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

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

St. Joseph firefighters assist one another climbing down a ladder on an adjacent building from First Ward House along the 2000 block of St. Joseph Ave.

St. Joseph firefighters assist one another climbing down a ladder on an adjacent building from First Ward House along the 2000 block of St. Joseph Ave.

Embers smolder along a tree line next to an open field northwest of Lake Contrary in a three-alarm grass fire.

Embers smolder along a tree line next to an open field northwest of Lake Contrary in a three-alarm grass fire.

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 (11) is guarded by Missouri Western State sophomore Chelsea Dewey during an NCAA  college basketball game in Maryville, Mo. Missouri Western State won 73-65.

Northwest Missouri State junior Taylor Shull (11) is guarded by Missouri Western State sophomore Chelsea Dewey during an NCAA college basketball game at Bobcat Arena in Maryville, Mo. 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.

Recent work

This most recent post has some of my favorites photos taken over the last three months.

Amy Hackett with American Sign stops traffic during a RTD lightrail testing of crossings at 6363 W. 16th Ave. Lamar Station in Lakewood, Colo.

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Romney at Red Rocks

Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan met together for a campaign rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo. Red Rocks is best known as a venue for summer concerts which is a natural amphitheater located just west of Denver. An estimated 10,000 supporters converged for the event.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters concluding a rally at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

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