June, 2011 Archives

I have to hunt for most of my snaps. Others, like this Spokane Indians groundskeeper moving a portable backstop before the baseball game Thursday, can just appear out of nowhere.  It took me  a few seconds to realize that something as mundane as moving a backstop could make an interesting photo. I’m glad I had my  Nikon 300 mm 2.8 lens ready to shoot. The telephoto effect here helps compress the scene by making the background soft and the subject pop. Nikon D3s Nikkor 300 mm 2.8


David Yearout, a member of Spokane Indians groundskeeping crew, moves a portable backstop before the baseball game against Yakima Thursday at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Wash. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

This photograph reminds me of the feature photos I used to take all the time when I first started at The Spokesman-Review twenty-three years ago. It’s just a fleeting moment captured of two kids goofing off while waiting for customers at their “refreshment stand.” It doesn’t scream news, or say all that much. As journalists, too often we pick at the edges of society, telling stories that only comment on the harsh realities of life. But the real everyday reality is that most people live their lives framed in moments like this. We don’t publish as many feature photos as we used to. Space and manpower have diminished over the years. Still, when I see a good moment, I make the time and effort to share it with our readers. Nikon D3s Nikkor 85 mm 1.4 lens

Madison Cook, 11, and her brother Bryce, 13, goof off while waiting for customers to buy their refreshments of coffee and assorted fruit-flavored drinks Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Browne's Addition in Spokane, Wash. "We're just hanging out trying to make some money to buy arts and crafts supplies and laptops," said Bryce. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Many times a spot news call on the scanner turns out to be nothing. In this case, our newsroom scanner was cackling with chatter about a car theft from a convenience store and a suspect eventually being chased through an auto parts wrecking yard. Half way there, I got a call from a reporter who said the guy was in custody. At that point I was just about to take the next freeway exit and come home, but that little voice in my head said to keep going. Glad I did. I pulled up at a chain link fence and found this scene. The suspect looked in need of medical attention. I’m not sure if a police dog chomped on him or his running across six lanes of highway and crawling through wrecked cars did him in. No matter, he’s off the streets. We can all sleep soundly tonight. Nikon D700 Nikkor 80-200 2.8 lens


After a chase, Kevin Hodgson, 39, is arrested on the east side of Spalding Auto Parts wrecking yard in Spokane Valley on Thursday. Hodgson allegedly stole a car as Spokane Valley Police officers approached to arrest him on an outstanding warrant and sped north on University Road. Police said he abandoned the car, ran across Interstate 90, and hid in the Spalding yard, where a Spokane Police Department K-9 located him. He was arrested on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, attempting to elude and the outstanding warrant. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

On a quest Monday evening to shoot a snap I would not normally take, I found myself below the Spokane Falls shooting the spray from the thunderous wall of water as it crashed on the rocks below the dam. What visually captivated me, besides the warm light, were the layers within the photo– the horizontal spray in back, the vertical lines of the water in middle, and the splatter of spray in the foreground. Looking at this photo, I feel mesmerized by its beauty. In one sense, there is no real subject (that coming from a photographer that shoots mostly people,) yet there is depth, composition and texture that pull me into the frame. I will file this snap in my fine art photography folder. Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200 2.8 lens

River water from the Spokane Falls crashes onto rocks below the Monroe Street Bridge June 7, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review