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My last three Leader-Post assignments

I felt pretty happy about my last day at the LP. The first job was to make a photo about a chess tournament. I've always wanted to try casting a shadow to help illustrate a theme, and the event's trophy let me do it. Had I more experience, I probably could have made the shadow sharper, but one does one's best.

REGINA, SASK : February 16, 2018 - Tom Boshoff, president of the Queen City Chess Club, in a ballroom of the Quality Inn. The club is hosting the Saskatchewan Chess Championship tonight and over the weekend. MICHAEL BELL / Regina Leader-Post. COPYRIGHT: REGINA LEADER-POST 2018.

REGINA, SASK : February 16, 2018 - Tom Boshoff, president of the Queen City Chess Club, in a ballroom of the Quality Inn. The club is hosting the Saskatchewan Chess Championship tonight and over the weekend. MICHAEL BELL / Regina Leader-Post. COPYRIGHT: REGINA LEADER-POST 2018.

Then it was off to the north end, where a grandpa made his grandkids an epic backyard ice rink.

REGINA, SASK : February 16, 2018 - Randy Durovick's grandchildren play hockey on his elaborate backyard hockey rink at his home. MICHAEL BELL / Regina Leader-Post. COPYRIGHT: REGINA LEADER-POST 2018.

REGINA, SASK : February 16, 2018 - Randy Durovick's grandchildren play hockey on his elaborate backyard hockey rink at his home. MICHAEL BELL / Regina Leader-Post. COPYRIGHT: REGINA LEADER-POST 2018.

By this time, it was getting late in the afternoon and close to deadline, but I wanted my last enterprise shot to be from downtown. After some false starts around the Cornwall Centre's main entrance, I saw a woman with pink hair, framed surprisingly well by the windows behind her. Luckily, some people came through the doors, I waited, and boom: a solid standalone photo. (Which didn't end up running in the paper, but I still really like it.)

REGINA, SASK : February 16, 2018 - Doron Giroux, center, checks her phone at the entrance of the Cornwall Centre. MICHAEL BELL / Regina Leader-Post. COPYRIGHT: REGINA LEADER-POST 2018.

REGINA, SASK : February 16, 2018 - Doron Giroux, center, checks her phone at the entrance of the Cornwall Centre. MICHAEL BELL / Regina Leader-Post. COPYRIGHT: REGINA LEADER-POST 2018.

I owe the Regina Leader-Post newsroom a lot. I'm going to miss my colleagues. I'm grateful to have found work I enjoy, and that suits me. I'm going to keep making pictures, just on my own now. If I can make it freelancing for as long as I was at the LP (nearly seven years), I'll consider it a huge success. :-)