Ron Bourdage operates the new car crusher/bailer machine and lifts a junk vehicle into the air Monday at Gallup Recycling on Hwy 118, near Red Rock State Park. The $400,000 machine generates 2700 pounds of pressure per square inch and can crush as many as 25 vehicles per hour. Bourdage said that the crusher is mobile and he can go to other locations if people have enough vehicles for him to crush. He can be reached at 505-870-8770.
Until about 15 minutes before our appointment. Then the cluods broke and the sun came out strong and directional. I tried for a diffuser to eliminate the harsh shadows on her face, but the sun was so bright that she could not help but squint something terrible. Enter plan B. Inside the home with some open areas and lots of available light, th kitchen was a pretty big component of the home, and it lent itself to an EVP. The reporter also told me that we would be doing a second story on realtors in the near future, so I also moved her into an arched doorway with plain walls for a mug shot with directional lighting.
Members of the Gallup Realtors Association recently elected Mary Lou Mraz to
serve as their president.
Thoreau Hawks pitcher Lance Etsitty hurls the ball from the mound friday afternoon while facing Cuba in a double header at Thoreau high school. Etsitty threw 14 strike outs in the first game.
This next image is a mixed bag for me. I like the photo being so tight on the batter, and I LOVE the dust swirl around the bat. The image falls apart for two reasons though: the batter does not have all that great of a facial expression, and second - and far more disappointing - is the baseball getting lost as it makes contact with the bat right in front of his hands.
Dust swirls around the bat as Thoreau Hawk batter Darryl Paul (9) smacks the ball for a base hit Friday during a double-header against Cuba at Thoreau High School.
Cuba base runner Rico Martin (29) begins his slide into second base Friday while Thoreau Hawk Justin James watches him and grabs to catch the ball at Thoreau High School. James dropped the throw and Martin was safe during the first game of their double-header.
In all of my time working and covering high school baseball this image is probably my favorite baseball image ever.
Tohatchi Cougar first baseman Tyolin Sam (13) just misses the throw to first while Gallup Catholic Panther Frank Jaramillo (12) steps on the bag Thursday during a double-header at Ford Canyon Park in Gallup. After the throw Jaramillo tried to run to second base but was tagged out.
Tohatchi Cougars catcher Dewayne Notah (1) tags Gallup Catholic Panther Ryan Nichols (13) to make the out at home plate and stop the Panthers from scoring.
Tohatchi Cougar Cody Ben (15) grabs a fly ball Thursday to make an out against the Gallup Catholic Panthers.
The problems: Photographing the beginning of the event required me to shoot almost directly into the sun as the walkers and runners left the chapter house. On the return thewalkers were scattered and very few were close together.
My solution: Use the side of a bridge as a framing device to make the image a bit more interesting than just two or three walkers in the wide open spaces of Mexican Springs.
Walkers cross a one lane bridge Thursday evening while participating in the 'Looking Great in 2008' 5k (three mile) fun run and walk at the Mexican Springs Chapter in New Mexico. The walk was organized to help promote physical fitness and reduce people's risk of getting diabetes.
Rochelle Becenti has her blood pressure checked by Betty Lou Begay, a senior community health worker with the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project, while behind them participants in the Looking Great in 2008 5k fun walk and run do warm-up exercises Thursday before beginning the course in Mexican Springs, NM.
Walkers young and old head out onto the road while participating in the 'Looking Great in 2008" 5k fun run and walk.
Gallup Catholic Lady Panthers Shynal Robinson (3) slides into second base and is tagged by Zuni Thunderbirds Megan Hughte (2) during a double header at Ford Canyon Park. The Lady Panthers won the first game 14-0.Zuni Thunderbird Carmen Dishta (27) grabs for the ball and collides with a Gallup Catholic Lady Panther runner as she runs to third base during a double header Wednesday at Ford Canyon Park.
Zuni Thunderbird catcher Kandis Quam (7) reaches for the ball as it hits the dirt Wednesday and Gallup Catholic Lady Panthers score a run.
After getting the prairie mutt photo I started thinking about other wildlife that people in Gallup don't know we have, or pay attention to. Sure enough, when I brought these images of ducks onto my screen several of my co-workers asked where I had managed to find ducks in the Gallup area.
There are a couple of secret spots that I have squirreled away for just this type of occasion, something that living and working 11+ years in one community has as a benefit.
Anyway, hope you enjoy the animals.
Mount Taylor hot shot Clybert Peyketewa handles a chain saw Monday while squad boss and certifier Christopher Moore gives him some tips while felling a tree during training with chain saws on the slopes of Mt. Taylor as they prepare for the coming fire season.
Mt. Taylor squad boss and certifier Christopher Moore, left, reviews the steps that hot shot crew member Clybert Peyketewa used when he felled a tree during Mount Taylor hot shots training with chain saws on the slopes of Mt. Taylor. The training session included reviews of keeping exit strategies in mind and how to handle the chain saw for a bore cut.
Beverly Crowe, a breast cancer survivor, gets a facial Monday from University of New Mexico-Gallup cosmetology student Paris Begay during the Relay for Life Spa day, a fund raiser to help support the American Cancer Society. The annual Relay for Life event is schedule for June 20 and 21.
