April, 2011 Archives

Sometimes plans for  stories in the newspaper fall through at the last minute and it’s up to the photo department to save the day with a stand alone feature photo.  Three staff shooters grabbed gear and rushed out the door  late afternoon in  search for “loose art.” I wandered over to Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane and spotted this chap dressed as Spiderman giving free hugs to passer-bys. He put a lot of smiles on some pretty dower faces. Mine too.  Nikon D3s, Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8 lens

It's a good to know people are smiling after being hugged by a superhero," said Tim Hensz, a North Central High School student who, dressed as Spiderman, gives Michelle Long a free hug in Riverfront Park Friday, April 29, 2011. Hensz spent about and hour and half in the park offering anyone a free hug. About two-dozen people took him up on the offer. All the hugged left with smiles on their faces. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Good sports photography is mostly about anticipation and timing. My Nikon D3s digital SLR camera allows me to shoot a burst at nine frames per second. That sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t when trying to capture a peak action sporting moment like these to high school soccer players. I shot this snap with a Nikkor 400 mm 2.8 telephoto lens ( the beast weighs more than a boat anchor.) The wide aperture and long focal length helps throw the background out of focus, which make the subject stand out. As I was sitting on the bleachers downloading m photos onto my iPad to send back to the newspaper, a spectator looked over my shoulder and said:  “Your camera takes great pictures!” Hey, give a shooter some credit will ya. Technology is great, but someone still has to know when to push the shutter button.

Ferris Saxon's Josh Sharon (in front) and Mead's Colin Shockman compete for control of the ball during their soccer match Friday, April 22, 2011 at Ferris High School. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Concert promoters allowed me only one song from the orchestra pit to photograph singer  Sir Elton John as he performed in Spokane recently. Concert photography has it own special challenges. The stage lighting changes rapidly and the freedom to move around is constrained–especially since you have to hug the rim of the stage as people, who paid big bucks for the privilege of a front row seat, bitch at you for being in their line of sight. When Elton walked on stage and waved to the crowd, I snapped this frame. The lights behind him threw my exposure meter off, under-exposing the shot.  I was able to save the image with a few brightness adjustments in Photoshop Camera Raw converter.  I like this frame because it stood out from all the shots I did of him sitting at his piano.

Taking the stage, singer Elton John waves to the sold-out Spokane Arena crowd Friday, April, 8, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Why is it when I need to find a feature photo for the newspaper, it is usually an exercise in frustration? I can drive around for hours and not find a fun moment. But on my day off, I practically run into one. I was headed to a coffee shop Saturday afternoon when I spotted this young man on his bike playing his guitar just as a hail storm unleashed. There was no way I wasn’t going to slam on my brakes and snap a few frames. Maybe I protest too much. In a way,  this is why I love what I do. It is the serendipity of  life’s little moments that makes all the times when I cant find a photo worth it. Nikon D3s Nikkor 300mm 2.8

With hail falling, Mark Breckenridge strums his guitar as he heads north on Tekoa Street at 28th Avenue Saturday. Breckenridge said he's been playing his cheap $100 guitar for three years. "I don't need to us my hands to ride, so I play my guitar," he said. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review