October, 2011 Archives

House fire

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All my photos this week in Snaps and Frames have been about using light and exposure to craft a visually interesting image. This photo of a house fire continues my streak. It didn’t  reproduce as well as I would have liked in this morning’s newspaper–subtleties in tone and color sometimes get lost when the ink hit low-quality newsprint. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-120mm

Spokane firefighters vent the roof of a rental house that was severely damaged by an interior blaze Thursday afternoon Oct. 27, 2011. The house at 1711 N. Adams, was fully involved as firefighters arrived on the scene. No one was home at the time of the fire. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I think people who observed me this morning chasing the falling leaves with my camera must have thought I was crazy. Photographing  a leaf as it floats to the ground is not easy as it looks. It comes down to luck, and in this case about a hundred bad and blurry frames to get this one snap. Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4, Nikon SB-800 strobe 

A maple leaf floats to the ground ending its life cycle for the season Oct. 26, 2011, on the South Hill in Spokane, Wash. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


A fire at the Liberty Motel this morning at 6801 N. Division was in mop-up phase when I arrived. The sun was just creeping over the roofline, which made  my lens flare like crazy. I tried to do everything to minimize it, but with this frame I  felt the rainbow flare  gave  the photo one more visual element to attract the viewer’s eye. This was the first photo I shot with my new Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. It covers most of the focal lengths I use for most of my daily work and has built in vibration reduction for the slow shutter speed  shots. Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4

Rick Weaver, a Spokane Fire Department firefighter with Station 2, packs up hose at the Liberty Motel Tuesday morning Oct. 25, 2011. The 6 a.m. fire at 6801 N. Division severely damaged a five-unit building. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I was  having a conversation with my photo editor in her office when I looked out window and saw the crosses of  the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane, Wash. lit up with the last of the evening sunlight. I exposed for the golden light on the crosses, which made everything else go dark. Nikon D200 Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens 

The fading evening sunlight kisses the crosses on Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane, Wash. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I’ve been walking to my car on the top floor of the Spokesman-Review parking garage for 23 years and have never seen this layered angle of the Steam Plant and St. John’s Cathedral together. Of course it was the light that spurred me to pop my trunk and retrieve my camera for one last photo to end my day. I bet this would make a nice print. Nikon D3s with a Nikkor 80-200 mm lens, ISO 200 at f/7.1, 1/160

The last rays of the day strike the Steam Plant smoke stacks in downtown Spokane, Wash., Oct. 7, 2011. Photo by Colin Mulvany