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Below are some of my recent favorites I’ve taken this spring. Lots of baseball and track & field happening. Being it’s springtime I’m hoping to photograph some midwestern thunderstorms.

A large group of non-English speaking Triumph Food workers wearing their work gear load onto a school bus concluding union vote outside Holiday Inn.

A large group of non-English speaking Triumph Food workers wearing their work gear load onto a school bus concluding union vote outside Holiday Inn.

Central High School assistant-distance running coach Anna Cummins, left, embraces Paityn Howat who just won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28. Central girls won the overall track & field meet at Lafayette High School.

Central High School assistant-distance running coach Anna Cummins, left, embraces Paityn Howat who just won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28. Central girls won the overall track & field meet at Lafayette High School.

Benton Cardinals Mallory McAndrews is Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Benton Cardinals Mallory McAndrews is Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Sami Justice writes a note on a heart shaped balloon in honor of her late grandfather Clinton Justice who was a victim of violence in Dec. 2012. Balloons were released at the Remington Nature Center for Crime Victims Week.

Sami Justice writes a note on a heart shaped balloon in honor of her late grandfather Clinton Justice who was a victim of violence in Dec. 2012. Balloons were released at the Remington Nature Center for Crime Victims Week.

Jaclyn Dickens of Bishop LeBlond does a classic "Fosbury Flop" to clear 5'2" and win the girls high jump at Lafayette High School.

Jaclyn Dickens of Bishop LeBlond does a classic “Fosbury Flop” to clear 5’2″ and win the girls high jump at Lafayette High School.

1st Sgt. Thomas Gregory, 80, of Harrisonville, Mo. stands in full Civil War attire next to a replica depicting his late Great Uncle Net Gregory who was a soldier in the 9th Calvary. Members of the Kansas City-Leavenworth Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers were on hand to answer questions during a grand opening of the Buffalo Soldiers exhibit at the Patee House Museum.

1st Sgt. Thomas Gregory, 80, of Harrisonville, Mo. stands in full Civil War attire next to a replica depicting his late Great Uncle Net Gregory who was a soldier in the 9th Cavalry. Members of the Kansas City-Leavenworth Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers were on hand to answer questions during a grand opening of the Buffalo Soldiers exhibit at the Patee House Museum.

Benton High School's Aundreall Washington (first leg of the boys 4x200 relay), left, hands the baton to ??? during a track & field meet at Lafayette High School.

Benton High School’s Aundreall Washington (first leg of the boys 4×200 relay), left, hands the baton to Will Jones during a track & field meet at Lafayette High School.

Missouri Western pitcher junior AJ Martinez underhands the ball to first base against Nebraska-Kearney at the Spring Sports Complex.

Missouri Western pitcher junior AJ Martinez underhands the ball to first base forcing out Nebraska-Kearney’s Chris Sievers at the Spring Sports Complex.

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Emma Day of Kearney, Neb. is swung around by the Missouri Western State mascot, Griffon, during an NCAA college baseball game between Missouri Western State and Nebraska-Kearney.

 

Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary

The 20-year bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is upon us. I distinctively remember where and what I was doing that fateful day for our country April 19, 1995. At the time little did I know what a lasting impact it would make on me as well as later visiting the memorial after moving 90 minutes away from the bombing site to Enid, Okla.

On April 19, 2005 a newspaper columnist Jeff Mullin and I traveled to OKC to cover the 10-year anniversary. Inside the memorial are 168 customized chairs representing those who lost their lives, in which some chairs are smaller in size for those children taken all too soon.

Below are images I captured. I decided to display them in black & white as to me a more powerful medium to convey such a sorrowful day in the lives of those remembering their lost loved ones. Only one image is in color to represent hope. It’s hard to believe another 10 years has slipped away since that day etched in my mind. It’s harder to believe what an individual will do in the name of hate.

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Frequent Fires

There has been a rash of frequent fires from business to residential to grass fires. The lead image below is of firemen walking out of a scorched house with what was once a garage in the background. A vibrant color red flashing from a fire engine and their flashlights beaming through smoke and water make and set the image. Both photos were taken with a Nikon D4 and 70-200 f2.8 lens.

Firefighters walk out of charred remains at the scene of a house fire at 3801 Penn St.

Firefighters walk out of a burning home at 3801 Penn St.

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Game Day: Northwest Missouri State vs Central Missouri Feb. 28, 2015

 

Northwest Missouri State center Grant Cozad holds the 2015 MIAA Men's Basketball Regular Season Championship trophy concluding a 83-73 victory over Central Missouri.

Northwest Missouri State center Grant Cozad holds the 2015 MIAA Men’s Basketball Regular Season Championship trophy concluding a 83-73 victory over Central Missouri.

