Friday Night Blights

October 11, 2013 

Well, I should have seen that coming.

The day my snippy I-know-what-I'm-doing post went live turned into an annoying foray into Friday night football. The two big games on the my plate were Kamiakin High at Richland (further reinforcing my notion last week that we cover the Braves plenty) and Royal City High at River View in Finley.

Logistically, there are few double-headers that could be worse, especially considering that our new deadlines generally nix the possibility of going to Connell or Prosser until playoff time.

I started at Fran Rish in Richland. With two local big schools and a short amount of time to spend, I figured getting there early for some locker room access would be good:

It's something I like to do as often as possible, not only to provide readers with a glimpse of something they don't usually get to see, but to build rapport with players and coaches — something that's pretty important come playoff time.

So far so good.

I popped out for the pre-game hoopla and quickly found myself constantly in the wrong place, missing a good opportunity for a wide-angle high Hail Mary:

Similarly, I bounced between the green and red teams, always picking the wrong time to go to either. I did manage a decent flag snap,

and some Richland players getting hyped, though:

I went back to striking out on my angles for game action, getting ref blocked as Richland's Anthony Galat powered into the end zone,

and a player blocked me as Kamiakin's Kylle Robertson waltzed into the other one:

This sack of Richland quarterback Zach Whitby also was lost in the crowd:

I did end up with some decent frames, though:

I jetted over to Finley near the end of the first half as River View was blowing the game open. After getting to the field, I found out that the roar I heard on the way there was because the Panthers had recovered an onside kick.


The ensuing big scoring play was across the field, so I didn't get that either.

Double great.

I snapped some crowd stuff and the Grid Kids during halftime as gallery fodder,

and hoped that I would be able to get something decent in the brief time I had to stay for the third quarter.

Terran Brown returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown and I got an OK frame considering how dark that stadium is:

Craig Craker had just written a feature on Brown in that day's paper, though,

so I wanted to avoid using that shot on the front of the sports section if possible.

Quarterback Ruvim Tyutyunnik (whose last name I just managed to spell correctly on my first try!) was having a great game, and while I had kind of an interesting shot of him squeaking in for a touchdown,

you can't see much of him and the close nature of the play didn't fit the game, so I went with a snap of this throw:

It was the best image of him passing, but unfortunately an incompletion — something I really try to avoid most of the time, but Friday deadline pressure has a way of swaying the editing process.

That happened in a big way from my first game. After a Brave-dominant first 1.5 quarters, the showdown at Fran Rish lived up to its billing with a couple late-game lead changes and then the most-dreaded of Friday football deadline occurrences:


Not just one, but four OT's before the game was finally decided. With two photos in the paper, I like the main photo on the sports front to reflect the winner, but that's hard to decide when you're down to the wire. I picked two photos I could crop to the same size to help Kevin Anthony, who was designing the pages. That way, he could design around the same image holes and plug in the appropriate winner shot when we had a result:

I probably have stronger frames, but these two were easy to crop to the same size and both adequately illustrate the close, grind-it-out game that ended up unfolding.

As much stress as I have to shoot the games quickly and get things edited on time, the sports staff has the hair-pulling task of fielding phone calls from coaches as they put their pages together with less time and fewer people than ever before.

Fridays are not fun nights in the newsroom and last week was a expletive-filled reminder of how things don't always go your way.

Around the web...

The Oregonian's Beth Nakamura has a nice post about the social skills necessary to be a good photojournalist, illustrating her point by sharing outtakes from vegan strip club Casa Diablo and her work from a story about sex offenders.

Wired's RAW File has a cool feature on Frank Bott's photographs of motorcycles. It's a good example of the subtle but profound technical skill required for photographing products and I wish he would have agreed to share his homemade setup for the series.

Also on RAW File is a look at the gritty, premeditated imperfection of Breaking Bad's official portraits.

DVAfoto has an interesting look at who owns the copyright to photos by posthumous street photography superstar Vivian Maier.

It's not just women who have unrealistic expectations to live up to in underwear ads, as this funny series shows ordinary men recreating ad campaigns.

And finally, if you regularly ignore my pleas to "Like" Behind the Fold on Facebook, check it out. You not only get reminders of when new posts are available, but I share outtakes that aren't substantial enough for their own fully fleshed columns. If you were already a fan, you could have seen this snap yesterday:

Salad Jeylani, 11, showed off his breakdancing moves at Ruth Livingston Elementary School after he asked me to take his picture. As I often do, I told him that he'd have to do something cool for me to do so, and he surprisingly obliged. It's a topic I wrote about a while back, but a fun reminder to not dismiss all photo hams outright.

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