Baseball

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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On Assignment: My best images from May 2015

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Making the Play:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Lynden Christian short stop Dylan Meenk (7) looks to throw to first as he hops over Burlington-Edison outfielder Wes Fleury (24) while he slides into second base during the sixth inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Fleury was called out as the visiting Burlington-Edison Tigers went on to defeat Lynden Christian Lyncs 8-0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian shortstop Dylan Meenk (7) looks to throw to first as he hops over Burlington-Edison outfielder Wes Fleury (24) while he slides into second base during the sixth inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Fleury was called out as the visiting Burlington-Edison Tigers went on to defeat Lynden Christian Lyncs 8-0.

Safe? or Out?

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Lynden Christian right fielder Garrit Sterk (19) dives back to second base after over running it as Burlington-Edison second baseman Chris Cook (27) tags him out during the seventh inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden Christian 8 to 0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian right fielder Garrit Sterk (19) dives back to second base after over running it as Burlington-Edison second baseman Chris Cook (27) tags him out during the seventh inning at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden Christian 8 to 0.

“I’m Safe!!”

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Lynden Christian outfielder Josh Heutink (22) signals through the dust he's safe at third during the fourth inning against  Burlington-Edison at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian outfielder Josh Heutink (22) signals through the dust he’s safe at third during the fourth inning against Burlington-Edison at Lynden Christian High School on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015.

Pitching:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Burlington-Edison pitcher Sean Ferdig (4) pitches to Lynden Christian during the second inning on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School. B-E defeated Lynden Christian 8-0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Burlington-Edison pitcher Sean Ferdig (4) pitches to Lynden Christian during the second inning on Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School. B-E defeated Lynden Christian 8-0.

War Stories:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  World War 2 veterans Bob Van Weerdhuizen, left, and Joe Moser share memories before the start of the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Moser was one of this years honorees.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – World War 2 veterans Bob Van Weerdhuizen, left, and Joe Moser share memories before the start of the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Moser was one of this years honorees.

The Old & the New:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  “The old and the new, that’s what we are” says World War II veteran Bob Lemke of Bellingham, right, as he shakes hands with Pfc. Matthew Montanez during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Lemke served with the 1st Marines in China and says he was

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – “The old and the new, that’s what we are” says World War II veteran Bob Lemke of Bellingham, right, as he shakes hands with Pfc. Matthew Montanez during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. Lemke served with the 1st Marines in China and says he was “17 years and one week old” when he enlisted.

Dove Release:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Emily Borbon, 7, of Bellingham gets surrounded by doves during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. The Thunder Birds 4H Club and Flights of Fancy provided doves for the ceremony.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Emily Borbon, 7, of Bellingham gets surrounded by doves during the 50th annual Festival of Flags and Remembrance Ceremony at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon May 25, 2015. The Thunder Birds 4-H Club and Flights of Fancy provided doves for the ceremony.

Night at Hannegan Pass:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Long exposure using a headlamp against a translucent Nalgene bottle to light the tent and my headlamp as I walk to take another photo.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Long exposure using a headlamp against a translucent Nalgene bottle to light the tent and my headlamp as I walk to take another photo.

Flowers in the Stream:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Yellow flowers in a stream along Hannegan Pass Road near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Yellow flowers in a stream along Hannegan Pass Road near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in western Washington.

Birth of Creation:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - An egg used for a memorial or Moon light ceremony sits on a mossy rock along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County, Wash., near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest along Hannegan Pass Road.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – An egg used for a memorial or Moon light ceremony sits on a mossy rock along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County, Wash., near Mount Baker in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest along Hannegan Pass Road.

Waterfall on the Trail:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - A waterfall is created by spring run-off on the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – A waterfall is created by spring run-off on the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

Mount Baker View:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Mount Baker, left, rises above the surrounding northern Cascade Mountains as seen from the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker, left, rises above the surrounding northern Cascade Mountains as seen from the Lake Ann Trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in eastern Whatcom County in western Washington.

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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.

