Weather Art

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Like any good photojournalist, after a good snow storm, you make weather feature pictures where ever you can. Covering the same area for the last 4 years has its advantages – you have a mental address book of all the good sledding areas. I started off going to the areas I knew would produce good pictures but I also kept an eye out for a few new unique locations along the way. It worked out pretty well. Special thanks to my Subaru for driving me through areas that my last car would have easily given up in. Click through for more pictures. Enjoy.

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Weather Art

© 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.

Fall Colors In the Rocky Mountains

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

It has been almost a week since I posted anything. I have had to go through a years worth of papers to put together contest entries for the Colorado Press Association. That took a long time and now that I look at what I didn’t enter I wish I could have added a few more. But enough of that. Here is a photo from Squaw Pass I made this morning. It was cold, overcast and raining. I really didn’t do enough with fall colors in the papers last year so I am going to spend as much time as I can afford this week trying to come up with some feature photos for cover shots. I will probably file the photo above as a secondary detail shot and try to find a scenic for the primary. See you in the high country.

Covering Summer Festivals

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

As a photojournalist working for a group of small circulation weekly papers, I cover a lot of festivals from May to September. I think I am crossing into the double digits of festival coverage after this weekend. Fortunately the summer festival season is coming to an end. I was just about to resort to the face painting photo (small paper PJs know what I am talking about) when I saw this “game” above. I’m not really sure if it was an actual game but it did cost 3 tickets. The way it worked was one person stands in the opening and the other whips water soaked sponges at that person’s face. That’s it. Interesting “game.” Good photo op.