The shooting situation was not ideal - window liht from one side and flourescent lights overhead. Time to use my own light sources. I wanted to give the shots a look of natural light, not noticiable. So I dug into my bag of tricks and pulled out a SB-800 with a shoot through umbrella and a pocket wizard. I positioned the umbrella pointing down and at her feet, giving a pretty good wrap around light that only has minor hot spots. The hot spots bother me a lot less than the colors and the grainy shadows I would have faced using available light.
Yes it is Easter weekend, and yes there are a lot of other things that needed my attention. It still didn’t mean I was willing to actually do them. Instead I plunked myself down and pored through the pages of an autobiography by Jim Lo Scalzo. Don’t know who that is? That’s okay. I wasn’t familiar with him either, until I saw his book praised on a photography web site (Sportsshooter perhaps?) Jim does a good job of painting a vivid image of his 17 years in the business of photojournalism. He reveals a lot about himself and does not hold a lot of things back, including his shortcomings. He explains the trade-offs of the life he chose. The globe-trotting photojournalist always looking for his next fix of adventure, at the expense of his relationship with his wife.
He has a chapter in his book about time he spent here, on the Navajo Nation. He mentions
The images are available in a piece titled Along the Byways of the Navajo Nation, and was published by the
The book title is Evidence of My Existence. He has a web page dedicated to the book posted through the US News and World Report web site.
Here is a quote from his book –
Photojournalism is accessible; it is about the world, for the world. And its players take more risks, endure more hardships, witness more misery in order to practice their craft than any other artisans I can think of. When they make a picture, they are not imagining a scene but standing right before it. The crackheads and Russian whores and people dead or dying all an arm’s reach away. (pg 71)
In the end Lo Scalzo deems his wife, his newborn child, to deserve a priority in his life. He has an epiphany in
When I used to hear of severe wrecks or fires or other spot news I was excited about the chance to make some powerful images. Now when I hear such thins over the police and fire radios I cringe and try to prepare myself for seeing somebody’s life drastically, even tragically, altered. Yes, I still am excited about making images, but not for the same reasons. Even though the image may come out the same, the thoughts and feelings I have making the images has changed. I don’t show up at most of these things wondering what I can take away from the scene that will make me look better as a photographer. I come away from these scenes, most times, wondering if the readers will understand why they should care about what has happened.
So many times I have met young photojournalists that are all about their egos, about their work. They want the accolades and the bragging rights. Somehow they have managed to enter the profession with the idea that they can be cool and artistic; or else they have lost sight of things along the way IT IS NOT ABOUT US! It is not about the ability to show up full of ourselves and look down on people that are not as talented as we are. Photojournalism is an obligation to give people a voice that they otherwise would not have, and to let that voice speak, not be tramped upon by our enormous egos. Realizing that I am not, and likely will never be, this great photojournalist is not a bad thing for me. It means I can sit back and look at what my subjects have to say, and then use my skills to try and focus that voice into a visual that the readers will understand.
The Grants Lady Pirate Naomi Gonzales (18) delivers a pitch Friday as the Lady Pirates defeated the Thoreau Lady Hawks 12-2 at Wells Softball Park in Grants, NM.
Miyamura Patriot runner Zack Shank (7) leaps to avoid being tagged out by Navajo Prep Eagle third baseman Anthony Nelson (20) during the Thoreau Invite baseball tournament Thursday at Thoreau High School. Nelson dropped the ball (in ront of his knee) during the play an Shank made it safely onto third.
Miyamura Patriots runner D'mar Elleby (20) kicks up a cloud of smoke sliding into second base while Navajo Prep Eagles second baseman Gerald Johnson (10) jumps to catch the ball thrown from home plate.
Navajo Prep Eagle runner Jay Lansing (1) steps back to first base Thursday as Miyamura Patriots first baseman DyLam Summy (3) catches the ball from the pitcher as they try to pick off Lansing during the Thoreau Invite baseball tournament.
Thoreau vs. Tohatchi:
Thoreau Hawks catcher Justin James (15) grabs for the ball as Tohatchi Cougar runner Jarred Stevens (12) runs to home plate during the Thoreau Invite baseball tournament Thursday at Thoreau High School. The Thoreau Hawks defeated the Tohatchi Cougars 12-8.
Thoreau Hawks pitcher Brian Francisco (43) hurtles the ball from the mound Thursday while facing the Tohatchi Cougars in the Thoreau Invite baseball tournament at Thoreau High School.
Tohatchi Cougar hitter Jarred Stevens (12) connects with the ball for a base hit Thursday against the Thoreau Hawks.
These two building photos are for stories about the hospital. Although I think from a graphic design standpoint the top photo is better, the editors say they prefer the lower one because of the signage.
Richard Holder is the new interim director of the University of New Mexico-Gallup campus.
This final image - a more formalized portrait, was created using a single SB-800 strobe fired at a shoot-thru umbrella only about two feet to the side of the subject. (Placing the light beside him creates an oblique angle that eliminates and glare to his glasses). He was also only a few feet away from a light colored wall to his right, which acted like a large bounce card/reflector to keep the right side of his face from being thrown into dark shadows. Pretty straight forward stuff.
Colorful drinks, including green beer, are the order of the night Monday as bartender Raul Lopez serves up drinks for customers celebrating St. Patrick's Day at Sammy C's Rocking Sports Pub and Grill on Coal Avenue in Gallup.
Alicia Mares serves up drinks for customers celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
Paul Thompson plays the tenor recorder as he and other members of the Desrt Highlanders group perform for St. Patricks Day at Sammy C's Rocking Sports Pub and Grill on Coal Avenue in Gallup.