2019 Week Nineteen

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez (8) celebrates her first half goal as Utah Royals FC hosts the Houston Dash at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday May 11, 2019. At left is Gunnhildur Jonsdottir.

Assignment: Capitol Reef National Park

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hickman Natural Bridge in Capitol Reef National Park on Friday May 10, 2019.

Assignment: Utah Royals FC v Houston Dash

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez (8) celebrates her first half goal as Utah Royals FC hosts the Houston Dash at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Saturday May 11, 2019. At left is Gunnhildur Jonsdottir.

2019 Week Eighteen

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The evening sun flares the lens as BYU fan Troy Beagley watches BYU host the University of Utah, NCAA softball in Provo on Wednesday May 1, 2019.

Assignment: BYU v Utah Softball

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The evening sun flares the lens as BYU fan Troy Beagley watches BYU host the University of Utah, NCAA softball in Provo on Wednesday May 1, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The setting sun flares the lens as Utah’s Ally Dickman walks to the dugout. BYU hosts the University of Utah, NCAA softball in Provo on Wednesday May 1, 2019.

Assignment: University of Utah Commencement

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Pastor France Davis speaks at the University of Utah’s commencement ceremony, in Salt Lake City on Thursday May 2, 2019.

Second Place x3

Second Place, Spot News Photograph: Top of the Rockies.
Second Place, Best News Photograph: Utah Press Association.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A plane dropping retardant on the Dollar Ridge Fire is dwarfed by smoke, in Duchesne County, Tuesday July 3, 2018.
Second Place, Best Sports Photograph, Utah Press Association.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lehi vs. Desert Hills, 4A State high school basketball tournament at Utah Valley University in Orem, Thursday March 1, 2018. Lehi players rush the court to celebrate their win.

2019 Week Seventeen

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ben Abbott, Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at BYU, takes measurements and samples at the Benjamin Slough on Thursday April 25, 2019.

Assignment: Studying the Spring Runoff

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ben Abbott, Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at BYU, takes measurements and samples at the Benjamin Slough on Thursday April 25, 2019.

Hiking Through Arches


Assignment: El Día Del Niño

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dancers from Ballet Folklorico perform at Hillsdale Elementary on Tuesday April 30, 2019. The West Valley School celebrated Children’s Day, a national observance in Mexico.

2019 Week Sixteen

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday April 18, 2019.

Assignment: Groundbreaking

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The groundbreaking ceremony for Pamela’s Place Apartments in Salt Lake City on Wednesday April 17, 2019. The development, named after Pamela Atkinson, a Utah-based humanitarian and advocate for people experiencing homelessness, will serve as a 100-unit permanent supportive housing complex by combining affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of chronically homeless people.

Assignment: Temple Square

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday April 18, 2019.

Assignment: Easter Mass

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Easter Mass at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in West Valley City on Sunday April 21, 2019.

Assignment: Flood Warnings

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Wayne Hill walks alongside a road covered with water as he prepares for possible flooding at his home on the banks of the South Fork Ogden River east of Huntsville on Monday April 22, 2019.

2019 Week Fifteen

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Samantha Taylor embraces her husband, Specialist Alex Taylor, as almost 100 Soldiers from Utah Army National Guard’s Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, “Big Red” return after a 10-month Middle East deployment, on Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Wright Air Base in Salt Lake City.

Assignment: The effect of domestic violence on children

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Michelle Densley with her son Edison in her apartment in Salt Lake County on Monday April 8, 2019.

Assignment: Greeted with hugs and tears, nearly 100 Utah National Guard members return home after a Middle East deployment

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Samantha Taylor embraces her husband, Specialist Alex Taylor, as almost 100 Soldiers from Utah Army National Guard’s Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, “Big Red” return after a 10-month Middle East deployment, on Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Wright Air Base in Salt Lake City.

Assignment: Planned Parenthood, ACLU announce federal lawsuit aimed at striking down Utah’s new 18-week abortion ban

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Planned Parenthood Association of Utah and the ACLU of Utah hold a news conference on Utah’s pending 18-week abortion ban, at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday April 10, 2019.

