© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011
I made this picture a couple of weeks ago during the first snow storm of the new year. It was actually new years eve but it continued to snow so I am gonna stick with that idea. I don’t go out and make weather pictures for every snowfall or rain storm. Sometimes its nice to have a little break from sports assignments and environmental portraits (which makes up a majority of my work load each week). I was really going for a feeling of cold and solitude. I think that is probably how I was feeling anyway as most of the staff decided to make it a 3 day weekend.
I have decided that I am going to start posting some of my favorite photos each week on Saturday. These aren’t necessarily going to be recent and they might be images that are published or unpublished. I will include a little back story when possible and also any technical details or problems I can remember. So here we go.
The owner of the Phoenix Gold Mine in Idaho Springs is a character unlike any other. Maybe its because he has spent so much time underground or maybe its because he has been in Clear Creek County almost as long as the gold. I made this photo of him while he was taking myself and a reporter on a tour of the mine. The mine no longer functions and is now open for public tours.
Shooting in a mine is about as easy as you would think. I didn’t even bother to take an ambient light meter reading when I was inside. I knew that I would probably have to provide the light I needed for the photo. So I grabbed a strobe and an off camera sync cord and went to work. My camera was set to single drive and the focus assist lamp on the strobe was on.
Mines are a damp, cold and cramped work space. I wanted to portray that as much as possible and also try to capture Al’s character as much as possible.