On Assignment: Dealing With Bad Weather

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Last Saturday, Oct. 8, was some of the worst weather I have had to work through in years.  It was 40 degrees, windy and raining. Throughout the day, the rain turned into snow then back into rain and finally back into snow. Surprise, surprise, all of my assignments were outside for the day. When I arrived at my first assignment it was immediately clear what the story would be: mud. Instead of a standard feature assignment, it became a giant weather assignment. I laced up my boots, headed into the pumpkin patch and concentrated on finding the muddiest pumpkins and people.

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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.