Getting the gift of good light
by Gordon King
Santa has been good to me the last couple of days. He brought me the gift of good light on three consecutive Christmas-related assignments yesterday and today.
This Christmas Eve service was geared to young children so glow sticks were substituted for the candles traditionally used at Christmas Eve services. The glow sticks were a nice twist to the usual candles and gave me some very nice light for an assignment in an otherwise dimly-lit church.
I photographed people who work on Christmas Day for a story written by YH-R reporter Rafael Guerrero. I started just before dawn at the George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy in Outlook, riding with dairy worker Isidro Vargas as he fed cows with his automated feed truck.
Dawn light from the just-risen sun illuminates Isidro’s face as he makes his early-morning rounds to feed the dairy cows. Such good light makes it worthwhile getting up at o-dark-thirty.
Next, I photographed a barista at a Yakima espresso stand.
Again, more good light. In this case it was the always-pleasing “shaft of light” lighting up Synthea at the coffee shop. This was not the photo we used in the paper and on our website because there was one which worked better with the story but it is the photo with the best light.
Now if Santa would only have brought me that pair of DPS Wailer 99 skis with Dynafit Radical bindings that I wanted…