Rodeo Returns to the Boulder County Fair in Longmont

RODEO 1© MediaNews Group 2013/Times-Call 2013

The rodeo returned to the Boulder County Fair last night. It was the first time I had shot a rodeo since I left my last job in Evergreen. It felt good to be back in the arena. I was a little nervous about shooting in a venue that I had little experience with. The thing about covering the same rodeos year after year is that you get a really good sense for how the events run and where you should be for each event to make the best picture. I struggled a little bit with some events last night due to the fact that the arena had livestock pens on 3 sides. It makes it difficult to find the right position when you physically can’t be in the place you would want to be. Overall it was a good time and I made a few decent photos throughout the night. Next year will be better based on the experience I gained. Enjoy.

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Riley Ljungdahl: Continuing Coverage

Riley Ljungdahl Physical Therapy© MediaNews Group 2013/Times-Call 2013

It’s rare that I get to spend any time working on a story anymore. It’s just the nature of the business these days. When the opportunity to follow up with Riley Ljungdahl came up I knew I had to take the assignment. In 2011, she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called transverse myelitis. The disorder caused paralysis from her chest down. It came on suddenly and shocked her family and friends. Throughout the last year, Riley has made tremendous progress. In the week that I followed her, the one thing that stood out was her positive attitude. She smiled and laughed as she went through 2 hours of physical therapy in Englewood, something she does twice a week in a commute from Longmont. She joked with friends and playfully taunted teammates at basketball practice in Denver, a sport she rediscovered a passion for. At only 12 years old, she has been through a lot. She shows a level of maturity well above her age. I struggle to think that I would have been as strong if this had happened to me. If my pictures show anything, I hope they show her positive attitude. Enjoy.

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Boulder After the “Storm”

Boulder Snow© Matthew Jonas 2013/www.matthewjonas.com

I went out after the “blizzard” to make a few pictures of the aftermath. As you can see there wasn’t nearly as much snow as TV media had reported. This is what happens when TV has to do their own reporting instead of being able to use an already published print source for their information, but I digress. Pavement that otherwise would be a forgotten element in a picture becomes a great source of interesting light. Reflections from signs on buildings and cars can add depth to a flat surface. Shooting during the blue hour, the time just after the sun is completely below the horizon but still illuminates the sky, bathes everything in cool colors. Click through for a few more. Enjoy.

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