2013 Utah SPJ Awards – A Good Year

Had a great run in this year’s SPJ contest. Here are some awards I’m proud of…

Best Photographer

My thanks to these amazing photo editors: Jeremy Harmon, Keith Johnson, Lennie Mahler.


1st place Photo Essay – Life Under Warren Jeffs

My thanks to reporters Lindsay Whitehurst and Nate Carlisle and the Holm family.


1st place Best Single Blog PostTime Travel and Ethical Photojournalism.


HM Best Overall BlogThe Polygamy Blog
My thanks to co-bloggers Jim Dalrymple II and Nate Carlisle.


2nd place Sports Feature photo – Opening Day
Opening day at Brighton Ski Resort, Tuesday November 13, 2012 in Brighton.


3rd place General News photo – Last Goodbye


My Unforgettable Moments from 2012

Here are 20 unforgettable moments I experienced as a photographer for The Salt Lake Tribune in 2012.

These are people I met along the way, moments that touched my heart, things that reminded me what a wonderful world we live in, and a few moments that remind us not to waste a single day because life is fragile and easily lost. Mixed in with these powerful moments are a few photos from sports assignments, which are not at all important. (Hey, that’s a joke!)

But seriously, these experiences mean more to me than any portfolio of award-winning photos I might come away with. It is a privilege and honor to be a witness, to act as your eyes in the community.

Note: No endorsements of movements, wars, religions, football teams, political candidates, etc., are intended.


Funeral for Jared Francom, January 11, 2012
Erin Francom, widow of slain Ogden police Officer Jared Francom, has a quiet moment following the graveside service at the Ogden City Cemetery.
Erin Francom, widow of slain Ogden police Officer Jared Francom, has a quiet moment following the service at the Ogden City Cemetery.

This was a tough one. When you’re photographing a moment like this, you do so with the utmost respect and reverence. And you never forget.


Utah Jazz beat the Miami Heat, barely, March 2, 2012
Utah Jazz guard Devin Harris (5) is fouled by Miami's Dwayne Wade (3) and makes the shot, setting up the three-point that won the game.
Reaction after Dwayne Wade fouled Devin Harris, setting up the three-point that won the game.

You should have seen LeBron James turn it on in the fourth quarter. It was an amazing show. This photo is what happened next, when Devin Harris got fouled in the final seconds and put the Jazz ahead for the win.


LGBTQ Teen Panel Session, March 9, 2012
A panel of teens spoke at the Utah Pride Center's first summit for adults who work with LGBTQ youths in foster care. Caseworkers say it can be challenging to find welcoming homes for foster kids who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ).
A panel of teens spoke at the Utah Pride Center’s first summit for adults who work with LGBTQ youths in foster care. Caseworkers say it can be challenging to find welcoming homes for foster kids who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ).

Six teens in tough situations spoke from the heart and shared their most candid feelings and experiences. They told heartbreaking stories but I was left with optimism for their futures and a lot of respect for the courage they had to speak out.


Fabian Scores, March 17, 2012
Real Salt Lake's Fabian Espindola (7) puts the ball under his shirt and blows a kiss to his pregnant wife after scoring a first half goal vs. New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake’s Fabian Espindola puts the ball under his shirt and blows a kiss to his pregnant wife after scoring a first half goal vs. New York Red Bulls.

Amazing celebration from Fabian.


Mom vs. the CERT Team, May 9, 2012
Weber State students Adam Strader and Rachel Taylor try to resist a Federal Bureau of Prisons CERT team during a training scenario at the Mock Prison Riot in Moundsville, West Virginia.
Weber State students Adam Strader and Rachel Taylor, role playing as rioting inmates, resist a Federal Bureau of Prisons CERT team during a training scenario at the Mock Prison Riot in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Everything about the Mock Prison Riot was unforgettable, but watching Rachel Taylor, a mother of six, charge into a CERT team full of bad-ass dudes firing pepperball guns from behind riot shields? Well, that just blew me away.


Photobomb, June 7, 2012
Rick Ledbetter, Environmental Health Supervisor for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department, urged residents to defend themselves against waterborne illnesses at a press conference at the Liberty Park pool. In the pool behind Ledbetter is Ruben Saldivar.
Rick Ledbetter, Environmental Health Supervisor for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department, urged residents to defend themselves against waterborne illnesses at a press conference at the Liberty Park pool. In the pool behind Ledbetter is Ruben Saldivar.

