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In the Out Pile

Often, we only get one image to tell our visual side of the story. Numerous factors are weighed before making the final decision and sometimes fun photos are edged out for one reason or another. Here are a few recent ones.

A slow day found me dipping into the playground photo well a couple weeks ago, and I found Andrew Johnson, 3, playing with his nanny Jennifer Wiley at Hansen Park in Kennewick. I originally picked out this frame of a peek-a-boo session:

I was never thrilled with the lighting, but I liked the connection between the two. Also in consideration was this shot of them on the monkey bars,

which has some nice lines sweeping through, but not the best expressions on either face. I also liked the determined look Andrew had as he tried to forge his own path through the structure,

but after conferring with photographer Rich Dickin, we picked this shot, for which I had a kiddie quote of “My head is too big!”:

A couple days later, I covered the discussion between Richland residents and a representative from Wolff Enterprises, a developer trying to build an apartment complex on 15 acres at the southwest corner of Westcliffe Boulevard and Brantingham Road.

Early in Wolff representative Joe Organic’s presentation, I thought I was being clever by including his hand on the screen as those in attendance watched,

but his hand isn’t very obvious and the visible expressions don’t really convey the frustration that hung in the room. I liked this shot with Organic reacting to the nearly constant complaints from the crowd:

It also features Richland's deputy city manager Bill King, center, and was a less obvious way to show an overcrowded room. Clearly, that is not Pat Rogalsky.

But being able to run the photo at a large size meant this was the photo that ran:

It clearly shows the huge turnout. It also featured Boyd Wilson, whose name I collected after seeing him preparing a statement before the meeting began, and whose suggestion of building townhouses or condos seemed to be a solution many angry residents would have supported.

Sports assignments create the most strong outtakes, however. I rolled into a volleyball match between Connell and Columbia (Burbank) on Sept. 30 toward the end of a tightly contested first game. Columbia managed to win against the heavily favored Eagles and Danielle Reardon excitedly leapt to high five assistant coach J.J. Calzaddillas:

I rooted for an upset so I could run the unconventional volleyball celebration photo, but of course, Connell ended up winning three straight, so I had to settle on this run-of-the-mill CYA shot of Brook Gibbons

While it was disappointing to have to run the most basic of volleyball photos, the proliferation of our sports photo galleries made that loss more palatable.

Cross country is especially good at having the most boring photos make it into print. The top finishers typically blow away the competition at small dual meets like last week’s race at Carmichael Middle School. This means photos of them usually feature them alone. If you’re lucky, you have some cool natural features to work with, but Carmichael is surrounded by streets and there are few clean background spots. The positive side of the compact and repetitive course is that you have plenty more chances to play with shadows:

or wait around for the slower, more densely packed mid-level competitors:

or even ignore the racers altogether and make some eye candy:

As for print, it worked out pretty well at this shoot. I had a shot of the top two finishers in the varsity boys race, Anthony Armstrong (1123) and Austin Richards (1203):

And the runner-up in the girls race, Maggie Jones of Richland, edged Kamiakin's Stephanie Rexus to claim second place behind Bomber teammate Katie Mahoney,

whose mother Teena is seen cheering, making for an easy segue to explain why we were featuring the second-place runner instead of the winner, who did make an appearance in the gallery as well:

Ah, serendipity...


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