Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

September 28, 2009

A WIDE Perspective.

Nikon D700, 28-70 f/2.8, converted in Photoshop CS3.

About a week ago, I bought a 14mm f/2.8 lens. For those of you who know, 14mm is VERY wide.

I bought it mostly for a remote camera and also so I can get a nice wide angle when needed.

As left the office this evening, I wanted to break the lens in a little bit and there in a spot in in New Monterey I saw the other day and made a few nice shots.

I like the ability to open the lens to f/2.8 and get real close (the below shot was maybe 2 inches at most from the leave), which opens the photo to an interesting and different perspective.

Nikon D700, Sigma 14 f/2.8, IR converted in Photoshop CS3.

I put my camera on "Vivid" color to have the reds really punch and emulate my favorite Vivid Saturation Kodak film.

Nikon D700, Sigma 14 f/2.8.

I liked getting really close to the ground and "expanding" the sidewalk a ton.


Nikon D700, Sigma 14 f/2.8.

~ nic

September 21, 2009

2009 Monterey Jazz Festival.


Oddly enough, by far my favorite photo from the Jazz Festival this year is the one above of Esperanza Spalding performing in Dizzy's Den on Sunday. She was definitely my favorite performer of the show and not bad to look at either (not to mention my camera (a D300 with a 70-200 f/2.8) really shows nice smooth detail and sharpness even at ISO 2000. I might even get an enlargement of this photo for my desk at work.

Anytime she performed, she had this great, raw intensity and you could see how lost she would get into jazz (see photo below). I like both shots, especially the first one, because it is a nice, real moment she had and I captured it.


Joe Lovano performing in Dizzy's Den.




Until next year...

~ nic

September 19, 2009

2009 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Esperanza Spalding opened up the main stage for the jazz festival weekend.

Amazing performance.





~ nic

September 18, 2009

High School Football: Monterey vs. Half Moon Bay


So still reeling from shooting the NFL this past Monday, I shot some high school action at Monterey High School on my way home.

I tried a tip of shooting down on the field from the stands, which gives a good perspective of the field where you can actually see what the hell is going on and it cleans up bad backgrounds very nicely.



The photo below I like, because you can just kind of make out the ball during the extra point from Monterey.



~ nic

September 15, 2009

Monday Night NFL Football: San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders


San Diego Charger's quarterback Philip Rivers (17) gets close with his offensive line.

I had an opportunity of a lifetime last night to shoot an NFL game. It was the season opener for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers at the Oakland Coliseum.

I made the accommodations after our deputy editor Mark Anderson wrote a story about San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera who played and coached for Seaside High School, then went to play for the 1985 Chicago Bears where he earned a Super Bowl ring.


Needless to say, shooting professional football was mind blowing (and hard on the knees...). The energy of the fans in the stands easily matched that of the action on the field.

See more photos and commentary at the Monterey County Weekly staff blog.

View a slideshow at the Monterey County Weekly website.


San Diego Charger's quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass.


San Diego Charger's Steve Gregory (28) attempts to hold down Oakland Raider's wide receiver Louis Murphy (18) as he caught a touchdown pass. Referees called he wasn't in possession long enough. The Raider's scored a field goal on the next play.

The Chargers won the game 24-20 after a touchdown with 18 seconds left, leaving the Raiders with a 12th consecutive loss to San Diego.

~ nic

September 13, 2009

2009 Triathlon at Pacific Grove.

I shot the PG Triathlon yesterday morning, which I do enjoy, because it's a such a mix of different sports and has the potential for really cool images.

I really wanted to show the intense spectacle of how these athletes function during the race and I think that came across.




I kind of like this frame better than the one above it, because of the guy's anguish in front.




Showing the quick motion was a key element for me.

Little details like the energy bar in the mouth made shots like this unique.



I also tried framing the spectators on side of shots to get away from the straight-on cyclist shot.




I like this image of one triathlete during the National Anthem.

~ nic

September 5, 2009

2009 Monterey Bay Reggae Festival.

Cecil "Skeleton" Spence of Israel Vibration.


I shot the 2009 Monterey Bay Reggae Festival last night at the Monterey Fairgrounds.

It was a fun evening of "feel good" music and people were rocking out.

I wrote a piece for the Monterey County Weekly.

Lion Camp.

Cecil "Skeleton" Spence of Israel Vibration.


Richie Spice.

Richie Spice.

Cecil "Skeleton" Spence of Israel Vibration.

Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin of Israel Vibration.


Lion Camp.

~ nic

September 3, 2009

Michelle Magdalena



This is the photo we ran for a story on Monterey fine art photog Michelle Magdalena.

She studied at Brooks and does very cool, fine art work. She shoots a lot of film still and shows all over the place.

It was a fun shoot with studio lighting and a skirt made of 220-film.

We did a story on Michelle in the Monterey County Weekly.









~ nic