Thanks to the awesome Ruben Saldivar for sliding into the photo op and making me laugh on a routine summer assignment.


National Guard homecoming, June 23, 2012
Mickaela Hawkley embraces her husband Bleu as the soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard's Second Battalion, 211th Aviation unit returned from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Mickaela Hawkley embraces her husband Bleu as the soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard’s Second Battalion, 211th Aviation unit returned from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Can’t say enough about the sacrifices being made by military families during our two long wars over the past decade. I know I’ve said this before, but every time I’m sent to see troops leaving or returning I feel that all Americans should be forced to attend these events so we can see the effects of the wars we have been ignoring.


Crandall Canyon Mine Memorial, August 1, 2012
The memorial to six miners and three rescuers who died in the 2007 Crandall Canyon Mine disaster near Huntington, Utah.
The memorial to six miners and three rescuers who died in the 2007 Crandall Canyon Mine disaster near Huntington, Utah.

An anniversary story on the mine disaster brought me to this beautiful secluded spot. It’s very peaceful. My thoughts go out to the families. For them, the media focus on anniversaries must be painful.


Desert dust storm, August 1, 2012
A dust storm blows through the lonely town of Woodside, Utah.
A dust storm blows through the lonely town of Woodside, Utah.

I stood in an old cemetery in the desert watching this dust storm coming at me like a huge wall of brown. It hit hard and I looked to the right and made this photograph. There’s nothing like the desert and the way it pulls you in.


Jen gets married, August 18, 2012
Jen Comer dances with her son, T.J., at her wedding reception in Hunstville.
Jen Comer dances with her son, T.J., at her wedding reception in Hunstville.

I’ve been photographing Jen for nearly a year now as part of a larger project at the paper. Her wedding was filled with great moments but this one was my favorite, a touching dance with her young son.


Republican National Convention, August 28-30, 2012
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, with their families, close out the Republican National Convention in Tampa
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, with their families, close out the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Let’s see, political conventions are scripted and staged, there are too many photographers and not enough real subjects. I felt ridiculous succumbing to the temptation to photograph people in red, white and blue hats and such. But still, it was pretty cool to see history being made— or at least one possible version of history.


Aggies beat Utes, September 7, 2012
Utah State players storm the field after beating the University of Utah in Logan
Utah State players storm the field after beating the University of Utah in Logan.

This was the start of a special season for the Aggies. Wish I could have been there for more of it, but my schedule kept me away from Logan most of the season.


Meeting Michael, September 12, 2012
Michael Chambers wields a lightsaber at the foster home where he lives
Michael Chambers wields a lightsaber at the foster home where he lives. Due to the lack of services for children with autism, a small number of families are turning their children, like Chambers, over to the child welfare system each year desperate for the services they can get in state custody.

Michael was one of the most thoughtful kids I’ve met. He gave me a tour of his room, showed me his wonderful artwork, and posed for a few photos outside with his lightsaber. Be well, my friend. Life is good and it only gets better.


Utah beats BYU, September 15, 2012
Brigham Young wide receiver JD Falslev reacts to the loss to Utah.
Brigham Young wide receiver JD Falslev reacts to the loss to Utah.

One of the craziest endings of a game, ever. With no time left BYU attempts a field goal for the win but the ball bounces off the post. You’ve got to be kidding me. My colleague Chris nailed this moment. I was shooting right over his shoulder and blew it so this one’s really two memories for me… sweet (the thrilling game) and sour (missing the shot).


Retiring to Huntsville, October 3, 2012
LDS Church historian Merlin Jensen at his home in Huntsville, built on the land he grew up on.
LDS Church historian Merlin Jensen at his home in Huntsville, built on the land he grew up on.

Nice people, good conversation, and a beautiful place.


The end of Corey Kanosh, October 23, 2012
Charlie Lafferty at the spot he believes his cousin, Corey Kanosh's body ended up after he was shot by a Millard County deputy following a high speed chase. The family of Corey Kanosh is seeking answers in Kanosh's death.
Charlie Lafferty at the spot he believes his cousin, Corey Kanosh’s body ended up after he was shot by a Millard County deputy following a high speed chase. The family of Corey Kanosh is seeking answers in Kanosh’s death.

