Small Town Photojournalism

A Photo Blog by Matthew Jonas

Boulder After the “Storm”

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Boulder Snow© Matthew Jonas 2013/www.matthewjonas.com

I went out after the “blizzard” to make a few pictures of the aftermath. As you can see there wasn’t nearly as much snow as TV media had reported. This is what happens when TV has to do their own reporting instead of being able to use an already published print source for their information, but I digress. Pavement that otherwise would be a forgotten element in a picture becomes a great source of interesting light. Reflections from signs on buildings and cars can add depth to a flat surface. Shooting during the blue hour, the time just after the sun is completely below the horizon but still illuminates the sky, bathes everything in cool colors. Click through for a few more. Enjoy.

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March 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hazmat Suits and Longmont Police Investigators

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Longmont 6-year-old Death Investigation© Times-Call 2013/MediaNews Group 2013

The other day I was sitting in the office listening to the police/fire scanner when I heard a dispatcher talk about a “hazmat operation” going on in Longmont. I didn’t hear much traffic after that but I decided to go check it out anyway. Boy was I surprised with what I found when I arrived on scene.

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February 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Recent Work in Longmont

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Workshop Fire in Niwot© Times-Call 2013/MediaNews Group 2013

Recent work from Longmont. Fires, Features, Business and Sports. Enjoy.

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January 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

An Odd Assignment to End 2012

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Colorado Medical Marijuana© Times-Call 2012/MediaNews Group 2012

Medical marijuana and the legalization of its possession for adults is a hot topic in the United States. Regulation at the state level is little like the wild west right now. As quick as pot shops are opening cities are working to ban and create stricter regulations just as fast. In Dacono, the city voted to place an outright ban on the sales of marijuana effective Jan. 1, 2013. To comply with the regulation, the owner of Dacono Meds had to destroy his remaining inventory. I assumed he would just burn the plants or let them die under the heat of the grow lights. Instead, he hired a landscaping company to shred the plants with a commercial chipper/shredder. An odd way to dispose of them for sure.

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January 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Matthew Jonas: 2012 Videos

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© Times-Call 2012

Along with shooting stills for the daily I also produced a ton of video this year. Here are a few that I thought were fairly successful. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

Matthew Jonas: 12 Photos From 2012

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PIT_BULL© Times-Call 2012/MediaNews Group 2012

Twelve photos from my first year at the Longmont Times-Call. These are in no particular order and only represent some of my favorites. Not much else to say. Enjoy.

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December 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Environmental Portrait: Longmont Welder

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JOAN_OF_ARC© Times-Call 2012/MediaNews Group 2012

I made this picture for a story on a local welding company owned by the woman in the photo. It was an idea I had for a while but didn’t have the opportunity to shoot. To create it, I used the cutting torch as the main light and a variety of gelled speedlights to shape the rest of the environment around the subject. It turned out more or less how I had envisioned and it ran at a decent size in the printed edition. Click through to see the final page.

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December 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

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