pickup games. They operate out of a Facebook group called Wenatchee Sand Volleyball @ Walla Walla Park.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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