Gazette photographers' favorite photos of 2013: Science, snow and sleep

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Gazette staff
Friday, December 27, 2013

A young scientist, fun in the snow and a sleepy student are among the subjects of Gazette photographers' favorite photos of 2013.


Dan Lassiter

Franklin Middle School seventh-grader Lydia Thompson gets a low angle view of a candy dissolving in water in a petri dish during the annual STEM Day at UW-Rock County in Janesville on Feb. 16. The program is designed to give fun, hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math fields. “This was one of those special moments at an event that just jumped out at me,” Lassiter said. “The seventh grader's concentration during a science experiment tells it all.”

Henry Krajeck, 7, slides down a sled hill with his cousin Charley, 3, and his grandfather John Abrahamson of Janesville on Jan. 2 at Riverside Park. “Henry was dressed in red and had the sled hill at Riverside Park to himself on a day that I was hunting for a feature,” Lassiter said. “I shot from a high angle isolating Henry's colorful clothing against the gray tones of the snow and the shadow of a leafless winter tree.”

Janesville Craig's Alex Condon swims the backstroke leg of the 400 medley relay during the Janesville Parker Relays on Dec. 14. “This is a recent photo that made my favorites,” Lassiter said. “I just like the contrast of blue against the swimmer's skin, combined with the symmetry of the wake coming off the swimmer's head.”


Bill Olmsted

While dad Scott Moen fills in the blanks, 5-year-old Tyler Moen takes advantage of a soft shoulder during orientation at Van Buren Elementary in Janesville on Sept. 3. “When you have a few decades behind you of being paid to see things, it can be a struggle to find something new,” Olmsted said. “Tyler's body language was something I'd never seen on a first-day-of-school before, and at the same time, it's an expression that most adults can still empathize with. The photo makes me, and I hope you, laugh. Isn't that enough?”

Duane Cutting of rural Delavan is talking about hanging up his bicycle. The 96-year-old said he will continue pedaling on an indoor exercise bike. “It's not the photo that makes this a favorite image for me but the man in it,” Olmsted said. “I found Duane Cutting to be an interesting, generous, and inspiring subject. The time I got to spend with him was very enjoyable. I suspect Duane is the type that is always interested in what is just around the corner. Not a bad attitude for a road trip or for life.”

Snowfall Dec. 8 put an end to many people's thoughts of the change of seasons in Southern Wisconsin. Despite the calendar claiming that winter wouldn’t start for more than a week, snow shovelers knew different. “Once again, I’m picking an image that might not seem to offer much, but it does resonate for me,” Olmsted said. “When you’re about your life, don’t forget to look down sometimes and notice the details. They can be quite wonderful.”


Nick Agro

Brothers Joey Kost, 5, left, and Lukas Kost, 2, of Waukesha enjoy the warm sun after climbing a 10 foot sand mound at Fontana Beach on June 19. "I stumbled upon this situation while looking for a picture to illustrate the hot weather that we were having this summer,” Agro said. “To me, this moment captures the essence of childhood summer adventures."

Kristy Schooff gets a mouthful of mud after her team's mud volleyball game at the Janesville Noon Rotary Club's annual Corn Roast at Traxler Park in Janesville on Aug. 17. "At an event where so much is going on, I feel like this women's face tells the story best," Agro said.

Debby Tedesco lurches toward a Ping Pong ball at the Janesville Senior Center, 69 S. Water St., on Sept. 16. Tedesco is part of a group that meets every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to play. "I was driving around on a dreary day looking for anything that might be fun or interesting for our readers,” Agro said. “I decided to peek my head into the Senior Center to see what was going on. I found a lively group playing table tennis, and it resulted in this front page photo. I like when situations surprise me."

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