Provo , Utah

BYU v Northern Iowa

Provo – BYU vs. Northern Iowa college football Saturday, August 30, 2008 at Edwards Stadium. byu haka BYU linebacker Vic So’oto (37) up front

Provo – BYU vs. Northern Iowa college football Saturday, August 30, 2008 at Edwards Stadium. Northern Iowa quarterback Pat Grace (13) injury sequence

Sandy , Utah

Alta v Bingham

Sandy – Alta vs. Bingham high school football Friday, August 29, 2008. Alta QB Ammon Olsen stretches for the endzone, but come up short. Bingham’s Keith Sasine, left, and LT. Filiaga
Sandy – Alta vs. Bingham high school football Friday, August 29, 2008. bingham’s nate girsberger runs back an interception.
Sandy – Alta vs. Bingham high school football Friday, August 29, 2008.
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Salt Lake City , Utah

Choreographer Stephen Koester

Salt Lake City – Stephen Koester, a U. professor of modern dance and well-known choreographer, is putting on a concert Sept. 4-6. This is a preview article about his dances and inspiration. Wednesday, August 27, 2008. Dancers are: Jersey Riemo (black shirt with red bandana) Josh Anderson (white tank top) Sarah Franco (black top) Ifen Lin (white/pink top) Juan Carlos Claudio (red pants).

Moab , Utah

The Crash Site

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Down in Green River for another assignment when the phone rings. A plane went down not far away, at the airport north of Moab. All nine passengers and the pilot dead. Raced over to find the scene closed while bodies were removed.

Back to Green River for the original assignment, then a shot of the Bandidos in Moab and, once the bodies were removed, we were finally able to document the scene. Trib reporter Christopher Smart braved a couple of crazy bumpy sandy washes in his 4×4 and we made it in (photo below taken one-handed as we bounced around). Hopefully his vehicle wasn’t too trashed from the trail. Our mileage reimbursement probably won’t cover this kind of abuse.

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Maybe it was the rush of getting over there and juggling two other shots, but it wasn’t until I was telling someone about it the next day it hit me. Ten dead.

Moab – Ten people were killed when a 1975 Beechcraft King Air A-100 plane crashed about 2 miles from Canyonlands Field airport. They worked for Southwest Skin and Cancer/Red Canyon Aesthetics & Medical Spa.

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Holladay , Utah

Iraqi Refugee Arrives

Holladay – Newly-arrived Iraqi refugee Nada Shammar in her Holladay apartment Tuesday August 26, 2008.

Moab , Utah

Ten Die in Plane Crash

A Grand County Sheriff’s Deputy stands guard at the crash site of a small plane that killed ten near the Canyonlands airport north of Moab Saturday, August 23, 2008.

Moab – Ten people were killed when a 1975 Beechcraft King Air A-100 plane crashed about 2 miles from Canyonlands Field airport. They worked for Southwest Skin and Cancer/Red Canyon Aesthetics & Medical Spa Saturday August 23, 2008.
Photo by Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune; 08.23.2008

A Grand County Sheriff’s Deputy stands guard at the crash site of a small plane that killed ten near the Canyonlands airport north of Moab Saturday, August 23, 2008.

Moab – Ten people were killed when a 1975 Beechcraft King Air A-100 plane crashed about 2 miles from Canyonlands Field airport. They worked for Southwest Skin and Cancer/Red Canyon Aesthetics & Medical Spa Saturday August 23, 2008.

Moab – Ten people were killed when a 1975 Beechcraft King Air A-100 plane crashed about 2 miles from Canyonlands Field airport. They worked for Southwest Skin and Cancer/Red Canyon Aesthetics & Medical Spa Saturday August 23, 2008.
Moab – Ten people were killed when a 1975 Beechcraft King Air A-100 plane crashed about 2 miles from Canyonlands Field airport. They worked for Southwest Skin and Cancer/Red Canyon Aesthetics & Medical Spa Saturday August 23, 2008.

Butler Wash , Utah

Kayaking Butler Wash

Kayaking at butler wash. maggie thach and roxana Orellana, guides Craig Waddell (black helmet and dog) and gordon

Sandy , Utah

Jordan v Northridge

Sandy – Jordan vs. Northridge high school football, Friday, August 22, 2008, at Jordan. jordan’s braden hammond (2) scores a touchdown with northridge’s jesse stauffer (9) and jordan’s cory hunt (15). picking up the ball is northridge’s blake smithing

Sandy – Jordan vs. Northridge high school football, Friday, August 22, 2008, at Jordan. shadow

Copperton , Utah

Dissecting the Day

As a young photographer I remember looking up to the guys working at the big papers and imagining how exciting their jobs must be. I was right, the big paper job is much more exciting than the little paper job. But not like you’d imagine in some photojournalism fantasy, where we’re shooting black and white contest-winning documentary essays of the poor and afflicted for weeks on end. The job is mostly quick-hit bread and butter assignments, peppered with those occasional exciting assignments that you dreaming of.

My assignments Wednesday were nothing to dream of. The day was a perfect example of what the job really is— Three assignments that took me all over, on a timeframe that forced me to find a usable, if not great, photograph quickly. Here’s the day, approximated from memory.

– Show up at work to pick up lighting kit for my first assignment, a portrait of a high school quarterback in Logan.
– Start driving north.
– Quick lunch at Bajio in Centerville.
– Arrive in Logan.
– Scout the location.
– Twenty minute skateboard session at the Logan Skate Park (basically my lunch break).

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– Photograph QB Jeff Manning throwing passes in practice drills (16 minutes of photography).
– Portrait of QB Jeff Manning with strobe kit (2 minutes of photography). This portrait session was made during the team’s five minute water break, forcing Manning to forgo any thirst-quenching.
– Drive south.
– Gas for the car, chocolate for me.

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– Photograph northbound commute traffic on I-15 from 6th North overpass (10 minutes of photography).
– Edit and send traffic photos from my car.
– Drive south.
– Arrive in Copperton for last assignment.

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– Photograph Apollo Pazell addressing the town council (This happened fast. Just one minute of photography).
– Edit and send Pazell photos from car.
– Arrive home with 15 minutes left on shift.
– Realize I haven’t edited the quarterback photos.
– Edit and send quarterback photos.
– Off duty with three minutes to spare.

Total miles driven: 236
Total shift time: 8.5 hours
Total time spent photographing: 29 minutes
Total time spent in the car: Don’t want to think about it.

So there you go. One day in August working for the big paper. That’s often how the job is. Three assignments that, while not thrilling, are important. You get what you can and you move on to the next. The real magic of the job is that tomorrow’s another day. Everything resets and you never know where or what your next shoot will be.

Helper , Utah

In Remembrance, 2000 Balloons

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Kristin Kimber, whose ex-husband Brandon was one of three killed rescuers in the Crandall Canyon Mine rescue attempt, leads the release of 2,000 balloons on the one-year anniversary of an implosion that killed three rescuers and injured six others trying to reach six trapped miners.

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For the thirty minutes leading up to this balloon release, I circled the crowd trying to find the best angle. The balloons looked best backlit, but the sun was very low and it didn’t look workable. I ended up on the stage as Kimber made an emotional speech and then led the crowd in the release. I help down the shutter as everything went nuts, not knowing what I was getting. Ten seconds later it was all over.

I looked down and Kimber was embracing Wende Jacobson as the balloons vanished into the sky:

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