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2014 Lyons Outdoor Games

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Lyons Outdoor Games, Kayaking, Pro Freestyle, Prelims

© Longmont Times-Call 2014

Quick update: Photos from the 2014 Lyons Outdoor Games. The events included kayaking, dirt jumping and slackline. Enjoy.

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Recent Editorial Portrait Work

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TAMMI_BRAZEE

© Longmont Times-Call 2014

It has been a long time since I have posted anything. Here are a few editorial portraits I made in the last couple of months. Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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

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

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 »

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