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Year in Review: 10 Photos and Videos of 2014

From reporting on and photographing the reaction to the Kelly Thomas trial to filming weddings and aerial videos, I gained a wide variety of multimedia experience in the past year.

But looking back and reviewing photos I have taken has reminded me of just how much of a novice I am in the field, and I look forward to learning more in 2015.

Here are 10 of my favorite photos and videos I captured in 2014, in chronological order.

1. Kelly Thomas Rally – Jan. 13, 2014
Kelly Thomas RallySupporters gather around Ron Thomas, center, father of Kelly Thomas, as he speaks hours after an Orange County jury gave a ‘not guilty’ verdict for two former Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of Thomas.

2. Kelly Thomas Memorial – Jan. 14, 2014

Kelly Thomas Memorial

A woman, believed to be a relative of Kelly Thomas, tends his memorial a day after two former Fullerton police officers were found not guilty for their role in Thomas’ beating death.

I had just recently purchased the GoPro camera I took this with and was not attuned to the GoPro’s field of view. As a result, I framed this shot incorrectly, with the woman’s foot extending out of the frame.

3. SWAT manhunt in Tustin – April 10, 2014
Tustin Manhunt

An Orange County sheriff SWAT marksman prepares to aid in the search for an armed robbery suspect in Tustin. The suspect was later found.

4. School bus crash – April 24, 2014

Anaheim Hills Bus Crash

Workers break up a tree that fell as the result of a school bus crashing into a cluster of trees in Anaheim Hills, resulting in about a dozen injuries.

The driver was arrested about 8 months later, in January 2015, on felony charges of felony child abuse and endangerment, as well as perjury, according to the Orange County Register.

5. Love Fullerton – May 17, 2014
Love Fullerton

Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes speaks at a morning rally for the inaugural Love Fullerton service day, a collaborative city-wide project, alongside Ev Free pastor Jay Williams, right, organizer of the program.

6. Anaheim ARTIC construction – May 28, 2014

Anaheim ARTIC

The Anaheim ARTIC transportation station at sunset in late spring. It opened six months later, in December 2014, to much fanfare.

7. iPhone 6 launch – Sept. 19, 2014

Brea Mall

An Apple Store employee chats with a law enforcement official who appears to be a Brea police detective at the Brea Mall’s iPhone 6 launch event.

From a photo perspective, this image is boring, flat and grainy. There are several reasons why this picture didn’t come out well: It was taken at 200mm in cloudy conditions at ISO 400, and in fact is a crop from the full picture. The skin tones were captured poorly, as well.

But…

This photo is meaningful to me because I captured this fleeing moment. Most of the time I had been watching the security, this officer was giving a scowl. I saw him lighten up for a moment, and snapped this picture with my telephoto lens.

8. Vertical Prime – October 16, 2014

Vertical Prime

Photograph of Vertical Prime’s DJI S100 octocopter. Drones are definitely going to define the future of photography and cinematography, and I am glad I have had the opportunity to work as a camera operator on a few video shoots.

9. Vertical Prime Reel – December 8, 2014

In addition to filming with Vertical Prime this year, I had the opportunity to edit VP’s 2015 aerial cinematography reel, showcasing our video capabilities. We are now booking 2015 shoots too.

10. 6D Helmets Ride Day video – December 29, 2014

I had the chance to work with the Related Grey / Vertical Prime crew to film the 6D Helmets Ride Day at the Perris Raceway. I also edited the video, getting experience in color grading and making a unified edit. Color graded with Synthetic Aperture Color Finese 3 in Adobe After Effects.

Copyright 2014 and 2015 by Tim Worden.
All rights reserved.

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Fullerton

Gathering held to mark third anniversary of Kelly Thomas’ death

Ron Thomas speaks on Saturday, Jul 5, 2014.
Ron Thomas speaks on Saturday, Jul 5, 2014.

FULLERTON – Ron Thomas, father of mentally-ill transient Kelly Thomas, said at a memorial gathering Saturday, July 5, that he has seen some positive strides made in the past three years since his son died following a confrontation by three then-Fullerton police officers in July 2011.

