This is a photo I made during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. I think this is a photo that everyone made that day. How could you not? It was a photo that really made sense after nearly a week of covering the protests, parties and presentations. A typical Colorado fall sunset. There is a great contrast of ideas going on in this image. On one hand you have the beautiful, organic clouds and sunset and on the other hand you have the sterile, hard industrial shapes of police in riot gear. Out of all of the days that I covered protests this was the day that I thought I was going to get maced. It never happened and the next night Barack Obama took the stage in front of more than 80,000 people to accept the nomination. It was a great experience and I learned a lot working with many great photojournalists.
This is a photo I made during an assignment at the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office garage in Golden. They often bring children to the garage to play on everything from a patrol car to the snow rescue vehicle that they have for some reason. One of the most popular vehicles for the children to play on is an M113 transport vehicle. It’s basically a tank. Why the Sheriff needs a tank, I hope I will never find out. (But if I do find out, I hope to have my camera ready.) The hatch on the top of the vehicle makes for some great photos though.
I switched to spot meter to make this image. I could see this photo happening ahead of time so all i had to do was wait.
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 These aren’t necessarily going to be recent and they might be images that are published or unpublished.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.