Over the Edge

Participants repel down the side of a downtown Grand Island, Neb. high rise as a fundraiser for the local YWCA, called Over the edge.

Katie Folkerts smiles as she repels down the side of Tower 217 during Over the Edge in downtown Grand Island Saturday. The event is a fundraiser for the YWCA.

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Muddy Moments

Once again the Prairie Sludge Trudge at the Stuhr Museum made for many classic muddy moments.

Ray Nierman doesn’t hold back as he slides head first down a mud hill during the Prairie Sludge Trudge Saturday at Stuhr Museum.

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Nebraska’s Biggest Rodeo

Spent an evening photographing Nebraska’s Biggest Rodeo an hour and 35 minute drive away from Grand Island in Burwell, Neb. Here are some of my favorites.

Zach Hibler of Wheeler, Texas catches air while riding a horse named Locust during bareback riding at the Nebraska’s Big Rodeo Thursday night in Burwell.

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2018 State 4-H Horse Exhibition

I covered two morning sessions at the 2018 State 4-H Horse Exhibition held at the Thompson Foods Open Air Arena on the Fonner Park Fairgrounds. Most of the events I used a Canon 200-400 f4 zoom lens.

Mackinze Gordon from Johnson County, middle, on her horse Patty awaits with other riders to compete in Western Pleasure Ponies during the State 4-H Horse Exposition Tuesday.

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The Dog Days of Summer

Captured a moment recently at the Hall County Fair in which a young girl sat on the head of a Border Collie named Tucker while getting his back scratched before a 4-H Dog Show. It’s been my experience when photographing dogs and kids together you just can’t go wrong.

Kaitlyn Klein’s dog Tucker doesn’t mind a young girl sitting on his head as long as he gets his back scratched during the Hall County Fair 4-H Dog Show Thursday at Five Points Bank Arena.

Grover Cleveland Alexander Days Saturday, July 7, 2018

A recent assignment of mine was to photograph the Grover Cleveland Alexander Days parade on a Saturday morning in St. Paul, Neb. The parade route which went through downtown St. Paul on Howard Avenue was lined with people.

Ashton Kult puts on LaDonna Koperski’s firefighting gear to wear during the Grover Cleveland Alexander Days Parade Saturday in St. Paul, Neb.

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2018 Fireworks

My favorite pic from a community fireworks display is below. I don’t think I’ve ever photographed a fireworks show in complete darkness as it was pitch black. No street lights, no nothing.

Canon 1D X Mark II camera, 16-35mm f2.8 series III lens, 8 seconds shutter speed, f18 at 200 ISO.

Families enjoy the 5th annual Doniphan Fireworks Show at the Doniphan Gun Club Tuesday night.

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Early Summertime Favorites

It’s been a hot and humid summer so far with a lot of events taking place in many places in and around Grand Island (it seemed like we skipped spring and went straight into summer). I was sent to Albion, Neb. (an hour and 15 minutes away) to photograph our Athlete of the Year. Also, another standout athlete, Sam Schukel, who won the Paul Beranek Courage Award with a portrait in Kenesaw, Neb. The Hear Grand Island summer concert series kicked off and a new water park the Wood River Aquatics Center opened. And the YMCA had it’s first ever outdoor yoga class at Railside in downtown Grand Island.

Stef Brown smiles while participating in a yoga class for the first time held outside at Railside in downtown Grand Island Thursday evening.

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The Daddy of ‘Em All

Progressive Horse Journal Magazine recently ran a photo spread of images I took in their June-July issue to preview the upcoming 2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days. It never gets old seeing your photography displayed so well. Great job Tara Matsler, managing editor, Performance Horse Journal!




Severe Thunderstorm

Hall County Nebraska as well as surrounding counties were hit with a long line of severe thunderstorms on a late Friday night well into Saturday morning. This image was taken from a parking garage across the street from the Hall County Courthouse as the storm came through. Because of the trees (which added to the composition of the image), I braced the camera against my left knee pointing it slightly upward trying not to obscure the top of the steeple, tripping the shutter when I saw a glow of light. After using this wide angle zoom lens for close to a year now my opinion is that it’s flawless. It’s tack sharp from corner to corner at all focal lengths and it renders colors beautifully.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera, 16-35mm f2.8 series III lens, 1/25th of a second, f4 at 3200 ISO.

Sheeting rain comes down as the skies open up with a bright flash of lightning above the Hall County Courthouse early Saturday morning in Grand Island, Neb.