April, 2012 Archives

I was eating dinner  tonight at my house when I began to hear sirens a few blocks a way.  I checked my phone’s twitter feed and found that the Spokane Fire Dept had posted a tweet that a “Major Incident” had happened close by. When I arrived on the scene,  a crushed upside down motorcycle was in the intersection and paramedics were helping the rider who had been hit by a car. I shot the scene and was about to head home when I spotted these two officers looking at the wreck. I love the body language, which makes the picture far more interesting than the dozens of other accident photos I’ve taken in my career.

Spokane Police Department officers Chris Conrath, left and Micah Prim investigate a car verses motorcycle accident in the intersection of 21st Avenue and Lincoln Street Monday evening. A car driven by a man heading westbound on 21st struck the motorcycle that was headed southbound on Lincoln. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

This is one of those spray and pray shots you make when shooting sports. As Cheney High School’s C.J. Skillingstad scored the winning goal in overtime, I swung my lens from the ball in the net to the celebration happening on the field. I hit the shutter, unleashing my machine-gun fast Nikon D3s’ motor drive. I didn’t realize I had  C.J. in the photo because they all jumped on him. I like his hand in the air flashing the number one. Ahhh the drama. After the game, I sat on the sideline and downloaded my snaps into my iPad. I went directly to this photo first and edited and captioned  it in a super-cool $7.99 app called Photogene. I then sent the photo to the newspaper via the app’s FTP client. It’s nice not having to cart my 17-inch laptop around for assignments like this. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300 f/4

Cheney's C.J. Skillingstad, bottom right, is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime against East Valley Tuesday at Cheney High School. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


April 23rd, 2012 Permalink

Tonight my assignment was to photograph deserving high school students receiving scholarships at a large banquet. I know the routine well. I watch 300 people eat rubber chicken, while said photog kicks back in the shadows waiting for the perfect time to jump up and capture the moment. One thing I find at these type of events is that the mathletes are seldom showboaters. Tough gig, which is why upon my early arrival, I tuned and walked out for some fresh air. Crowds with roving fiddlers sometimes put me on edge. That is when I spotted these two ladies, who after eating a dinner of Pita Pit wraps by the river, were getting ready to hop their vintage tandem bicycle for a spin through Riverfront Park. The light was just right, and the white wall the Spokane Convention Center made the cyclists stand out. I just picked my spot and waited for them to pass.

With temperatures in the 80's, Jenny Smith, left, and Calli Martin ride their tandem bike through Riverfront Park Monday evening. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I love it when I’m on an assignment for one thing and I find a moment that I can be used as a stand-alone feature picture for the newspaper. I was at the Civic Theatre to shoot some preview photos for an upcoming play. As I waited for the actors to get ready, I spotted Tristan Conrad in his gator man costume sitting in the theater seats reading his cellphone. Turned out he could only see the screen through the nostrils of the mask.  He was reading “Lord of the Rings” and said he was trying to get used to wearing the gator head.  I think what drew me to take this photo was just the weirdness of the moment.


During a break dress rehearsal for of the Spokane Civic Theatre production of "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" Tristan Conrad reads Lord of the Ring through the nostrils of his gator man costume. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

This snap was published in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper, but was not seen by anybody. Well, technically only about a quarter to the photo was visible on the page. A production error led to my rugby image being cropped in a nonsensical way. Though these problems happen infrequently, when they occur, they always make me cringe .  I wonder what people thought when the saw this scrum photo that was only bits of arms and faces. I am publishing it here for you to see before it fades into our photo archive, never to be seen again.

In a scrum, members of the rigby team Butte Crabs of Montana, left and Spokane Razorbacks, fight for possession of the ball during their Fools Fest rugby tournament game at the Spokane Polo Club Saturday. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review