Photos of the month - Feb. 2018 - Evan Cobb | Photographer & Videographer | Utah

Photos of the month - Feb. 2018

Sundance Mountain Resoirt employees hoist up Big Betsy before the group skis down Bearclaw run on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

February was quite the month. It was full of sports because of state basketball (both boys and girls). 

The image from the “Follow the Flag” event was quite a nice surprise that took place at the top of Sundance. The flag known as “Big Betsy” was billowing in the wind and I snuck underneath to nearly the center. The wider angle of the lens and being underneath the flag allows for the scale of the American flag to be clearly demonstrated in the image.    

Sasha Dolan, 2, from Los Angeles, licks a clump of snow after sledding down the hill at Rock Canyon Park on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Provo. Dolan is visiting Utah with her parents.

For the above image, Sasha was so in love with the snow that she couldn’t help herself. Sasha is a California gal who was just visiting. Utah County had received a large amount of snow and she was out with her mother enjoying it. This  moment after she went down the hill on a sled  was a beautiful surprise.

Steven Acerson, the president of the Utah Rock Art Research Association, describes an the rock art shown on a boulder on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in the West Mountain area.

Turns out, you can be gentle to rocks. Tenderness can be hard to show in an image, but the way Steven Acerson’s hand sits gently above the rock art speaks to me as a gentle touch. I am curious if you see it too. If you click on the image you will be shuttled to the complete story about how modern lifestyles are damaging and destroying ancient rock art. 

Bountiful forward Garrett Buchanan (11), left) is called for a technical during the game against Skyridge at the 2018 UHSAA 5A Boys State Basketball Championships at the UCCU Center on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Orem. Bountiful won the matchup 56-52

This scene of the basketball players all pointing and questioning is packed with different body language and reactions. This variety of reactions within one image makes me smile and I am a huge fan of humor in images. Adding humor into a gallery is key and I think that the variety of emotions found throughout a gallery convey a more complete message for many of the games I photograph. 

A more “usual” warm-up shot from a basketball is below The girls were getting fired up for their game and I was able to use shoes and legs to frame the scene and draw the eye to the two strongest expressions in the frame

The Provo girls basketball team sings "We Ready" in a group huddle before their game against Viewmont during the first round of the 5A Girls State Basketball Tournament at Salt Lake Community College on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Taylorsville.

Armando Ramirez scopes cookie dough out and places it on baking sheets in the bakery area of the kitchen at the Utah County Jail on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Spanish Fork.

For the next image, I am drawn to the shape of the image. Armando’s body and arm creates a circle within the frame. There is also the circle of the tattoo on the hand and one in the smaller tattoo near his eye. Also, I love the focus being on his eyelash. I feel a tenderness within this frame and I appreciate that.

For the last couple images,  I am showcasing two portraits. Both were shot with a single strobe and both are balancing existing light and utilizing the scene to add more information into the picture. For Kels, the proximity of the strobe creates this haze from the right side of the image. For Jeff, the framing of the backdrop is essential for this image to really work.

A lot of the portraiture I do is rather quick and pushes me to be creative in a short amount of time. I like to find interesting settings and locations where just a pop of light can really add to the image (because I rarely carry loads of lights around). Also, body language and minor details can really add to the image (look at the way Kels has his left hand on the seat in front of him

Kels Goodman, the new owner for the LDS film festival, poses for a portrait in the SCERA Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Orem.

Kels Goodman, the new owner for the LDS film festival, poses for a portrait in the SCERA Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Orem.

Jeffrey Johnson poses for a portrait outside the community bathrooms at American Campground on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in American Fork.

I hope you enjoyed taking in some of my favorite images from this past month. If you click on the images they should bring you to the story that they were a part of.