Longmont Balloon Pilot

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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Riley Ljungdahl: Continuing Coverage

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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Inside Boulder County Jail

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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Boulder After the “Storm”

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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An Odd Assignment to End 2012

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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