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High School Basketball Favorites

Here are a few favorites from this year’s high school basketball season not yet posted in a blog:

Central Indians sophomore Jaelyn Haggard runs through a sea of hands during opening introductions against Ruskin at Central High School.

Central Indians sophomore Jaelyn Haggard runs through a sea of hands during opening introductions against Ruskin at Central High School.

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Game Day: Northwest Missouri State vs. Missouri Western State Feb. 21, 2015

Here are 10 of my favorites between this rival division II men’s and women’s basketball programs. Both head coaches for Missouri Western State are very animated and I could spend an entire game just photographing each one. I had a chuckle as the women’s head coach turned his back to three referees for the traditional pregame handshakes. It was a cute joke as he doesn’t tolerate a lot their calls (or lack there of throughout the course of a game).

Northwest Missouri State junior Taylor Shull is guarded by Missouri Western State sophomore Chelsea Dewey. Missouri Western State won 73-65.

Northwest Missouri State junior Taylor Shull is guarded by Missouri Western State sophomore Chelsea Dewey. Missouri Western State won 73-65.

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Getting back my MOJO

I’ve pulled up stakes and have a new roll as a visual journalist with The St. Joseph News-Press. Shaking off a little (or a lot) of rust at a time being I was out of the field as a full-timer for going on two years. In that time away I gained a deeper appreciation for having an opportunity to do this craft for a living.

Colleagues at the newspaper have been wonderful, welcoming me to their community of about 75,000 an hour north of Kansas City, MO. The News-Press is a family-owned 28,000 circulation daily. Additionally, broadcasting makes up about 80 percent (FOX 26 KNPN) of visual communications as well as having a strong web (news now) presence.

Every day there is at least one news story slated for all three platforms. Multimedia is key and only shooting stills is a thing of the past for many newspaper publications. It’s challenging and exciting all at the same time.

My supervisor Todd Weddle has been instrumental in having a keen insight and patience as this old dog learns new software and a different, better, faster workflow, more in-depth video too. And using Nikon gear vs. Canon over the last eight years.

Todd asked me one day “how are things going”? I said “I’m getting back my MOJO”. Because of my hours/workdays my schedule has been sports heavy, which is fine with me as I enjoy photographing sports on all levels and working Saturdays in having more events to cover.

It’s good to be back.

This statue of a paperboy is in front of the News-Press building entrance.

This statue of a paperboy named Extra Extra is in front of the News-Press building entrance. The inscription reads: Dedicated in  memory of Joel T. (Jody) Merriott, who died Aug. 14, 1992. And to all of the newspaper carriers who go that extra mile for a dream.

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AFC Championship: Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots

My first and only football game I photographed this season was quite spectacular. The energy, excitement and passion was incredible for which the Denver Broncos are heading to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York. Speaking of New York (as to how I came about covering the AFC Championship). I received a call from New York Daily News photo editor Kevin Macdonald asking me if I was interested in going? He saw my sports portfolio on my website.

While waiting for a media shuttle in downtown Denver I crossed paths with my friend and mentor Damian Strohmeyer. It’s been 30 years since Damian took me under his wing and taught me about sports photography, as well as a few life lessons. He’s been impactful in my career as well as many others and I’m so appreciative of him. I also had the opportunity to see many familiar faces of other photographers in the digital workroom and on the sidelines that made my day complete.

After being laid off last March and subsequently having to sell off my camera gear last September, I had to rent camera gear. And to make covering this event happen my sister Gail Michel fronted the funds for which I’m also so appreciative.

In going on a year of being out of this business I’m not sure what the future holds. However, I do know that if this happens be my last assignment, I went out with a great one! Here are a dozen of my favorites.

Denver Broncos head football coach John Fox celebrates a 26-16 victory over New England during the AFC Championship at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Coach Fox made a comeback after being out four games in November from heart surgery.

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Senior Portraits

Not having children of my own, it’s been a blessing for me to enjoy and watch some of my close friends (and family too), children grow up over the years. And being asked to take their senior high school portraits was an honor and a lot of fun. Casey is a senior at Horizon High School in Thornton, Colo. lettering in golf. His mother Nancy and I met while in high school ourselves. Portraits were taken at Stone House Park in Lakewood, Colo.

My friend Joe and I also met in our high school days and I photographed his daughter Emily who attends Westminster High. Emily’s younger sister Hanna stood in for a few shots as well as Casey’s girlfriend in his photo shoot.

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Red Mountain

This image is from a recent road trip to Apache Junction, Ariz. Red Mountain is part of Tonto National Forest.