With the Lynden Lions leading the Black Hills Wolves 17 to 14 at the end of the third quarter, I had to leave as my afternoon deadline for The Bellingham Herald was looming. As Lynden was playing well, I did not want to leave.
Up and Over
It was a nice day. Although the clouds were roiling over Civic Stadium, the temperature was nice and with no wind, the day was getting better. 180 degrees out from last night when I shot the Squalicum Storm lost to Bonney Lake 24 to 7. That game was horrible. I’ve never seen the Storm get blown over so bad.
As the last 90 seconds of the third quarter ticked off the clock, Lynden scored a field goal giving them the advantage at the half. I really wanted to stay as I felt the Lions had the momentum to keep the pressure on Black Hills and carry home the win.
But, deadlines are deadlines, and as Bernie white says in The Paper, a deadline is “Deadline: A date or time before which something must be done.” So off I went.
Three Finger Hold
As I had another game at 6, Mount Baker vs Hoquiam, and it was now 3:30, I drove to the local Woods Coffee to get, well, a cup of coffee and edit my images. Post processing for me is rather simple. The hard part is captioning the photo. Making sure the players are identified correctly, you have the right info for each play, and you’re choosing a few photos you like as well as those that tell the story of the game.
Push Off !!!
After choosing 4 or 5 for the print edition, I continue editing to find more to get 18 to 24 images for the website slide show. That’s a good number for a single game. Some photographers tend to put up as much as 50, which I believe is way too much.
By the Shoe
TIP: Leave the viewer wanting more. Don’t overload the show. Keep it simple. Too many photos bore the viewer.
To purchase prints and view more of the images from the game, visit the gallery Lynden vs Black Hills in 2A Playoffs.
For a better description of the game, read the story Lynden Holds Off Stiff Test From Black Hills for 2A State Win on The Bellingham Herald website.
To view more of my work for The Bellingham Herald, visit the page My Work for the Bellingham Herald.
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Paul Conrad is an award-winning photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.
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.