November, 2012 Archives

After displaying a large knife at the STA Plaza, Tedzo C. Baker was tasered by a Spokane Police officer after a short chase that ended on the 100 block of  N. Wall Street in downtown Spokane, Monday Evening. He was arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Spokane Fire Department paramedics checked him out before placing him in a squad car. Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review

Just as I was leaving work, a call came over the scanner of a police officer chasing a man armed with a knife just a few blocks from the newspaper. I hoofed it over just in time to see paramedics checking the guy out after he’d been tasered by police.  I like the rainbow of colors mixed with the stark flashlight beam on the subject’s face. I’m not totally sure, but I think the paramedics  were taking the Taser prongs out of his chest.  Nikon D700, Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8

During a strong gust of wind, Michele Purkey’s umbrella flips back as she crosses the intersection of First Avenue and Wall Street on Monday, Nov.19, 2012, in downtown Spokane, Wash.

I’ve been been waiting forever to capture this proverbial wind-blown umbrella photo. I got my chance when a woman flipped her umbrella in a huge gust of wind, and then fought to keep control of it it as she crossed the street. I stood with the wind at my back for 20 minutes while I waited for some kind of wind moment to happen. When it happened, I was all over it. I’m just glad  she was willing to give me her name  for the caption. I sent the photo to the Associated Press, where, much to my surprise, it was used by dozens of newspaper websites to illustrate the wind and rain storm that hit the Pacific Northwest on Monday. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 Colin Mulvany © The Spokesman-Review


Lining up with thousands of people for a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, Kathrine  Gilmore kisses and snuggles with her daughter Kaytlynn Thompson, age 7, outside the Spokane Arena, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, in Spokane Wash. The Salvation Army along with 2nd Harvest  and Tom’s Turkey Tuesday gave away thousands of turkeys and meal preparations to families in need.

Today I went the the Spokane Arena to check out the turkey giveaway for needy residents of Spokane. The line was thousands deep and snaked all the way out of the building. What amazed me most about this scene was not how many people turned out to get a free turkey, but the stories they told me of why they were in line. The Great Recession has taken a tremendous toll on families, with many  still fighting to  regain their economic footing. It made me me think if I lost my job, how many missed paychecks away I’d be from joining them in  line. Nikon D700, Nikkor 17-35mm lens Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review

The family of Staff Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz, 26, who was killed last week in Afghanistan, watch as his casket is placed into an awaiting hearse by the Washington Army National Guard Honor Guard, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at XN Air at the Spokane International Airport. Stiltz was about six months into a tour of duty in Afghanistan after serving two tours in Iraq, for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan. He died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with artillery fire in Zerok, a town in eastern Afghanistan about 12 miles from the border with Pakistan.

This was a hard photo to take. Even with the invite of the family, shooting someone else’s grief was hard for me. As the casket made its way to the hearse, I keep trying imagine the pain this family was going through. After years of doing this type of photojournalism, some say you can get jaded. I try not to be. By forcing myself to connect to the pain of my subjects, I feel my photography is more honest. I shot this image not because it is a good photo, but because it was a moment when I connected with what I was feeling. After the Transfer Ceremony, I headed off to shoot four more photo assignments. The thoughts of Army Staff Sgt. Stiltz and his family stayed ever-present in my mind. Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review


Gonzaga’s Elias Harris and South Dakota’s Trevor Gruis (50) battle for control of a rebound in the first half Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Nikon D700, Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

I shot the Gonzaga vs. South Dakota basketball game today and this was the one photo that stood out from my take. I like how the energy the shot is coming right at the viewer. Check out this large format gallery of other shots form the game.



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 Rob Roose and his daughters Lena, age 5, front, and Robin, age 10, in back, sled down Manito Hill in Manito Park, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

With three inches of fresh snow on the ground, I decided to crank out a quick feature picture of people sledding in Manito Park Monday morning. With my trusty 24-120mm lens, I shot at a slow shutter speed, while panning the camera. It is a technique that usually doesn’t work for me. This time I turned on the built-in vibration reduction in the lens, and it made a big difference in sharpness of many of my photos. The key in every pan shot is to pick the slowest shutter speed that will yield the best chance for a sharp photo, then match perfectly the speed of the subject as you pan the camera. In this case, a 30th of a second worked best. Out of all my shots, this one, with the fun expressions stood out. There was one better snap, but it just wasn’t sharp enough. I don’t dwell on all my missed shots. If I did, I would be a very depressed Photographer. Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-120mm Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review


Before the Veterans Day ceremony at Fort George Wright Cemetery, Master Sgt. Jason Young from Fairchild Air Force Base, with his son Cooper, age 3, place American flags next to gravestones of U.S. military veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

The old adage of go early and stay late to a photo assignment paid off for me at a Veterans Day ceremony Sunday. I arrived about an hour early to find dozens of members of  the military, VFW Post 3386 and their families decorating the veteran’s cemetery with flags. I like the subtle moment of the dad helping his son place an American flag. I find hard to articulate the symbolism in this image. I guess it’s the connection between the fallen soldier, a son and a father that struck me. I hope people see this photo as a tribute to those who serve, will serve and have served our country. Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. Colin Mulvany/© The Spokesman-Review


Chasing the action up and down the length of the football field for four quarters is exhausting. I was relieved after nailing this shot of EWU wide receiver Greg Herd making a one-handed touchdown reception just a few minutes into the first quarter. Getting one decent snap early in the game helps settle my nerves down. After 25-years of shooting sports, you’d thing I be over having performance anxiety issues. In the old days (the ’80s) If you had a few (manually focused) shots that were decent (sharp) from a half-dozen rolls of  exposed film, you were golden. Now photojournalists are expected to produce images for not only their print newspaper, but a gallery of storytelling images for the website as well. It makes the tempo of how you shoot a game different. You shoot it more like a story instead of just thinking of peak action moments. I shot this snap with a big honkin’ 400mm f/2.8 lens, which weighs more than a M1 Abrams tank. This is the standard pro lens for shooting football. Notice the nice clean background without any distractions? That happens when you shoot the lens wide open at an aperture of 2.8. The camera’s autofocus snapped in just as the ball landed in Herd’s hand. I shot a burst of 5 or 6 frames and this one was the best. You can see a large-format gallery of my other game photos on my newspaper’s website here. Colin Mulvany photo/©The Spokesman-Review