The Daddy of ‘Em All

Progressive Horse Journal Magazine recently ran a photo spread of images I took in their June-July issue to preview the upcoming 2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days. It never gets old seeing your photography displayed so well. Great job Tara Matsler, managing editor, Performance Horse Journal!




Severe Thunderstorm

Hall County Nebraska as well as surrounding counties were hit with a long line of severe thunderstorms on a late Friday night well into Saturday morning. This image was taken from a parking garage across the street from the Hall County Courthouse as the storm came through. Because of the trees (which added to the composition of the image), I braced the camera against my left knee pointing it slightly upward trying not to obscure the top of the steeple, tripping the shutter when I saw a glow of light. After using this wide angle zoom lens for close to a year now my opinion is that it’s flawless. It’s tack sharp from corner to corner at all focal lengths and it renders colors beautifully.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera, 16-35mm f2.8 series III lens, 1/25th of a second, f4 at 3200 ISO.

Sheeting rain comes down as the skies open up with a bright flash of lightning above the Hall County Courthouse early Saturday morning in Grand Island, Neb.

2018 Hero Flight Welcome Home Ceremony

My colleague Garrett Griess and I worked together to create this video of a Hero Flight Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans at Central Nebraska Regional Airport. I shot several video clips and Garrett did a great job editing my video for The Grand Island Independent.

2018 Nebraska State Track & Field Championships

I photographed my third straight Nebraska State Track & Field Championships with sports reporter Marc Zavala in Omaha, Neb. Here are my top 20 favorite images.

Alixzandra Bloom clenches her fists in the air after winning the Class D girls 100-meter dash during the Nebraska State Track & Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium.

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Heartland Living, April 2018

Our newspaper did a condensed version of the spring edition of Heartland Living magazine. Once again our staff did a stellar job with producing and selling a premium product for our readers that’s an insert into an April Saturday newspaper. The two stories I took photos for were about a the Grand Island Modeler’s Club, in which, they fly drones at an airfield in Alda, Neb. And a lady who raises chickens on a farm in rural Hall County.

Dave Gee Invitation Track and Field Meet

Our newspaper covers several track and field meets leading up to the three-day championships in Omaha, Neb. in the month of May. Here are some of my favorite images from the annual Dave Gee Invitation Track and Field Meet held at Grand Island Northwest High School.

Fletcher Bydalek of Grand Island Northwest throws in the third flight of the boy’s shot put during the Dave Gee Invitation Track and Field Meet.

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2018 Nebraska Boys State Basketball Championships

Our sports reporters and myself covered 11 games over three days during this years’ tournament in Lincoln, Neb. The first day (Thursday) started out at various Lincoln area high schools and The Bob Devaney Sports Center. On Friday all of the games I covered were at the Devaney Sports Center and on Saturday all championship games are held at Pinnacle Bank Arena. We had three boys basketball teams that made it to their championship games on the final day, but unfortunately all three lost.

Hastings St. Cecilia junior Ashton Valentine clenches his fists in the air while running back to the team bench to celebrate a 39-36 victory over Yutan during a Class C2 semifinal Boys State Basketball Tournament game Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

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2018 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Championships

Our region had one team make it to the finals playing at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. Unfortunately the Ravenna Bluejays lost a very close basketball game. The Bluejays are one of hardest working basketball teams I’ve ever covered and they’re enjoyable to photograph. Here are some of my favorites from the championship game and over the course of the three-day tournament.

Superior sophomore Trisha Hayes and Ravenna junior Jordyn Fiddelke dive after the basketball during a Class C2 Nebraska State High School Championship game at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Superior won 42-39.

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Nebraska Danger

I remember when I met world renowned photojournalist Bill Frakes at a Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo in 2007. Of all of his great images I told him the photo of the football helmet suspended in midair was one of my favorites he had taken. He response was “which one”? Not realizing he had more than one and for myself I didn’t have any, until now. In the first game of the 2018 IFL season Cedar Rapids running back Tyler Thomas lost his helmet on a tackle.

Cedar Rapids running back Tyler Thomas loses his helmet after getting jarred by Nebraska Danger defensive lineman Xzavie Jackson and defensive back Najee Bright during second quarter action at the Heartland Event Center Friday night.

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2018 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships


Met lots of new people and saw some familiar faces at this year’s state wrestling tournament in Omaha over three busy days. We had 127 city and area student athletes combined competing. Twenty-one wrestlers made the finals.

Collin Quandt of Grand Island Northwest runs out onto the Class B wrestling mat to face Jackson Nielsen of Blair in a 113-pound match during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

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