State Cross Country Remote Camera Outakes

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I set a remote camera during every race I had to cover at the 2011 CHSAA State Cross Country Championships this year. I had some success and a few failures. Speaking of failures (WARNING: Rant Approaching), CHSAA has once again made covering the finish line nearly impossible for photographers. They continue to insist on having non essential personnel clogging the finish line. It is the most disorganized event I cover each year. I dread having to cover it. I know I’m not alone in this respect. (Rant over) Anyway here are a few select pictures from my remote along with some explanations.

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Fall Football Preview Portraits

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

About 6 months ago our sports editor, Michael Hicks, came to me with an idea for the fall. He wanted to put together a multi-page, pull out section filled with previews for the fall high school football season. I was immediately on board. It has been a long time since we had tackled anything this big. Newspapers with a circulation size as small as ours do not get to work on projects like this often. As everyone is well aware, the newspaper business is a little unstable right now. With that instability comes budget cuts and physical page count and size reductions. Getting a full color, multi-page section is a difficult pill to swallow for most publishers, especially if there is a lack of committed advertising to offset the cost.

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Favorite Basketball Photos From the 2010/2011 Season

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Basketball season has come to an end. All of the teams we cover have been eliminated from the playoffs. It was a long season. I must have shot 30 games this year. Out of those 30 games only a couple of them were not lit. My light kit (blogged about here) worked great for most assignments. Every year my timing gets better and I enjoy the challenge of lighting different gyms more and more. I have selected a few of my favorite pictures from this season. You can see a few more over at my sportsshooter.com member page here. Thanks for looking.

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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.

Covering Track and Field

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Track is one my least favorite things to cover. There. I said it. There’s just something about trying to make pictures of people running that I really dislike. Shoot it tight, throw in a panning shot, low angle with a wide lens, I feel like I have tried it all. It seems like the schools that we cover rarely have any athletes that participate in the “interesting” track and field events. When I say interesting, what I mean is events like pole vault, high jump, long jump, discus or shot put. The events you don’t see very often. This year’s Liberty Bell Invitational was a big change. We actually had people to cover in these events. What a surprise that was!

Spring High School Sports

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

No more ISO 6400! Spring sports are in full swing. Good afternoon light, fast shutter speeds and easy auto-focus-tracking high contrast subjects. It’s good to be outside again. Bring on track, LAX, baseball and soccer! Actually that seems like a lot to cover. I’m gonna be pretty busy.