Violent Night

Once again, it’s been awhile since my last post. This time however, it hasn’t been because I’ve been forgetful. Frankly, I just haven’t had a lot of photographic opportunities. Here at the News-Press I’ve been mostly used as a reporter on the crime and city beat. I’m not complaining, that’s just the truth of it.

However, I recently accepted a position as a staff photographer with the State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky. So, there should be quite a few more blog posts coming from me in the future.

Here that all six readers? More is on the way! You can rest easy.

Over the weekend I attended my very first MMA match. I have to say, I’m glad that I did. Not only was I able to shake off a bit of rust before heading to Frankfort, it was also a real challenge to work with the cage and the changing light of an outside event.

I found that the cage, despite presenting a challenge, was also a great device for framing and adding an extra layer to the photographs. It became a character in its own right and I feel really helped me make some better photos. But, that’s up to you to decide.

Hope you enjoy them.

Welcome to Nebraska City

Well, once again, I’ve looked up at my calendar and noticed that it’s been more than a month since my last update. But, perhaps you can forgive me, considering I’ve moved 10 hours away from my previous home in Indiana, to Nebraska City to my new job at the Nebraska City News-Press. It’s a little bit of a change for me since I’m not longer just a photographer or multimedia reporter, which is not only what I had been making my living as, it’s what I went to school for, trained for and planned my life around pretty much.

That’s not a complaint, just a little different. Because of that, it’s taken me a little bit longer than I would have liked to get my feet firmly planted on the ground. Focusing on my writing skills has made, in my opinion, my photography skills a little rusty. So, hopefully I’m going to start working on some projects to help with that. Until then, I hope you don’t mind looking at my rusty photography skills for the things I’ve shot so far.

 

Final Goodbye to Home

It’s been awhile since my last post. The reason for this is an exciting thing for me, I got a job with the Nebraska City News-Press in Nebraska City. Over the past couple weeks I’ve found an apartment, traveled for a job interview, moved 10 hours away and started my new position as both a reporter and photographer.

Before leaving however I finished up a project for the Washington Times-Herald, the newspaper that I freelanced for. This video is the product of about three weeks worth of work. It’s shorter than I would have liked and I’ve had to several of the interviews short or out completely, thanks to the whole “moving three states away” thing which sort of advanced my deadline.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy the video and keep checking back to see updates on my work here in Nebraska.

My First Wrestling Match

The thing about being a photographer is that sometimes you have to cover an event that you have never had any experience with before. In my case, that’s wrestling. Besides the fake stuff you see on late night TV I’ve never even seen a wrestling match before. This was a new experience for me. This will probably also be my final assignment before I move off to take up my photographer/reporter position with the Nebraska City News Press. I know it’s been awhile since I posted something but I’m glad everyone has followed me. I plan to keep the blog alive after I move, but at any rate, I hope you enjoy these photos.

It’s Cold

Right now, the Midwest is experiencing a crazy cold spell. With some places in Indiana getting over a foot of snow and temperature dropping into the negatives. While I’m not getting as much snow as that, the temperature is certainly cold. So, I thought I’d grab a quick photo tonight. Hope you enjoy it.

It's cold and dark out there.

It’s cold and dark out there.

That “Uh Oh” Moment

A great photograph captures a special moment in time. While this photo may not be great, I think it captures a fun moment. It’s that moment where two human beings have that thought in their mind of “oh, this is going to suck”. 

Any photographer who spends a decent amount of time shooting sports will tell you that at some point, you’re going to have to dodge something. A ball, a ref running down the sideline and worst of all, a player. It’s simply a part of the job. And frankly, as long as my equipment comes out ok and I don’t take any injuries, I think it’s actually a fun part of the job. It definitely helps to break up the routine and it’s always nice to look over to the person next to you and see which one of you “chickened out” first by comparing how close the player was on your last frame. So, while covering a basketball game tonight, I experienced this moment. And as I said earlier, the photo is not great. But I like the moment. Hope you do as well. 

UhOh

 

An Old Favorite

So a week back, or so, I found an old photo of mine that I’ve always liked and decided to make it my Twitter banner. Or whatever the term is. Anyway, I noticed that I’ve never posted it on my blog before. So here I am to rectify that. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present “The Disappointed Jockey”.

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The Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings

Ever since I graduated from Ball State, I’ve been job searching. It’s not a fun process. Each interview is a glimmer of hope at the future that could be. And every turn down is an added voice to the chorus of “you’re not cut out for this profession”. Lately though, I’ve been afforded the chance of covering a local volleyball team, the Barr-Reeve Vikings, for a paper in my area, the Washington Times-Herald as a freelancer. Besides bringing me out of the depression that is sitting at my computer all day sending out job applications, covering the Vikings was interesting for me in the sense that it was almost like working on a documentary.

The first match I covered had the Vikings going up against their biggest rivals, the Loogootee Lions. I hadn’t seen a gym so packed since I had graduated from college and it really got me back into the spirit of photojournalism. I even took a few Instagram videos of it. The next match was the Vikings sectional match, again facing their long-time rivals. Then it was the regionals, the semi-state and finally the state championship at Ball State (I just can’t get away). I became such a staple at the Vikings’ matches I even had a parody Twitter account made about me by a Barr-Reeve student.

Obviously, I’m not going to post all the pictures I have of all those matches. But, I feel like I would be doing a disservice to the State Champs by not posting pictures of their journey to Muncie. So, the photos are a mix of all the different matches I covered as well as a video I made for the Times-Herald. Hope you enjoy them.