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