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Game Night: Ohio State vs. Nebraska Football Saturday, October 14, 2017

My home state Ohio State Buckeyes football team beat Nebraska 56-14 in Lincoln. My adolescent memories were from the then Buckeyes twice Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, legendary head coach Woody Hayes and my sixth-grade teacher Chris Brooks who graduated from The Ohio State University who had all kinds of stories to tell from his college experiences. Those were some of the good old days growing up in a small farming community in northwest Ohio. And the Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds winning back-to-back World Series in 1975-76 was part of it. Coincidently my 1978 Buckeyes played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in their first-ever meeting and lost to the Crimson Tide. My best childhood friend Jimmy never let me hear the end of it as his family were big Bama fans, originally from Alabama. I never went to a game at The Shoe in Columbus, Ohio, but having an opportunity to photograph the Buckeyes in Lincoln, Neb. brought back a flood of childhood memories. From neighborhood football games to collecting and trading bubble gum cards to watching the big rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan and so on.

Ohio State Buckeyes players and coaches sing the Carmen Ohio Alma Mater concluding a 56-14 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as half the fans made a mass exodus from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Ohio State Buckeyes players and coaches sing the Carmen Ohio Alma Mater concluding a 56-14 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as half the fans made a mass exodus from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. For the first time in history the Huskers played two top ten teams in back-to-back home games.

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Friday Night Lights: Aurora vs. Northwest Football Friday, October 13, 2017

So often I photograph just the first half of a high school Friday night football game. Or if there are two games I’m assigned to photograph on the same night and same kickoff time it might be a first quarter here and a second quarter there. I’ve done some of my best work while on deadline, but all too often its a hurry up situation and you wish you could have stayed for the entire game. This was one of those games. Aurora took a 28-7 lead into halftime. Northwest came from behind to beat Aurora 35-34.

Grand Island Northwest senior wide receiver Riley Schliep signifies his own touchdown reception against Aurora in between two referees that concur at Viking Field.

Grand Island Northwest senior wide receiver Riley Schliep signifies his own touchdown reception against Aurora in between two referees that concur at Viking Field.

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Vietnam Hero Flight Welcome Home

Wednesday I had an opportunity to photograph my second Vietnam Hero Flight Welcome Home reception for 162 Vietnam Veterans and their escorts (primarily spouses). Here are a dozen of my favorite images.

Veterans walk by Patriot Guard Riders posting two lines of American flags during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Veterans walk by Patriot Guard Riders posting two lines of American flags during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

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Game Night: Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Football Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nationally ranked No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers beat Nebraska 38-17 at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska tied the game 17-17 in the third quarter, but Wisconsin proved why they’re one of the top ten football teams in the nation. Here are a dozen of my favorites.

Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee runs onto the field with his teammates to warm up against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee runs onto the field with his teammates to warm up against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium.

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Game Day: Hastings College vs. Concordia Football Saturday, September 30, 2017

I didn’t have too bad of a take given I was only able to photograph the first half of the football game in Hastings, Neb. Such is life as a newspaper photographer. It’s not uncommon to have assignments before and after a sporting event. That being said I’ve probably had more occasions with other assignments on a game day than not.

Hastings College junior running back Tahj Willingham hurdles Concordia defensive back D-Mauria Martin during second quarter action Saturday in Hastings.

Hastings College junior running back Tahj Willingham hurdles Concordia defensive back D-Mauria Martin during second quarter action Saturday in Hastings. Photo taken with a Canon 1DX Mark II with a 200-400 f4 zoom lens with the 1.4x extender locked in.

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Game Day: Northern Illinois vs. Nebraska Football Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Northern Illinois Huskies beat Nebraska Cornhuskers 21-17 on an overcast day at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers struggled with issues on both offense and defense. Here are 20 of my favorites.

Northern Illinois punt return man Jalen Embry runs back after his fumble resulting in a turnover as Nebraska special teams players Marquel Dismuke (19) and Tyrin Ferguson (43) are close by at Memorial Stadium Saturday.

Northern Illinois punt return man Jalen Embry runs back after his fumble resulting in a turnover as Nebraska special teams players Marquel Dismuke (19) and Tyrin Ferguson (43) are close by at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Saturday.

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Game Night: Hastings College vs. St. Mary Volleyball Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The NAIA No. 1 ranked Hastings College Broncos swept the St. Mary Flames 25-22, 25-14, 25-16 at Lynn Ferrell Arena in Hastings, Neb. The Broncos have a perfect 10-0 season.

Hastings College senior middle hitter Andrea LaVene goes for a kill against St. Mary’s MacKeenzie Melton (1) during the second set at Lynn Farrell Arena Wednesday night.

Hastings College senior middle hitter Andrea LaVene goes for a kill against St. Mary’’s MacKeenzie Melton (1) during the second set at Lynn Farrell Arena Wednesday night.

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Create 308

Recently I worked on a business story about an arts academy in downtown Grand Island with our reporter Kelli Rollin. I photographed two dance classes including contemporary and jazz dance. I lit the room with two Canon 600 EX-RT speedlites positioned in the back of the dance classes and a wall-length mirror at the front of the class acted as fill light. So, I had the option of photographing into the mirror, which I enjoy photographing subjects off center in a mirror. It’s just a challenge at times to keep my reflection out of the image.

Hannah Fjeldhein does an attitude leap as other dance students watch in Jamie Jones Studio A contemporary dance class at Create 308 in downtown Grand Island.

Hannah Fjeldhein does an attitude leap as other dance students watch in Jamie Jones Studio A contemporary dance class at Create 308 in downtown Grand Island.

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2017 Nebraska State Fair

The only thing the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island fell short of was around 10,000 visitors to break a 20-year-old record for attendance numbers from when it was in Lincoln. That being said the number of state fair visitors keeps climbing now in it’s eighth year in central Nebraska. It seems like there’s something for everyone at the state fair. One of my favorite things to photograph in 2017 are nightlife scenes along the midway including a Giant Gondola Wheel.

4PP: People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair.

People wait in line to take a ride on the Giant Gondola Wheel on the midway during the Nebraska State Fair. This image was taken with a 16-35mm f2.8 zoom lens mounted on a Canon 1DX camera with an exposure of two seconds at f22, 200 ISO.

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Totality

It was an extraordinary experience photographing a full solar eclipse as central Nebraska was one of 10 states in the centerline of totality. A group of four photographers consisting of three newspaper staffers and a freelancer all had specific assignments. Mine was in the small town of Dannebrog at Liberty Range. I met people not only from Nebraska, but from Minnesota, Texas and even Germany. There were activities associated with the eclipse that also plays into what Nebraska life is like. As perhaps a once in a lifetime experience it was quite a spectacle to observe.

Sunlight shimmers around the sphere of the moon during a two and a half minute totality of a solar eclipse at Liberty Range in Dannebrog, Neb.

Sunlight shimmers around the sphere of the moon during a two and a half minute totality of a solar eclipse at Liberty Range in Dannebrog, Neb. Photograph was taken with a Canon EOS 1DX Mark II camera body and a 300mm f2.8 lens with a 1.4x converter. Exposure was 1/1,000th of a second at f5.6 at 1600 ISO.

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