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Fifth Generation Wedding

A recent assignment was to cover a fifth generation wedding in which five brides were all married in the same church, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran. Once a country church located outside of the town of Hampton, Neb., relocated at the Stuhr Museum in 1966. It was a beautiful ceremony with a young couple.

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum.

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Recent Favorites

Here is a variety of single images taken throughout this spring in central Nebraska.

A Sandhill Crane stretches it's wings a cornfield during an annual migration through central Nebraska.

A Sandhill Crane stretches it’s wings a cornfield during an annual migration through central Nebraska.

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Nebraska State Track & Field Championships

I had an enjoyable and demanding opportunity to photograph a two-day state track & field championship at Omaha Burke High School. It was neat to see the sportsmanship held with rural athletes from opposing schools as I saw just as many teammates embracing as I did certain rivals schools.

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Sand flies as Grand Island’s Mackenzie Puckett lands while competing in the Class A triple jump during finals Saturday. Mackenzie won with a leap of 39-1 1/2.

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Structure Fire

The Winfrey Plumbing and Heating building became fully engulfed in a fire after an explosion on a late Sunday night at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb. This as a result of the business owner, Mike Winfrey, who was making homemade bombs in which he lost his life. Three businesses and a residence were without power because of the fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire at  Winfrey Plumbing and Heating at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb.

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Easter Eggstravaganza

One of my many enjoyments and strengths as a photojournalist is going to what may be considered an ordinary event and coming back to the newsroom with good images. I had to improvise a little in which there weren’t many people at the event to start, but also the events were stretched out across the afternoon. Having two other assignments later that afternoon I saw how a small photo essay would come together with a beginning (children and their families constructing devises for an egg drop). Secondly, the egg drop itself from the rooftop of Edgerton Explorit Center and lastly reactionary images as a result.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

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2016 Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships

The Nebraska State Activities Association held the state boys basketball championships in Lincoln, Neb. Our publication The Grand Island Independent cover city and area teams that make the three-day tournament. The event can make for some early mornings and very late nights depending on timeframes within the bracket. It’s can be a lot of fun, but also very draining. However, I appreciate the opportunity to go as there are any number of newspapers in my past that don’t cover the finals or hire a freelancer. Arriving back home at 2 A.M. on my second wind I realize it’s all worth it. Here are some of my favorites:

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

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Fonner Park

Starting up in late February we’ve had great weather for horse racing at Fonner Park. It’s been very enjoyable and refreshing photographing something new other than watching horse racing a few times on TV. As any assignment I worked various angles with a variety of lenses, attempt to be spontaneous, take the reader where they can’t go and capture moments perhaps they didn’t see. And given the time experiment a little. The lead image is just that, panning with the action at 125th of a second to create slow motion blur.

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park.

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Game Day: Aurora vs. Hastings Boys Basketball March 1, 2016

The Aurora Huskies boys basketball teams have been one of the dominant ones this season in which they secured their spot in the state basketball tournament with a 64-27 victory over the Hastings Tigers.

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Start of New Year favorites

Here are some of my favorite images to start 2016 that includes several basketball photos, one of my favorite sports to photograph.

Sparks fly as Zack Grier, a framer with Essink Brothers Drywall, cuts through a steel stud for a back wall in the commons area at Shoemaker Elementary.

Sparks fly as Zack Grier, a framer with Essink Brothers Drywall, cuts through a steel stud for a back wall in the commons area at Shoemaker Elementary.

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Nebraska State High School Cheer & Dance Championships

I spent part of my regular Saturday workday covering area schools competing in cheer and dance. The level of talent and choreography was amazing as well as many of the outfits worn by the teams of dancers. It was obvious at how much hard work went into their routines. Here are some of my favorites:

The Aurora Huskies cheerleaders perform during the Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships at The Heartland Events Center. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

The Aurora Huskies cheerleaders perform during the Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships at The Heartland Events Center.

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Game Day: Grand Island vs. Kearney Prep Basketball Friday Feb. 5, 2016

One of my favorite prep sports matchups of the season was the Grand Island Senior High School Islanders hosting the Kearney High School Bearcats. Kearney won 54-53.

The Kearney student body section erupts during first quarter action Friday night in Grand Island. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

The Kearney student body section erupts during first quarter action Friday night in Grand Island.

