I know, I know, I know. I’m a little late. Been rather busy and totally forgot about it.
But here’s my favorite photos from the month of September.
First up are two images from the Bellingham-Squalicum varsity football game.
I love this photo because of all the intensity that is showing. The ball carrier’s face, the strain in the defender’s arms, and the perceived pain the runner is in.
Missed it by THAT much!!
I like this one because it shows the moment he breaks free from the tackler to continue towards the goal.
It may be a boring sport to many and a challenge to photograph, but cross-country races offers many opportunities for good images. The best advice I can give is to understand the course and pay attention at the finish line.
Finish Line Battle –
For the photo above, it’s just about paying attention as they racers cross the finish line. Cross country meets are about the total points teams earn. So a pair battling as they cross can make great images. This one in particular gets the bonus of the expression of the coach on the left.
Ladies!! Start your Engines!! –
I just like how they were all lined up for the start.
Another fun assignment was the 2015 Bite of Bellingham food tasting extravaganza. Many fun opportunities for some good features. Unfortunately, I only had an hour to shoot.
I wanted something of people preparing food rather than eating it. So as I walked around, I paid attention to the chefs as they finished their dishes. This caught my eye as I like how she toasted each dessert individually. During the download, I saw how the two people in the background sorta mirrored each other.
As it’s High School Football season, I’ve been covering a lot of games. I pay attention to what the Bellingham Herald sports writers say about each team. Especially the columns where they predict who will win. It’s a good habit to get into as it does help you when your shooting the game.
Will he Catch it?
I like this best after downloading as the image has a sense of anticipation: Will he catch it? Unfortunately, he did no.
Slippin’ By –
Another missed tackle shot but one representative of the game.
On Sept. 29th, our region was blessed with clear skies as the Moon was in full eclipse as it began it’s ascent into the night sky. It was a Full Blood Super Moon rising out in the east. I went up to Artist Point with a few friends to capture this rare celestial event. We got hiked out to Huntoon Point where there is a small pond. I wanted to also shoot this with the reflection of Mount Shuksan before the moon rise.
As the Sun was setting, the light on Shuksan was phenomenal. I had my tripod column reversed so my camera was actually upside down and about an inch from the water.
Last Rays on Shuksan –
As a lot of photographers were coming out to this area, it was inevitable to get one in the frame as the trail was on the other side of the pond. Rather than get upset, I just shot pictures as they passed and incorporated them into the photo.
Trumpeter on the Ridge –
After shooting the alpenglow, a trumpeter began playing on the ridge behind us. As I had already righted my camera and swapped to my 70-200, it was easy enough to swing the camera around and shoot a few frames with the sky aglow from the sunset. I later learned that it was Pace Rubadeau of Portland and he like to play out in the wilderness. It did make for a nice experience.
Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan-
This is by far one of my more favorite alpenglow pictures. Within 10 minutes shooting this, the Moon began rising over Mount Shuksan.
Blood Moon in the Saddle –
It first rose over a saddle from my viewing position. I have a few frames of it just peeking over, but I like this more as you can tell what it is.
Full Blood Moon –
This image was one of the last ones I shot before coming home to Bellingham. I like it best because it works really well. The Moon over the peak, the stars, the mountain, it’s just a nice photo.
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Paul Conrad is an award-winning, nationally and internationally published freelance editorial photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.
His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.
His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.