September, 2012 Archives

I heard the first-alarm fire call from the my office police scanner sending units to an apartment fire on the South Hill. Looking out the photo department window I could see a column of smoke. I ran to my car and arrived on scene just after the Spokane Fire Department vented the roof. Within minutes, the entire top of the building was a roaring inferno. I quickly made  snaps of the flames. Then I stopped. I took a deep breath and told myself to start looking around the scene at everything that was not in flames. At every spot news event I go to, there are lots of mini stories taking place. The emotional apartment renters who have lost everything, the crowed gathered to watch the action. Re-tuning myself to look for these moments, I found this photo of a child and mother watching the fire with the flames reflected in their window.  We ran the big flames on the front page, but this photo means more to me. An image like this is subtle, it doesn’t  scream: ” Look at me!” Instead it has layers, mystery and makes the viewer ask questions. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review Nikon D3s Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 lens

I just shot one frame of this vendor at Valleyfest Saturday, but during my edit I was struck by saturation of all the rainbow of colors. It is a photograph that doesn’t have movement or moment, but it does grab me in other ways. Color can be such a powerful influence on the mind. For me it stimulates my creativity leading me to other photographic possibilities. Nikon D700 Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Andrew LaVoie with Jung Kim’s Martial Arts, breaks two boards with a double split kick during a tae kwon do exhibition at Valleyfest Saturday in Mirabeau Point Park. This is one of those snaps you just have to spray and pray. In other words, hit the shutter and fire off a blast of frames hoping you’ve captured the moment. I like the sawdust coming off the board on the right. I used my 85 mm  f/1.4  lens wide open to soften the background up and make the subject pop. With  only a few inches in focus, I caught the moment just as Andrew passed through the plane of focus. With many DSLR cameras having fast motor drives these days, it is much easier to shoot a burst of frames while letting your subject pass through a point of focus. You should get a least one useable image sharp like I did. Whew! Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review Nikon D700 Nikkor 85mm f/1.4

I looked in my rearview mirror and quickly pulled over. The Sugerland Express blasted past me as I was headed home for the day. I gave chase and ended up at the intersection of Maple Street and Second Avenue where paramedics were attending to a man sprawled out on the ground bleeding profusely from a head wound. A police officer ( who it turns out I went to high school with) told me the man was either pushed  or possibly jumped from a moving car . The man struck his head on the pavement as the car he was in left the scene. A knife and tablets of  the drug Oxycontin, littered the ground around the subject leading police to suspect a drug deal gone bad. Just another night in the naked (shirtless) city.  Nikon D700 Nikkor 135 mm f/2 lens Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review


Tyson Ross passes time watching an episode of  “Friends” on his iPad in front of the RiverPark Square Apple Store Thursday while waiting for the release of the Apple iPhone 5 on Friday Morning. Ross said this is the seventh time he has waited in line for an Apple product, but this is the first time he has been at the front of the in line. “It a lot better experience than buying online,” said Ross who said he was ready for a long chilly night. “I have a couple of sweatshirts, he said.” Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I Am Disjoint

September 19th, 2012 Permalink

When Spokane photographer Tony Boccaccio opened a book of photographs he had taken when he was in college, he was amazed at how each image revealed a roadmap of his life.

This video is a personal project I shot and edited on my own time. I wanted to try something different than the news video I’ve been shooting for the newspaper. It is the longest video (11 minutes) that I have ever produced. I’m not sure many will won’t to invest the time, but if they stay to the end there is an excellent message.

I was shooting a photo assignment in Riverfront Park Friday and looked up and saw this pattern in the Rotary Fountain. Not sure why I like this photo, but I do. The raw file was flat and uninteresting, but when I jacked the shadow slider in Photoshop’s levels to the right, this wonderful blue sky popped out. Nikon D3s Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department honor guard, front to back, Bill Clifford, assistant fire marshal, Greg Bennett, fire Inspector, Dave Vegele, engineer/paramedic, Michael Fields, firefighter, Tag Baugh, Capt./paramedic, wait in the engine bay of the under construction Spokane Valley Fire Station 6 for a flag raising ceremony to start Tuesday morning. The Spokane Valley Fire Department has a tradition that whenever they have a building or new station under construction, they hold a dedication and flag raising ceremony on 9/11. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review Nikon D3s Nikkor 24-120mm f/4