Man, what a busy two weeks.  Not really much to pontificate about today, but I’m glad my chosen profession is interesting;  just can’t imagine doing anything else.

I mentioned a few posts ago that photographers get used to working it out with light thrown their way.  Several photos in this post were shot at high noon, but work for one reason or another.

Enjoy.

Carl Neilson of Rohnert Park has been a RIP City rider for nearly two and a half years, Thursday Sept. 22, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

For the Towns section this past week, I was assigned to shoot Carl Neilson of Rohnert Park.  Neilson is part of RIP City Riders, often associated with a group of riders who travel with American flags unfurled escorting fallen military, or to welcome a veteran home from overseas service.  It was just after high noon that I could fit Carl in to my increasingly busy schedule. I wasn’t quite sure how to photograph him.  Problem solved when I drove up.  It was scary easy.  For some reason, the photo reminds me of Southern California.  Maybe it’s the palm tree.

Evelyn Cassini will be taking the reins once again at the Casino Restaurant in Bodega, Thursday Sept. 22, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

I used available light on Evelyn Cassini.  No tricks, just slowed down the shutter speed and let natural light fill shadows. It didn’t hurt that there were nearly ancient deer heads tacked to the wall.  We call it ambiance in the photojournalism world.

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane attends the Sonoma County Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sponsored by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Thursday Sept. 15, 2011 at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011 Santa Rosa Magazine

Okay,  the photo is terribly composed.  But County Supervisor Shirlee Zane has really red hair.  The light was nice, so I fired off a frame.

A Glen Ellen firefighter was part of a large contingent that helped control a fire that nearly gutted a home on Cavedale Road, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

I arrived at this fire incredibly late.  Not even a puff of smoke.  After an amazing amount of trouble getting to the scene (I thought I heard the address as 8100 Cavedale, only to find out it was in the 100 block, on the corner of Cavedale and Highway 12) I had to make at least one image.  After Trinity Road, Cavedale Road has to be the curviest road in Sonoma County.  Well, at least during spot news.

Petaluma police officers conduct a DUI checkpoint on Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Friday Sept. 16, 2011 in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

It’s all about the repetition here.

Arthur Johnson, a muslim, prays at his home Wednesday Sept. 21, 2011. Johnson, who was living on the streets and addicted, was helped by Catholic Charities to right himself and found a place for him to live at Burbank Housing's Amarosa Village development in southwest Santa Rosa, Having found this place to stay, Johnson reunited with his children. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

 Really, talking to your subject and being on time for an assignment leads to good moments.

Roseland University Prep's Aime Isais prepares to make a shot on goal against Anderson Valley, Wednesday Sept. 21, 2011 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

 I’m glad soccer players don’t wear hats or helmets.  Seeing is believing.

 

Members of SEAL Team five use modified M-60's for a gun salute to fallen Navy SEAL, Jesse Pittman of Willits, Saturday Sept. 24, 2011 during a memorial for him at the Ukiah Speedway. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

High noon, cloud cover and a dramatic angle.  These weapons are really loud.  Trust me.  At almost every angle, a picture could be made at Jesse Pittman’s memorial in Ukiah.

Ukiah residents line the North State Street in Ukiah pror to a memorial for Navy SEAL Jesse Pittman of Willits, Saturday Sept. 24, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Navy SEAL Team Five salute for their fallen comrade, Jesse Pittman of Willits, Saturday Sept. 24, 2011 during a memorial for him at the Ukiah Speedway. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Scenes from Navy SEAL, First Warfare Operator 1st Class Jesse Pittman of Willits, Saturday Sept. 24, 2011 during a memorial for him at the Ukiah Speedway. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Below, it’s the Raiders.

C’mon, It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

The fans were in full dress, during the Raiders victory over the Jets, Sunday Sept. 25, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

eremy Kerley has his helmet ripped off by Jacoby Ford of Oakland on a punt return during the Raiders victory over the Jets, Sunday Sept. 25, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Good thing I was in focus.

mad scramble for the ball as Oakland recovers a fumble deep in the Jets territory during the Raiders victory over the Jets, Sunday Sept. 25, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Your pulling my leg, right?

After scoring his first TD of the afternoon Darren McFadden of the Raiders spends a little quality time with fans in the Black Hole during their victory over the Jets, Sunday Sept. 25, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

 The Raiders are scoring touchdowns now, so that means more players jumping in to the Black Hole.  That’s okay by me.

-Kent Porter

 

-Kent Porter