September, 2010 Archives

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.

Duncan Gardens

September 21st, 2010 Permalink

I live just a few blocks from this formal garden and am always amazed at how colorful it is this time of year. In a few weeks gardeners will pull everything up and prep the beds for winter. I used a Nikon 70mm-200 set at about 150mm. It was raining and I didn’t think I would get this type of color from my RAW file–but I did. The lens is having some focus issues. It is soft on the right half of the frame. Two years ago this lens and my camera popped out the back hatch of my SUV going 30-mph. Both miraculously survived–though my heart almost stopped. I think it is just now dying. Time for a trip to Nikon for repair.

Awash in a rainbow of colors, visitors at Manito Park's Duncan Gardens stroll its gravel pathways during a light rain Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review.

The Balloon Guy

September 21st, 2010 Permalink

I’ve seen this man in the park many times, but passed him by without much thought. On this day, the newspaper needed a daily feature photo. On my photo hunt, I took a walk through Riverfront Park. I spotted the balloon man sitting alone on a bench, but didn’t think there was a moment to be had. But like many times before, a photograph will suddenly present itself. The young girl with her parents was also walking by. He called her over and began making a princess outfit out of balloons. I backed up with my telephoto lens and just made snaps.

Jada Coleman, 3, got the royal treatment from "The Balloon Guy" who crafted a princess ensemble made from balloons. The final accessory, a pink teddy bear, rounded out the outfit, Tuesday in Riverfront Park. "The Balloon Guy is the name everyone knows me by", said the man who comes to the park daily to share his balloon creations. "I don't do this for the money," he said." It's about seeing the smiles on kid's faces". Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


September 21st, 2010 Permalink

This was an experiment that really fails as a news photograph, but I like it anyway. My eyes are drawn to the swish and slur of color. I wish it could have been a touch sharper on the riders face. I am trying to take more risks with my photography, which I hope will make me a more creative photojournalist. This was shot with a 85mm 1.4 lens wide-open, panning with a half second exposure.

A slow camera shutter speed creates a blur of color as a Spokefest cyclist heads west on Spokane Falls Blvd. Sept. 12, 2010.

Rainbow Family

September 20th, 2010 Permalink

I had been camping for a few days with a group of Rainbow Family members. It was about 7 a.m. when I wandered in the Montana Mud camp kitchen, It was dark under the trees, but I followed a shaft of warm light that led me to these sleeping Rainbows. I quickly searched for a composition, settling on this spot shot with 14 mm wide-angle lens. I like the dog is this snap. In all but one shot he was turned away. This photo led the front page. It is one of my favorites this year. I think I like it because it is pure. The subjects’ were unaware, making it a real moment.

With cool nights in the Colville National Forest, many Rainbow Family followers sleep communally around campfires. About 300 Rainbows are attending this regional gathering, but a national gathering next year could attract thousands to a Washington state forest. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


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

Backstop Bird

September 20th, 2010 Permalink

I was shooting a Spokane Indians baseball game from up in the press box behind home plate. I like this spot because it gives me a clear high-angle view of all the bases. The free hot dogs are a plus too. I use a 300 mm 2.8 lens with a doubler to pull me close to the action. As I was sitting there waiting for the free hot dogs to arrive, er, something to happen, a small bird landed on the backstop net for a fleeting moment. I shot one snap–because I was bored–and It ended up being a better picture than the sports photo that ran in the newspaper.

A bird perches in backstop net behind home plate during a Spokane Indians baseball game June 10, 2010. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Victim’s Rights

September 20th, 2010 Permalink

Skipping Class

September 20th, 2010 Permalink