October, 2012 Archives

I’ve been hooked on shooting fall color lately. Spokane is beautiful this time of year. I sometimes have to remind myself to slow down and appreciate the palette of colors fall brings each year. Photos Colin Mulvany/©The Spokesman-Review

American cranberry bush

Elm tree, Cannon Hill Park

        Embedded Maple leaf, Spokane, Wash.

           Wilted Zinnia bloom, Spokane Wash.

I was invited by three of my friends to take a photo excursion into the Palouse Country Sunday. In my five day a week job as a newspaper photojournalist, I usually take snaps of moments, but today I just enjoyed shooting static subjects. My creative energy  was focused on looking for light and composition. My hunt was fruitful– from a 10-year-old farm girl’s ripped  jeans, to some cool old car relics that seemed to be in every farm yard we passed. I like to tell my students: There are photographs to take all around you; you just have to see them. Today was a good visual exercise and a reminder  that good snaps can be just a round the corner of a country road or in my own back yard.

                                      Farm girl, Rosalia Washington

                Volvo Duett, Malden Washington

                            Volvo Duett interior, Malden, Washington

                               Corn, Rosalia, Washington

                              GMC late ’30s panel truck shell, Malden, Washington

                               GMC late ’30s panel truck shell 2, Malden, Washington

                               Broken car  window, Malden, Washington

                               Palouse field , Steptoe Butte, Washington

I was in the Japanese Gardens in Manito Park today looking for a fall color feature. I spotted some cool wild mushrooms popping up from the grass and I went down on all fours to make a macro shot. Suddenly all the sprinklers in the garden blasted on. I quickly scuttled my shoot and ran out the gardens a bit wet and kind of confused. It turns out the park maintenance guys were venting the sprinklers for winter using air pressure in the pipes. Several other people with cameras ran out right behind me. Looking for through the doorway, I realized a fine mist instead of water was now coming from the sprinkler heads. I rushed back in and made some backlit mist shots. Just when you think there is nothing much to photograph, something cool will present itself. Nikon D3s Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

In the first period, WHL linesman Anthony Guzzo collides with Spokane Chief Jeremy Mcintosh (4) and Vancouver’s Austin Vetterl (24) Saturday in the Spokane Arena.

This was my first hockey game of the season that I’ve shot. I was a little rusty at the trigger, but I’m glad  I was able to get this snap of the linesman ref getting upended by players. I don’t think in all my years of shooting the Spokane Chiefs have I captured a photo like this. Hockey snaps all kind of look the same to me. Getting a different kind of peak-action moment was a bonus, plus I love the reaction of the women behind the glass . Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Members of the Mead High School marching band’s clarinet section take a few minutes to run through their program before taking the field in the Sounds of Thunder marching band competition held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Joe Albi Stadium.

Here is a photo I like, but it really doesn’t say much. I passed over it initially during my edit, but I came back to it because spoke to me in a way I can’t really articulate. Maybe it was the blue color, or maybe the pattern of the hats and clarinets. It was just kind of an odd scene. This is an image that would probably never run in the newspaper, but I’m glad I can share this snap with you. Nikon d700 Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

Dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, Emily Pozzi with the Central Valley High School color guard, uncloaks the CV marching band flute section during their preliminary performance at the Sounds of Thunder marching band competition in Joe Albi Stadium, Sat. Oct. 13, 2012. Nikon D3s Nikkor 300 mm f/4  Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

As a wind storm arrives on campus, Whitworth University students Eli Deitz, 19, left, and Elisabeth Spencer, 20, watch the pine needles fly from the window ledge of Deitz’s McMillan Hall dorm room Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.  Today I was trying to shoot a feature photo of students walking through a cascade of pine needles during a wind storm when I spotted these two perched up high in dorm room window. What caught my eye was the light and shadows. I fired one frame and reviewing the image. At first I thought it was under-exposed. Looking closer I decided that it looked more dramatic just exposing for the highlights while letting the shadow go dark. When the woman turned her headI know  that would be my best snap. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300mm f/4 lens