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Blazing Glory!! Sunsets in Bellingham, Wash.

The past few weeks have offered some blazing and glorious sunsets here in Bellingham, Wash. One of the things I like to shoot during sunsets are something different than what everyone else shoots: the sunset. It’s nice to get something better. During one particular evening, the sight of the setting Sun was too much to bear. I just had to shoot it.

Bellingham Waterfront

Sunset over the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill - Steam from the Puget Sound Energy Encogen power plant is lit by the Sun as it sets behind the old Georgia Pacific paper mill on Tuesday afternoon Feb. 7, 2017, in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Sunset over the old Georgia Pacific Paper Mill – Steam from the Puget Sound Energy Encogen power plant is lit by the Sun as it sets behind the old Georgia Pacific paper mill in Bellingham, Wash. Prints are available for purchase. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

 

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An Afternoon at Mt. Baker Ski Area: It’s Black & White

Went up on Friday to #OptOutside to the Mt. Baker Ski Area east of Bellingham. Fact is, I needed to feel the crisp cold air in my lungs, view the snow-capped peaks, and hear the crunching of ice and snow underfoot.

Plus, I wanted to get the alpenglow on Mt. Shuksan. It was a beautiful clear day so no clouds in the west could block the light from the setting Sun. A LOT of people were up in the area. I would say most of them weren’t there for the skiing.

Last Rays

Sunset from Picture Lake with a view of Mount Shuksan on Friday afternoon Nov. 27, 2015, at the Mount Baker Ski Area in western Whatcom County, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

The last rays of the Sun ignite Mount Shuksan on Friday afternoon Nov. 27, 2015, at the Mount Baker Ski Area in western Whatcom County, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

In fact, many people were just enjoying the view with some sledding on the slopes of Picture Lake. Just a fun post-Thanksgiving romp in the Pacific Northwest Winter Wonderland.

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Two Minutes: Long Exposures in Rough Weather

We had a major storm come through Bellingham, Wash., the past few day. On Wednesday, I went to Boulevard Park to practice my long exposures.

I’m still looking for the elusive “silky water” photo I’ve seen in others’ images.

Fluffy Waters 1

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography - Images from a stormy Tuesday evening Nov. 17, 2015, on the Boardwalk at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography – Images from a stormy Tuesday evening Nov. 17, 2015, on the Boardwalk at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash.

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A vs B: Which One Would You Choose for the Front Page?

On Saturday, I shot the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for The Bellingham Herald. They needed me to choose one for the front page and then 5 more for the inside on A2.

A- It Isn’t Easy Being Green:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Bennett Burke, 3, right, leads his mother Corrie Burke and Sarah Fowler during the St. Patrick's Day Parade along Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Mar. 14, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bennett Burke, 3, right, leads his mother Corrie Burke and Sarah Fowler during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, Wash.

First, I had to make sure I got the names of the subjects. Second, find one that was symbolic in some form. Many of the images the participants in the parade lacked flair or symbolism.

B- Follow The Leader:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Sherman leads his owner Mary Tully of Bellingham as Cadence Osage Testa, center, and Milagro Mauricio, both 6, chase them down during the St. Patrick's Day Parade along Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Mar. 14, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bennett Burke, 3, right, leads his mother Corrie Burke and Sarah Fowler during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, Wash.

For the front, I chose A as I like the kid on the bike, the flow of the image, and the obvious St. Patrick’s Day feel. The other one is nice, but the dog is too prominent, the background is distracting and there isn’t really a good moment other than the two girls.

Had I had the names of the people in the photo below, It would’ve been a strong contender. I like the moment, composition, and their outfits. But since the parade was moving along somewhat quickly, it was difficult to get their names.

C- The One That Got Away:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Images from the St. Patrick's Day Parade along Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Mar. 14, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – A band plays during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, Wash.

 

Tips for Photographing Parades:

  • Get INTO the Parade: have fun and shoot from the street. It will help you stay mobile and agile. Trying to shoot from the crowd is very limiting.
  • Move between the entrants. Get low on the ground, shoot a few “Hail Mary’s.” Don’t just shoot from eye level.
  • Use a wide-angle and get close. This adds intimacy and keeps your main subject large in the photo.
  • Keep a telephoto on a 2nd body. It’s faster and easier to switch bodies than lenses. I dropped a lens and broke it doing this.
  • Keep a notepad and pencil/pen ready to get names. It helps when editing if you have names.
  • Pay extra attention when floats with horses come along. They can get spooked and stampede. Best to just go to the edge of the crowd and let them by.
  • Just pay extra attention. Sometimes the drivers may not see you as they’re watching the crowd.

Which one would you choose and why? Would you submit the one of the band and use a generic caption? Or would you chose another one? Here is a link to the gallery from the parade: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Bellingham, Wash.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning, nationally and internationally published freelance photographer living in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Wash., north of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, 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. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

A vs B: Making Deadline. Did I Choose Wisely?

On Saturday evening I covered two final matches in the 2A Northwest District varsity girls’ basketball tournament. As I was covering this for The Bellingham Herald, meeting the tight deadline was imperative.

One minor problem: I had a 9:30pm deadline with one game starting at 6pm and the other promptly at 8. This meant I had to come up with a plan and execute it without a hitch. But that’s for a later blog.

A: What I Sent to the Paper

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Emily Holt (25), center, and the rest of the Lynden Lion varsity girls react to winning the 2A Northwest District girls' basketball tournament final against Burlington-Edison  at  Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Saturday evening Feb. 21, 2015. Lynden defeated Burlington-Edison 67 to 55 to win the district title with both teams advancing to the regional playoffs.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Emily Holt (25), center, and the rest of the Lynden Lion varsity girls react to winning the 2A Northwest District girls’ basketball tournament defeating Burlington-Edison 67 to 55 at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. INFO: Nikon D3s with WB set on fluorescent light, and shutter at 1/250th, 17 to 35 f/2.8 set at 5.6.

 

With this, I had my edited images to the paper for the first game by the time the second game started. I also had the online gallery posted. I shot the first half of the second game, worked on my images, then uploaded my 5 edits from the first half.

It was 9:10 and the game was still going so I called the paper to let them know Lynden was ahead and that I was going to shoot the reaction of them winning the District Title.

B: The Second Choice

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Emily Holt (25), center, and the rest of the Lynden Lion varsity girls react to winning the 2A Northwest District girls' basketball tournament final against Burlington-Edison  at  Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Saturday evening Feb. 21, 2015. Lynden defeated Burlington-Edison 67 to 55 to win the district title with both teams advancing to the regional playoffs.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Emily Holt (25), center, and the rest of the Lynden Lion varsity girls react to winning the 2A Northwest District girls’ basketball tournament defeating Burlington-Edison 67 to 55 at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. INFO: Nikon D3s with WB set on fluorescent light, and shutter at 1/250th, 17 to 35 f/2.8 set at 5.6.

At 9:15 the game ended. I rushed onto the court and began shooting. After a few minutes the celebration calmed down so I went back to my workstation, ingested the images, then chose one for sending. I made the deadline with 4 minutes to spare.

Sometimes in the stress of making a deadline, we can choose the wrong photo. I think each of these has their merit.

The strengths of A are: You can see all their faces, it’s a little cleaner, it’s easier to read, and overall a touch sharper.

The strengths of B are: The raised arms show celebration, the girl is framed by the arms, the couple in the back hugging (which I missed in the first edit), and the overall excitement.

If you were an editor and had to choose which one to put in print, would it be A or B and why?

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning, nationally and internationally published freelance photographer living in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Wash., north of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, 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. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.