The Year in Pets 2016

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All-Time Favorite Photos

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Saving Baby EmmaLee

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Learning the Game

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Photos of the Year 2013

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Football Kick-Off

North Thurston senior captain Frank Lingle fires up the Rams before Thursday night's season-opening football game against Shelton at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Sept. 2, 2010. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

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.

North Thurston senior lineman Antonio Sitama warms up with his Ram teammates before Thursday night's season-opening football game against Shelton at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Sept. 2, 2010. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

Shelton starters (from left) Thomas Gettle, Aaron Roaf, Trevor Gill and Dakota Mathews put on their pads before Thursday night's season-opening football game against North Thurson at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Sept. 2, 2010. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

I was pretty happy with my pre-game photos, but found my game action to be a bit bland.

North Thurston receiver Landon Rushton can't hang onto a throw from quarterback Ben Broeker during Thursday night's season-opening football game against Shelton at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Sept. 2, 2010. At right is Shelton defender Thomas Gettle. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

North Thurston running back Lawyer Tillman jukes Shelton defender Chris Westerman (32) en route to a 63-yard touchdown run during Thursday night's season-opening football game at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Sept. 2, 2010. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

North Thurston's Matt Reid scores on a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Broeker during Thursday night's season-opening football game against Shelton at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Sept. 2, 2010. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

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Cream of the Crop

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.

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Vegas, Baby!

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.

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The Road to World Champion

Eloy Perez celebrates his TKO of Derrick Campos in Pico Rivera, Calif. (Photo by Tony Overman)

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.

Eloy Perez (left) batters Derrick Campos in the fifth round of their lightweight bout in Pico Rivera, Calif. Seconds later, the fight was stopped by the referee for Perez's 18th professional win. (Photo by Tony Overman)

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Three Dog Dilemna

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:

Makenna Wilson, 13, of Olympia kisses her Boston terrier, Roxy, as they wait to show at the Thurston County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Makenna is a member of the Muttz-K-Teers 4-H Club. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

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:

Makenna Wilson, 13, of Olympia talks with her Boston terrier, Roxy, as they wait to show at the Thurston County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Makenna is a member of the Muttz-K-Teers 4-H Club. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

The eye contact and the poking tongue just made this so cute. But then I found this photo:

Makenna Wilson, 13, of Olympia gets a kiss from her Boston terrier, Roxy, as they wait to show at the Thurston County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Makenna is a member of the Muttz-K-Teers 4-H Club. (Tony Overman/Staff Photographer)

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.

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