Category: Weather photo

As I was driving back to the newspaper after an assignment today, a cloudburst caught pedestrians in downtown Spokane by surprise. I pulled over and jumped out of my car to get my camera from my trunk. I was soaked by the time I crawled back into my front seat. In my rearview mirror, I spotted this woman as she waited for the light to change. I jumped out and hit the motor drive, shooting a sequence of about thirty images as she raced across the street. People sometimes ask me why I shoot so many picture at a time.  I tell them it about capturing a fleeting moment. This photo’s strength is in the woman’ body language. Her stride, with her legs apart and arm swinging back stood out in my edit. Nikon D4, Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review



November 12th, 2012 Permalink

 Rob Roose and his daughters Lena, age 5, front, and Robin, age 10, in back, sled down Manito Hill in Manito Park, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

With three inches of fresh snow on the ground, I decided to crank out a quick feature picture of people sledding in Manito Park Monday morning. With my trusty 24-120mm lens, I shot at a slow shutter speed, while panning the camera. It is a technique that usually doesn’t work for me. This time I turned on the built-in vibration reduction in the lens, and it made a big difference in sharpness of many of my photos. The key in every pan shot is to pick the slowest shutter speed that will yield the best chance for a sharp photo, then match perfectly the speed of the subject as you pan the camera. In this case, a 30th of a second worked best. Out of all my shots, this one, with the fun expressions stood out. There was one better snap, but it just wasn’t sharp enough. I don’t dwell on all my missed shots. If I did, I would be a very depressed Photographer. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-120mm Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review


When I stopped at home today for a quick lunch, I spotted my neighbor’s bush covered in melting icicles. I shot a few snaps with my 60mm macro lens then downloaded the files as I ate my sandwich. I kind of shrugged my shoulders at the results, wishing the icicles had more sparkle. Returning to the bush, this time with my flash tethered to a cord, I positioned the strobe directly underneath the icicles and blasted away. Much better contrast and color–and I got my sparkles:) Nikon D700 Nikkor 60mm 2.8 lens, Nikon SB800 flash.

As the temperature rises above freezing, an evergreen bush on Spokane's South Hill sheds its icicles Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review



Acorn lust

November 7th, 2011 Permalink

Looking for a feature picture today, I spotted a group tree squirrels probing for acorns amongst the leaves in Corbin Park.  The little buggers were soon  on to me as I slowly inched my way closer.  Most scampered up the nearest tree, but this brave one, with an acorn stuffed in its mouth, seem to enjoy the attention of my lens.  Nikon D700, Nikkor 300mm f/4

With winter fast approaching, a squirrel gathers acorns amongst the leaves in Corbin Park Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Sometimes after a photo assignment, I’ll search for a feature photo by taking the long way back to the newspaper. As I was leaving Mt. Spokane High School Monday, I spotted a whitetail deer sprinting across a field. It had just started snowing. Bad weather can always make for a good snap, so the hunt was on. The deer disappeared on me, so I continued driving the back roads until I came across these two horses in a field. They came up to the fence line to greet me.  I played around with the composition until this one stood out.  Getting back in my car, I felt as cold as the horses looked.

A pair of horses weather a Monday morning snow flurry in a field off of Stoneman Road on the Peone Prairie Feb. 28, 2011. Rain and snow are likely today as a strong cold front drapes across the region and moves from north to south. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


An unusually dense fog descended on Spokane Monday evening just as I was headed to an assignment to photograph holiday light displays in nearby neighborhoods. I chucked the idea when I found that most houses were so shrouded in fog that it made getting a decent photo impossible. As I made my way back downtown, I started to see the photo possibilities. Car headlights backlit the fog, which was kind of cool, but it still needed a human element to make it work. I parked my car on Sprague Avenue and grabbed my camera with a 300 mm lens and waited for some pedestrians to mix against the headlights. After I got something I liked,  I called my photo editor and she was kind enough move the photo I snapped to the lead position on the region page.

Pedestrians walk through dense fog and traffic during evening commute Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in downtown Spokane, Wash. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review