Volunteers Karen Metz and Josette Mastra look through binoculars surveying a female eaglet along E120th Avenue near, E-470 where an eagles nest is located on Thursday, July 03, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado.  Volunteers  rotate in shifts to keep watch over the baby eagle, as it is expected to take flight soon, and it's nests proximity to E-470 tollway is worrisome. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/The Denver Post)

Volunteers Karen Metz and Josette Mastra look through binoculars surveying a female eaglet along E120th Avenue near, E-470 where an eagles nest is located on Thursday, July 03, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado. Volunteers rotate in shifts to keep watch over the baby eagle, as it is expected to take flight soon, and it’s nests proximity to E-470 tollway is worrisome. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/The Denver Post)

Cars zipped past, traveling at speeds more than double what her parents could fly at, the young eaglet peered over the nest’s edge. She turned around, and pooped. The process repeated itself multiple times over the course of the nine hours I was parked on the shoulder of 120th Avenue near the E-470 tollway. Continue reading

Benji Elson jumps down from the roof of the Topsy Turvy Bus while Sonia Wilk, and Jacob Chatinover work on setting up the bicycle powered smoothie blender at Cheeseman Park on Friday, June 27, 2014 in Denver, Colorado

Benji Elson jumps down from the roof of the Topsy Turvy Bus while Sonia Wilk, and Jacob Chatinover work on setting up the bicycle powered smoothie blender at Cheeseman Park on Friday, June 27, 2014 in Denver, Colorado

Believing I had escaped the “Land O’ Festivals” a.k.a. Tampa, FL, I found myself photographing two assignments relating to the Jewish Food Festival. Continue reading

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman gestures while talking as he stands between two taxidermy tigers on a tour of the Federal Wildlife Reserve Repository at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal on Monday, June 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman gestures while talking as he stands between two taxidermy tigers on a tour of the Federal Wildlife Reserve Repository at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal on Monday, June 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

Left turn here. Followed by a right turn there. Dust kicked up behind us as my blue Honda Civic sped down the dirt road in the Rock Mountain Arsenel, a wildlife refuge, next to a MLS soccer stadium, on the peripheries of Commerce City. We had seen the state trooper and the a black SUV fly on by; but soon their dust cloud too started to settle and pretty soon, Thad and I were lost. Continue reading

Samantha Hamilton of Tampa (center) and others cheer as members of Ye Mysitc Krewe Gasparilla hand out bead necklaces during the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Tampa, Florida

Samantha Hamilton of Tampa (center) and others cheer as members of Ye Mysitc Krewe Gasparilla hand out bead necklaces during the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Tampa, Florida

January was practically a blur for me. After finishing up at The Gazette, in late December and after a plane ride home and a week and a half stint with the White House Travel Pool, I was off to Tampa, Florida for the second of a three internship run at The Tampa Bay Times. I got here, and I hit the ground running shooting assignments, meeting people and making some pretty cool friends.
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Spencer Shepard, 21, of Orlando, FL takes a selfie while running away from a pack of bulls during The Great Bull Run.

Spencer Shepard, 21, of Orlando, FL takes a selfie while running away from a pack of bulls during The Great Bull Run.

Hundreds risked themselves during the Great Bull Run, an Americanized version of Spain’s running of the bulls, which came to the Tampa area, in Dade City, Florida. Continue reading

Assistant Conductor Brendan Kelly is seen before the 12:45 p.m. Silver Star to South Florida departs from Tampa Union Station at 1:30pm.

Assistant Conductor Brendan Kelly is seen before the 12:45 p.m. Silver Star to South Florida departs from Tampa Union Station at 1:30pm.

I’ve always been a bit weary about photographing around mass transportation areas: Airports, Seaports, Bus Depots, Train Stations. Having to deal with overzealous security personnel and employees who feel that people with cameras are terrorists is quite the frustrating conundrum. This experience was entirely different. The staff and passengers were overly welcoming and open with me being there to photograph the sights and sounds of the train station. You can read Philip Morgan’s article online at TamapBay.com: Train travel is picking up at Tampa’s Union Station There are more images after the jump. Continue reading

The Fall 2013 Gazette Photo Staff in the old studio at the building on 30 S. Prospect Street, Colorado Springs, CO. Clockwise from the top. Myself, Christian Murdock, Michael Ciaglo, Jerilee Bennett, and Mark Reis.

The Fall 2013 Gazette Photo Staff in the old studio at the building on 30 S. Prospect Street, Colorado Springs, CO. Clockwise from the top. Myself, Christian Murdock, Michael Ciaglo, Jerilee Bennett, and Mark Reis.

For 127 days I lived in Colorado Springs. For 115 of those I worked my heart out for The Gazette in Colorado Springs, CO. For 127 days I spent time away from home, from my girlfriend, from my family, from my loved ones, from my cats. But it’s been one of the most amazing opportunities and experiences of my life, to date. Continue reading

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) reels in a pass for a touchdown over Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (36).

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) reels in a pass for a touchdown over Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (36).

I made my trek up to Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the final home game of 2013 for The Denver Broncos with fellow Gazette photographer Christian Murdock. What started off with a big statement from the Broncos in the beginning of the first quarter, turned into one heckuva disappointing game. It was tough making pictures with little to no real action at the game, but who doesn’t love a challenge? More rectangles after the jump. Continue reading

Colorado Springs Police Officer Katherin Benoit stands for a portrait at the pool at Schlessman Natatorium at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, November 25, 2013. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)

Colorado Springs Police Officer Katherin Benoit stands for a portrait at the pool at Schlessman Natatorium at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, November 25, 2013. (Kent Nishimura, The Gazette)

November was a pretty busy month for me. I feel so blessed for all of the opportunities I’ve been given. Mark, my boss, also allowed me a week off to go to The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. There I met a whole gaggle of amazing student photographers and met some of the photographers I look up to. More on that in another post.

November was filled with portraits, prep sports, college sports, and just amazing opportunities. I can’t stress enough how amazing an internship this is, how amazing the staff are, and how amazing this town and its people are. Please enjoy a look through my month’s work. (40 images after the jump.) Continue reading