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Times Photographer favorites: Brendan Fitterer shares his top 7 photos from 2015

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December

1. With not much action on the practice field I was sent to photograph, I was watching sunlight come through the dugout wall behind me past the bullpen in the distance, wishing practice was on that side. Eventually, it was.

2. Stepping into the Crystal Springs Roller Rink was like stepping back in time. The historic building could no longer be saved, but the owners made sure the skating lived on, in a kind gesture, giving skates to kids that were longtime customers. I arrived to find three kids trying theirs in the parking lot. 

3. After days in the downpour and standing water following heavy rains and flooding, I enjoyed finding this quiet moment inside the rink at SpinNations. Flooding had destroyed the entire rink yet again, but the owner's resolve to rebuild remained. 

4. Photographing high school athletes is something we do often, but that photo rarely fills the entire surface of a section front in print. Limited time made this shoot a challenge, as I arrived in a crowded locker room I had never seen, and had about 10 minutes of setup and 10 minutes of shoot time to come up with a result I liked.

5. Dog shows are always a fun scene for feature photos. Watching a man meticulously flat iron and prepare a yorkie not much larger than his two hands made for a light moment in the middle of a tensely competitive room.

6. My favorite moments at the fair are usually found far from the midway, crowds, and opening day excitement. It's a simple feature, that shows the sweet bond these kids have with the animals they raise. 

 

7. Florida's "winters" happen fast, so on the rare day or two there's ice to protect the crops, we're out early to document the fields. I always like seeing our surroundings with that different look, even if only for a day.

 

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[Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 1:57pm]

    

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