On Assignment: My Best Images from April

Starting a new habit/feature/entry which highlights my favorite images of the month. I think it’d be good for editors and other art directors to go directly to blogs with just photos, and especially ones that showcase my skills and talents.

Locust Beach Mudflats –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The setting Sun is reflected off the mudflats of Bellingham Bay during low at Locust Beach in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The setting Sun is reflected off the mudflats of Bellingham Bay during low at Locust Beach in Bellingham, Wash. I wanted to photograph the sunset with the ripple patterns and get the pilings on this beach as well. But I couldn’t get a good alignment with all three in the frame.

Roadside Tulips –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Dew dappled tulips along the Mount Baker Highway, Washington 542,  in Glacier, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Dew dappled tulips along the Mount Baker Highway, Washington 542, in Glacier, Wash. Waiting for a real estate client, I saw these tulips. As I was leaning against my car, I liked how the colors of the roses complemented the grass lit by the rising Sun.

Seeking a Silver Lining –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Barbara Forss of Ferndale asseses the markings on a silver flatware to  determine if it is sterling during the Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation Event at the Bellingham Senior Activities Center on Saturday afternoon April 11, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. Over 100 people brought in items ranging from antique guns to a modern day Barbie Corvette to jewelry. Eighteen specialist were one hand to evaluate the items.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Barbara Forss of Ferndale assesses the markings on silver flatware to decide if it is sterling during the Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation Event at the Bellingham Senior Activities Center on Saturday afternoon April 11, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. As I was shooting something else, I noticed how she was studying every detail of the flatware. I like the tight shot with the focus on her eyes.

Looking for the Sweet Spot –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Bellingham pitcher Brad Johnson tosses to Ferndale  in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham pitcher Brad Johnson tosses to Ferndale in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. After cropping in to about 1/4th the frame, this image popped out. I first noticed how the ball is close, and you can make out the batter.

Safe or Out? –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Bellingham shortstop Austin Shenton (24), right, fields a throw as Ferndale third baseman Kyler Brudwick (5) slides safely into second base during the 4th inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Brudwick was called safe as Shenton bobbled the ball.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham shortstop Austin Shenton (24), right, fields a throw as Ferndale third baseman Kyler Brudwick (5) slides safely into second base during the 4th inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Brudwick was called safe as Shenton bobbled the ball. Sometimes you get lucky. I knew there would be a play at 2nd, did not expect this though.

Pleading –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Ferndale outfielder Kyle Sandstrom (4), left, pleads with the umpire after being tagged out at home by Bellingham catcher Dante Check (18) during the fifth inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Sandstorm was called out by the umpire.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Ferndale outfielder Kyle Sandstrom (4), left, pleads with the umpire after being tagged out at home by Bellingham catcher Dante Check (18) during the fifth inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Sandstorm was called out by the umpire. I had the complete sequence, But the ump’s butt was in the way. I like how you can tell the umpire called and out, and the kid is pleading with him.

Winning Celebration –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Team Fairhaven Toy Garden members Dante Koplovitz-Fleming, left, and Colin Bigalow, give each other a celebratory hug after winning the Piano Race during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. Hundreds enjoyed the festivities which included a donut eating contest, live music from the JP Falcon Band, piano race, chili cook off, salmon tossing contest, as well as many local vendors.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Team Fairhaven Toy Garden members Dante Koplovitz-Fleming, left, and Colin Bigalow, give each other a celebratory hug after winning the Piano Race during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. This just reminded me of a reaction shot by a sports team winning a big game.

Powdered Nose:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Juan Alten, 12, of Bellingham, Wash., attempts to devour his donut during the Rocket Donuts donut eating contest of the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. Hundreds enjoyed the festivities which included a donut eating contest, live music from the JP Falcon Band, piano race, chili cook off, salmon tossing contest, as well as many local vendors.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Juan Alten, 12, of Bellingham, Wash., attempts to devour his donut during the Rocket Donuts donut eating contest of the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. What can I say, a kid scarfing down a donut in an eating contest.

