Fun Prom Stories

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Prom usually comes and goes without much coverage at the paper. This year was a little different. A group of special needs students from Chatfield Senior High School got free makeovers from a local salon called Tanglz and Co before going to prom. A teacher from Chatfield, who is also a customer, was talking to a stylist about the students and the stylist offered to do hair and makeup for the girls. Making pictures on assignments like this is easy and these types of stories are fun to tell. After covering wildfires and bombs for the last week it was nice to have a change.

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Space Operations Simulation Center at Lockheed Martin

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

The opening of the Space Operations Simulation Center at Lockheed Martin was quite possibly one of the most interesting assignments I have ever had. There will always be a little kid in me who is excited by the idea of human spaceflight. Being within feet of a vehicle that will carry the next generation of astronauts into space is pretty damn cool. Here are a few black and white versions of pictures I made during the opening. The last 2 frames are photos of the actual incomplete Orion spacecraft. Enjoy.

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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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2011 CHSAA State Wrestling: Day 3 Finals

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After 2 days, only one of the schools in our coverage area had a grappler in the finals. Conifer High School’s Travis Himmelman wrestled Valor Christian High School’s Torey Welch in the Class 4A 145lbs final match. Much to my surprise (sarcasm) Himmelman, with a 37-1 record going into state, once again destroyed the competition and claimed a third state title in 4 years. It made for some good pictures and probably the cover of the High Timber Times this week.

Not everything was good throughout the weekend though. An increasing trend seems to be credentialing MWCs (moms with cameras) to state events. The sidelines were extremely crowded during the finals. Although I have only covered state wrestling for 4 years, I have never seen as many photographers as I did this year. I actually overheard “I’m just a mom with a camera,” that proved my suspicions about the number of “media” at the event. I saw at least 20 people that fell into the MWC category last night. It’s starting to become a problem.

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2011 CHSAA State Wrestling: Day 2

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

So much for not shooting things super tight like I did yesterday. This one just stood out to me as a good opportunity to fill the frame. Finding a clean background is extremely tough at the Pepsi Center. Shooting tight is pretty much the only solution. I moved from press row into the Denver Nuggets photo room today. You can see a photo after the jump. It’s much quieter and easier for me to come and go from. The internet seems to be faster as well. Most of the bandwidth is being used by the CHSAA TV people who are live streaming the matches. It’s become a problem for anyone else trying to file on a deadline.

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