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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.

Mike Waits holds his grandson Caleb Waits, 4, as glow sticks are substituted for candles at the childrens' Christmas Eve service at the West Side Church in Yakima, Wash. Dec. 24, 2013. The Tuesday afternoon service included singing, a skit by children depicting the manger scene at Jesus' birth and spiritual messages. The church held two other Christmas Eve services for older attendees. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Mike Waits holds his grandson Caleb Waits, 4, as glow sticks are substituted for candles at the childrens’ Christmas Eve service at the West Side Church in Yakima, Wash. Dec. 24, 2013. The Tuesday afternoon service included singing, a skit by children depicting the manger scene at Jesus’ birth and spiritual messages. The church held two other Christmas Eve services for older attendees. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

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.

 

Isidro Vargas looks at a truck mirror as he feeds cows just after dawn Christmas morning 2013 at the George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy in Outlook.  Vargas has worked every Christmas day at the dairy for the last 17 years but was able to work a shorter-than-usual day on Christmas so he could spend more time with his family. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Isidro Vargas looks at a truck mirror as he feeds cows just after dawn Christmas morning 2013 at the George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy in Outlook. Vargas has worked every Christmas day at the dairy for the last 17 years but was able to work a shorter-than-usual day on Christmas so he could spend more time with his family. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

 

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.

Barista Synthea Gentry pauses for a moment while fixing coffee drinks at the Tom Tom Espresso stand in Yakima on Christmas day 2013. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

Barista Synthea Gentry pauses for a moment while fixing coffee drinks at the Tom Tom Espresso stand in Yakima on Christmas day 2013.
(GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)

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…

 

 

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