My Best Photos from September 2015


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.

CRUSHED!!!

Squalicum defenders wrap up Bellingham wide receiver Cole Allain (3) as he attempts a kick return during the first quarter of the season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Bellingham wide receiver Cole Allain (3) grimaces as he’s wrapped up by Squalicum defenders during a kick return during the first quarter of the season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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!!

Squalicum wider receiver Ben Peterson (5) finds a break in the Bellingham defense during the first quarter of their season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum wider receiver Ben Peterson (5) finds a break in the Bellingham defense during the first quarter of their season opener at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 4, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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 –

Shorewood junior Devan Kirk (1112), left, and Arlington junior Eric Acero-Rosas (20) battle for 8th place during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. Kirk was awarded the position.

Shorewood junior Devan Kirk (1112), left, and Arlington junior Eric Acero-Rosas (20) battle for 8th place during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. Kirk was awarded the position. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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!! –

Junior Girls line up to begin their 5K during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015.

Junior Girls line up to begin their 5K during the Sehome Invitational Cross Country meet at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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.

Final Touches-

Back East BBQ cook Laura Orso of Bellingham, toasts miniature cupcakes during the Bite of Bellingham on Sunday afternoon Sept. 20, 2015, at Depot Market Square in Bellingham, Wash.Downtown Bellingham Partnership marketing director Kyle Fuller says they expect 6,000 people at this year's event. She added that 35 vendors were at hand to provide for the visitors.

Back East BBQ cook Laura Orso of Bellingham, toasts miniature cupcakes during the Bite of Bellingham on Sunday afternoon Sept. 20, 2015, at Depot Market Square in Bellingham, Wash. (©Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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?

Ferndale defensive back Justice Powell (9) watches Blaine wide receiver Anthony Ball (88) attempt an over the shoulder catch during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015. Ball missed the catch.

Ferndale defensive back Justice Powell (9) watches Blaine wide receiver Anthony Ball (88) attempt an over the shoulder catch during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015. Ball missed the catch. (©Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I like this best after downloading as the image has a sense of anticipation: Will he catch it? Unfortunately, he did no.

Slippin’ By –

Blaine defensive back Alfonso Dermendziev (14), right, misses as he attempts to tackle Ferndale running back Austin Honeycutt (32) as he pushes past the line of scrimmage for a gain of yardage during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015.

Blaine defensive back Alfonso Dermendziev (14), right, misses as he attempts to tackle Ferndale running back Austin Honeycutt (32) while he pushes past the line of scrimmage for a gain of yardage during the second quarter at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Friday evening Sept. 18, 2015. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography -Mount Shuksan is lit by the setting Sun as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Mount Shuksan is lit by the setting Sun as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

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 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Pace Rubadeau of Portlands, Ore., plays as the Sun sets during a lunar eclipse over Mount Shuksan in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Pace Rubadeau of Portland, Ore., plays as the Sun sets during a lunar eclipse over Mount Shuksan in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

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-

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan in alpenglow as its reflected in a pond Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – The last rays of the setting Sun bathe Mount Shuksan in alpenglow as its reflected in a pond at Huntoon Point near Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

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 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

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 –

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - The Full Blood Super Moon begins moving out of Earth's shadow as it hovers over the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – The Full Blood Super Moon begins moving out of Earth’s shadow as it hovers over the peak of Mount Shuksan as seen from Artist Point in Whatcom County, Wash., on Sunday evening Sept. 27, 2015.

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.

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One comment

  1. Excellent photos. I’m a huge football photography fan myself. At present i use the Nikon J1 which, although not expensive, this is a fantastic camera. I’ve had it now for about 3 years and it’s helped to produce almost all of the photos on my website http://www.footballphotos.co.uk – I’m actually looking to replace this camera now but it’ll take a lot to fill the void.

    I was wondering if you’d take a look at my site and send me any feedback you may have. No matter how critical.

    Keep up the good work!

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