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Coal export opponents, left to right,  Wayne Spitzer, Ginger Hughes and April Beasley show their disapproval of a pro-coal speaker who was giving public testamony on a proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. 

This was the first time in my career that I have photographed a public meeting where people were told to use their hands and not their voices to show disapproval of public commentators. At first, I thought the mute rule would blow any chance of getting a decent snap. A large group of people, who were against coal trains rumbling through Spokane, Wash., on their way to a propose coal export terminal in Bellingham, Wash., used their thumbs instead of their voices, which made for a funny and different photo than I was expecting. The light in the building really sucked, but my trusty 85mm f/1.14 lens allowed me to to capture the moment with out a lot of camera shake. Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review


Chasing the action up and down the length of the football field for four quarters is exhausting. I was relieved after nailing this shot of EWU wide receiver Greg Herd making a one-handed touchdown reception just a few minutes into the first quarter. Getting one decent snap early in the game helps settle my nerves down. After 25-years of shooting sports, you’d thing I be over having performance anxiety issues. In the old days (the ’80s) If you had a few (manually focused) shots that were decent (sharp) from a half-dozen rolls of  exposed film, you were golden. Now photojournalists are expected to produce images for not only their print newspaper, but a gallery of storytelling images for the website as well. It makes the tempo of how you shoot a game different. You shoot it more like a story instead of just thinking of peak action moments. I shot this snap with a big honkin’ 400mm f/2.8 lens, which weighs more than a M1 Abrams tank. This is the standard pro lens for shooting football. Notice the nice clean background without any distractions? That happens when you shoot the lens wide open at an aperture of 2.8. The camera’s autofocus snapped in just as the ball landed in Herd’s hand. I shot a burst of 5 or 6 frames and this one was the best. You can see a large-format gallery of my other game photos on my newspaper’s website here. Colin Mulvany photo/©The Spokesman-Review


This is one of those photo assignments that stress me out long after it’s over. Reporter John Stucke had done his shoe-leather work in securing the interview with the two friends and the brother who witnessed the murder of Jennifer Sitliff, 20, by a mutual friend of theirs last Saturday night. We all met up at the victim’s grandmother’s house. I  tried to be a fly on the wall during the interview. As the subjects recounted the shooting and its aftermath, they all showed their grief in different ways. It’s hard to trip the shutter at a moment like this, but it is one that I felt was honest and revealing. At home that night, I didn’t feel good about the emotional photo that would appear in the morning newspaper.  Instead, I just felt haunted by their tragic story.

From left, Matthew Setliff, Nikki McConnell and Daja Varnell mourn the loss of Jennifer Setliff, who was shot and killed Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide.

I had to do a double take as I passed this mattress on my way to work today. Because I smiled, I figured other people would too. Not great photography, but what the hell, it’s Friday. Have a nice weekend. Nikon D3s,  Nikkor  17-35 mm.

A jilted lover? Art? Maybe just trash that was tagged by someone with pithy thoughts. No matter. The propped up mattress made morning commuters do a double take as they headed north on Lincoln Street at Seventh Avenue in Spokane, Wash. Friday. Smiles ensued. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Police shoot, kill man

November 12th, 2010 Permalink

A burning roof eve falls away as Spokane Fire Department firefighters battle a fire at the Houston House Apartments at 607 E. Houston Avenue in Spokane, Washington. Fifty-four residents in 30 units were safely evacuated during the three-alarm fire Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. COLIN MULVANY/The Spokesman-Review


October 8th, 2010 Permalink

Raindrops gather on the bloom of a Dahlia in the Inland Empire Dahlia Society National Trail Garden in Manito Park in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Nikon D3s at 6400 ISO

September 24th, 2010 Permalink

After waiting impatiently for two weeks, my new Nikon D3s DSLR camera arrived at my newspaper today. The camera has been touted as the low light, low noise king and I wanted to test it out. This photo of my daughter and her friend was shot at ISO 6400 on my living room floor lit by the incandescent lamps in the room. I am blown away at the low noise quality of the files coming from this camera. It will be a game changer for me. No longer will I be limited by low light. New photo possibilities await.

My daughter Brenna, right, and her friend Shea humor me as I test the low light capability of my new Nikon D3s DSLR camera.


September 20th, 2010 Permalink

A raindrop strikes a puddle in downtown Spokane Thursday, May 27, 2010 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Rain makes most people put their cameras away. I usually do too. On this rainy slow news day, I decided to play around with a 60 mm macro lens that had been stashed in the pool lens closet forever. I made this shot lying in a street gutter shooting the drops of rain hitting a puddle. It was dark, the light was flat and I was getting wet. I used a small LED panel light to help bump the camera shutter speed high enough to freeze the drop. The yellow in the photo is the reflection of the panel light in puddle. I shot a hundred or so exposures and only this one stood out. I think pedestrians that walked by at the moment must have thought I was nuts. I did look like a drowned rat by the time I got back to the newspaper.

A raindrop strikes a puddle in downtown Spokane Thursday, May 27, 2010 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Victim’s Rights

September 20th, 2010 Permalink