Jim “Dirty” Rich –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Jim

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Jim “Dirty” Rich sits next to the Daniel Jefferson Harris sculpture on the Fairhaven Village Green during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. A cool portrait of a local citizen.

Rialto Beach in Blue – 

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The surf of the Pacific Oceanock formation near Hole in the Wall north of Rialto Beach in La Push, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The surf of the Pacific Ocean breaks against rock formations near Hole in the Wall north of Rialto Beach in La Push along the western Washington coast. When I first shot this, I played with the duotone setting on my camera. I loved how it looked. So I pulled the raw file into Photoshop and created it there.

Pacific Sunset –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The Sun sets over a rock formation in the Pacific Ocean near Rialto Beach along the western Washington coast near La Push.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The Sun sets by a rock formation in the Pacific Ocean off Rialto Beach along the western Washington coast near La Push. the western Washington coast near La Push. Just like the positioning of the island, Sun, reflection, and waves. 
 

That’s Gotta Hurt –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography -  Mount Baker midfielder Jon Ehlers (12) heads the ball away from Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11) during the first half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Meridian defeated Mount Baker  4 to 2 scoring all 4 goals in the second half.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker midfielder Jon Ehlers (12) heads the ball away from Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11) during the first half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015.This was right before the foot made contact. Ouch.

GOOOOOOOOOL!!!

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography -  Mount Baker midfielder Taylor Bruntil (4), right, jumps for the ball as Meridian midfielder Jake Birnel (10) takes a free kick and scores during the 9th minute of the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Birnel scored on the kick tying the score 2 to 2 as Meridian went on to defeat Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker midfielder Taylor Bruntil (4), right, jumps for the ball as Meridian midfielder Jake Birnel (10) takes a free kick and scores during the 9th minute of the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Birnel scored on the kick tying the score 2 to 2 as Meridian went on to defeat Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half. As I usually stay at one end while shooting soccer, that way I can get good defense/offense action. I did not expect to be in the right alignment for this free kick that resulted in a score.

Mid Air Collision –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography -  Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11), left, and Mount Baker defensive man Zane Smith (17) battle for a corner kick during the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Meridian defeated Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11), left, and Mount Baker defensive man Zane Smith (17) battle for a corner kick during the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Meridian defeated Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half. The kid on the left was trying to head it for a goal. It hit the upright.

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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.

Catching the Pitcher: Tips for Better Baseball Photography

It’s always fun to shoot baseball. Especially high school baseball.

And with that, I heard a huge collective “Ugh.” I like photographing it because it is a challenging sport to shoot. You have to read the game, read the players, understand basic strategy, and mostly have fun.

Eye on the Ball:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Bellingham pitcher Brad Johnson tosses to Ferndale  in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham pitcher Brad Johnson tosses to Ferndale. Shooting through chain link fencing can be tedious, but if you position your lens dead center, the distraction is minimal.

But the most important part of shooting baseball, or anything for that matter, is to PAY ATTENTION!

In baseball, moments are incredibly fleeting. A few times I have chatted with others only to miss great play. So don’t get distracted. Pay attention to the game, only chat between innings and team changes. Keep on your toes.

The “V”:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Ferndale pitcher Kyler Schemstad (18) pitches to Bellingham during the second inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Ferndale pitcher Kyler Schemstad (18) pitches to Bellingham during the second inning at Ferndale High School. Position yourself so the pitcher’s body is framed by the batter.

To photograph the Battery, the pitcher/catcher/batter/umpire combo, you have to be mobile. No sitting in the bleachers, no staying in one spot along the fence, you have to move. In fact, you may have to shoot from the 3rd base line, as well as the 1st baseline.

Off the Tips:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Meridian Trojan boys against the Brewster Bears at Meridian High School in Bellingham on April 2, 2014. Meridian lost 5-4.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Meridian Trojan boys against the Brewster Bears at Meridian High School in Bellingham. A hard photo to capture is getting the ball just as it leaves the tips of the pitcher’s fingers.

