I just wanted to share how good it felt to get behind the camera for a whole day for a change.
My first and foremost job at the Yakima Herald-Republic is as a reporter and I love it. However, over the years, I’ve grown to relish opportunities for photography.
I take photos as often as I can, but I usually defer to the pure staff photogs for the images while I focus on the written word. Like I said, that’s my main job.
But my shutter finger had been so itchy lately, I finally broke down and flat out asked for permission to shoot my own pictures for my upcoming story about the apple harvest in Grant County, where 30 some years or so ago people assumed apples couldn’t grow.
I had already done a lot of research to fuel my writing, so I hit the road at 5 a.m. Thursday thinking photography first.
What a difference that attitude made. I stopped at the Vernita bridge for a few scenic sunrise pictures, got up close and personal with pickers, shot the distinctive Columbia River bluffs from every angle I could think of and even talked my way into the back room at a local panadaria to take pictures of a friendly businesses owner preparing pastries for the rapidly growing ˜but still very seasonal˜ population of his little town.
Here a few of my favorites from the day.
This is not all just about me feeling good. My reporting will be better for it. It’s one thing to know how many acres of apples a region has. It’s quite another to stand on top of a ladder and gaze out over the seemingly endless horizon of tree tops.
If I have to share a tip here, it’s for writers. When reporters (or at least yours truly) think of the world visually and get out from behind our computer screens, we learn so much more and therefore can write so much better.