I’m grateful anytime a family opens up to my camera, but especially so during one of their toughest moments.


President Obama re-elected, November 6, 2012
Hussein Adawe reacts to the re-election of Barack Obama
Hussein Adawe reacts to the re-election of Barack Obama.

I was excited about this photo of Adawe celebrating Obama’s win, and then he pulled out a copy of the photo I took of him four years ago doing the exact same thing and my mind was blown!


54-yard field goal for the state championship, November 10, 2012
Manti's T.J. Pogroszewski and Carlo Garcia watch Garcia's state record 54-yard game-winning field goal in overtime, giving Manti the 2A State Football Championship
Manti’s T.J. Pogroszewski and Carlo Garcia watch Garcia’s state record 54-yard game-winning field goal in overtime, giving Manti the 2A State Football Championship.

Okay, Garcia, I have to admit I thought you had no chance of making that 54-yard field goal. You guys had lost so much yardage, there was no way you were going to make this kick to win the game. Luckily I was smart enough to fire off a couple of frames just in case, but I almost didn’t even bother. Then you made it, setting a state record and becoming champions. What an amazing end. Congratulations.


Reggie Dunn’s NCAA record touchdown run for the win, November 23, 2012
Utah Utes wide receiver Reggie Dunn returns a kick for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Colorado Buffaloes host the University of Utah in Boulder
Utah Utes wide receiver Reggie Dunn returns a kick for the game-winning touchdown as the Colorado Buffaloes host the University of Utah in Boulder.

To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to travel to Boulder to see the Utes take on the 1-9 Buffaloes on Thanksgiving weekend. But having Reggie Dunn win the game for the Utes by running an NCAA record fifth career kick return touchdown right at me changed my mind. It was a great trip after all.


Children going over the fence, November 30, 2012
Children climbing a fence at what was once a thriving community zoo in Hildale, a town where many residents are members of Warren Jeffs' FLDS church
Children climbing a gate at what was once a thriving community zoo in Hildale, a town where many residents are members of Warren Jeffs’ FLDS church.

Watching this group of children climb the zoo gate was an amazing sight. I felt like I’d gone back in time to the mid 1900s. I was so happy to be getting the shot, all the while knowing I was too far away and had an obstructed view. I wish I could photograph a moment like this up close without scaring everyone away, but this is Short Creek, a town where the people are intensely private and will run from the camera. I had to settle for getting what I could, shooting with a very long lens from far away.

I’ve been covering the FLDS and polygamy for past several years. It’s been some of the most important work of my career. Sometimes I’ve had good access and other times none. Through it all I’ve tried to photograph this community objectively and without shoving a camera in anyone’s face unless it was absolutely necessary.

Right now there is little access. The FLDS have shut off all access to the outside world. I must be one of the few photojournalists doing a long-term project with a subject that’s unwilling to participate. Normally I build trust and rapport with my subjects, so this has been very frustrating. But I’m okay with facing the challenge. It’s important to keep telling their story. I feel that someday they will agree.

Republican National Convention – pt 8

I’m shooting so many photographs that it’s tough to keep up with editing. You want to make sure you don’t miss anything, so you look for small details that make a photo really work. I’ll zoom in a lot on images in Lightroom, like this:

That was completely uncalled for Smokey. I’ve warned you before about insulting my subjects. You’re in timeout. Leave your box and don’t come back until I say so.

Readers, it’s not that I don’t love Bat Boy.

Click here to see all of my RNC posts

Assignment #182 – Pile of Dirt

So you know that promise I made to blog every assignment in 2012?

What a mistake that was.

Let’s be honest here, no one is interested in seeing every shoot from any photographer, no matter how great they are:

As great as my job is, it’s not worth your time to come along with me on every single assignment. The perfect example is the photo up top, where my assignment was literally a pile of dirt.

Imagine that you’re a newspaper photographer doing three assignments a day. Wait, here’s a better analogy: Imagine you’re a musician who has to write three songs every day. Even the greatest songwriter would be hard pressed to produce memorable work day in and day out. Only occasionally would a great song come out of it.

Being a newspaper photographer has extra challenges. Not only do we have to crank out three songs per day, but we have to work in the moment (no rehearsals allowed) and we’ve got someone else telling us what the songs have to be about.