Don’t be afraid to shoot through the fence. If you position your lens properly in the center of the square of the chain link, the distraction is minimal or non-existent. If the squares of holes of the fence are small, you’re just going to have to use the largest aperture possible. Using f/2.8 or f/4 is best to decrease the effect.

Sideview:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  The Ferndale Golden Eagles host the Bellingham Red Raiders in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – The Ferndale Golden Eagles host the Bellingham Red Raiders in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School. Notice how the face is visible in the left-handed pitcher’s windup?

Sideview 2 (from same shooting position):

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  The Ferndale Golden Eagles host the Bellingham Red Raiders in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham’s Brad Johnson winds-up as he pitches to Ferndale. Shot from the same angle as the photo above, notice how you can’t see the pitcher’s face all that well.

Sideview 3:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Meridian Trojan boys against the Lynden Lions at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday afternoon April 9, 2014. The Lions defeated the Trojans 6-4.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Meridian Trojan boys against the Lynden Lions at Meridian High School. Notice how as the right-handed pitcher releases the ball, his face become more visible.

Every battery is different: different pitcher, different batter, how the catcher and umpire sit. Even how the pitcher throws will affect your choice of position. Again, stay fluid and try every angle.

Shooting the pitcher from the side you need to remember one simple rule: If they throw right-handed, then you won’t get a good face from their right side. Think about when you throw. Your face is covered by your right arm and shoulder. Now add the power as they throw, their head turns towards their left and is further obscured.

You’ll get the windup from their throwing side, but lose their face at the halfway point and beyond. It’s just a matter of what you as the photographer want: do you want the windup? Or the release? Why not both then choose later? SEE EXAMPLES ABOVE

Focusing is critical. But you have to prefocus in front of the pitcher. This does take some practice. Don’t rely on your autofocus.  In fact, watch the pitcher as you shoot. Focus on his front foot as it lands. This is almost the same plane as where his face will be when he/she releases the ball. Again, see the photos above.

In summary:

  1. Prefocus and use manual or lock the focus. It keeps your lens from “hunting.” Sometimes the lens will try to focus on the battery or the background. By using manual, you focus and won’t lose that focus if the camera picks something up while shooting.
  2. If you use autofocus, set your camera so the shutter is not activating the focus. I set mine so the back button activates autofocus.
  3. Use shallow depth of field to separate the pitcher from the battery (batter, umpire, catcher) and background. The basic principle of making your main subject the focus of the photo.
  4. Use a high shutter of 1/2000th or faster. On cloudy days you’ll have to up the ISO. stops any blur as they do move rather fast.
  5. Place your hand at the end of the lens barrel to keep it centered through the gaps in the fence. 
  6. While behind the battery, use the umpire, catcher and batter as a framing device. 
  7. Shoot the pitcher from the first baseline and third base line. 
  8. Pay attention. Don’t get distracted during active play by others around you. Literally, stay focused on the game. 
  9. Have fun and try new things. You just never know.

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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.

Photos of the Year: My Favorites from the past 12 months.

2014 turned out to be a good year for me. Not only have I shot more Getty Images assignments, more newspaper assignments, but I’ve also had the privilege to photograph many sporting and news events, a wedding, and a few portraits.

On top of that, I also went out of my way to practice more landscape photography shooting at night, using ND filters to get 4 minute exposures in daylight, and getting out of my comfort zone hiking into remote places.

These are my favorites from the year. There are more on my site in the gallery 2014 Year in Photos – My Favorites from the Year to view more exciting images from the year 2014.

Get Outta My Way:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

Incoming Storm:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Long exposures of incoming storm over Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Long exposures of incoming storm over Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Don’t Get It In Yer Eyes!!

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Natalie and Codey's wedding and reception at the Edgewood Inn in Woodland Park, Colo., on Saturday afternoon Dec. 13, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The flower girls getting prepped for Natalie and Codey’s wedding and reception at the Edgewood Inn in Woodland Park, Colo., on Saturday afternoon Dec. 13, 2014.

