Category: Sports feature photo

I have been shooting a lot of prep football these days. My newspaper has built a new website  called NWprepsnow in collaboration with a local TV station (owned by the same family.) KHQ supplies highlight video of all the games and the newspaper provides the game summaries and still photography. It’s working out swell and the response from high school sports fans has been positive. It used to be when I went to a high school football game, I just needed to produce one or two decent snaps for the newspaper sports section. Now with the Web, I have to come up with eight to ten decent shots for a online gallery. One of the things I try to do is show some of the action that is not on the field. The fans, the sidelines, and cheerleaders. Last night at the Ferris vs. Gonzaga Prep game, I was sitting in the stands waiting for the game to start. In front of me, the Ferris High School cheerleaders were stretching and preparing for the game. Then the glitter hairspray came out.  How they applied to each other is what caught my eye. One  cheerleader would hold the can and spray and the other  would spin around and around to get and even coat of glitter on their hair. This photo is just a small moment from a big game, but it was my favorite picture of the night.

All that glitters

Before their woman’s basketball game against Gonzaga, Stanford  gathers for a team cheer before taking the court, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review

Even though I wasn’t too interesting in shooting the opposing Stanford team before their game with Gonzaga, I shot this snap because the moment happened in front of me. Later, I realized that I had under-exposed all my snaps of the scene. Sometimes in failure, an interesting photo can materialize. In this case, the darkened shadows helped highlight the women’s red sweats. I like how the  ball draws my eye into the picture. Out of all the peak-action photos I shot during the  game, this one creative shot is my favorite. See more of my game snaps in this large-format gallery at

I was told the all-day track and field meet would last until 4 p.m. When I arrived at the field at 1:30 p.m., I found the 16oo-meter relays were the only events remaining for the  meet. Yikes. Pressure was on to come up with a sport’s page cover from one event. I shot the baton handoffs, but this shot of the winners hugging was my favorite. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300mm f/4

Members of the Community Colleges of Spokane woman's 1600-meter relay team, left to right Shayle Dezellem, Mikel Elliott, and Jessika Hardgrove celebrate their first place win at the NWAACC track and field championships held Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Spokane Falls Community College. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


I have to hunt for most of my snaps. Others, like this Spokane Indians groundskeeper moving a portable backstop before the baseball game Thursday, can just appear out of nowhere.  It took me  a few seconds to realize that something as mundane as moving a backstop could make an interesting photo. I’m glad I had my  Nikon 300 mm 2.8 lens ready to shoot. The telephoto effect here helps compress the scene by making the background soft and the subject pop. Nikon D3s Nikkor 300 mm 2.8


David Yearout, a member of Spokane Indians groundskeeping crew, moves a portable backstop before the baseball game against Yakima Thursday at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Because I am working the late shift, I’ve been shooting a lot of basketball this week, In my quest to shoot photos I wouldn’t normally bother with, I spotted Sadie Porter, a WSU Crimson Girl’s dance team member as she flipped  her hair during a timeout break in the WSU vs. Texas Pan-American game  in the Spokane Arena. The first time I saw it, I missed the flip. The next time her dance team took the floor I was ready. It is just a fleeting moment, but one that I think is visually interesting to look at. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300 mm  f.4, 1250th sec. at ISO 3200.

WSU Crimson Girl Sadie Porter's hair moves with the motion of her dance moves Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 in the Spokane Arena. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review