Have you ever heard a song about a pile of dirt?

Now you are starting to see the challenge newspaper photographers face. No matter how talented we are, it’s hard to produce blog-worthy material on every go. The assignments need to be interesting, the stars need to align, and the photographer has to be feeling it.

My goals in photography are to have a unique point of view and to produce memorable work. I’ll continue to publish the most notable of it here (the best, the better, and the absolute worst). But no more posts about the stuff in the middle.

I’ll no longer be blogging about piles of dirt.

Photo Mechanic and Lightroom Workflow Video

This video shows my current workflow process, which I’m really excited about. Very quick editing in Photo Mechanic, then copying selects into a folder that Lightroom auto-imports from. Then I can develop in Lightroom and export jpeg files for transmit.

The video goes fast and there are some things you’ll have to figure out on your own. Leave me questions in the comments and I’ll try to help out.

Sports Shooter Venue Guide – Lazy Elk High School

I am so jazzed that this article of mine finally made it to SportsShooter. If any of you haven’t photographed basketball at Lazy Elk High School, you’re in for a treat!

Lazy Elk Photo Pass
Link: Sports Shooter Venue Guide – Lazy Elk High School

To avoid any unpleasantries make sure you check in with one of the assistant vice principals before you start shooting. In exchange for your drivers license they will give you a sideline pass. This pass must be worn around your neck and must remain visible at all times.

Next, the school police deputy will point out any players on the team that can’t be photographed, either because their parents haven’t signed a media release or because they’re facing felony charges.

And here’s another photo that didn’t make it, showing what happens if you aren’t wearing your sideline pass at Lazy Elk:

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And of course, this one:

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March 19, 2012

Was awarded Best News Photograph from the Utah Press Association… Here’s the pic:

So that’s cool.

.:.

Is it weird that a contest would have its categories sponsored by corporations and even a news organization? Seems weird to me. Here are some of them:

Best Breaking News Story sponsored by Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Best News Coverage sponsored by the Deseret News
Best News Series sponsored by Smith’s Food & Drug
Best Feature or Community Lifestyle Page sponsored by Zions Bank

Inside joke while we waited for details on the results: I wonder if coverage of the Richard Burwash fiasco placed in the Best News Coverage sponsored by the Deseret News category.

.:.

Started Finished The Heart and the Fist: The education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL.

Also finished a couple novels about the end of the world. In On the Beach, a radioactive dust makes its way south from the northern hemisphere killing all life on the planet, and people in Australia await the end of humanity. Obviously there’s no good news, no happy ending. Two lines I liked:

I’m glad we haven’t got newspapers now,” she said. “It’s been much nicer without them.”

and

There’s no sense in giving orders that you know won’t be obeyed.

In Remnant everyone vanishes from the earth except for two women who are left to figure it out. After I finished the book I went to the author’s website, where the words Lesbian Fiction lead the page. I never would have guessed.

By the way, I rate everything I read and watch on the scoreboard.

Assignment #18 – Sundance Premiere – This Must Be the Place

I was telling a photographer I had just met how the whole “red carpet” photography thing seemed pretty superficial to me. I just don’t get it. While the people are famous, the photographs are generally awful. I said something about it being a shame that you could make more money doing celebrities on the red carpet than you could doing real work that meant something, like reportage or concerned photojournalism.

By his reaction I knew I had said something wrong and then he told me he did red carpet celebrity photography for a living.

Ouch. Sorry.

My second premiere of the day started out with about twenty of us journalists being kept in a pen, outside in the cold, for about twenty minutes. No lie. Then we were taken into the tent where the press line would be and we waited.

There were six still photographers and about ten video crews for the red carpet. A snow storm was snarling traffic all through Park City, delaying the stars of the film. Cast member Eve Hewson came through the line. Then the director, Paolo Sorrentino, came out for a quick photo. Here’s an outtake:

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Focus

I know, we’ve been rocking these Mark II’s for so long that they’re about to become cool again in a retro photography way. But I’m sure Adobe is right now developing software to sharpen lost frames like that one. In a few years I’ll be able to post a software fixed, in-focus version of that shot. Check back here in 2015 to see it.

