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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.

The year 2015 is looking to be another fantastic year. I hope to continue my personal projects as well as take on more assignments and clients.

I am now booking for the upcoming wedding season, family and senior portraits. Send me an email at paulconradphotography@gmail.com or check out my wedding and portrait information pages.

Thank you for stopping by to read and view my work. Feel free to comment, critique, or just ask questions.

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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.

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A Few Tips for Photographing Golf

On Monday, September 1st, I covered the final round of the Bellingham Amateur Tournament for The Bellingham Herald. I like golf as much as I like to be bitten by a swarm of yellowjackets.  But, I will say i like a challenge. And when something is difficult to photograph, I take on that challenge. No matter how boring!

Look at that BOKEH!!!

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mark Strickland drives off the 7th hole tee during 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 – Mark Strickland drives off the 7th tee during final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

Photographing golf is a major challenge. There are two things you MUST pay attention to when shooting it:

  • 1. Be quiet. Don’t shoot while they are getting ready to put or drive. 
  • 2. Stay out of the line of the golfers when they are putting. or driving. 

Out of the Sand:

© 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.

Yes, being quiet and unobtrusive is a challenge. The shutter is louder than you think, the carts can be noisy, and sneezing or coughing is like dropping a bed pan in a maternity ward. Seriously, you need to be as quiet as possible.

While I i was a photo intern at the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner, my assignment one fall day was to shoot the final round of the Utah State Amateur Open at the Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah. No problem I thought. Grabbed the 400 f/2,8 pool lens and headed down for the day.

Following His Shot:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mark Strickland watches his drive from the 5th tee during 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 – Mark Strickland watches his drive from the 5th tee during final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

When I got there, I met the reporter and we grabbed a cart. Lugging my  F5 with a 400 f/2,8 attached was not my idea of fun. Anywho.  During one particular putt, Todd Tanner was up and as he was getting ready, I accidentally hit the shutter button. He looked at me while pointing his club and gave me a stern look.  Thoroughly embarrassing.

Studying the Green:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Tom Kenny lines up his putt on the 4th 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 – Tom Kenny lines up his putt on the 4th 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.

This happened a few times during the day. But, good thing was that the golfers became used to me. And I got what I thought at the time was a great shot. Until I showed it to my photo editor. He just said “nice shot. I get 2 or 3 of those a day.”  My ego was quickly deflated.

But I did learn a lot shooting. To put it simply, the most important thing I learned was to be patient.

Driving

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mark Strickland watches his drive off the 6th tee head down the fairway 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 – Mark Strickland watches his drive off the 6th tee head down the fairway during the final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

As for equipment, longer glass is necessary. For this shoot, I used a Nikon 400mm f/2.8 lens on a Nikon D3s. I kept my 80-200 f/2.8 on my D300s (which made it equivalent to a 300mm), my short glass was in my camera bag as well as and SB-910 strobe, SC-29 off-camera cord, and lens cleaning supplies. 

So to sum it up, here are a few things you need when shooting golf:

  • A golf cart – Don’t try to lug your gear nine holes. You’ll quickly get tired.
  • Patience – You probably won’t get a shot until the 3rd or 4th hole. Keep shooting.
  • Long glass (golf is not a wide-angle feature fest) – 300mm or longer.
  • Knowledge of the players – Not just who’s leading, but who has a stronger short game, who drives the longest, etc,
  • Awareness of your surroundings – Don’t wander onto another hole, quickly leave the green after your done, golf balls heading your way
  • Plenty of water and a few snacks – You will be outside usually on a very warm day so stay hydrated. You will need to keep your energy up.

Salvaging From Bad Luck:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - John Mlikotic watches Mark Strickland escape a sand trap near the 6th 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 Mlikotic watches Mark Strickland escape a sand trap near the 6th 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. After a string of bad luck, Strickland scored a double bogey.

As I get better at photographing golf, it is becoming more fun to shoot. As for playing it? Naw. If I want to go for a walk, I’ll head to the mountains and hike. Not really my sport.

To the Green:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - John Mlikotic drives one to the 5th hole 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 Mlikotic drives one to the 5th 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.

For more images from the tournament, please visit my gallery “40th annual Bellingham Amateur.”

For more of my sports images, please visit my gallery “The Games We Play.”

Thank you for stopping by to read and view my work. Feel free to comment, critique, or just ask questions.

Also, feel free to share and reblog, link to, and add your site in the comment section.

Paul “pablo” Conrad

Follow me on these various Social Networks:

  1. Follow Me on Google+
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  3. Follow me on Twitter
  4. Follow me on Pinterest

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

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.