Every year, Daily Gazette photojournalists shoot thousands of photos in their pursuit of the images that will inform, entertain, and educate readers. These images represent their favorites from a year of news, features, sports and the myriad unpredictable events that make news in the Capital Region. Each photo includes comments from the photojournalist.
South Schenectady fire chief Howard Relyea, left, radios to incoming fire trucks as a Chevrolet Blazer burns out of control at the toll barrier of Interstate 88 in April. The driver of the truck, Howard Burman and his daughter, Brittney, 9, of Esperance, just passed through the toll barrier when Brittney noticed smoke coming from under the dashboard. Howard Burman pulled the vehicle to the shoulder of the road moments before flames consumed the vehicle. “I was just miles away on Interstate 90 when the call for the SUV fire came across the scanner at the toll plaza of Interstate 88. This one stands out, though, because a friend of mine pointed out that there is a silhouette of two figures in the flames above the front left tire.”
John Mercoglin inspects the insides of a General Electric stator in Building 273 in February. "I saw this image at a very rapid paced tour of GE Power Systems, but had no time to adjust my exposures or composition. It worked well with what the assignment was asking to define visually."
From left, Brian Bennett, Joshua Crosby and Frank Brady, all of Clifton Park, perform back flips in unison off an abutment above the Champlain Canal in Stillwater in July. “The picture captures, I hope, the simple joys of boys enjoying their summer. It’s a moment which could have been captured anywhere, giving it universal appeal.”
Thoroughbreds work out as the sun rises at Saratoga Race Course on a Tuesday morning in August. "It may sound a bit cliche but there really is something magical about the sunrise at the Saratoga Race Course. Getting up as early as the exercise riders is challenge, but once you are there, the pictures make themselves."
Friends Peter Gray, 14, left, and Josh Wood, 13, of Gloversville, play basketball in “The Cage” on East Fulton Street in Gloversville in April. “The ‘Hoops with Wings’ photo is my favorite photograph this year because all of the elements came together the way I wanted. Photographers often come upon situations and entertain visual possibilities in their mind. Working in a documentary manner, it’s rare that everything falls into place the way we may envision. As I looked at that mural, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if those kids ran right in between the wings?’ After patient shooting and hoping, it did.”
Capt. Andrew Arlint of the Army National Guard’s 441 EOD Battalion wires a receiver to a found World War II mortar at Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor during a training exercise. The soldiers were running explosive ordnance disposal operations similar to those used to defuse Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I chose this photograph because it is one of the most newsworthy photos I took this year. Improvised Explosive Devices have been a major concern for the military and have killed many soldiers this year, including Sgt. Shawn Martin of Bethlehem, who was a member of a Marine explosive ordnance unit and was killed as he was trying to clear a field of unexploded devices.”
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Takeo Spikes, left, brings down New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery during their NFL game at the Meadowlands in October. "This turned out to be an unusual trip to The Meadowlands to cover the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. When I got there, and was watching both teams warm up, I learned that the Jets opted to wear their New York Titans colors for this particular game. So, for a brief second or two I thought I got off at the wrong exit and was covering the Notre Dame game instead!"
Greta Arn of the New York Buzz watches the ball as she prepares to return a volley in mixed doubles' competition against Delaware in Schenectady's Central Park in August. "Sometimes, it’s hard enough to capture the ball, the player and the racket in the same frame of the fast-paced world of professional tennis. I was lucky enough this time to get the ball right in front of Greta Arn, and marveled at her concentration as she watches the split-second movement of the ball as she prepares to hit it back across the net."
The sun sets a little bit lower in September, seen as Jalene Otero, 7, of Amsterdam swings from the monkey bars at Division Street Park in Amsterdam. “I was asked late in the day to shoot an enterprise photograph for the next day’s edition. It was later in the afternoon and the sun was setting, but the lighting was perfect for for the shadow detail and composition.”
Liz Glover Doherty clutches dog tags, part of a shrine dedicated to her late brother, Lance Cpl. Mike Glover, during a memorial service held at the Army, Navy and Marine Reserve Center in Albany. Glover, as well as three other fallen military personnel, were honored in the service. Each soldier was symbolized by an exhibit of a gun, dog tags, boots, and a helmet. “I like this image because it gives a real sense of emotion. The composition also makes it interesting to look at.”