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

December 23, 2014

2014 Instagram Photos of the Year

Pleasure Point. Capitola, California.
Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish. Monterey, California.
I love shooting in a square.

This year, I changed it up and did my personal photos of the year from my Instagram feed (@photographnic) as I love shooting photos (mostly black-and-white) on my iPhone 5s. 

The phone is great for quick feature images, when I want to get something kinda different or just get tired with my regular camera.

Point Sur Lighthouse. Big Sur, California.
Coffee. Monterey, California.

August 10, 2014

2014 Indianapolis Moto Grand Prix.

This past weekend I traveled to Indiana for the fourth consecutive year to shoot the Indianapolis Moto Grand Prix at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

It's a fun town, though a ton different than I am used to in California, but it's a nice place.

This year, Honda Repsol factory rider Marc Marquez has been on a tear, to put it lightly. The young Spaniard has won every race, a total of 10 so far. He has started eight of those 10 from the first spot. He has now won every American race (3 last year and 2 this year) since he has raced in the U.S. The kid is impressive to say the least.

MotoGP did not return to my home track at Laguna Seca, a mere 5-minute drive from my house, but I got some GP fill in. This is now my seventh year shooting the U.S. rounds of the world championship.

More next year.

August 2, 2014


I occasionally shoot wedding photos and a few months ago helped out my good buddy Scott MacDonald, who is a killer photog of weddings, for a neat wedding in Carmel. 

It was a really fun wedding of Marshall and Cynthia and we made some nice pictures.

July 17, 2014

Professional Bull Riding at the 2014 California Rodeo Salinas.

Last night, I shot my seventh Professional Bull Riding at the California Rodeo Salinas and it was by far the best set of photos I have made at this event. I think mostly because I consciously thought about the photos I was trying to make and had a vision. Or maybe that I was just tired of shooting the same shot of a bull rider coming out of the chute.

An old colleague said told me once if there are two events I ever have to shoot in my career, it's boxing and rodeo. Even though the rodeo culture isn't me whatsoever, I do really enjoy photographing it.

July 8, 2014

A Victim of a Gang Shooting Speaks Out.

Jose Robles at his home in Seaside, Calif. June 2014.
 A few months ago during a community meeting in Seaside discussing gang violence in the aftermath of a violent April, I met Jose Robles.

On March 20, during a night of many shootings in Monterey CountyJose Robles was doing one last job for the night in Seaside, hauling away old paint from a project site. He called his wife, Bernarda, and said he would be home in 10 minutes to have dinner with her and his two daughters. But the next time she saw her husband, he was lying in the street, shot in the back and may never walk again.

Robles is a family man. He thorough enjoyed life before the devastating shooting and even now, I see a genuine smile on his face. I interviewed him for a story about his life since the shooting. He loves his family and he loves his God. I delivered a copy of the published article, he was genuine and thankful for telling his story. Even in broken English, we communicated easily.

It's funny how such a tragic event can move people and hopefully others can learn and better their own lives from such an event. I talked with a colleague at the Seaside Police Department, Sgt. Nick Borges, who is a really good guy. He told me the Robles shooting haunted him. It was a humanizing comment.

I've never had the chance to talk to a shooting victim before and I wanted to ask Robles if he would ever want to meet the shooter.

He sighed. "No need"
"What would you want to say to him?" I asked.
"I would say he shouldn’t be using guns and that is not the way you fix things in life. You talk out your problems."

Seaside police officers care for Jose Robles shortly after he was shot once in the back on March 20, 2014.

Jose Robles at his home in Seaside, Calif. June 2014.