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Lummi Hands Quilcene a Beating

Congratulation to the Lummi Nation School for advancing to the 1B State Semifinals.

On Saturday I covered the 1B state football quarterfinals at Lummi Nation School near Bellingham, Wash., for The Bellingham Herald. The Lummi Blackhawks hosted the Quilcene Rangers in what should have been a close battle. But, Lummi prevailed soundly defeating Quilcene 40 t0 0 to advance to the semifinals against Neah Bay.

In contrast to the past few weekends of rain, it was a beautiful day for football. The cold, crisp air filled my lungs as I stepped on the sideline. The sunlight warmed my face as I strategized shooting angles due to the Sun’s low position on the horizon. As the Sun was nearly aligned with the field, I would be shooting into the Sun as one team had the ball, and near perfect light when the other team had the ball.

Barely Caught

Lummi's Free Borsey (11) is stopped short of the goal by Quilcene's Eli Harrison (15) during the first quarter in the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Free Borsey (11) is stopped short of the goal by Quilcene’s Eli Harrison (15) during the first quarter in the 1B state quarter-final on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

In one hand was my D300s with 70-200 f/2.8, on my monopod was my D3 with 400 f/2.8. The D3 and 400 I borrowed from the Herald. In my pocket was my 17-35 f/2.8 for pre and post-game features. I wish I had a third body for it though.

Gang Tackle

Quilcene's Acea Such (24) gets tackled by a host of Lummi defenders during the third quarter of the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Quilcene’s Acea Such (24) gets tackled by a host of Lummi defenders during the third quarter of the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

*** Tip: When I shoot, I tend to be about 20 yards downfield from the line of scrimmage. This gives me a good position for both a downfield pass and the sweep as the carrier comes around the corner. 

But I do adjust this as the game progresses. Some teams just slaughter on the pass, others on the run. It’s not only important to know your gear, but also be able to read the game so you’re in position for the play.

Squeezing Through

Lummi's Free Borsey (11) escapes the grasp of Quilcene's Olin Reynolds (13), bottom, Jarod Smith (22), left, and Andy Johnston (21) during the third quarter in the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Free Borsey (11) escapes the grasp of Quilcene’s Olin Reynolds (13), bottom, Jarod Smith (22), left, and Andy Johnston (21) during the third quarter in the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

When the offense is nearing the “Red Zone,” or 20 yard line, I tend to just move straight to behind the goal line. This gives me a good position for either a run or pass play. I usually only shoot with my 70-200 as it allows me to zoom in or out depending on where the play will be.

The One That Almost Got Away

Quilcene's A.J. Prator (10) runs by Lummi's Dashawn Lawrence (10) during the second quarter of the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Quilcene’s A.J. Prator (10) runs by Lummi’s Dashawn Lawrence (10) during the second quarter of the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

***Tip: Watch the quarterback as they have the ball. Listen to the coaches and teams, they usually will yell to the defense “pass,” “run,” or “sweep.” When the quarterback has the ball, watch where he looks and how they hold their stance. If they set to throw, they will look first which is a clue as to where they will throw. Swing your lens and figure out which receiver will be thrown to.

It takes practice getting used to all the different clues. But once you begin doing it, it comes rather easy. It’s also good to know who the quarterback’s favorite runner and receiver are., who on defense has the most sacks or interceptions, these are all clues to help you get great action shots rather than by chance. Read the paper and other pre-game articles on who to pay attention to.

Interception!!!

Lummi's Free Borsey (11) reaches for the ball to make an interception against Quilcene during the third quarter in the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Borsey returned the interception for 60 yards. The interception was called good but was called back due to a Lummi penalty. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Free Borsey (11) reaches for the ball to make an interception against Quilcene during the third quarter in the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Borsey returned the interception for 60 yards. The interception was called good but was called back due to a Lummi penalty. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Almost There

Quilcene's Eli Harrison (15) moves in on Lummi's Dashawn Lawrence (10) as a Quilcene's A.J. Prator (10) graps his feet during the second quarter in the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Quilcene’s Eli Harrison (15) moves in on Lummi’s Dashawn Lawrence (10) as a Quilcene’s A.J. Prator (10) grasps his feet during the second quarter in the 1B state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 21, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi went on to defeat Quilcene 40 to 0 to advance to the semi-final. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

It was pretty amazing to see Lummi adapt to how Quilcene played. A 40 point rout is impressive. Again, congratulations to the Lummi Blackhawks on their decisive win.

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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.

Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

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.

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© 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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Wild Weekend Warriors: Squalicum Soccer & Football

Congratulations to the Squalicum girls soccer and boys football for winning and advancing to the state playoffs.

It was a Saturday full of Squalicum glory as the Storm girl’s soccer defeated Black Hills in District 2A state quarterfinals 6 to 0, and the boy’s football beat WF West 31 to 29 to advance in the state playoffs.

My first game was the Squalicum girls as they dominated Black Hills. The sports editor David Rasbach said Squalicum was a strong team with a strong winning streak. This will the fourth year in a row they go to the state finals.