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Game Day: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Football Nov. 27, 2015

Iowa came into Lincoln on a bitter cold afternoon as the Hawkeyes would be a tall order for the Cornhuskers to beat. Iowa won 28-20 remaining undefeated with a 12-0 record.

 

Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri, left, celebrates his  touchdown run with teammate Derrick Mitchell Jr. during 3rd quarter action against Nebraska. Iowa won 28-20.

Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri, left, celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Derrick Mitchell Jr. during 3rd quarter action against Nebraska. Iowa won 28-20.

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Game Day: Nebraska State High School Football Championships Nov. 23, 2015

Two high school football teams in our coverage area Aurora and Burwell made it to the state championship games played where the Nebraska Cornhuskers have their home football games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Both of our area teams lost, but had incredible seasons. Here are some of my favorites from both games.

Aurora Huskies senior lineman Gavin Rush reacts while looking at the scoreboard during the Class B State Football Championship against Elkhorn South at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Rush came out of the game with a 2nd quarter injury.

Aurora Huskies senior lineman Gavin Rush reacts while looking at the scoreboard during the Class B State Football Championship against Elkhorn South at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Rush came out of the game with a 2nd quarter injury.

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Game Day: Michigan State vs. Nebraska Nov. 7, 2015

What a great game with no. 8 ranked Michigan State being upset in a come from behind 39-38 victory at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Here are some of my favorites.

Nebraska corner back Jonathan Rose intercepts a Michigan State pass during the 2nd quarter at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 39-38 upsetting the no. 8 ranked Spartans.

Nebraska corner back Jonathan Rose intercepts a Michigan State pass during the 2nd quarter at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 39-38 upsetting the no. 8 ranked Spartans.

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Game Day: Burwell vs. Blue Hill Football Playoff Oct. 3, 2015

I saw one of the best high school football games in recent memory. The Burwell, Neb. Longhorns beat the Blue Hill Bobcats 43-40 in a high school playoff game. There were four lead changes in the 4th quarter alone.

Rylee Kohnetseler, left, makes an adjustment to a camera phone while her cousin Halee Kohnetseler holds a selfie stick while other Blue Hill cheerleaders await to have their picture taken.

Rylee Kohnetseler, left, makes an adjustment to a camera phone while her cousin Halee Kohnetseler holds a selfie stick while other Blue Hill cheerleaders await to have their picture taken.

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A Rough Road

I’m just finishing up week seven at my new job here in Grand Island, Neb. Learning a lot more (a whole lot more about Photo Mechanic) within the system implemented in our photo department has been a challenge. Compounding my learning processes is living in continual pain since I injured my back moving a piece of furniture Sept. 20. It has broken my concentration, slowed me down and frustrated me. So I perceiver with an upcoming consultation with a neurology surgeon for my compression fracture T12. Here are several of my favorite (non-Cornhuskers football game) photos.

Mariah Buettner who plays Attina, a mermaid in the Grand Island Senior High production The Little Mermaid, takes Kyndall Seim for a ride around the Islander cafeteria on her "heelys" Saturday. The mermaid characters entertained children and their parents during a Under the Sea Tea Party with activities including crafts, games, picture book reading and songs. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Mariah Buettner who plays Attina, a mermaid in the Grand Island Senior High production The Little Mermaid, takes Kyndall Seim for a ride around the Islander cafeteria on her “heelys” Saturday. The mermaid characters entertained children and their parents during an Under the Sea Tea Party with activities including crafts, games, story time and songs.

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Game Day: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Oct. 10, 2015

Memorial Stadium packs in close to 90,000 per game in which there are now well 343 consecutive sellouts dating back to 1962. There’s a lot of excitement within and the stands are a sea of red.

I’m no longer using company supplied Nikon camera gear as the parent company of The Grand Island Independent (BH Media) supplies us with Canon. I’ve been using a Canon 200-400mm f4 zoom with a built-in 1.4 extender. So my field of coverage is from 200 to 560mm. It’s quite a remarkable lens. Here are some of my favorite images from the Huskers vs. Badgers NCAA football game.

Wisconsin running back Alec Ingold is tackled by Nebraska players Chris Weber (49) Joshua Kalu (10) and Vincent Valentine (98) during 2nd half action at Memorial Stadium.

Wisconsin running back Alec Ingold is tackled by Nebraska players Chris Weber (49) Joshua Kalu (10) and Vincent Valentine (98) during 2nd half action at Memorial Stadium.

