Behind the Fold Blog

Tri-City Herald photojournalist Kai-Huei Yau takes you behind the scenes with outtakes, stories and musings as he continually learns his craft on the job. A new column is published every Friday at midnight.

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    Chick-fil-A-space-in-the-paper

    There are varying levels of desperation when out on feature hunts. I've written before about my love/hate relationship with B.O.D.s , but stopping for a photo of common birds is the hallmark of a crushingly slow day.

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    Bowled over it

    One major point of emphasis in journalism school is that you're a person first and a journalist second. This is most often applied toward spot news scenes. The closest I've come to really having to apply this concept in the field was in 2009, when then-reporter Drew Foster and I came across a rollover...

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    Book 'em, Heisler

    While I still have a lot of room to grow as a photographer, my improvements seem to come in smaller steps instead of sneaky leaps these days. I often tell people I learned most of what I know by screwing up and trying not to goof up in the same way next time. Lately, though, I've been looking for...

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    Room with no view

    Although this job affords you a lot of great access to scenes and situations unavailable to the general public , that access is not universal. A general rule of thumb, however, is that any time there is a special "media" section, your access will be greatly limited. I shared former Herald photographer...

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    Imagine the Paws-abilities!

    While ending a feature hunt at one of the numerous city parks almost always feels like a cop-out , heading to the Paws-abilities Place off-leash dog park at Badger Mountain Community Park in Richland doubles that guilty feeling. Despite my love of Chocolate , leaning on adorable pups is even more...

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    Bulled over

    One of my favorite perks of this job is how close you are to the action while photographing most sports. I first enjoyed this in college, where photographing basketball games at the University of Oregon's McArthur Court let me fully appreciate the volume that rained into "The Pit." When track ...

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    Plucky number 13

    This year was certainly a professionally memorable one. My photo of Violet Davis hanging tough during last year's mutton bustin' won me my first Best of Photojournalism award , and Football Campaign 2012 earned me the Cowles Cup for the year .

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    Craig's Lust

    As seen in Head(lamp)case a couple weeks ago , I sometimes rope reporters into helping with lighting setups. This happened a lot more before I put together my portable lighting kit and relied on one flash with a three-foot cord. Nowadays, light stands and modifiers do the heavy lifting, but reporters...

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    Boregasm

    When I tell people what I do for a living, many of them marvel at how fun and exciting it must be. Sometimes it really is. In the last year, I've flown in a stunt plane , hitchhiked on and along the Columbia River , met an inspirational one-handed basketball player and hung out with alpacas .

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    Ending with a whimper

    Back in 2010, Kamiakin made it to the state championship. I remember being heavily invested, having covered many of their games that season , and arguing for the chance to go cover the title game in Tacoma. It was upsetting to think I could follow them all year and miss out on the biggest game ...

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