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10 photos you have to see

Every once in a while, a photo just grabs your attention.

During the course of the week, we probably look at a hundred or more photographs shot by our staff photographers and freelancers. Many eventually make it in the paper or go on our website.

And sometimes, one of them really stands out.

It happened last Friday night after freelance photographer Steve Jacobs sent in a dozen or so photos from the Johnstown Holiday Parade. The first photo I looked at was stunning. It showed two young girls marching in the parade, smiling brightly and wearing funny reindeer antlers and red noses. You could just feel their excitement. Click HERE to view the photo.

It got me thinking about photos in recent months by our staff photographers that really made an impression on me.

I've selected two each by photographers Peter Barber, Marc Schultz, Barry Sloan and Bruce Squiers, the aforementioned photo by Jacobs and one by news columnist Carl Strock, a talented photographer in his own right whose photos from places such as India, Mexico and Morocco have been featured on this website.

Here we go.


1) A Schenectady firefighter rescues a woman from a burning building. The firefighter appears to be defying gravity. Click HERE.

2) A photo taken during the massive mill fire in Amsterdam. The kneeling firefighter speaks volumes. Click HERE.


1) Cattails growing along Mariaville Road were spreading their yearly seeds that made it look like a snow blizzard. Click HERE.

2) A wary Loanna Guo, 8, of Niskayuna has her hair cut by Paul Mitchell School student Steven DeCarlo on State Street in Schenectady. Guo, who played Tam in "Miss Saigon" at Proctors, appeared a little less than trusting. Click HERE.


1) Silhouetted against the evening sky, a Niskayuna cheerleader twists in the air during the Schenectady-Niskayuna high school football game at Niskayuna. Click HERE.

2) Lilah Duboff, 9, of Saratoga Springs crosses her fingers as she waits to hear if she made it past the first cut, which she did, during the children's auditions for the New York City Ballet's SPAC performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Click HERE.


1) A soccer ball rises in a rainbow-filled sky following a brief rainstorm during the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. Guilderland girls soccer game. Click HERE.

2) Some aspects of a parade aren't to everyone's liking. Jacob Aziz, 5, of Glenville, protects his ears from the impending sound of guns being fired by Civil War re-enactors at Scotia's Memorial Day parade. Click HERE.


1) In a photo rich in color and light, women sweep the steps in Varanasi, India. Click HERE.

NOTE: In the coming weeks, I'll post my favorite sports action photos taken by our photographers.

Jeffrey Haff is The Gazette's online editor.

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December 18, 2010
4:05 p.m.

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Don't know why I am seeing these for the first time but the images are arresting and capture the dramas large and small that impact lives forever. Thanks to Jeff Haff and each of the photographers for sharing.

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