Assignment: go out and find something

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Workers on a high-rise at 1300 East and I-80 in Salt Lake City on Thursday April 11, 2019.

2019 Week Fourteen

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday April 7, 2019.

Masked Intruder

The Interrupters

Assignment: General Conference

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A kiss received during the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday April 7, 2019.

Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, formerly the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Church Leadership

Church leaders. The189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday April 7, 2019.

Assignment: ‘It was like the end of the world’: Shop owner recounts robbery suspect crashing truck into his South Salt Lake business and police shootout

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The scene of a shootout near 3300 South State Street in South Salt Lake on Monday April 8, 2019.

2019 Week Thirteen

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Liz Adeola sings a song at Heart & Seoul Karaoke, a new business in Salt Lake City that has private karaoke rooms that people can rent for singing fun. Tuesday March 26, 2019.

Assignment: Karaoke

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Liz Adeola sings a song at Heart & Seoul Karaoke, a new business in Salt Lake City that has private karaoke rooms that people can rent for singing fun. Tuesday March 26, 2019.

Katmandu

State Street, SLC

Assignment: Hotdogs

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hot dogs at Weinerschnitzel in Orem on Wednesday March 27, 2019. Business students from Brigham Young University are competing in a national advertising competition to change public perceptions of the much maligned hot dog.

State Street, Orem

Assignment: Cindreia’s Mother

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) LaToya Mack talks about her daughter, Cindreia Simone Europe, in Murray on Friday March 29, 2019. Europe was run over by a Unified Police Department officer in a Millcreek parking lot on March 5 2019.

Level Crossing

2019 Week Twelve

This photo is a reminder to slow down and look. Especially before the subject drives off.

Assignment: Auburn v New Mexico State, NCAA Tournament

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) New Mexico State Aggies guard Clayton Henry (5) on top of Auburn Tigers guard J’Von McCormick (12) as Auburn faces New Mexico State in the 2019 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Thursday March 21, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) New Mexico State Aggies forward Johnny McCants (35), Auburn Tigers forward Anfernee McLemore (24), Auburn Tigers guard Bryce Brown (2) and New Mexico State Aggies guard Trevelin Queen (20) as Auburn faces New Mexico State in the 2019 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City on Thursday March 21, 2019.

Assignment: Spring Weather

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) With snow powdering the mountains, a pair of joggers run in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House Park on a sunny Monday March 25, 2019.

Assignment: Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

Jimmer Fredette

2019 Week 11

Heather Bennett

We lost a true champion of our children this week. A friend who had made a difference in many lives, especially those of my two children. Heather we will never forget you and the kindness you freely gave.

Heather Bennett performing a math wiz ceremony in a 3rd grade class, November 2006.

Assignment: Dreamscapes



Assignment: Climate Change Walkout & Rally

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Miranda and Valerie Kemeny hold signs as students gather to call for action on climate change at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday March 15, 2019.


Tough week.

2019 Week 10

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates a three-pointer as the Utah Jazz host the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Monday March 11, 2019.

Some weeks are meant to be forgotten. Welcome to this one.


Assignment: This cannabis patient is believed to be the first in Utah to face drug charges since the new state law was enacted. Prosecutors later dropped all counts.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jason Harris at a press conference in Salt Lake City on Wednesday March 6, 2019. Harris was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being found with medical cannabis. The charges were dropped.

I’m getting a lot of practice taking photos of people choking up at press conferences.


This week on xxx xxx: wrong information, vague directions, unclear guidance. Nothing I didn’t already know, but I would have been better off playing it conservative instead of trying to outwit reality. None was serious but then when you work alone you overanalyze it over and over.

The rules I remind myself of: don’t trust or pass on any information unless you check it out, don’t settle for incomplete direction, and why did you xxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx didn’t you just shoot from the public street?


Assignment: Utah Jazz v Oklahoma City Thunder

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates a three-pointer as the Utah Jazz host the Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Monday March 11, 2019.

2019 Week Nine

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) as the Utah Jazz host the Milwaukee Bucks, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Saturday March 2, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) as the Utah Jazz host the Milwaukee Bucks, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Saturday March 2, 2019.

