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