After that we waited. It was only after two hours of waiting that a publicist came in and announced that Sean Penn would make a quick appearance for still photos, but there would be no video or interviews. Glad I wasn’t them.

Before Penn arrived a publicist came out and said since there were only six photographers there’d be no need or us to yell out his name and she said, “Everything will be beautiful!”

He comes out, stands in front of the red background for a full 21 seconds, taking turns looking at each of our cameras. Our six flashes fired about a billion times.

I got 34 frames off. Once again my favorite shot is one where another photographer’s blasting flash blasted my shot. And for the record, I threw about a hundred Lightroom pre-sets onto it before it looked like this:

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21 seconds and he walked off.

I might be reflecting my feelings about the situation when I say that Sean Penn appeared amused at how ridiculous the situation was— him walking out for 21 seconds and all of us taking the same bad photograph with direct flash of him in front of a corporate banner.

As I walked out of the place I saw Penn standing off in the dark and thought about making a joke with him about how silly all of this celebrity photography stuff is. But I didn’t. Who am I kidding? I had no right to joke. I was playing the game just like the rest of them.

The Pit of Negativity

H6smokeyohyeahNote: My name is Smokey the Bear and I’ve been a regular on this blog for nearly two years. I’ve now taken over the blog and am writing all posts, because Trent stopped posting here. I’m only allowing Trent the occasional rebuttal because, let’s face it, it’s funny to hear him try to cover up his missteps.

Hey, Smokey the Bear here. Trent is in such a negative mood today. Drama and accusations, dark clouds swirling over his head and all. It would be wise for him to keep quiet in a mood like this, especially here on a public blog. Who knows what he might say to get in trouble over? But that would be no fun. Let’s see if he’ll talk, and let’s see if he’ll say something stupid…

Smokey: Hell of a day today, wasn’t it?

Trent: It started yesterday, actually, when someone started claiming I was behind a Tumblr blog that stole a bunch of my photos. I’m used to people accusing me of doing things like pranks or blogs. But whether I’m guilty or not, most of those accusations are made in a positive way, like they want to give me credit for doing something clever. This time someone accused me of running a blog to get me in trouble. Lame.

Smokey: From a former colleague, no less.

Trent: Yeah, I can’t get too much into it. I’d love to, but, you know…it’s not worth it.

Smokey: Well, go on the record. Are you behind the blog you got accused of?

Trent: No.

Smokey: How many Tumblr blogs do you operate?

Trent: I have three Tumblr blogs. I have trenthead.tumblr.com (formerly onestarloser.com). I have The Clunk (but haven’t posted there forever. And I have Dusty Jackets (which I just started last weekend).

Smokey: Yeah, you started Dusty Jackets the same day I ripped you for being so distracted with everything other than photography. Do you need yet another distraction?

Trent: That was great timing, wasn’t it? It’s obvious I have too many sites, but Dusty Jackets is a very small commitment. I spent an hour on it on Sunday and got a month’s worth of posts done. I won’t need to touch it again for weeks.

Smokey: So what’s up with the dark cloud over your head?

Trent: I think I’m fine. Today was weird due to the Tumblr drama and I was exhausted. My wife’s dog went crazy in the middle of the night and I had to deal with that, so I started the day feeling a little off.

Smokey: You did make some good photos today, even though you’ve always hated photos of ducks. Don’t we all? Ducks are lame. However, I must say this shot works for me:

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Trent: Thanks. I used to think photos of ducks were such an easy out. But when I’m given less than an hour to come up with something, I’ll take a duck in the mist like this gladly.

Smokey: What about the mood in the office? You seem to tense up whenever you go in there.

Trent: I’m trying to get a handle on that. I’m trying to figure out if it’s just me or the office is haunted. I love the people I work with. Maybe I’m expecting something that just isn’t going to come, or maybe the dark cloud isn’t over me, but over the office. I need to figure it out and get positive.

Smokey: It could be something everyone’s feeling. You did get that hilarious text from a coworker today that said:
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What’s up with you getting so bugged by the staff-wide e-mails?

Trent: You mean the ones where a bunch of people are sending out e-mails listing how much work they’re doing? I don’t know why they bug me so much. I like the people who are sending those out, I just don’t want to be distracted by that. I almost responded to them all tonight with a great line, but you know how poisonous it would have sounded.

