A Couple From Sports Assignments Last Week

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Its been a busy weekend with several wildfires (I’ll have an upcoming post about covering that in the future) and lots of scheduling conflicts. I am also in the middle of moving to much cheaper living arrangements due to the rising cost of, well, everything lately. So anyway, I apologize for the lack of my regularly scheduled updates. Here’s a couple from sports assignments last week.

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Dakota Ridge Hogback Brush Fire

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Today while I was on the way to another assignment I got a call from one of our reporters about a brush fire in Morrison. I could see the smoke when I was driving down from the Canyon Courier office. When I got to Morrison it was clear that I would not be able to access the road that I needed to. Morrison Police had already blocked the road access to anyone except fire fighters. So I drove up Morrison Road towards the Soda Lakes and pulled over. I was able to make a few frames that showed the size of the fire as well as a couple of details of the smoke. Being that far away is not ideal but it is still something different than what any of the TV stations or other papers in town had. It’s days like this that give me a reason to carry a 1.4x and 2.ox converter in my bag. Read the official story about it at the Columbine Courier, Canyon Courier or High Timber Times.

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Canon 24-70: Psuedo Macro Lens

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

I made the picture above a little while back for a story about a canceled garden tour. I was trying to show the devastation of a spring hail storm. There’s not a lot to the story. I was just archiving a few things and I kinda liked it.

Celebrating Independence By Blowing Up a Small Piece of It

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Shooting fireworks seems to be a staple of small town photojournalism. Every year I have to make at least 1 picture of a fireworks display. Believe it or not, shooting fireworks is a difficult task if you want to come up with something different every year. In our coverage area there are at least 3 opportunities to do so every July 4th. This year I chose to shoot the Georgetown 4th of July fireworks display. If you are unfamiliar with Georgetown, it’s a town of about 1000 full time residents at 8500 feet in elevation. They shoot the fireworks off Guanella pass over the town at dusk. I thought that it would be a great idea to find a high over head position to shoot from to include the town along with the mountains and fireworks. I spent a good amount of time scouting locations (in between rain, hail and lightning) and finally decided on a position near I-70 overlooking the town.

As soon as the first shot went off I knew that I probably made a mistake in choosing my position.  It was pretty far away from the fireworks and I had more town than fireworks in the shot. Oh well, live and learn. I still made a few OK images but I was disappointed in what I had thought was going to be a great image. That’s the best part of photojournalism: taking chances to come up with something different. I can pretty much guarantee that no one else had the same images I did.  Maybe that’s for good reason. Next year I will not shoot from that position. I learned something this year and that’s the part of the job that keeps me going.