The 2010 Year in Photo Galleries

Oh yes, oh yes, it’s time for the 2010 Year in Photos galleries. The following list is made up of galleries I have been browsing through. Check it out.

  1. Boston Globe, The Big Picture, 2010 in Photos part 1, part 2 and part 3
  2. Sports Illustrated, Pictures of the Year
  3. The Denver Post, Plog, The Year in Pictures
  4. MSNBC.com, The Year in Pictures – 2010 Year in Review
  5. Getty Images, Year in Focus Digital Book
  6. The Longmont Times Call, Joshua Buck, 2010 Photos of the Year
  7. The Boulder Daily Camera, Class of 2010 Visual Yearbook
  8. Stern Magazine (German), 100 Interesting Sports Moments
  9. The New York Times, Lens, Memorable Moments of 2010: Sports
  10. The New York Times, Lens (by month, lots of images), 2010: The Year in Pictures

Trail of Lights

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Shooting holiday lights can be a challenge. I always like to include a human element in my pictures and with a long exposure it can be difficult to make a picture without motion blur. I saw the couple in the photo above attempting to shoot self portraits at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on Saturday and it gave me an idea. To get a proper exposure for the lights I would need a long exposure. This gave me a window of opportunity to catch the flash from the couple’s camera and use it as fill to illuminate them in front of the lights. It took a couple of frames but I managed to time it right to make the picture above.

OSHA Approved Working Conditions

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

These signs were everywhere this weekend at the 2010 CHSAA State Cross Country Championships at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. I got a kick out watching just about every photographer I know getting their photo taken next to one of these. I’ll admit I couldn’t resist the urge either. The address was Aurora but from the looks of the surroundings I think I was closer to Kansas. This was probably one of the worst cross country races I have ever covered. With the exception of one school, most of our teams were buried in the pack finishing outside the top 10. It was windy, dusty and to top it off, the finish line was 100% backlit and filled with “CHSAA Personnel”. Apparently 12 people in red shirts standing on the finish line, blocking the line of sight of just about every member of the media is good for exposure. Next year I’m bringing a step ladder.

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Evergreen Rodeo: Saturday PRCA

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

The photo above pretty much sums up my take on Saturday. I shot the parade then high tailed it to the arena. In a change from last year, the rodeo was moved to 2pm. This was probably a good thing for rodeo attendance but not a good thing for photography. The light is pretty bad at 2pm. I think last year it started around 5pm. At that time there is an abundance of good, directional light that blankets the arena. I only had to push the ISO above 1600 for the last bull riders. Today the light didn’t cooperate at all. I did my best to try and come up with some different angles and to try and work with the light.

Speaking of angles, in the past I have shot from the tower with the announcer and timers. This year only one photographer was allowed in the tower. I don’t know who it was but I really hope it wasn’t a commercial event photographer that restricted a member of the working press from covering that angle for the sole purpose of exclusivity. I’m gonna try to find out some more information tomorrow. Some of the photos that I posted yesterday are from that angle and it would be a shame to lose that as an option.

Overall there weren’t a lot of stand out moments today. I still took home a couple of decent photos. Tomorrow I will focus more on features and less on action.

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