January, 2011 Archives

Sometimes an interesting photo comes from just looking out your office window. In this case, a Spokesman-Review reporter pointed out the two hawks perched on one of the steeple crosses of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. It was a slow news day, so I grabbed a 400 mm lens out to the supply closet and walked across the street to our parking garage to shoot the photo. Later, I had a great debate with newsroom outdoorsy folks as to what breed of hawks they were. The consensus was they were Red-tailed hawks. But without being 100% sure, I didn’t want to risk a hundred calls from readers telling me what a fool and am. Been there, done that…  Nikon D300 Nikkor 400 mm 2.8 lens.

In a light rain, a pair of hawks perch on one of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church steeple crosses Monday, Jan. 24, 2010. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I was taking a group shot today of a musician and two belly dancers for my newspaper. When dancer Nicole Richardson arched her back, I quickly reframed away from the two other subjects and made this photo. My photo creativity is often triggered by me seeing body language in my subjects. When I am shooting, I often watch people’s hands because, like a face, they can exhibit great emotion. From a clinched fist, to a finger wiping away a tear, body language leads me to great snaps every time. Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm 1.1.4 lens at F.2

Belly dancer Nicole Richardson performs with the dance troupe Koreshakti Tribal Fusion. Tribal fusion is a mix of traditional belly dancing and modern funk. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

How do you illustrate a non-visual story about the City of Spokane wanting to add a twenty-dollar-a-year license tab fee on cars? Why you shoot a car. These process stories are always tough to come up with something visually interesting to shoot. For this assignment, I used my trusty old 400 mm telephoto lens. I set my exposure to a slow 30th of a second shutter speed, then panned the cars as they drove by. Not much to it really.  This one frame, out of a hundred shot, jumped out to me during my edit. I liked how the sharp driver really stands out among the streaks of blur. Nikon D3s Nikkor 300 mm F.4 lens

A commuter heads up the Division Street hill Friday Jan. 7, 2011. A $20 annual tax on cars in the City of Spokane will be considered Monday by the Spokane City Council. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review