The fallout of that confrontation led to the resignation and recall of several Fullerton government and police officials and has sparked a national debate on the intersection of homelessness, mental health and police brutality.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office charged two of the former officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cincinelli, as responsible for Thomas’ death, but they were found not guilty on all counts by a jury in January 2014.

The counts ranged from excessive force to involuntary manslaughter and 2nd degree murder.

Ron Thomas said Saturday that despite the trial’s outcome, he was glad that he was able to get the charges against the officers filed, which he called an Orange County milestone.

“What I really want to see, what we really need to see — all of us around the world — is for at least one juror to come up and explain why they voted the way they voted,” he said.

The elder Thomas’ civil suit against the city of Fullerton is expected to start in December 2014, and there is the possibility of a federal lawsuit against the former officers, according to Thomas and media reports.

About 75 people attended the gathering, which was held at the Fullerton Transportation Center to mark three years since Kelly Thomas’ death.

Photo and report by Tim Worden. 

Published July 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Updated July 6, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

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Journalism

Kelly Thomas supporters gather in Fullerton to protest jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict

Kelly Thomas
Kelly Thomas supporters sign a memory support book soon after hearing the jury’s verdict that two former Fullerton police officers were not guilty in the homeless man’s 2011 death.


By Tim Worden. Published Jan. 13, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. Updated Jan. 14, 2014 at 8 a.m.

In an emotional show of support, Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 supporters Monday night saying that he will bring justice to Kelly, a homeless man who was killed in a 2011 police confrontation that has rippled through the city of Fullerton for two and a half years.

While speaking to the crowd, Ron Thomas, wearing a pin that read, “I am the voice for Kelly Thomas,” said he will pursue other means of bringing justice to his son, such as seeking to change the California peace officers’ bill of rights.

“I want to change things,” Thomas said.

The gathering was sparked by a jury’s verdict Thursday afternoon that former Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cincinelli are not guilty on all counts in the 2011 death of homeless man Kelly Thomas.

The counts ranged from excessive force  to involuntary manslaughter and 2nd degree murder.

Supporters, who began trickling in to the makeshift Kelly Thomas memorial shortly after the verdict was reached on Monday afternoon, quickly set up a podium with a Kelly Thomas guestbook for people to write down their support.

One supporter carved “Kelly” into the sidewalk with wax from a candle.

Members of the media record a supporter talking.
Members of the media record a supporter talking.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Orange County’s highest attorney, personally served as the prosecutor alleging that Ramos and Cincinelli acted beyond their authority in the encounter.

“(The case) is not an indictment of the Fullerton Police Department or the police in general,” Rackacuckas said in his closing arguments rebuttal. “This is about a defendant, namely Ramos, who acted as a police officer but abused his authority,” Rackauckas said. “And it’s about another police officer who … unnecessarily increased that level of force … and that played a substantial part in the death of Kelly Thomas.”

Defense attorney John Barnett at the conclusion of the arguments phase of the trial said that the two officers acted by the book and according to their training in their encounter with Thomas.

“They did as they were taught, they did as they were told,” Barnett said.

Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, speaks to the media in downtown Fullerton on Monday night.
Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, speaks to the media in downtown Fullerton on Monday night.
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DA Rackauckas urges jury to use common sense to find officers guilty in death of Kelly Thomas

Defense Attorney John Barnett tells reporters that former officers Ramos and Cincinelli acted by the book and according to their training at a news conference outside the Orange County Superior Courthouse on Thursday morning.
Defense Attorney John Barnett tells reporters that former officers Ramos and Cincinelli acted by the book and according to their training at a news conference outside the Orange County Superior Courthouse on Thursday morning.
  • Jury began deliberations Thursday to decide fate of two former Fullerton police officers charged with the murder of Kelly Thomas

SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on Thursday implored the jury to use their common sense to come to a conclusion that Fullerton Police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cincinelli used excessive and unlawful force in a 2011 encounter with homeless man Kelly Thomas that the prosecutor argued ultimately caused his death.

In the final statements the jury will hear by the defense and prosecution, Rackauckas, Orange County’s highest attorney, systematically attempted to discredit the defense’s claims.