Smokey: Yeah, you would have sounded like a jerk, even if you typed it with a smile and wink.

Trent: I know. Luckily I didn’t send it. And it couldn’t have been that great of a line because I can’t remember what it was. But there are really positive people in the office. The Business editor has always got something positive to say and he’s beyond nice. I rode the elevator with him today. He held the door for me and walked out of the building speaking Spanish to the cleaning staff. He’s always positive. I need to turn my attitude around and be more like that guy. It’s not like he’s got it any easier than the rest of us, but he still keeps it positive.

Smokey: PMA, like the Unity song. Well, at least it seems like the Tumblr drama is over.

Trent: I think they’ve backed down. And they will lose if they try to find me guilty of anything. I noticed all my photos on that site back in March. They even wrote a post about me when they noticed I started following their blog. So it’s weird that now someone is trying to get me in trouble over it, something I didn’t do. And it’s weird that… No, I’m done on this topic. It’s not worth it.

Smokey: No, keep going. People want to know.

Trent: What is this, a podcast or something? We’re just sitting here talking about crap no one cares about. What about photography, Smokey?

Smokey: You need to edit those shots you took on the Jordan River Trail today as the sun was going down. There were some breathtaking scenes. You took way too many photos though so it’s going to be hard to edit it all down. Stop wasting so many pixels. Also, on your first assignment you were a little off. You should have worked it more.

Trent: That was tough. The story is about how hard the guy’s life is and he wouldn’t stop smiling for the camera. I tried to tire him out with conversation and get one where he was more natural. Really nice guy, his mood just wasn’t matching what I thought the story was.

Smokey: Yeah, you got something natural which was the best shot. Sometimes photojournalism is not easy. Do you think great shots should just be presented to you? You should have worked it more.

Trent: I know. You’re right. When I was editing my take in the office I was worried someone would look at my laptop, like I’d have been ashamed if anyone saw all those photos of the guy smiling cheese.

Smokey: Exactly. You knew when you left the guy’s house. Kick it up a notch. You can do better.

The Alleys of Magna

Often my wife will ask me, “What are you shooting tomorrow?”

Almost always I answer, “I don’t know yet.”

It’s not that the information isn’t available. I just find it easier to not look until the final moment. I’ve never been big on pre-visualizing my shots. I’m more of an improv photographer and like to go in with a clear head. But more than that, if you’ve got a dud assignment on your line you don’t want to toss and turn all night long “looking forward” to it.

Another reason I don’t look is that the schedule is always changing. News happens and assignments get shuffled. You can have an assignment on your line for three days only to have it moved off at the last minute.

Early yesterday the assignment “Magna Alleys” was on my line. Here’s the Description from the assignment:

A network of historic alleys remains in Magna. Salt Lake County wants to make it less expensive and less cumbersome for property owners to eliminate these alleys.

Here are the Instructions from the assignment sheet: (Hey wait a minute, I thought Chris Magerl, our photo editor four editors back, had the line “Instructions” changed to “Notes.” When did we revert to taking instructions? We used to consider ourselves journalists on par with those filling out the assignments. Oi!) :

Instructions: (I provided a couple locations of alleys above, but there are a ton of them in the old neighborhoods of Magna)

I looked at that assignment and thought, okay, here’s a challenge. Magna is very photogenic, but photographing alleys for a story on county zoning law? At least the story wouldn’t make the front page, I thought, meaning that if I failed not as many readers would see it.

I didn’t have to worry too long, because Magna Alleys soon vanished from my line, either moved to another shooter or NO-GO’d.

Fast forward to 4pm. It’s freezing cold out with heavy, dark cloud cover. The sun, if you could see it, is getting low. Phone rings.

Editor: You’re back on Magna Alleys. Head out there.

Me: Okay, I’m heading west, but it’s getting dark out. This would have been a much better shot earlier when we had light.

Editor: It’s going to be the centerpiece photo on the Utah Section.

Me: Gulp.

With that kind of set up, you’re expecting an awful photo of an alley in Magna. Oh, I did get a few of those, but lucky for me long-time Magna resident Norm Fitzgerald was game for a photo in the alley space behind his home:

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Also, big thanks to Scott Sommerdorf for finding an old Canon speedlite in his basement and letting me use it. It’s been a big help on at least a dozen assignments now. Who knew?

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