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

December 27, 2009

Sports: Random Images of 2009.

Dual slalom, 2009 Sea Otter Classic.

As I was narrowing down my digital archives to free up space, I came across some random sports images from this year that I really liked.

ABA California Sea Kings basketball.

MMA competitor Angela Samaro.

Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Father/son, coach and player from the Mexico City little league team at the 2009 Bronco World Series.

~ nic

December 25, 2009

Portraits: One-Light.

Nikon D700, 17-35 f/2.8 @ f/8, 35mm, ISO 800.

I did a small, one-light self-portrait for fun tonight, experimenting with a single off-camera strobe. It was about 2ft. away from me, on the floor pointed up, shot through a small softbox, zoomed in to 70mm on the flash.

One of the things I need to do next year is work with small lights to produce neat results for quick photo shoots.

~ nic

December 19, 2009

Photos of the Year: 2009


I shot a lot of cool and interesting things this year with the Monterey County Weekly and photographNic.

I pushed myself with my work to make compelling, story-telling images, which hopefully would affect how people thought about the world around them and attempt to better it.

The news front offered nearly 30 gang-related homicides in Salinas, election of the the first African-American president and political corruption on every level of government (the local levels in Monterey County felt it strong in some places...). I photographed that.

Arts, entertainment and features photos offered a break from that, while numerous sports offered great action and reaction in trying times. Hell, I even shot the NFL.

If you head over to photographNic. on Facebook page, there are full galleries of my favorite pictures of the year in:

(Below, I've linked the photos to news stories or past blog entries where you can find more information on the subjects).

Jose Soto lost his son "Junebug" to gang violence in Salinas.

Musician Ryan Bisio.

Jazz bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding opened the 2009 Monterey Jazz Festival with a bang.

Dual Slalom at the 2009 Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca.

I'll in 2010 with hopefully more than 2010 clicks on the camera shutter and much more experience and love for photojournalism.

It's been a wild ride thus far.


~ nic

December 15, 2009

Sports: ABA Basketball

On Sunday evening, I shot the first home game of the California Sea Kings, a A.B.A. (American Basketball Assoc.) team. They play gym at Hartnell College in Salinas.

I shot two cameras hand-held, which triggered a remoted Nikon D2H (see above photo) on the home team's basket.

Considering I've never shot basketball in my life, I came away with some nice frames.

~ nic

December 13, 2009

Multimedia: Live Music in Big Sur.

This is my second audio slideshow and the first one with a live interview spliced in with the ambient music.

I also started a YouTube channel for photographNic., which is here:

More A/V to come... ~ nic

December 7, 2009

Portraits: Coury Family Photo

My sister and her husband were up from Los Angeles for a few days and my mom requested a family photo.

(Left to right): Me, my dad, my mom, my older sister Kristen and her husband Mike.

(Below): Kristen and Mike.

~ nic

December 6, 2009

Multimedia: David Conley at the Sardine Factory

This past weekend I did some work for pianist David Conley who performs every weekend at The Sardine Factory.

This is my first audio slideshow and first attempt at multimedia. I'm going to start offering multimedia (audio slideshows and in the future, video) to clients for their websites and blog, as it creates another, more in-depth, way of telling their story.

~ nic

December 4, 2009

Wedding: Amy and Erik Hormann

A few months ago I shot the wedding of two, very good friends of mine.

I worked with Erik at Boy Scout camp for many summers and Amy worked down there for a few as well.

The wedding was up on the Sacramento Delta at Grand Island Mansion and not wanting to screw it up completely, I asked my good buddy David Royal (his work is phenomenal) to help me out.

Amy put us up for two nights in Elk Grove, so we hightailed it up I-5 and shot away.

Here's some of my work. I was extremely happy with the finished product. With all my clients, my main goal is pleasing the customer, because it's not just another wedding, but their wedding.

As with all my work, I make a distinct effort to shoot differently and make interesting photos that are new and tell the story. I captured interesting details and emotion that I think Erik and Amy will be able to relive for a while.

Check the photographNic Facebook page for much more photos, blogs and behind-the-scenes schtuff...

(This is one of my favorite photos from the entire 800 photos I gave to Erik and Amy. I love the grins on the edge of the frame and the drips of champagne that are spilling. Darn good detail from these new cameras...)

Let me know what you think.

~ nic