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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


Covering a state championship track meet today, I came across this fellow who collapsed at the  finish line of his 4X4 relay  race. Some of the photos I take defy a journalism category. Sometimes it is just a creative exercise on my part to fight off the numbness I feel at shooting the familiar.  The color of the pink mohawk, contrasting with the black track surface is what caught my eye. It is not a photo that would normally make the sports page, but Snaps and Frames is a good place to share it with you.

"I almost didn't make it," said Coy Hanger of White Pass who collapsed at the finish line of his 4X4 relay preliminary race Friday during the WIAA 1B, 2b, 1A, Track and Field Championship held Friday, May 27, 2011 at Eastern Washington University. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review