Rising Above

Squalicum's Sarah Hulbert (8) gains height over Black Hills' Sidney Lowe (2) to head the ball away from the goal during the first half in the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Sarah Hulbert (8) gains height over Black Hills’ Sidney Lowe (2) to head the ball away from the goal during the first half in the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I had two bodies and two lenses: A D300s with a 400 f/2.8 and a D3s with a 70-200. As Squalicum was dominating by solid control of the ball, I sat about 10 yards right of the goal so I could get the scoring.

First Goal

Squalicum's Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills.

Squalicum’s Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills during the first half Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6 to 0 to advance. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Also, by sitting in that position, it’s easier to get faces as they take a shot on goal, and reactions if they score. You get great interaction between offense and defense as the offense is amped to score, and the defense tries to stop it.

Close Call

Squalicum's Braeden Hilleary (5) watches as the ball goes over Black Hills defender Janae Grimm (10) and goalkeeper Jordan Westby during the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Braeden Hilleary (5) watches as the ball goes over Black Hills defender Janae Grimm (10) and goalkeeper Jordan Westby during the first half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (©Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As Squalicum continued to dominate, Black Hills became more aggressive in their defense. This made for good one-on-one action shots.

Another Score

The Squalicum girls celebrate their third goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

The Squalicum girls celebrate their third goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The Battle

Squalicum's Kim Dorr (16) collides with Black Hills' Janae Grimm (10) in the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Saturday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Kim Dorr (16) collides with Black Hills’ Janae Grimm (10) in the first half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

During the game, the rain escalated to a constant downpour. I had a late afternoon deadline I needed to make so I left to go to Wood’s Coffee to download, edit, transmit, and warm up. As I was working on my pictures, I could see the rain get progressively worse.

Almost Intercepted

Squalicum's Noah Westhoff and WF West's Garrett Yarter (12) go up for a pass intended for Yarter during the third quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash.

Squalicum’s Noah Westerhoff and WF West’s Garrett Yarter (12) go up for a pass intended for Yarter during the third quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerhoff failed to make the interception as Squalicum defeated WF West 31-29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As the second game I was assigned to cover began, it became clear the rain would be a factor. Thankfully, I had my gear covered to protect it. But I, however, became completely soaked by the end of the first quarter.

The Classic “Jersey Pull”

Squalicum's Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West's Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29.

Squalicum’s Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West’s Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum did not play well in the first quarter. Fumbles, sacks, and an interception kept them at their best. But they would rally and give WF West a run for their money.

TOUCHDOWN!!!

WF West's Kolby Steen (30) attempts to tackle Squalicum's Josiah Westbrook (1) from scoring a late second quarter touchdown on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, during the first round of the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerbrook scored the touchdown and the resulting extra point made the score 14 to 21 at the end of the first half.

Squalicum’s Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West’s Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As I had deadline, I left at the end of the third quarter. But did I miss a good show. After Bellingham tied to make it 21 all, the went on to score another TD making it 28-21. WF West scored again and then made a 2 point conversion with 2 minutes left making it 29-28.

The Mighty Tumble

Squalicum's Creighton Kaui (16), bottom, and Kyle Basart (63) take down WF West's Nathan Anglin (7) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29.

Squalicum’s Creighton Kaui (16), bottom, and Kyle Basart (63) take down WF West’s Nathan Anglin (7) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

On their last drive, Squalicum got within field goal range and Ben Peterson made a 24 yard field goal to make the score 31 to 29. A wild end to a wild game.

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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.

Sneak Peak: Ellen and Sandy Dance on Their Wedding Day

On Saturday July 25th, just a month past the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage throughout the country, I had the pleasure of capturing true love. Sand and Ellen were married after knowing each other for over 30 years. It was a small intimate wedding and informal wedding. But beautiful none-the-less.

Pure Love:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Ellen and Sandy sing to each other as they dance during their reception at their home in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Ellen and Sandy sing to each other as they dance during their reception at their home.

The light was beautiful during the ceremony and as it became later in the evening, the videographer, Michael Dyrland of Dyrland Productions, lit the area with two bright video lights. I stayed in front and to the side as I captured the guests dancing. But soon, I decided to go to the back as I liked the effects of the video lighting: they created a nice rim and back lighting effect.

It added drama without being overbearing. Plus as people danced, their faces were being lit by the lights. As I moved to the back to shoot towards the lights, Sandy and Ellen began to dance to a slow song. While they were dancing, I noticed how the video lights lit their faces, created rim lighting on their matching hats, and how bright sky filled in the shadows.

But, the moment lasted only 6 frames. As Sandy reached up and cupped Ellen’s face in her hands while singing, I was able to fire off a few frames before a guest came up and began dancing between them. The moment was gone.

I wish it was a touch more symmetrical, but I’ll take this photo.

As I downloaded the images, this frame stuck to my mind like spaghetti on a wall. I knew it was good, but I needed to know if it was truly sharp.

They couple wanted to talk to me due to my “photojournalistic eye and style” they said during the interview. I’m pretty certain they were interviewing me, not vise-verse. Within a few minutes of meeting with them, we forgot about photography and began telling stories of our lives. A 15 minute meeting turned into an hour or so of laughing. It was a great time.

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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.