Monthly Archives: June 2013

Bombers to Bays: Week 1 at SVH

The first week of my internship at Skagit Valley Herald has been full of excitement. I’m getting to know the spectrum of cultures in Skagit County, which changes drastically depending on the region. For example, the horseback riders I met at a Round-Up Ride at Fire Mountain Trail Course were completely different than the folks that gathered to watch the 42nd annual Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway. I think getting to know the subject is sometimes the most interesting and important part of photojournalism.

Here are some of my favorites from each take this week:

(Frome left)Francesca, 4, Gillian Eelkema, 5, and Anibal Leon, 6, run through water sprays. The sun brought dozens of families to cool off in the water at Kiwanis Spray Park after school.

(Frome left) Francesca, 4, Gillian Eelkema, 5, and Anibal Leon, 6, run through water sprays. The sun brought dozens of families to cool off in the water at Kiwanis Spray Park after school.

Cassie Freer hugs Gemma on June 22, 2013 at the Skagit Backcountry Horsemen's Round-Up-Ride at Fire Mountain Trail Course. "She's my favorite horse of all times. She's gentle, she's smart, she's loving," Freer said.

Cassie Freer hugs Gemma on June 22, 2013 at the Skagit Backcountry Horsemen’s Round-Up-Ride at Fire Mountain Trail Course. “She’s my favorite horse of all times. She’s gentle, she’s smart, she’s loving,” Freer said.

(From Left) RJ Barnes, Joshua Jackson and Christopher William-Huble race toy sprint cars in a mini dirt speedway they created. The 42nd Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway brought racers and fans from all over the country, and even Canada. Although races on June 20, 2013 were cancelled due to rain, the sun came out for races on June 21.

(From Left) RJ Barnes, Joshua Jackson and Christopher William-Huble race toy sprint cars in a mini dirt speedway they created. The 42nd Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway brought racers and fans from all over the country, and even Canada. Although races on June 20, 2013 were cancelled due to rain, the sun came out for races on June 21.

Graduated wait in a gentle rain to make an entrance into their graduation ceremony. More than 700 students ranging in age from 17 to 65 graduated from Skagit Valley College on June 20, 2013.

Graduated wait in a gentle rain to make an entrance into their graduation ceremony. More than 700 students ranging in age from 17 to 65 graduated from Skagit Valley College on June 20, 2013.

A gun turret in a B-24 Liberator points at a P-51 Mustang flying over Puget Sound on June 19, 2013. The Collings Foundation owns the planes and gives people rides in refurbished war planes to teach them about WWII history.

A gun turret in a B-24 Liberator points at a P-51 Mustang flying over Puget Sound on June 19, 2013. The Collings Foundation owns the planes and gives people rides in refurbished war planes to teach them about WWII history.

(From left) Brian Green, Bill Johnson and Bob Cummings connect control wires to make antennas operate at the national Radio Field Day on June 22, 2013. The Radio Amateurs of Skagit County participated in a "field day" where HAM radio fanatics try to contact as many people as possible within 24 hours.

(From left) Brian Green, Bill Johnson and Bob Cummings connect control wires to make antennas operate at the national Radio Field Day on June 22, 2013. The Radio Amateurs of Skagit County participated in a “field day” where HAM radio fanatics try to contact as many people as possible within 24 hours.

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Looking for pictures

I’ve been really focused on making videos this spring, so I haven’t been shooting stills as often. (My videos can be viewed here.) But the other day I went out and just took pictures for fun. I searched for stand-alone type images, and learned a bit about the people and places I photographed along the way.

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Giang Vo uses high pressure water to strip the paint off his daughter’s garage on June 4, 2013. Vo, who is Vietnamese, speaks very little English, but his daughter told me they were repainting their entire house.

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Rosemary Read directs students in the Scottish Country Dance Club at Western Washington University on June 4, 2013. Read started dancing while growing up in northern England and now teaches the dance for P.E. classes at the university.

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A longboarder weaves through trees at Western Washington University on June 4, 2013.

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NOAA takes water samples to test the toxicity that might affect oysters and shell plankton at this dock near Coupeville, Wash.

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Three tractors were lined up in a field outside Burlington, Wash on June 17, 2013.