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2013 Year in Photos: Color, Light and Shadow

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Apartment Fire

© MediaNews Group 2013/Times-Call 2013

2013 was a rough year. I sat at a desk more than I should have and shot less than I wanted. It’s always tough to decide which photos accurately sum up a year of work. Here are a few that caught my eye as I was culling through several hundred pictures this week. One thing is for sure, I really like a silhouette. Take a look. Enjoy.

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January 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Boulder Street Photography

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Boulder Street Photography© Matthew Jonas 2013/www.matthewjonas.com

Sometimes I pretend that I am a “street photographer” when I need a change of pace.

Photo joke:

Q. What is the difference between “street photography” and photojournalism?

A. Cutlines.

Pearl Street in Boulder is a great place to people watch. Take a look. Enjoy.

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Rodeo Returns to the Boulder County Fair in Longmont

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RODEO 1© MediaNews Group 2013/Times-Call 2013

The rodeo returned to the Boulder County Fair last night. It was the first time I had shot a rodeo since I left my last job in Evergreen. It felt good to be back in the arena. I was a little nervous about shooting in a venue that I had little experience with. The thing about covering the same rodeos year after year is that you get a really good sense for how the events run and where you should be for each event to make the best picture. I struggled a little bit with some events last night due to the fact that the arena had livestock pens on 3 sides. It makes it difficult to find the right position when you physically can’t be in the place you would want to be. Overall it was a good time and I made a few decent photos throughout the night. Next year will be better based on the experience I gained. Enjoy.

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Longmont Balloon Pilot

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BALLOON_PILOT© MediaNews Group 2013/Times-Call 2013

On Sunday, June 2, 2013 my alarm went off at 5AM. I was headed to Frederick to follow a hot air balloon pilot from take off to landing. This was a photo essay I had been wanting to work on for some time. I was interested in finding a pilot who was passionate about flying and it took some time to find a source that wasn’t a commercial pilot.  When I did finally find some one, I found exactly the person I needed.

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June 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Riley Ljungdahl: Continuing Coverage

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Riley Ljungdahl Physical Therapy© MediaNews Group 2013/Times-Call 2013

It’s rare that I get to spend any time working on a story anymore. It’s just the nature of the business these days. When the opportunity to follow up with Riley Ljungdahl came up I knew I had to take the assignment. In 2011, she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called transverse myelitis. The disorder caused paralysis from her chest down. It came on suddenly and shocked her family and friends. Throughout the last year, Riley has made tremendous progress. In the week that I followed her, the one thing that stood out was her positive attitude. She smiled and laughed as she went through 2 hours of physical therapy in Englewood, something she does twice a week in a commute from Longmont. She joked with friends and playfully taunted teammates at basketball practice in Denver, a sport she rediscovered a passion for. At only 12 years old, she has been through a lot. She shows a level of maturity well above her age. I struggle to think that I would have been as strong if this had happened to me. If my pictures show anything, I hope they show her positive attitude. Enjoy.

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Recent work from the Longmont Times-Call

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Bunny Costume Pastor© Times-Call 2013/MediaNews Group 2013

This post is a pretty good example of why I love what I do. Most of the photos are from the last 30 days or so and span the gamut of assignments from sports to news to portraits. Click through for more pictures. Enjoy.

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April 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Inside Boulder County Jail

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Secure Passage© Times-Call 2013/MediaNews Group 2013

These are random photos I made while working on a story about jail crowding. It seems to be all or nothing when It comes to getting photos of inmates. This day was a nothing day. Almost no one was willing to be photographed. Click through for more photos that show nothing. Enjoy.

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March 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

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