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Best Photos of the Month October 2016

Didn’t really have much as I was limited to what I could do due to surgery. The whole month of October I was limited to 10 pounds. Still I shot a few football games, a breaking news story, and some of my own projects. Enjoy my Photo of the Month of October.

Take Down!!!

Take Down - Lynden's Connor Shine (20) stops Blaine's Anthony Ball (88) at the line of scrimmage in the red zone during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 7, 2016, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. (photo © Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Take Down – Lynden’s Connor Shine (20) stops Blaine’s Anthony Ball (88) at the line of scrimmage in the red zone during the second quarter on Friday evening Oct. 7, 2016, at Lynden High School in Lynden, Wash. (photo © Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

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Rose and Alex: Engagement Proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to document love first hand. Alex asked me to do their engagement photos. He planned a surprise proposal at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash., during sunset.

Happy Couple

Happy Couple - Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography). Bellingham wedding photographer, whatcom county wedding photography, pacific northwest wedding photography seattle wedding photography

Happy Couple – Alex and Rose during their engagement session at sunset on Sunday evening Aug. 14, 2016, at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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The Heat Was On at Locust Beach: Tips for Photographing Fire Dancing

And the performers were enlightening!!! Fire performance artists entertained over 200 people during the evening of July 17th. As the Sun set, spectators flowed from the trail to the beach inundating a normally quiet park.

Locust Beach is the one park I like to go to that is close to town, but not well visited. There’s limited parking and a good 1/4 to 1/2 mile hike down to the beach. It’s rocky with no facilities. But super nice to get away from it all within town.

Throwin’ Flames

Lindsay McFinland of Bellingham spits a fireball into the sky while performing during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. A group of artists are attempting to make the third Sunday of each month a meeting time to perform at Locust Beach. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Lindsay McFinland of Bellingham spits a fireball into the sky while performing during sunset at Locust Beach on Sunday evening July 17, 2016, in Bellingham, Wash. A group of artists are attempting to make the third Sunday of each month a meeting time to perform at Locust Beach. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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Blood Moon Over Shuksan

The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan in western Washington in the Pacific Northwest in late September 2015.

The full Blood Moon rises over a saddle near the peak of Mount Shuksan in western Washington in the Pacific Northwest in late September 2015. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

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A vs B: Which One Would You Choose?

As part of the ongoing process of evolving and improving my blog, I’m going to start an “A vs B” post each week. This will be two photos that I have a hard time choosing which one I like better.

But, it is something I’m flexible on. I know I don’t make the right editing choices especially on a deadline. We all make mistakes. But that’s the beauty of digital: We can go back and

This week’s choice is a pair of photos from an assignment for the Bellingham Herald. Over the weekend I shot the Celtic Arts Highland Dance Competition in Bellingham, Wash. Rather than just stay in front of the stage and shoot, which was rather boring, I headed backstage to find better photos and moments.

A – Edited after

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Mackenzie Cleaves of Duncan, B.C., competes in the Sword Dance portion of the  Celtic Arts Highland Dancing Championship at Syre Center on the campus of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Sat afternoon Feb 14, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mackenzie Cleaves of Duncan, B.C., competes in the Sword Dance portion of the Celtic Arts Highland Dancing Championship at Syre Center on the campus of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Sat afternoon Feb 14, 2015.

While shooting the competition, I moved from the front, to stage left, then stage right, to see what I could get. The sword dance was fun to watch but I noticed their feet and decided a detail shot of them would be a great addition to the standard shots.

First, a bit about how the competition is held. The dancers are not dancing together, rather they dance in groups of three for the judges. Each dancer is judged separately although they’re on the stage together.

B – Published

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Jenna Fox of Port Moody, B.C., dances the Sword Dance in the 14 & Under 16 division of the Celtic Arts Highland Dancing Championship at Syre Center on the campus of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Sat afternoon Feb 14, 2015. Competition chair Heather Richendrfer says nearly a hundred dancers from as far away as eastern Canada participated in the event sponsored by the Celtic Arts Foundation and the Clan Heather Dancers. The championship is sanctioned by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing and is only one of two held in the Pacific Northwest. Winners in each division receive a cash prize and a hand blown glass heart-shaped award.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Jenna Fox of Port Moody, B.C., dances the Sword Dance in the 14 & Under 16 division of the Celtic Arts Highland Dancing Championship at Syre Center on the campus of Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Sat afternoon Feb 14, 2015.

After editing down to create the online gallery, I find myself moved towards A rather than my first choice of B.

Why A?  Her shoes are more sharp, I like the slightly lower angle, the legs are more in alignment, the kilts are visible.

Now your turn. Which one do you like better and why? What would you have done different?

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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.