Weld County Oil and Gas

Weld County Oil and Gas© Prairie Mountain Publishing 2015.

A couple of weeks ago I drove out to Weld County to shoot some of the many oil and gas drilling operations, wells and machinery that has sprung up across the front range. I was looking to create some iconic images that could be used to illustrate upcoming stories about the industry and issues surrounding it. I also wanted to include a piece of the geography that would link it to my coverage area. Enjoy.

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UPDATED 12/28: 2011 Year in Photos Galleries

It’s that time of year again. The 2011 Year in Photos galleries are beginning to be posted. Instead of endlessly searching the web, why not come here to check them out in one convenient place? Check back daily for updates.

Work From the Workshop

© Matthew Jonas 2011

Whew! My apologies for the lack of new posts lately. I have been busy recharging. Last week I attended the Rich Clarkson Sports Photography Workshop in Colorado Springs. What an experience! Here are a few of the pictures I made on a self-assigned shoot during the workshop. Special thanks to “Billy” Blair for taking time out of racing to shoot a few portraits and for allowing me to strap an unwieldy remote rig to the fork on his bike. I promise I will use a lighter camera next time!

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2011 CHSAA State Wrestling: Day 1

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Off to an interesting start. The first match I was supposed to photograph was over before it started. Due to a questionable medical call, a 3A heavy weight wrestler from Clear Creek High School was disqualified. I’m not a doctor but to me the injury in question was nothing but mat burn. The medical personnel for CHSAA though it might have been something more serious. It’s tough break for the kid, who is a senior, and will now miss his last opportunity to wrestle.

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5 Trends In Photography That Need To Die In 2011

  1. HDR. Congratulations. Your talent is in using Photoshop not in using a camera. High Dynamic Range looks unnatural and needs to go the way of the dinosaur.
  2. Over-toning images in sports photojournalism contests. Stop boosting the saturation on your sports images to obscene, Willy-Wonka-like levels. It doesn’t make your lack of composition or lack of ability to capture peak sports action any less obvious. You shoot digital, not Velvia.
  3. Shooting everything at f1.2. Great. Another picture of a door knob shot at f1 point something. You paid a lot for your 50mm. Don’t be afraid to stop down every once in while, would ya?
  4. Back lit outdoor portraits. Its the only image I see on wedding and senior picture portfolios these days. Give it a rest. Try lighting a portrait or even better yet turn around and use the best available light there is – the sun.
  5. Verticals. Happy new year!