Photography Tips & Tricks

Freezing the Ball: Catching the Pitcher’s Pitch

There’s nothing more satisfying that capturing a photo you’ve wanted to get for a long time. For me, it was freezing a ball tack sharp between the pitcher and the batter with both out of focus. On Thursday I shot the Blaine vs Lynden Christian varsity boys baseball game for The Bellingham Herald. There was not a lot of action on the field, so I concentrated on the pitchers.

Total Concentration

Blaine pitcher Brandon Watts (12) pitches to Lynden Christian third baseman Colby Flint during the first inning on Thursday afternoon Mar. 30, 2017, at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash. Blaine defeated Lynden Christian 12 to 5. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Blaine pitcher Brandon Watts (12) pitches to Lynden Christian third baseman Colby Flint during the first inning on Thursday afternoon Mar. 30, 2017, at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash. Blaine defeated Lynden Christian 12 to 5. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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Tips to Photograph a Full Moon and Mountain Alpenglow

Ever wonder how some photographers can balance the light of a rising Moon with the Sun lighting the mountains? How they get that “perfectly” exposed Moon with a beautiful color on the mountain peaks? It’s really not that hard.

Waiting on the Moon

The Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., against as sunset washed Mount Baker on Wednesday evening Jan. 11, 2017. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Before the Moon – The Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., against as sunset washed Mount Baker and Twin Sisters on Wednesday evening Jan. 11, 2017. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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The Color Run in Bellingham, Wash.

On Sunday July 21, 2016, my assignment for The Bellingham Herald was to photograph the 2nd annual running of The Color Run. I shot it last year and had a lot of fun as well as learning the limitations of my camera. These were highlighted in my blog post Debut of The Color Run

In The Face!!!

In Your Face! - Volunteer Nina Poliquit of Olympia sprays participants with orange powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the "World's Happiest 5K" fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

In Your Face! – Volunteer Nina Poliquit of Olympia sprays participants with orange powder during The Color Run on Sunday morning Aug. 21, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. Several thousand participated in the “World’s Happiest 5K” fundraiser to help benefit the Whatcom Family YMCA. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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A Night with the Perseids

Just a quick post. As most of the world knows, the peak for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower was this morning August 12, 2016. Many said it was a fantastic show. It was nice, but I wouldn’t say it was one of the best I saw.

Milky Way Above Baker

Milky Way & Mount Baker - The Milky Way over Mount Baker during Perseids Meteor Shower on Friday morning Aug. 8, 2016, as seen from Artist Point near Mount Baker Ski Area in Whatcom County, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Milky Way & Mount Baker – The Milky Way over Mount Baker during Perseids Meteor Shower on Friday morning Aug. 8, 2016, as seen looking south from Artist Point near Mount Baker Ski Area in Whatcom County, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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March For Bernie Rally in Bellingham, Washington

It was a beautiful sunny day the Sunday before the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, over 200 supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders gathered to show support for Vermont Senator. Still “Feelin’ the Bern,” they began their march at Bellingham City Hall at the intersection of Commercial Avenue and Lottie Street.

Still Feeling the Bern

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Christina Farsovitch, left, her daughter Elaina Farsovitch, both from Marysville, and Scott Sanderson of Bellingham, right with flag, cheer as the March for Bernie Rally begins on Saturday afternoon July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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