This culminated with Rackauckas playing the portion of the security tape that captured the confrontation that includes Kelly Thomas repeatedly yelling “Daddy” as he was being beaten by several police officers.

“(The case) is not an indictment of the Fullerton Police Department or the police in general … This is about a defendant, namely Ramos, who acted as a police officer but abused his authority,” Rackauckas said. “And it’s about another police officer who … unnecessarily increased that level of force … and that played a substantial part in the death of Kelly Thomas.”

Rackauckas said this trial is special in that it features video and audio evidence that show the confrontation, and urged the jury to watch the tape.

According to Rackauckas, Ramos and Cincinelli attempted to downplay their involvement and actions in the confrontation. But, for example, the tape shows Cincinelli repeatedly beating Thomas and afterward saying he “beat him probably 20 times in the face with this Taser,” Rackauckas argued.

The jury was dismissed to deliberate late this morning and is expected to deliberate at least through the day.

Defense attorney John Barnett, who is representing Ramos and Cicinelli, told reporters at a news conference following the rebuttal that the police officers were acting by the book during the confrontation.

“They did as they were taught, they did as they were told,” Barnett said.

Barnett said the case has already “devastated all law enforcement” since police officers need to look over their shoulders and fear the courts.

The Kelly Thomas memorial in downtown Fullerton, the site of the July 2011 confrontation, was decorated with a sign saying "Hope" when the trial began in December 2012.
The Kelly Thomas memorial in downtown Fullerton, the site of the July 2011 confrontation, was decorated with a sign saying “Hope” when the trial began in December 2012.

Rackackas said he wanted the jury to consider all the evidence as a whole and not to tip their hats on one specific item.

“It’s up to you to determine if the police used excessive or legal force,” Rackauckas said. “It’s up to you to determine the credibility of those witnesses.”

Rackackas’ final rebuttal finished the arguments stage of a five-week trial that, two and a half years after the incident, has highlighted issues of mental illness, police tactics and police brutality.

Kelly Thomas died in hospital care in July 2011 five days after the confrontation.

Ramos has been charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cincinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

Story and photo by Tim Worden, Jan. 9, 2014  at 12:30 p.m. Last updated on Jan. 10, 2014 at noon.

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Photography

Homeless advocates in Fullerton stage campout

Stephan Baxter, organizer of the event, holds up a sign.
Stephan Baxter, organizer of the event, holds up a sign.


Advocates for Fullerton’s homeless staged a Camp In on Sept. 17 in opposition to the city’s no camping ordinance, which does not allow people to sleep or live in public parts of the city like sidewalks and parks. See the story at FullertonStories.com.

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Downtown Fullerton

A memorial for Kelly Thomas stands, in June 2013, near the spot where Thomas was alleged to have been beaten by police officers almost two years ago.

A memorial for Kelly Thomas stands, in June 2013, near the spot where Thomas was alleged to have been beaten by police officers almost two years ago.

My friend Josh and I had dinner in downtown Fullerton while I continued practicing with my 50mm Nikon lens.

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Art Culture Fullerton Photography

Downtown Fullerton street photography

After touring downtown Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I was curious to try out street photography. Street photography is a National Geographic-type candid photography of people  in public places like concerts and downtown areas.

I went to downtown Fullerton in Southern California on a hot late-afternoon (around Chapman and Harbor). It has a pretty vibrant night life but it was not that busy when I was there. Here is a few of my shots. I realized it’s a lot harder than it looks! You also need a fast camera to snap pictures quickly without people thinking your’e a stalker (one guy noticed he was on camera and waved).

I can’t figure out why the guy on the left has his face painted gray and red.
Riding a bike down Harbor Blvd

Also, walking around downtown I saw the memorial to Kelly Thomas, the homeless man who was allegedly killed by Fullerton police officers a year ago. Two of the Fullerton city councilmen were just recalled last month in response to the incident. The memorial is at the Fullerton Transportation Center. The sidewalk has chalk paintings and quotes that include, “Homelessness is not a crime.”

Kelly Thomas memorial with a bus in the background.

I do want to try out more street photography, it would be better in Los Angeles where there are a variety of different people. Any suggestions to take better street photography pictures?