 

That Low Sinking Feeling:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Bellingham High School senior Christian Amano of Bellingham, Wash,. lands in the pit during his attempt at the long jump druing the NWC Track & Field competition at Civic Field in Bellingham. Amano ended 8th overall with a distance of 18 feet, 11 inches.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Bellingham High School senior Christian Amano of Bellingham, Wash,. lands in the pit during his attempt at the long jump during the NWC Track & Field competition at Civic Field in Bellingham. Amano ended 8th overall with 18 feet, 11 inches.

Squalicum Harbor at Sunset:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sunset at Locust Beach and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening July 15, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Sunset at Locust Beach and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening July 15, 2014.

Mt. Baker & Refinery:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Mount Baker is illuminated by the setting Sun as the lights at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., turn begin to illuminate the petroleum plant.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker is illuminated by the setting Sun as the lights at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., turn begin to illuminate the petroleum plant.

Rain? What Rain?:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

Keeping His Eye on the Ball:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Lynden wide receiver Scooter Hastings (88) concentrates to catch a touchdown pass as Hockinson defensive back Quentin Sills (20) attempts to interrupt the play early the second quarter in the Class 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon November 22, 2014. Hastings touchdown and resulting extra point a 21 to 7 lead over Hockinson. Lynden defeated Hopkinson 52 to 28 to advance to the semi-final.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden wide receiver Scooter Hastings (88) concentrates to catch a touchdown pass as Hockinson defensive back Quentin Sills (20) attempts to interrupt the play early the second quarter in the Class 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon November 22, 2014. Hastings touchdown and resulting extra point a 21 to 7 lead over Hockinson. Lynden defeated Hopkinson 52 to 28 to advance to the semi-final.

Faceplant:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Hannah Scarth of Arlington, Wash., dives head first into the Holee Kow mud pit during the 3rd annual Mud to Suds race on Saturday morning August 16, 2014, at Hovander Park in Ferndale, Wash. Nearly 2000 people ran the 2.5 mile course negotiating 22 obstacles including mud-filled pits, hay bales, and a soap foam tunnel. The event raised funds for the Girls Scouts of Western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah Scarth of Arlington, Wash., dives head first into the Holee Kow mud pit during the 3rd annual Mud to Suds race on Saturday morning August 16, 2014, at Hovander Park in Ferndale, Wash. Nearly 2000 people ran the 2.5 mile course negotiating 22 obstacles including mud-filled pits, hay bales, and a soap foam tunnel. The event raised funds for the Girls Scouts of Western Washington.

Teaching Art:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Senior instructor Amy Hill of Bellingham, Wash., demonstrates a brush stroke technique while teaching a class at Uptown Art painting studio on Bellwether Way in Bellingham, on Friday evening December 5, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Senior instructor Amy Hill of Bellingham, Wash., demonstrates a brush stroke technique while teaching a class at Uptown Art painting studio on Bellwether Way in Bellingham, on Friday evening December 5, 2014.

Out of the Trap:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - John Milkotic drives from a sand trap at the 9th green during the final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – John Milkotic drives from a sand trap at the 9th green during the final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

A Head Above

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College jufreshman defensiveman Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last minute second half goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College freshman defensive man Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last-minute second half goal.

Piping:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Bellingham Pipe Band member Gary Griffiths practices in the men's locker room during commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on Saturday morning June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham Pipe Band member Gary Griffiths practices in the men’s locker room during commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on Saturday morning June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

Vampire’s Delight:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The partial solar eclipse and the cross at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Walnut Street in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday afternoon Oct. 10, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The partial solar eclipse and the cross at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Walnut Street in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday afternoon Oct. 10, 2014.

Getting Energized:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Ian Murray of Canmore, Alberta, hydrates prior to the start of the mountain biking leg of the 2014 Ski to Sea Race on Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Ferndale, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Ian Murray of Canmore, Alberta, hydrates prior to the start of the mountain biking leg of the 2014 Ski to Sea Race on Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Ferndale, 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.