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Seeing the Light

I’ve been using the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash units to light environmental portraits and certain events. It’s been challenging as much as it has been fun in learning about so many different ways to use them. Since they’re wireless there are no cords to run or possibly trip over. The radio frequency enables the units to be placed behind objects throughout a scene. The lead image below was an assignment to feature the 50th anniversary of a local skate rink for a special section. A 600EX II-RT is mounted on it’s mini stand placed on top of an old video game machine pointed to an opening where skaters hop on or off the rink as a key light. Another one is placed to the right of the skaters to act as fill light.

Malachi Halte and Angelica Stienike use skate walkers to brace themselves while refining their skating skills at Skate Island.

Malachi Halte and Angelica Stienike use skate walkers to brace themselves while refining their skating skills at Skate Island.

GH Hanssen, owner of Hanssen Chiropractor Clinic, has won several awards throughout his career.

GH Hanssen, owner of Hanssen Chiropractor Clinic, has won several awards throughout his career.

Jason Bachle, center, performs on stage in the Grand Island Northwest High School auditorium with other classmates. The Doods is an all-male show choir.

Jason Bachle, center, performs on stage in the Grand Island Northwest High School auditorium with other classmates. The Doods is an all-male show choir.

Tyson Burt and Christopher Rosenlund jump simultaneously with other Grand Island Northwest High School classmates while rehearsing. The Doods is an all-male show choir.

Tyson Burt and Christopher Rosenlund jump simultaneously with other Grand Island Northwest High School classmates while rehearsing. The Doods is an all-male show choir.

A sign pointing toward Barry’s Shop and Barb’s Shoppe hangs on a wall at the entranceway of Barb’s Hair Shoppe and Junk Yard Treasures at 704 Cottonwood St. in Wood River.

A sign pointing toward Barry’’s Shop and Barb’’s Shoppe hangs on a wall at the entranceway of Barb’’s Hair Shoppe and Junk Yard Treasures at 704 Cottonwood St. in Wood River.

Tracie Pfeifle, a volunteer at the Central Nebraska Humane Society, holds a Pomeranian available for adoption inside the intake room.

Tracie Pfeifle, a volunteer at the Central Nebraska Humane Society, holds a Pomeranian available for adoption inside the intake room.

Ronnie Green, chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, talks during a community gathering Wednesday at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora.

Ronnie Green, chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, talks during a community gathering Wednesday at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora.

Ashlee Schneider is a certified personal trainer and owner of Snap Fitness at 1711 S. Locust St.

Ashlee Schneider is a certified personal trainer and owner of Snap Fitness at 1711 S. Locust St.

Grand Island Police officer Jason Urbanski inside his office at Barr Middle School. Urbanski has been a school resource officer at Barr for over 12 years.

Grand Island Police officer Jason Urbanski inside his office at Barr Middle School. Urbanski has been a school resource officer at Barr for over 12 years.

Jordan Paup of Central City is the All-Heartland defensive captain.

Jordan Paup of Central City is the All-Heartland defensive captain.

Tony Casarez, a custodian at Grand Island Evangelical Free Church, stands at a drum set he plays with the worship team during Sunday services.

Tony Casarez, a custodian at Grand Island Evangelical Free Church, stands at a drum set he plays with the worship team during Sunday services.

Rocky Newman is a PATH/Outreach/Day Reporting Facilitator with Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska.

Rocky Newman is a PATH/Outreach/Day Reporting Facilitator with Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska.

Anna Sorensen is the shift supervisor of the night shift at the 911 Call Center located in the basement of City Hall.

Anna Sorensen is the shift supervisor of the night shift at the 911 Call Center located in the basement of City Hall.

Grand Island Northwest senior Kylie Broich is Captain of the All-Heartland Volleyball Team.

Grand Island Northwest senior Kylie Broich is Captain of the All-Heartland Volleyball Team.

 

Nebraska State High School Basketball Tournament

Three boys and three girls teams our newspaper covers in central Nebraska made it to the semifinal round during the state basketball tournament in Lincoln. Unfortunately all six of those team didn’t make it to the final championship game. Basketball is one of my favorite sports to photograph. I enjoy watching these boys and girls excel on and off the court and there is a lot of support from their communities. It’s not uncommon to see players form a circle hand-in-hand with opposing players and pray after a game. These kids get it and know what sportsmanship is all about.

Sophia Schroeder, a sophomore at Ravenna High School cheers while holding symbols and donning a multicolor umbrella hat during the Ravenna vs. North Platte game at the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School Thursday. Ravenna won 57-49.

Sophia Schroeder, a sophomore at Ravenna High School cheers while holding symbols and donning a multicolor umbrella hat during the Ravenna vs. North Platte game at the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School. Ravenna won 57-49.

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End of Year 2016 Images

Here are some of my favorite images taken in the latter part of 2016. It’s been a long year and I am looking forward to 2017.

