Category: Color

Walking in a parking lot today, I spotted this rainbow of colors created from a mixture of leaked car oil and rainwater. It is a photo that most people would step over and not pay much bother. I like to see the beauty in things that are not considered beautiful.

While composing  a photograph of the jellyfish exhibit  at the Seattle Aquarium, a line of people with their mobile phones and point and shoot cameras competed for the same snap.  I just assumed these ” photographers” had taken the same image as me. Later, after doing a Google Images  search of the jellyfish exhibit at the Seattle aquarium, I found only blurry or poorly composed shots. In a week where many newspaper photojournalists were laid off from their publications, I realize the value of  of what I do as an experienced photojournalist. iPhone-style photography only goes so far. Seeing a photo rather just than just taking a picture is the dividing line between being a photographer and someone who just pushes a button. Nikon D4, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens



March 31st, 2013 Permalink

I spotted this cluster of ladybugs in a friend’s yard today. I went back later with my camera and a 60mm macro lens to make this snap. I also used an off-camera Nikon SB-800 strobe with a small soft box to light the insects, which were in deep shadow under a shrub. Lady bugs are the only insects that don’t creep me out. As I was shooting, they were crawling all over me. I guess they must have thought I was just a big aphid.


I was invited by three of my friends to take a photo excursion into the Palouse Country Sunday. In my five day a week job as a newspaper photojournalist, I usually take snaps of moments, but today I just enjoyed shooting static subjects. My creative energy  was focused on looking for light and composition. My hunt was fruitful– from a 10-year-old farm girl’s ripped  jeans, to some cool old car relics that seemed to be in every farm yard we passed. I like to tell my students: There are photographs to take all around you; you just have to see them. Today was a good visual exercise and a reminder  that good snaps can be just a round the corner of a country road or in my own back yard.

                                      Farm girl, Rosalia Washington

                Volvo Duett, Malden Washington

                            Volvo Duett interior, Malden, Washington

                               Corn, Rosalia, Washington

                              GMC late ’30s panel truck shell, Malden, Washington

                               GMC late ’30s panel truck shell 2, Malden, Washington

                               Broken car  window, Malden, Washington

                               Palouse field , Steptoe Butte, Washington

Members of the Mead High School marching band’s clarinet section take a few minutes to run through their program before taking the field in the Sounds of Thunder marching band competition held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Joe Albi Stadium.

Here is a photo I like, but it really doesn’t say much. I passed over it initially during my edit, but I came back to it because spoke to me in a way I can’t really articulate. Maybe it was the blue color, or maybe the pattern of the hats and clarinets. It was just kind of an odd scene. This is an image that would probably never run in the newspaper, but I’m glad I can share this snap with you. Nikon d700 Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, Emily Pozzi with the Central Valley High School color guard, uncloaks the CV marching band flute section during their preliminary performance at the Sounds of Thunder marching band competition in Joe Albi Stadium, Sat. Oct. 13, 2012. Nikon D3s Nikkor 300 mm f/4  Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I just shot one frame of this vendor at Valleyfest Saturday, but during my edit I was struck by saturation of all the rainbow of colors. It is a photograph that doesn’t have movement or moment, but it does grab me in other ways. Color can be such a powerful influence on the mind. For me it stimulates my creativity leading me to other photographic possibilities. Nikon D700 Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review