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Seattle P-I photographers talk about some of their favorite photos that didn't make the paper, and the stories behind some of the photos that did.

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Seattle Outtakes has moved

Wed, 15 Aug 2007 11:53:00 +0000

Seattle Outtakes has moved to the Big Blog.

Lucky freak of nature and a good edit

Fri, 03 Aug 2007 01:48:00 +0000

Los Angeles Angels Gary Matthews Jr. (24) looks for a ball hit for a double by Seattle Mariners Raul Ibanez during third inning action at Safeco Field in Seattle, on Wednesday, August 01, 2007. Seattle Post-Intelligencer Photo by Mike UrbanWhen I initially shot this photo I never even saw the sun streaming through the tiny doorway in Safeco's 300 level. When I swing my 400mm lens to the outfield for a catch I am pretty much focused on just two things: focus and the white dot. The white dot is the ball hovering just above the fielders glove. Only after editing the images did I find the great play of shadow and light. The stadium was much like a giant Camera Obscura with the doorway acting as a pinhole. The image cast on the wall is, of course, an upside down and backwards projection of the sun itself. I bet if you looked closely you could see projections of sunspots in the light image. Just lucky to have a player run through that cool light!

Outtakes now part of The Big Blog . . .

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 08:42:00 +0000

Seattle Outtakes is now part of's Big Blog. Photographers who've been posting here are now posting instead on that part of the site, along with columnists and editors in a blog described as a rolling digest of the best in Seattle news, culture and entertainment.

Heat Wave

Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:10:00 +0000

I was driving around looking for weather features. That means trying to find a photo that either shows how hot it is, how people keep cool, or anything related to the fact that it was on its way to 95 degrees in Seattle.

Lusty Wit

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 11:33:00 +0000

Ever wonder who comes up with those witty, edgy funny and sometimes mildly offensive sayings on the marquee of The Lusty Lady in downtown Seattle?

Firefighter Combat Challenge

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 06:59:00 +0000

Firefighter Combat Challenge, part of Pioneer Squares' Fire Festival

iPhone Envy

Tue, 03 Jul 2007 04:10:00 +0000

I was asked to photograph people waiting in line for the iPhone to go on sale June 29 at University Village. As a gadget geek, it was exciting to live vicariously through the folks waiting for their chance to drop a bundle on this beautiful new device. I'm wondering how long it will take before we're using something akin to the iPhone in place of a laptop.

Supreme Court Decision

Sat, 30 Jun 2007 20:00:00 +0000

An outtake from the Seattle Public Schools press conference in reaction to the Supreme Court's rejection of diversity plans that take account of students' race for assignments in public schools.

Lacrosse Portrait

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 09:27:00 +0000

I was excited to get the opportunity to photograph Greg Mahony, an outgoing Mercer Island High School senior who will try out for the under-19 U.S. Lacrosse team. I thought I'd share the technique used to create this portrait of the state's best senior player.

Seattle From the Sky

Mon, 25 Jun 2007 10:16:00 +0000

From high up in the air our city has patterns. The organization of our civilization is apparent in the lines and orderly rows made by structures and our modes of transportation. Here are some photos from a small helicopter that show the graphic nature of man-made Seattle.

Trek to Alaska

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 12:23:00 +0000

Erin and her husband trek to Alaska

Fishing and Beer

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 12:17:00 +0000

Many men love to fish. And nothing goes better with fishing than a cold beer.

Olympic Magic

Mon, 18 Jun 2007 14:58:00 +0000

When Magic Happens

Women in Black

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 12:16:00 +0000

The Women in Black, a local activist group, hold a vigil outside of the Seattle Justice Center to call attention to the deaths of homeless men and women in the area.

Wet Soldiers

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 04:51:00 +0000

A gallery of photos from a change of command ceremony at Fort Lewis that was bookended by heavy rain showers.