Mark Wickard of Scottsbluff, Neb. talks on his cell phone while standing next to his Cessna, in which, he made an emergency landing on Bluff Center Rd. northwest of Cairo, Neb. Wednesday. The plane rolled back down a hill on a dirt road stopping several feet from railroad tracks.

Mark Wickard of Scottsbluff, Neb. talks on his cell phone while standing next to his Cessna, in which, he made an emergency landing on Bluff Center Rd. northwest of Cairo, Neb. Wednesday. The plane rolled back down a hill on a dirt road stopping several feet from railroad tracks.

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Game Day: Nebraska State Volleyball Tournament Nov. 10-12, 2016

Out of the six states I’ve worked at newspaper publications in I’d have to say Nebraska takes the cake as far as volleyball popularity. These girls play their hearts out and the coaches, student body fans and parents are all part of a collective support system. The level of intensity and talent that I saw this season was unlike any other I can remember.

Hampton celebrates their three straight set victory over WYNOT to capture the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hampton celebrates their three straight set victory over WYNOT to capture the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

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Our Veterans

This is the second post of a Veterans Parade. This one at the Grand Island Veterans Home, in which, Vets were brought out of their residences to watch as the parade. Veterans here in central Nebraska get a lot of recognition for their sacrifices as well as they should.

Alex Xiloj Lopez, a seventh-grader at Walnut Middle School, waves flags in the air while walking in the Veterans Parade along Old Glory Road at the Grand Island Veterans Home.

Alex Xiloj Lopez, a seventh-grader at Walnut Middle School, waves flags in the air while walking in the Veterans Parade along Old Glory Road at the Grand Island Veterans Home.

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Veterans Recognition Parade

So often when photographing a parade a lot of good images can be found at an assemble point before the parade route begins. I still photograph the actual parade, but more often than not I try to get there an hour early. This Veterans Recognition Parade in Hastings, Neb. was one of two Veterans parades I photographed in the area in lieu of Veterans Day. All of us who have our freedoms owe a great deal of gratitude for these servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Brandon Woods with Cub Scouts pack 200 carries an American flag over his shoulder in route to the Veterans Recognition Parade in Hastings, Neb.

Brandon Woods with Cub Scouts pack 200 carries an American flag over his shoulder in route to the Veterans Recognition Parade in Hastings, Neb.

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Small Town – Big Time Football

Sometimes the biggest event taking place in a rural town this time of year is a hometown football team hosting a big game hoping to make it to the Nebraska State Football Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Thanksgiving week. Heartland is a consolidated public school in the town of Henderson with a population of under 1,000. The hometown Huskies senior running back Austin Stuhr is the first player in Nebraska history to gain more than 1,000 yards in the first three games of the season. Stuhr also leads the nation in eight-man rushing yards. No small feat.

Signs with Heartland football players names are lined up in front of the school on an unseasonably warm November evening.

Signs with Heartland football players names are lined up in front of the school on an unseasonably warm November evening.

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Fall Favorites

This post pertains to some of my favorite photos I’ve taken this fall season. These particular images are not part of previous posts.

Stylists from Jeffery’s Salon and Spa Kari Chavez, Dawn Westpfahl, Stephanie Roberts, Rebecca Kothe-Eckhardt, Nicole Yarns and Karina Johnston give haircuts inside the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church chapel during Project Homeless Connect.

Stylists from Jeffery’s Salon and Spa Kari Chavez, Dawn Westpfahl, Stephanie Roberts, Rebecca Kothe-Eckhardt, Nicole Yarns and Karina Johnston give haircuts inside the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church chapel during Project Homeless Connect.

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Game Day: Purdue vs. Nebraska Football October 22, 2016

Ranked in the top 10 in national polls Nebraska beat Purdue 27-14 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Subsequently, moving up in the national rankings to No. 6 in the Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the AP Poll with a 7-0 record. It wasn’t a considered a pretty win, but a win nonetheless.

Nebraska’s Devine Ozigbo walks through fog onto the field with his teammates at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Nebraska’’s Devine Ozigbo walks through fog (created by fog machines) onto the field with his teammates at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

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2016 Harvest of Harmony Parade

Up to 10,000 people converge on the town of Grand Island, Neb. for the 75th annual Harvest of Harmony Parade. There were 107 marching bands from across the state of Nebraska competing in various divisions in a three-hour parade on a perfect sunny and 75 degree fall day.

An enthusiastic drum major, Dalton Elliott of Northwest High School, leads his bandmates along the 2016 Harvest of Harmony Parade route as one of 107 bands participating in Grand Island, Neb.

An enthusiastic drum major, Dalton Elliott of Northwest High School, leads his band mates along the 2016 Harvest of Harmony Parade route as one of 107 bands participating in Grand Island, Neb.

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