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Tonight was the opening night of the high school football season. In addition to covering the game action, I was assigned to get a feature photo for the front page of the newspaper. I got the game 90 minutes early to give me time to work the fans, cheerleaders and players during warm ups.
I was pretty happy with my pre-game photos, but found my game action to be a bit bland.
This year’s high school football preview will feature two of the top returning players, “the cream of the crop” so to speak. So I set out to find a location to photograph the two. I ended up at the Rutledge Farm corn field south of Tumwater. I wanted to completely overpower the sun, which was brightly shining straight overhead for the 1 p.m. shoot. I positioned myself so the sun would be back left, then used my White Lightning strobes with a softbox as the main light to the front left, and one bare strobe backlight to the back right. My first test shots with reporter Meg Wochnick had me pleasantly surprised.
I then moved the players into place. At left is Timberline quarterback Kevin Russell. At right is Capital running back Tyler Sundberg. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
I love going to Las Vegas with my friends. The city is so visual, and it’s great for people watching. Last weekend I shot photos on Fremont Street in downtown. Here are a few of my favorites.
I began following professional boxer Eloy Perez in 2006 when he was a senior at Rainier High School. I did a three-month-long photo story on his training, boxing and life in high school.
We lost touch when I embedded to Iraq and Eloy moved to Salinas, California to train with the team at Garcia Boxing. I’d been wanting to restart my photo story about his climb to a world championship, so we reconnected in April when he fought in Las Vegas. I went down to Los Angeles this week to cover his latest fight against Derrick Campos, which he won in a fifth-round TKO.
I got three wonderful photos from the Thurston County Fair dog barns this afternoon, and just couldn’t decide which to choose for the newspaper. I was first in love with this one:
I just love the look of surprise on the dog’s face, and the full-on lip lock she’s putting on the pooch. Then I fell in love with this one:
The eye contact and the poking tongue just made this so cute. But then I found this photo:
This was the shot that I remember from when I was actually shooting. I loved the way the girl is looking up with the light falling so nicely on her face. The dog’s kiss isn’t on the lips, or in the mouth, so it has a bit less of the “icky” feeling of the full-on mouth kiss photos.
I still couldn’t decide, so I posted all three to Facebook and had my friends help me decide. While there was support for all three, the final shot of the tongue kiss on the chin was the overriding favorite. So I sent it, and hope to see it displayed nicely on The Olympian’s front page tomorrow.