Lodi News-Sentinel photographers share their favorite photos from 2012 and the stories behind them:
An artist’s vision by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm at 35mm. Exposure: 1/15th sec. at f/2.8. ISO: 800
Photographer’s note: This was one of my favorite stories and photo series of the year. Watching Allison create works of art while only being able to see a few inches beyond her nose was incredible. I like this photo because it demonstrates how she goes about drawing while so close to the paper, and her concentration.
Right on target by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm at 17mm. Exposure: 1/2500th sec. at f/3.5. ISO: 400
Photographer’s note: Being a photojournalist can be a risky business. Standing on sidelines of football games. Sitting under the hoop during a basketball game. It is easy to be in harm’s way while covering sporting events. In this case, I was lying on an air-filled target as skydivers from Qatar attempted to touch down in the center of it. There were a few close calls, but luckily I escaped without being kicked in the face or landed on.
Who left the sprinklers on? by Jennifer M. Howell
Camera: Canon 40D. Lens: Canon 16-35L at 16mm. Exposure: 1/8000th sec. at f/2.8. ISO: 100
Photographer’s note: While cruising around looking for standalone art, I found myself on Lower Sacramento Road near Eight Mile Road making a usual loop back to West Lane. I noticed people were pulling over and that they had cameras. As I looped back, I was greeted by this winter wonderland created by a freezing night and sprinklers left on. I took a low stance, dodging the sprinklers, which were still on. I played with all angles and lined the sun behind the icicles.
Candlelight vigil by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Sigma 70-200 at 185mm. Exposure: 1/50th sec. at f/2.8. ISO: 12800
Photographer’s note: Candlelight vigils can often be difficult to shoot. They are generally dark, and people can be emotional. They also provide moving photos. In this case, the tragic event happened in Wisconsin and the vigil was at the local Sikh temple, so they were very welcoming. I composed this photo so the candle was centered (take that, rule of thirds!) and the woman was just on the edge of the frame. Enough to show the character in her face.
Cowboy in the window by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Nikkor 50mm @ 50mm. Exposure: 1/800th sec. @ f/1.4. ISO: 640
Photographer’s note: Sometimes our favorite photos are never printed in the paper. While photographing an interview with John Vanderheiden at the Office bar in Lockeford, I noticed this guy in the background. He eventually wandered over to the window and I snapped two quick photos.
Young mothers by Jennifer M. Howell
Camera: Canon 40D. Lens: Canon 16-35 at 16mm. Exposure: 1/50th sec. at f/2.8. ISO: 400
Photographer’s note: While at New Horizons, Lauren Nelson was interviewing the teen mothers, but I was making goo-goo faces at the babies. I find when you get on a child’s level, you definitely get a different perspective.
A tiny meal by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Sigma 105 mm at 105mm. Exposure: 1/320th sec. at f/11. ISO: 800
Photographer’s note: I am not a nature or macro photographer. So when I get a good photo of both in shot I get excited. The photo alone doesn’t demonstrate the size of this tiny dragonfly. I didn’t notice the aphid in its mouth until I started editing.
Divine dancers by Ian Jonsson
Camera: Nikon D700. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 102mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 4000
Photographer’s note: This was the second annual Diwali Night I had photographed. This year’s event started with a performance by little children. Following the children, the emcees came out and made a few jokes. Two younger girls then came onto stage to perform a Bharatnatyam dance. I took a couple pictures during their dance and snapped one of their final pose. I jotted down some information from the program before I hurried back to the office to make deadline, not sure if my final picture was up to par yet. Back at the office, I quickly edited my pictures from earlier in the day, saving the dance for last. When I got to it, I knew that it would make the page editors happy. I submitted it and went home, eager to see if it made it into print the next day.
Story time by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D800. Lens: Sigma 70-200mm at 70mm. Exposure: 1/100th sec. at f/3.5. ISO: 1250
Photographer’s note: One thing immediately stands out in this photo, the boy picking his nose. But a keener eye might pick up on another oddity. Why is the book upside down?
Bath time by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Sigma 70-200 at 200mm. Exposure: 1/1000th sec. at f/4. ISO: 400
Photographer’s note: It’s a bunch of baby ducks. What more needs to be said? It was a fun, light-hearted assignment that had Maggie Creamer and me in a good mood all day.
Classy smoking break by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Sigma 70-200 @ 105mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/3.2. ISO: 1000
Photographer’s note: This is my favorite photo of the year. While on assignment for a Lodi Living cover story about another local photographer, we saw this man walk through All Veterans Plaza and into Stogies Cigar Lounge. We followed him in and I took a few photos. I love that you can’t really tell the period of this photo unless you look at the small details. Is this guy on the set of “Mad Men” or is he just a hipster?
Lending a helping head by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm at 17mm. Exposure: 1/200th sec. at f/2.8. ISO: 6400
Photographer’s note: Always keep an eye out for something unexpected. While photographing a Support Our Troops care package assignment, I spotted a couple of kids grabbing boxes to be filled with items. This kid decided to have some fun gathering boxes.
Reunited with mom by Dan Evans
Camera: Nikon D3s. Lens: Nikkon 17-35mm at 17mm. Exposure: 1/640th sec. at f/3.2. ISO: 6400
Photographer’s note: Even if this was not a photo of my girlfriend and our dog this would still be a favorite photo. It’s been a rocky road since we adopted Fiona. Her leg never recovered from her injuries, and she chewed on her foot several times. It was decided that it was time to amputate her leg. Unfortunately, Katie was out of town on the day of surgery. It was a stressful day for all of us, but especially for her. I took this photo when Katie and Fiona saw each other for the first time after surgery. It was touching to see the two of them so happy.