Valley fire: “Lake County is looking like a ghost community”

Photographer Kent Porter's email to his colleagues at the Press Democrat on the collaborative efforts of covering the Valley fire in Lake County.

By | September 14th, 2015|2 Comments

What a Difference a Year makes

It was only a year ago that the North Coast was pummeled by vicious wind and  driving rain.  Santa Rosa had recorded nearly a foot of precipitation for the water year, a half-foot above normal.  As many remember, the atmospheric pineapple connection shut down after that. The remaining calendar year [...]

By | December 4th, 2013|0 Comments

That was excessively oppressive

I'm a big fan of hot weather.  I know there are others out there just like me. Last week proved that too much of a good thing is not all that great. At least we don't live in Phoenix or Las Vegas or anywhere in a desert. Death Valley recorded [...]

By | July 10th, 2013|4 Comments

Bikes, Snakes, Parades and More

This is not your typical 9 to 5 job.  I'll prove it. I texted my wife and told her I was on call to photograph snakes.  "Ewwww!"  she texted back.  She doesn't like snakes.  Can you count the number of snakes in the photo?  No, there isn't a [...]

By | May 23rd, 2013|1 Comment

Reality Check in the Lower Ninth Ward

After five days of continuous Super Bowl coverage, I wanted to get away from the hype of the French Quarter, television cameras, large crowds and commercialism that surrounds an event like the Super Bowl.  I'm sure the festivities were good for the city and brought in a much needed boost [...]

By | February 6th, 2013|6 Comments

A Break in the Rain

True to form, the third in a series of powerful Pacific storms clobbered the North Coast early Sunday morning.  The up-side to the storm was the less than predicted rainfall amounts.  Good news if you live on the Russian River which is forecast to now hit 29.2 feet in Guerneville [...]

By | December 1st, 2012|0 Comments

TG it’s Friday Or Maybe Not

After emerging from a food coma Thursday, I was assigned to shoot shoppers tearing through the aisles at Toys "R" Us in Santa Rosa.  In years past, it was a different story.  Black Friday started on FRIDAY and usually started around eight in the morning.  In fact, I'm not sure [...]

By | November 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Fire Light

It's a given.  Our job as news photographers is to cover news both good and bad.  It's what we do; what we are good at.  I would stink at selling real estate, building furniture  (the wood bowl I made in high school wood shop didn't look anything like a bowl) [...]

By | October 19th, 2012|1 Comment

Final Flight of the Endeavour

This can be a strange and unusual job.  One day it's a wildfire, maybe a county Supervisor's meeting.  The next could be a football game or a black tie event.  It really never gets boring. That's why I jumped at the chance to photograph the final flight of the Shuttle [...]

By | September 22nd, 2012|1 Comment

Code 1,000

Code one thousand.  What?  Among the duties we have at the Press Democrat is to listen to police and fire dispatches on scanners while going about our daily tasks.  When a code 1,000 toned out last Thursday some of us in photo uttered a collective "Huh?" Turns out that several [...]

By | September 4th, 2012|0 Comments