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© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I made the picture above during an interview the other day. No artificial lights were used. Sometimes you just can’t beat the natural light coming from a great, big, window. I usually stay away from doing the black and white conversion with my pictures but I in this case I felt like it fit the mood well.  You can read the full story about U.S.M.C. Lance Cpl. Marcus Uribe in this weeks Columbine Courier.

2011 CHSAA State Hockey Semi Finals

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

State hockey playoffs began last weekend. Out of the 8 schools I consistently cover, we have 3 with hockey teams, Columbine, Dakota Ridge and Chatfield. This year Chatfield made it to the second to last round of playoffs which took place at the Pepsi Center last Friday, February 25. I always enjoy shooting at the Pepsi Center. The security staff doesn’t get in my way, the WIFI is generally fast (and free) and the lighting is very good. To go on top of that there are “cutouts” in the glass at various locations throughout the rink that allow you to shoot through the glass with little to no affect on image quality. I wish our local rinks had these. It would make my job a lot easier (that and 50 lights instead of 10). I always like the overhead shots but for hockey I feel like being at ice level produces the best opportunities. I was somewhat inspired to post these after seeing this post on the FM forums which actually include some of the same plays from a different angle. To make a long story short, Chatfield was shutout, 3-0, by Lewis Palmer ending their playoff run. Even as one sided as the scoring was, it definitely made for a few great pictures. Enjoy.

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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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Ashley’s Story: The start of a long-term documentary project

Squeezing a stress ball shaped like a brain, 23-year-old Ashley Bissel awaits her second of 28 radiation treatments June 29 at the University of Colorado Hospital TomoTherapy Treatment Facility in Lone Tree. © Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Today, the Columbine Courier published the start of a long-term documentary project. About a month ago reporter Emile Hallez Williams and myself set out to document the life of Ashley Bissel. Ashley was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of brain cancer called astroblastoma. In the last 10 years, only 12 cases have been diagnosed. Since her diagnosis, she has had the tumor removed and is now undergoing a series of chemo and radiation therapies to recover. The photos that accompany the story, which you can read here, are from her second radiation therapy treatment. Ashley is a strong person and with the support of her friends and family she should make a full recovery. I want to personally thank them for allowing us to tell her story during such a trying time in their lives. Many more photos and additional stories will be published in our ongoing coverage. You can pick up the Columbine Courier on news stands in Southern Jefferson County or visit us online at www.columbinecourier.com. Thanks.

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5A Football Play offs: Columbine vs. Chaparral

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Football Play offs are upon us. I couldn’t be happier. (Well, I guess I could because I could really use my 300mm lens that was run over on the sidelines last week.)

With only 2 teams left in our coverage area still in the running, my schedule is settling down and I can actually shoot the entire game without having to run off to shoot 2 (or more) games in one night. Speaking of night, so far all the play off games have been during the day. This is great: low ISOs, high shutter speeds and full buffers. It makes finding the right game defining moment a lot easier when I can choose from a sequence of images instead of choosing what is in focus.

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