The Annual Cannon Concert at Clement Park

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

The Denver Municipal Band Wind Festival is part of the Free Foothills Summer Concert Series at Clement Park. Every year they bring out a bunch of reproduction cannons (that’s weapons, not Canon cameras), to fire off during the 1812 Overture. It draws a pretty big crowd and makes for some interesting photos. Note to self: don’t forget earplugs.

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That 200mm lens sure is heavy!

mwcdwcThere is an increasing trend in photography. Its called “mom with camera” or “dad with camera”. A lot of pro photogs are up in arms about losing business to these type of amateurs. When I see the people above, I don’t really worry about it. The images above are a selection of some of the many “MWCs” and DWCs” I saw at the Dave Sanders Invitational. They all fit the same profile: 200mm lens with a monopod. I don’t think that I have ever put a 200mm lens on a monopod. Ok, so that’s not true. I put the Canon 200mm f1.8 lens on a monopod but it does weigh 6.6 lbs. My personal favorite is the tye-dye Rush t-shirt. I have to add one of those to my wardrobe.

Dave Sanders Invitational Cross Country


Every year the Dave Sanders Invitational cross country race descends upon Robert F. Clement Park in Littleton. And every year I try to do something a little different with the way I cover it. I have had a hard time recently becuase it seems that we (the papers) are covering a lot of cross country races and I feel like I am running a little thin on inspiration.

Time was also a problem. I had to cover the Mountain Bowl in Evergreen directly after this race so it was shoot, shoot, shoot and sort it out later. I chose to focus on the team spirit or school spirit instead of the individual runners themselves. Sometimes its all in the details.