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Game Day: Nebraska vs. Southern Mississippi Sept. 26, 2015

I recently moved to Grand Island, Neb. and went from covering division II NCAA football to division I within the same month. Any out-of-state move I’ve made in my career has been an adjustment career wise as well as in my personal life. It’s a great opportunity to cover the Huskers home football games in Lincoln, Neb. as a perk to this job. Grand Island is home to the Nebraska State Fair, horse racing and the Sand Hill Crane migration occurs every spring.

Here are some of my favorites from my first Huskers football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers wave flags while preparing to take Tom Osourne Field  against Southern Mississippi Saturday in Lincoln. Independent/Andrew Carpenean

The Nebraska Cornhuskers wave flags while preparing to take Tom Osourne Field against Southern Mississippi in Lincoln, Neb.

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Chiefs Camp

I had an opportunity to cover the Kansas City Chiefs training camp. The last time I went to a NFL camp was in 1988 when John Elway was in his heydays with the Denver Broncos. I have to say I was impressed by the Chief owner Clark Hunt (son of the late Lamar Hunt), who was instrumental is creating the NFL and who coined the name Super Bowl. Hunt believes in a family-type organization and has carries the torch of his father quite well. The Chiefs won all four of their preseason games and I wish them well in this season.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Aaron Hester catches a ball during an NFL football training camp practice. Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in St. Joseph, Mo. (Andrew Carpenean/The St. Joseph News-Press via AP)

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Aaron Hester catches a ball during an NFL football training camp practice.

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Skyboxes

The St. Joseph News-Press likes to run images a full six columns on top of the fold which is called a skybox. We typically need a shallow photo in which the masthead can float depending on negative space within the image. Here are some of my favorites.

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St. Joseph Shooting

A shooting occurred 10 blocks away from the broadcast/newspaper offices. This area of town called midtown is no stranger to crime. Because of the close proximity I arrived shortly after the police and paramedics. A male victim was shot in the head and taken out of his home on a gurney unresponsive, yet still breathing. The suspect fled, but was later apprehended.

The sister of a shooting victim screams while watching him being taken out of his home on a stretcher at 120 S. 18th St.

Andrea Jennings screams while watching her brother Allen being taken out of his home by paramedics at 120 S. 18th St.

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St. Joe Mustangs

The St. Joe Mustangs is a Mink League college summer baseball team that plays over a two month period. The ball games are played at Phil Welch Stadium where the likes of Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial and Yogi Berra played before they made the big leagues. So much of these games entails family opportunities (especially for children to participate) in some fashion.

Whether it’s throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, little leaguers playing catch with Mustangs players or getting autographs the team is very fan friendly. A horse by the name Red is ridden along the warning track during the National Anthem as well as between innings. Also between innings are fan participating contests.

Outside of sky divers, hot air balloons,  an all-star and alumni games and a wedding ceremony there are dollar beer nights and fireworks after every Saturday game. The Mustangs won the 2015 Mink League Championship beating Nevada 10-7.

The St. Joseph Mustangs celebrate their 10-7 victory over Nevada to win the Mink League Championship Friday at Phil Welch Stadium.

The St. Joseph Mustangs celebrate their 10-7 victory over Nevada to win the Mink League Championship Friday at Phil Welch Stadium.

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Gower Festival

Gower, Mo. is a small rural town located southeast of St. Joseph. People there are quite humble and welcoming. I recently had an opportunity to photograph their annual summer parade and festival.

Images from the Gower, Mo. parade and festival.

Images from the Gower, Mo. Parade and Festival.

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Whitewash

This is one of favorite feature photos I’ve taken since starting my job as a visual journalist in St. Joseph, Mo. Between assignments and on slow news days I’ve spent many hours and driven many, many miles in my career searching for something visually interesting. Whether it’s called a feature, standalone or wild art it comes down to the same thing, a strong human interest photo.

Derrick Richardson, owner of Richardson's Construction, power washes away paint chips from the facia of the Evangelistic Temple on King Hill Ave. in south St. Joseph Friday. Derrick and his brother Danny are stripping away old paint to do tuck-pointing on the 121-ft. long temple before applying a fresh coat of paint.

Derrick Richardson, owner of Richardson’s Construction, power washes away paint chips from the facia of the Evangelistic Temple on King Hill Ave. in south St. Joseph Friday. Derrick and his brother Danny are stripping away old paint to do tuck-pointing on the 121-ft. long temple before applying a fresh coat of paint.