December, 2010 Archives

When breaking news happens, access to a scene is usually an exercise in frustration. Wednesday night, a call came over the newsroom scanner  of an apartment building fire with people trapped. I arrived just as the fire department had completed a rescue of  two men with a ladder truck. I made few photos, then walked around the corner of the building. I came upon this scene of two building residents sitting next to a firefighter as he called for medical help. As I shot a few frames, the firefighter went ballistic on me. I disengaged quickly, and moved to the sidewalk where I made my page one photo of a woman being rescued from the fourth floor. When I downloaded my memory card, I did not think much of this snap until I spotted the man’s sooty socks. The woman apperars to be in shock. I hope they are all right. From this photo, I’m sure they have a story to tell. Unfortunately I missed the edit. I had it in my head the ladder rescue was the photo so I never downloaded  my card from my second camera with this photo. Nikon D700  Nikkor 85 mm 1.4 3200 ISO

Residents from the Sherwood Apartments at 123 N. Bernard St. are helped by a Spokane Fire Department firefighter Wednesday evening. One person was found dead and two people were hospitalized with smoke inhalation. Several others, who were trapped in their apartments by dense smoke, were rescued by firefighters with ladder trucks. 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

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

Slam dunk

December 9th, 2010 Permalink

The big game between Gonzaga University and Washington State University was nothing but an old fashioned smack-down of the Zags who have been faltering lately. I snapped this photo in the first few minutes of the game. It is always a relief to me to get a decent shot early. It means I can concentrate on making snaps and not freaking out that I don’t have THE shot yet. Nikon D3s Nikkor, 80-200 mm, 4000 ISO 1250 sec. F2.8

WSU’s Marcus Capers, left, dunks over Gonzaga defenders Kelly Olynyk (13) and Mathis Monninghoff In the first half in Pullman Wednesday night. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Found photo: Celebration

December 8th, 2010 Permalink

One of the things I’ve learned over time as a photojournalist is to follow sound to a good photo. Tonight, as I was shooting my first high school basketball game of the season, I heard a loud scream coming from the bleachers. As I swung my camera away from the game action, I spotted student Kendall Vesneske, 17, reacting to a basket by her team. I blasted a burst of five frames from my camera. This is the snap I liked the best. Unfortunately her team lost in the final second of the game, but I still liked this photo for the sheer joy on Vesneske’s face. This is what I like best about photojournalism. The moments are real, raw and at times, full of emotion. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 80-200 mm lens at 6400 ISO Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Shadle Park High School student Kendall Vesneske cheers on the boys basketball team Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.

Homeless Dogs

December 3rd, 2010 Permalink

Update: All the dogs are safe now. Five were adopted and the remaining three are being housed at SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. I love it when a newspaper story and photo spurs action in my community.

Someone called the newspaper upset that eight dogs were living in a broken down car. When Spokesman-Review reporter Chelsea Bannach and I arrived we were appalled at what we found. The canines were living in a cold, urine and feces infested car. The owners, we learned later, had lost their house in a fire and were staying with friends in an apartment that didn’t allow animals. Neighbors were incensed at how the dogs were being treated. The light was fading, so I used a flash off camera to light the photo. When I went around the back of the car, this scared dog just looked at me as he paced. It was that “Well, what are you going to do,” look. I went back to the newspaper and pushed for the story and photo to go A-1. This is one of those call-to-action photos that readers of the newspaper will respond to. The situation for both the dogs and the owners are bad, but let’s see what happens after the story and photo runs. Nikon D3s 17-35 mm Nikkor lens.

One of eight dogs that have been living in a car on East Hartson Avenue in Spokane, Wash., paces in squalor Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Their owner's house burned down recently and they don't have a permeant home to care for the dogs. SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. left a ticket on the car telling the owners to fix the issue, but nothing has been done. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review.

Found photo: Snowflakes

December 1st, 2010 Permalink

Driving my daughter home from a friend’s house, the snow turned from rain into the largest snowflakes I have ever seen. Nikon D700 28-70 mm Nikkor lens.

Large snowflakes fall on my Southhill neighborhood in Spokane, Wash. Wed., Dec. 1, 2010. Photo/Colin Mulvany