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August 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Milking Mini Mabel

Posted by Colin Diltz

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

For Nelia Presley, of Vancouver, B.C., Mini Mabel is not exactly like the Holsteins she grew up milking in Manitoba. Mini Mabel is a smaller version of big Mabel, and she's at Pike Place Market to promote the Washington State Fair, formerly the Puyallup Fair, and give passers-by a chance to see what milking a cow is like. Mini Mabel will be at the Market through Sept. 1. The fair runs from Sept. 5 through Sept. 21. Mini Mabel produces water that is recycled through a hidden system.

August 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Mural at View Park

Posted by Colin Diltz

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Enrique Martinez, a patient at Harborview Medical Center for the past two months after a traffic accident, works on the last of nine panels for a 72-foot-long mural to be placed in View Park, the park on the west side of the Seattle hospital. Martinez has worked on every panel -- each time there's been an opportunity to paint. He expects to be in the hospital one more month, to begin physical therapy and to walk and drive again. Many patients contributed time on the mural. The project is a collaboration of Harborview Medical Center and Path with Art. Mural painters were a combination of Path with Art students and Harborview patients.

For more photos, visit the gallery.

August 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Red Bull Soapbox Race

Posted by Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"The Flying Taco" team speeds down Yesler Way during the Red Bull Soapbox Race in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood on Aug. 24, 2014. Thirty-six teams participated in this year's downhill derby. Each team put on a small skit at the beginning of the run in their thematic costumes. "Bertha" the tunnel machine, Macklemore, a runaway bride, and a giant Sriracha hot sauce bottle all made appearances during the afternoon event.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"The Bunny Slipper" speeds down Yesler Way during the Red Bull Soapbox Race.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"Team Runaway Bride," including Paul Thibault, left, and Jean-Marcus Strole, the bride and driver, prepare to compete.

For more photos, visit the gallery.

August 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Behind the Byline | Coach Petersen

Posted by Dean Rutz

At the beginning of every major sports cycle, The Seattle Times will publish either a special section, or commit significant space on a single day to that sport. Football, basketball, baseball; we've done these specials for many years. Pictures have always been at the heart of that presentation.

In the past, when our locals teams were smaller and arguably less popular, we had more time to create a single image to lead these sections. But the demands of professional sports, and the success of our teams, have made time a luxury no one can afford. Increasingly it would seem that five minutes is the total amount of time a team will allot to that effort.


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The photo of Coach Petersen being used on the cover of the special section.

While nerve-racking, it's actually very manageable. Most photographers will go several hours early into the circumstance they're working in, set up lights, and shoot test frames with stand-ins that fairly accurately represent what will happen when that coach or athlete shows up. If you do it right, five minutes is more than enough time.

Except when nothing goes right, then all bets are off.

Photographing coach Chris Petersen for the Times NCAA football preview I thought I would try and make a photograph inside Husky Stadium. It's Petersen's first year as head coach on Montlake, so something about the legacy he was stepping into seemed appropriate.

I went into Husky Stadium a good hour or so before the picture was to be shot, and began assembling lights outside the tunnel. Steve Ringman, a staff photographer at the Times, and a friend retired from The San Francisco Chronicle came along to assist. There was a bit of a breeze and I wanted to make sure the lights didn't move on me the way they had on similar shoots.



DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Steve Ringman being a stand in as lighting is tweaked.

Steve and his friend also made terrific stand-ins for Coach Petersen and Dubs. I picked the angle and set the lights. Coach was scheduled to arrive at 5:30 p.m. Dubs would come in a few minutes earlier to give him a chance to acclimate to me and the set. But being a veteran of Husky Stadium, and cheering crowds of many thousands, I wasn't terribly worried about Dubs hitting his mark.


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ringman, right, and his friend standing in for Coach Petersen and Dubs.

His handler however threw out one caveat: a year or so prior, Dubs did a shoot inside Hec Ed and didn't respond well to the loud pop of the strobes inside an empty arena. She didn't think it was an issue; he hadn't ever done that before. This was outdoors, in a place he was very comfortable being in. He was certainly very used to being photographed.

Okay. Duly noted.

