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Be Smart While Photographing on a Tight Deadline

With the first game starting at 6:30, the second at 8, and my deadline at 9:30, making deadline would be tight. How I beat the deadline with time to spare.

Time Management is crucial. Simply, during some assignments, I do not have the time to pause and watch the games, chat with other photographers, or drive to a local coffee shop to meet the deadline. I had to edit and submit while sitting courtside.

The Cloud 9 Sports Christmas Classic was at Lynden Christian High School last week. I covered the Lynden Christian boys and girls games on Tuesday and Wednesday for The Bellingham Herald.

Fighting for the Rebound

Lynden Christian's Grant Rubbert (35) captures a rebound against Granger's Jake Slade (22), left, and Jay Ramirez (1) during the second quarter in the Cloud 9 Sports Christmas Classic on Tuesday evening Dec. 29, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden Christian’s Grant Rubbert (35) captures a rebound against Granger’s Jake Slade (22), left, and Jay Ramirez (1) during the second quarter in the Cloud 9 Sports Christmas Classic on Tuesday evening Dec. 29, 2015, at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash. Lynden Christian defeated Granger 65 to 33. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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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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Tournament Time: My Favorite #Basketball #Photos this Season

As high school basketball season here in Bellingham, Wash., and the Pacific Northwest begins to wind down, tournament time is beginning to ramp up. Here are a few of my favorite images from this season’s basketball games:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Lynden Christian guard Zach Roetcisoender (31) drives between Bellingham guards Austin Shenton (42), left, and Dante Check (15) during the third quarter at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.15, 2014. Roetcisoender made the basket for two points with no fouls called

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian guard Zach Roetcisoender (31) drives between Bellingham guards Austin Shenton (42), left, and Dante Check (15) during the third quarter at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.15, 2014. Roetcisoender made the basket for two points with no fouls called.

 

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Lynden Christian guard Zach Roetcisoender (31) drives between Bellingham guards Austin Shenton (42), left, and Dante Check (15) during the third quarter at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.15, 2014. .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden Christian guard Zach Roetcisoender (31) drives between Bellingham guards Austin Shenton (42), left, and Dante Check (15) during the third quarter at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.15, 2014. .

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Anacortes' Stella Gillman (20), left, and Lynden's Shaye Brandsma (14) fight for possession during the second quarter in varsity girls basketball at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.1, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Anacortes’ Stella Gillman (20), left, and Lynden’s Shaye Brandsma (14) fight for possession during the second quarter in varsity girls basketball at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.1, 2014.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Images from Anacortes Seahawks vs Lynden Christian Lyncs in varsity girls basketballl at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.1, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Images from Anacortes Seahawks vs Lynden Christian Lyncs in varsity girls basketball at Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash., on Monday evening Dec.1, 2014.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Squalicum point guard Harper Moore (11), center,  gets the rebound over Ferndale's Sky Freeman (2) left, and John Weg (32) right, during the first quarter at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 5, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Squalicum point guard Harper Moore (11), center, gets the rebound over Ferndale’s Sky Freeman (2) left, and John Weg (32) right, during the first quarter at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 5, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Squalicum point guard Harper Moore (11) shoots over the head of Ferndale guard John Weg (32) during the second quarter at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 5, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Squalicum point guard Harper Moore (11) shoots over the head of Ferndale guard John Weg (32) during the second quarter at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 5, 2015.

 

The Meridian Trojans take on the Squalicum Storm in varsity boys basketball at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan.  19, 2015.

The Meridian Trojans take on the Squalicum Storm in varsity boys basketball at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 19, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Squalicum’s Damek Mitchell (24), left,  Josh Vail (14), and Darius Powell (230, right, battle with Meridian guard Alex Martin (14) for possession during the thrid quarter at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 19, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Squalicum’s Damek Mitchell (24), left, Josh Vail (14), and Darius Powell (230, right, battle with Meridian guard Alex Martin (14) for possession during the third quarter at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 19, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Western Oregon forward Marawan Sarhan (33), left, attempts to block a shot from Western Washington guard Kyle Impero (2) during the first half at Carver Gymnasium on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday evening Jan.24, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Western Oregon forward Marawan Sarhan (33), left, attempts to block a shot from Western Washington guard Kyle Impero (2) during the first half at Carver Gymnasium on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday evening Jan.24, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Western Washington guard Harris Javier (12) attempts a lay-up during the first half against Western Oregon Universiy  at Carver Gymnasium on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday evening Jan. 24, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Western Washington guard Harris Javier (12) attempts a lay-up during the first half against Western Oregon University at Carver Gymnasium on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday evening Jan. 24, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Bellingham forward Paige Jacobsen (30), left, wrestles the ball from Sedro-Woolley forward Jordan Stapleton (33) to win the rebound late in the second quarter at  Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 26, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham forward Paige Jacobsen (30), left, wrestles the ball from Sedro-Woolley forward Jordan Stapleton (33) to win the rebound late in the second quarter at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 26, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Bellingham guard Kylie Clark (2) shoots a free throw against the visiting Sedro-Woolley Cubs early in the first quarter at  Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 26, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham guard Kylie Clark (2) shoots a free throw against the visiting Sedro-Woolley Cubs early in the first quarter at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 26, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - The Sedro-Woolley Cubs play the Bellingham Red Raiders in girl's high school  basketball at  Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 26, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – The Sedro-Woolley Cubs play the Bellingham Red Raiders in girl’s high school basketball at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Jan. 26, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Sehome guard Marcus Montag (23), left, gets the rebound during the first quarter against Squalicum at  Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening Jan. 27, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Sehome guard Marcus Montag (23), left, gets the rebound during the first quarter against Squalicum at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening Jan. 27, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Sehome guard Marcus Montag (23) shoots and scores against Squalicum point guard Harper Moore (11), right, during the first quarter at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening Jan. 27, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Sehome guard Marcus Montag (23) shoots and scores against Squalicum point guard Harper Moore (11), right, during the first quarter at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening Jan. 27, 2015.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Lynden guards Andrew Kivlighn (21), left, and Sterling Somers (13) attempt to block a shot by Sehome guard Leif Anderson (13) during the first quarter at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Feb. 2, 2015. Anderson made the shot as Sehome went on to defeat Lynden 69 to 67.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden guards Andrew Kivlighn (21), left, and Sterling Somers (13) attempt to block a shot by Sehome guard Leif Anderson (13) during the first quarter at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Feb. 2, 2015. Anderson made the shot as Sehome went on to defeat Lynden 69 to 67.

 

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Sehome forward Logan Deboo (5), left, knocks the ball from Lynden point guard Scott Hasting (23) during the second quarter at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Feb. 2, 2015. Sehome defeated Lynden in overtime with a score of 69 to 67.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Sehome forward Logan Deboo (5), left, knocks the ball from Lynden point guard Scott Hasting (23) during the second quarter at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., on Monday evening Feb. 2, 2015. Sehome defeated Lynden in overtime with a score of 69 to 67.

I’m looking forward to tournament time and the upcoming soccer, baseball, and softball seasons.

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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.