I wish I could say that this was taken in the wild in the Sespe River in the Ventura County backcountry, but alas, it was at the Family Fun Fishing Day at Lake Casitas Saturday, where over 1,000 kids were given the opportunity to catch their own rainbow trout. Words and pictures are insufficient to describe the looks on the kids faces, many of them fishing for the first time, when they hooked into fish like this one.
March 2010 Archives
This photo did not run in the newspaper, perhaps because it was a little far from the storyline (the feud in the Bridal Path community over the presence of cattle), but the image was definitely worth making.
After Margaret Miller had shown me around her land telling me how much she enjoyed the serenity there, she went into her chicken coop to gather up the day's eggs. I crawled inside first and perched myself in the corner to observe. I could not believe that the chickens came around to see what was going on when Miller moved in to get their eggs.
A photo can always be edited out but a photojournalist should not stop shooting because they think they have what they need. You never know what unanticipated moment will present itself and make a fun stand-alone image.
When I saw Ella Bowen's eye shine brilliantly when she was stretching in her Newbury Park High School World Dance Studies Course I captured the image as fast as I possibly could. When you see something that stands out or grabs your attention you grab your camera and work as fast as you possibly can to capture that moment.
The Ventura County Star is honoring Ventura High School varsity wrestler Isaac Archibeque who came in fourth place in the state championships this season. Shooting a portrait of an athlete in a sport that takes two participants is an interesting challenge. I gravitated toward an image with design using the light that came in through the wrestling room curtains and the bright yellow circles on the floor. This photo won't make it to the newspaper. The reproduction quality onto newspaper print will not hold, though it would with a magazine. The inks often blot onto the facing page and the subtle separation that you can see here between his back and the black wall might not make it. The images that will run, well, check them out, you'll see the difference.
I took this picture through a beveled window pane of antique styled glass that from the outside has an iridescent quality. I liked the various ways the palm trees appear from the same perspective because of the visual effect the shaped glass has. It shows how many ways light can be bent when it travels through glass. Photographers do this every time they take a picture, although in more subtle ways. Light travels through the glass in a lens. The quality of the glass and and how many elements of glass determine if your subject will be magnified, such as with a telephoto lens, or distorted, so that more can be seen than what your stationary eye can take in at one time, such as with a wide angle lens.
I've only seen Tillman, the Guinness Worlds Record Fastest Skateboarding Dog, doing this performance through video clips. It was a surreal experience to see it in person. This dog was born for skateboarding. When the board was brought out all Tillman wanted to do was get on it and ride. Tillman's appearance was part of the grand reopening celebration for Naval Base Ventura County's Navy Exchange. There was music, jolly jumps and a Goodyear blimp ride, for the truly fortunate, but Tillman brought the house down, metaphorically speaking. I wonder if any of our family pets had hidden skills unlike the obvious: digging holes or tearing oranges off the tree. If they did they certainly kept it hidden from us.
I was amazed at the beauty and brilliance of this fabulous agate. Mistakenly, I had seen the price for this as $90, when in reality it was actually marked as $900, marked down from $1800. At the lower price, I'd have had to have it.
Annie Dies looks at gems as Tom Voccola answers her questions behind a large agate on display at the 48th annual Gem, Mineral, Lapidary & Fossil Show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds March 6, 2010.
I will never forget the first fatal accident that I had to shoot as a newspaper photographer. A driver had lost control on a rain slickened Vineyard Avenue in Oxnard and literally wrapped his four door sedan around a telephone pole. The man had been knocked from the driver seat all the way to the back seat on the passenger side of his car. I have since covered numerous tragic events such as Alaska Flight 261 and La Conchita(both times) and fatal accidents and fires. Reporting on these types of stories, although sad, are a necessary part of my job. It is not easy to do, but you reach a certain level of detachment. I've always thought that firefighters, who are among the first responders to such events have to do the same thing to do their job well.
On Monday I had to photograph the fatal collision between a truck and a Amtrak train between Moorpark and Somis. As things winded down, I took a picture of a firefighter taking a picture of a fellow firefighter in front of the wreckage, it surprised me that I did not think "how callous and insensitive." I do not know the firefighter's story, maybe he is a rookie and this was his first fatal. Even so, I don't think he will go home and frame the photo and put it on his mantle piece like a trophy. We all do different things to deal with the tragic events in our lives, being a witness to that many more as a firefighter can't be easy. This just happened to be their way of dealing with such a tragedy.