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

The Waldo Waldo 5k

Runners, run past the Julie Penrose Fountain at America the Beautiful Park during the 2nd Annual Waldo Waldo 5k Run in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, October 27, 2013. An estimated 2,874 runners participated in the event, and proceeds will go to the restoration and maintenance of Waldo Canyon and other parks, trails and open spaces in Colorado Springs. (Kent Nishimura/The Gazette)

Just wrapped up Week 9 at The Gazette. What started out as a rough week shooting a socce match that ran down to the wire (with a remote shot of the winning goal that wasn’t of the best quality. more on that in another blog post) and my first ever hockey game (Air Force Falcons v Canisius) followed by the Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs. Things did pick up after that. I shot the 2nd Annual Waldo Waldo 5K and two homecomings, with one group of soldiers coming home from Afghanistan. Yet, as I haplessly watch as the weeks blow by me, and my internship here at the Gazette will come to an end I can’t help by feel so blessed. Continue reading

Runners, exhausted from their run after exiting the chute after competing in the Boys 5A race at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Runners, exhausted from their run after exiting the chute after competing in the Boys 5A race at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Week 8 just wrapped up and here are some of my favorite frames that I made this week. Shot more XC at Monument Valley Park, where Katie Reinsberger totally blasted away the competition finishing almost a minute ahead of the next runner (not to mention, she wasn’t even really exhausted after the race. that girl can run.) Photographed a homecoming of soldiers at Fort Carson, who spent 9 months in Kuwait. Also met Michelle Malkin and her family. Photographed her daughter, Veronica for an upcoming “Family” section piece on Veronica’s online store, Marbleous Nails. All in all, it’s been a pretty fun week. Looking forward to whats to come. Continue reading

Disassembled Gear Bag. 2x 5D3, 28mm, 50mm, 85mm, 580EXII, ThinkTank Retrospective 5 and misc stuff.

Disassembled Gear Bag. 2x 5D3, 28mm, 50mm, 85mm, 580EXII, ThinkTank Retrospective 5 and misc stuff.

Gear is all relative. When I first dove into photography, I recall seeing threads and peoples blog posts dedicated to the ‘Canon vs. Nikon’ ‘debate’. Using the term debate describes it barely. I believe its more akin to male animals trying to size up each others genitals. When it boils down to it, wether it be Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica, or Fuji…they are all just tools photographers use to create images. I digress. Typically as a freelancer I always pack a specific set of gear with me for my assignments. Most of the time I carry a specific kit. See my previous post about what I carried with me during the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Since starting at the Gazette, I’ve really parsed down the amount of gear I carry. Continue reading

A woman is framed by pull up bars at Memorial Park.

A woman is framed by pull up bars at Memorial Park.

Stick a fork in week 7. It’s done. Drove out to an assignment in Cripple Creek, shot a pretty cool race. Beautiful fall colors have come in, and will soon be replaced by white gold, which will make Skiers really happy. Enjoy the rectangles from week vii at The Gazette! Continue reading

This American Life's Ira Glass

KRCC presents This American Life’s Ira Glass at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

WBEZ’s This American Life is perhaps one of my favorite radio shows on NPR. NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations. KRCC, the local NPR station here in Colorado Springs, which covers a part of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, brought the shows host and producer, Ira Glass, to Pikes Peak Center for a show last night. Mr. Glass talked about some of the work they do on the show, and their approach to journalism and at the heart of what they do, Story Telling. While Mr. Glass and his teams approach is distinctly suited to that of radio, a lot of what they do can be applied to visual storytelling. It was a night filled with laughs and filled with inspiration. More images after the jump. Continue reading