Assignment: Utah Jazz v Milwaukee Bucks

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45), drenched on the court during a post-game interview as the Utah Jazz host the Milwaukee Bucks, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Saturday March 2, 2019.

Assignment: Press Conference on Vapes

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)
Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, speaks at a news conference on the current status of House Bill 252, Electronic Cigarette and Other Nicotine Product Amendments. Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019 in Salt Lake City.

Assignment: Planned Parenthood Rally

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Planned Parenthood Association of Utah and supporters gathered in a silent protest in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda Friday March 1, 2019, while a 12-foot birdhouse art installation broadcast statements from Utah constituents.

Assignment: Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks as the Utah Jazz host the New Orleans Pelicans, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Monday March 4, 2019.

Thinking about how using the Leica has made my vision health more creative… Manual focus has been a good thing. Rephrase – Manual focus with the 21mm has been no problem at all. Manual focus with the 50/1.1 is challenging and I’m not using that lens enough to master the physical aspect of focusing on moving subjects.

The 35 Summicron hasn’t been seeing a lot of use, but focus-wise muscle memory is good. Not to where I was before, where I could dial in focus without looking, but not to a point that I’m missing moments.

The missing moments happens after I’ve focused, dialed in exposure, and am watching the scene ready to fire. The figure is in perfect pose, the dog’s head is distinctly looking left, or the drop of water on the icicle swells as it begins to fall. I trip the shutter and there’s a fatal pause as the moment passes, then the shutter clicks. The resulting shot is maybe 1/8th of a second late.

So the slow process of composing and focusing increases the creativity dramatically. But the fatal flaw of the slow operation results in FAIL. To be fair To put the blame where it belongs, it only happens with the Visoflex, which is needed for the 21 (and also the 50 at f1.1).

Too many words.

The rangefinder view is something I grew to love, but I’ve clearly moved on to great EVFs, which give me an exact version of the final image in the viewfinder. I set my EVFs to monochrome, which brings a crisp emphasis on line, shape, and pattern.

Tracking through the past five or so years of my work, or even further back, there is a pattern of rebelling against the equipment required by the job of a newspaper photographer available to a newspaper budget.

When we went with the Nikon D1H and its 1.5x crop sensor, I felt like I was staring at everything through a straw. In reaction, I began to expand the frame by shooting huge composite images made of dozens or even hundreds of frames.

Then it was the EOS 1-D Mark II and an array of lenses that weighed more than anything I’d ever carried around. The reaction to that was to move to a series of small cameras that were clunky and unnatural, though lightweight.

At this point, after nearly a year back with the Leica M, I’ve turned on the smaller, low quality cameras. I don’t use them anymore. And I’m being drawn toward glass of the highest quality.

Maybe there are two years left in my career. I ask myself, Why take a photo with anything but the finest lenses in the world?


2019 Week Eight

Olivia Morgan on the ropes course at the National Ability Center in Park City, Tuesday June 20, 2017. With help from the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, GovernorÕs Office of Economic Development and Intermountain Healthcare, the National Ability Center has expanded its ropes course.

Assignment: Opiod Press Conference

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Kelly Howard, who lost her son Billy Perkins, 26, in the opioid epidemic, at a news conference in Salt Lake City on Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019 where Intermountain Healthcare announced a reduction of 3.8 million opioid pills prescribed in 2018.

Looking back the week was weak photo-wise, bookended by a press conference and a February football game.


Assignment: Stallions v Hotshots

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Arizona’s Jhurell Pressley (26) is brought down by a herd of stallions as the Salt Lake Stallions host the Arizona Hotshots, Alliance of American Football in Salt Lake City on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.

UNPA Contest Results

Had a good showing in the UNPA contest this year. Seven awards…

1st Place, Feature Photo
3rd Place, Feature Photo
1st Place, Arts & Entertainment
2nd Place, Sports Action
Honorable Mention, Sports Action

2nd Place, Photo Essay – FLDS Evictions


2nd Place, Photographer of the Year

Peace to those who allowed me to document their lives in these photographs. I hope I was able to honor your joy, your sacrifice, your loss, whatever it was at the moment we stood together under the sun.