Dubs came in first, and strode confidently across the stadium turf. He's a beautiful animal, and everything you would hope for in a photograph. He was calm and pliable, and I told his handler exactly what I wanted to do. We sat him into position, with Steve in the background standing in for coach Petersen, and I double-checked the composition. Everything checked out. Brian Tom from Washington Sports Information called to say coach was on his way downstairs. We would have a few minutes, but that was all he could spare.

Fine. We were ready.

But -- just to be on the safe side, I thought I'd pop a quick frame to make sure my lights were doing what I hoped they would. I settled in front of Dubs and fired off one frame.


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ringman and Dubs in position for the photo.

Dubs turned, and looked right at the light.

Um. Uh-oh. Did he not like the lights? I fired off one more frame.

Dubs winced, cried, and decided he was not going to have anything to do with this shoot. And he walked off the set.

Dubs' handler tried to corral him back into the frame, but he was having none of it. When a 100-plus pound Malmute decides he is not going to cooperate, forget it. It's over. We tried to rearrange the set to take away what was bothering him, but he made it very clear that he wasn't going to be photographed, and that I -- as the evil man with the lights -- could not be trusted. Even without a camera he would not allow me to get anywhere near him.

And that was it for that picture. Without Dubs the composition just didn't work. I had built my picture around Dubs, and Dubs wasn't going to be in it.

So like all good photographers charged with shooting a special section piece, I panicked. I really had no clue what to do next. Everything went into this picture. Most importantly all the lights. Here comes coach. Now what?

About 20 minutes earlier I was in the Husky tunnel and noted that they were painting Husky images on to the walls. I had tinkered with the idea that this would make for a good background if, for some reason, we had more than five minutes with coach. But now my fall back strategy was my only option.


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ringman in front of back up background.

Steve and his friend each grabbed a light and hustled up the tunnel -- just as coach was arriving. Abandoning light stands, each held a light and pointed it at what we thought would probably give good coverage to the mural, and to coach Petersen. I shot maybe a dozen frames.

And that was it. Shoot over. Coach went on to pose for the Tacoma News Tribune's photographer doing a different picture. And then headed back up to his office.

I was disappointed that Plan A didn't work out. This was not the picture that I had in mind -- not at all. Not even close.


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Four different poses with Coach Petersen.

Worse, Dubs did not like me any longer. And being a dog-guy, that was heartbreaking. Half an hour after the shoot was done, I walked across the stadium turf to talk to Dubs and his handler to apologize for traumatizing him. And from some considerable distance away he decided I had already gotten too close to him, and he started to back away. Malamutes have long memories, his handler said.

I wonder if he'll have forgiven me by the first home game? Because there's Coach, there's Dubs, and there's me. Guess which one is going to be shown the door at Husky Stadium?

Read the story on Husky coach Chris Petersen -- a perfectionist with a personal touch, here.

August 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Adventurous crowd at Evergreen State Fair

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Children scramble on the "Shrek Adventure" at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe on Friday. The fair runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A fraction of the eleven piglets born 16 days ago from mom Cali snooze after nursing.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A variety of food choices are available at the Evergreen State Fair.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Feet are all one sees when witnessing the ride "Freak Out" from the grounds at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Four-year-old Amelia Carlaw, of Auburn, recharges with a corn dog.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Toffee, a competing Chihauhua at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, takes a break. Already a "reserve champion" in her class, having competed for showmanship Thursday, Toffee will be competing for overall champion on Monday.



KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

By afternoon, two-year-old Brandi Rieder of Marysville, in the arms of her dad Rod Rieder, is in the nap-zone at the Evergreen State Fair.

August 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Early morning meal

Posted by Colin Diltz

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A great blue heron catches an early-morning meal in the waters off of Des Moines.

August 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Postcards from the past: Soap Box Derby, 1978

Posted by Colin Diltz

VIC CONDIOTTY / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A racer who called himself Monty Zoom, finished second in the Soap Box Derby on May 29, 1984. The event was part of the 7th annual Pike Place Market Street Fair. Stan Larsen won the race. The race course ran down Virginia Street, made a sharp left turn onto Western Avenue and finished at Union Street.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

For more postcards from the past and links to other posts, visit the gallery


August 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Jazz walkway

Posted by Colin Diltz

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Busker David Ruddock, of Seattle, plays jazz trumpet in the covered pedestrian walkway from Colman Dock on Aug. 19, 2014. He picked the spot because it's in the shade, but the tunnel also carries his sound over the noise of the traffic.

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