Tag Archives: Danny Damiani

Eastern defeats UT Martin

Monday’s women’s basketball game against UT Martin was one of the more exciting games this semester in terms of photography. I can usually come away from a game with a few good reaction photos, but yesterday seemed like a gold mine. It’s always exciting covering a game that keeps you on your toes, and I think I came out of the game with some decent photos. After looking at the photos, it also looked like some lights were replaced in Lantz Arena because the lighting was better than usual. For the full story check out Alex McNamee’s story in the Daily Eastern News here.

Eastern cheerleader Kathryn McIntosh raises her hands during a free throw in the first half of play.

Eastern cheerleader Kathryn McIntosh raises her hands during a free throw in the first half of play.

Junior forward Taryn Olson tries to steal a rebound from UT Martin senior forward Shelby Crawford.

Junior forward Taryn Olson tries to steal a rebound from UT Martin senior forward Shelby Crawford.

Sabina Oroszova, a sophomore forward, tries to block Heather Butler, a junior guard from UT Martin.

Sabina Oroszova, a sophomore forward, tries to block Heather Butler, a junior guard from UT Martin.

 Jasmine Newsome, a junior guard from UT Martin, dives for the ball.

Jasmine Newsome, a junior guard from UT Martin, dives for the ball.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk makes her way to the basket through the UT Martin defense.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk makes her way to the basket through the UT Martin defense.

Jacob Sainer, a sophomore psychology major, plays with the pep band during a time out in the first half of play.

Jacob Sainer, a sophomore psychology major, plays with the pep band during a time out in the first half of play.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk talks with an official after a foul call.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk talks with an official after a foul call.

Ta'Kenya Nixon, a senior guard, leaps into the air as the Panthers begin to pull away from UT Martin late in the second half.

Ta’Kenya Nixon, a senior guard, leaps into the air as the Panthers begin to pull away from UT Martin late in the second half.

Women's basketball coach Lee Buchanan points up to the pep band after Eastern's 84-79 victory over UT Martin.

Eastern’s coach Lee Buchanan points up to the pep band after Eastern’s 84-79 victory over UT Martin.

Jordyne Crunk and Ta'Kenya Nixon celebrate as UT Martin assistant coach David Russell looks on.

Jordyne Crunk and Ta’Kenya Nixon celebrate as UT Martin assistant coach David Russell looks on. 

Posted in Photo, Sports | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

A few forgotten photos

With only about three more months until I graduate from Eastern, the job hunt has seized me in its clutches, and I’ve found myself going through some of my photos from the past year. As I went through them I realized a few of my favorites never made it to my blog.

Jacksonville State's freshman guard Destany McLin tries to block Danielle Woolfolk, a freshman guard, as she attempts to throw the ball inbounds to junior forward Taryn Olson Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Lantz Arena. Eastern won the game 76-53.

Jacksonville State’s freshman guard Destany McLin tries to block Danielle Woolfolk, a freshman guard, as she attempts to throw the ball inbounds to junior forward Taryn Olson Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Lantz Arena. Eastern won the game 76-53.

 

Eastern Illinois University's retired head football coach Bob Spoo led the Eastern football team for 25 years before retiring in 2011 .

Eastern Illinois University’s retired head football coach Bob Spoo led the Eastern football team for 25 years before retiring in 2011.

Joe Calio, a red-shirt freshman runner, crawls across the finish line after collapsing within sight of the end Friday during the 2012 Walt Crawford Open at Panther Trail. The late afternoon storms that raced into the area delayed the event and forced the men and women to run at the same time.

Joe Calio, a red-shirt freshman runner, crawls across the finish line after collapsing within sight of the end Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, during the 2012 Walt Crawford Open at Panther Trail. The late afternoon storms that raced into the area delayed the event and forced the men and women to run at the same time.

For my entire portfolio click here.

 


Posted in Photo | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Mattoon Fire

My first breaking news event of the year found me as I was working on my resume for my upcoming job search. A structure fire in Mattoon, Ill., was reported just before midnight on Thursday, and within a few minutes a fellow photographer and I were making our way to cover it. This was the first fire I covered since my time in Reno over the summer, and the situations’ atmospheres couldn’t have been farther apart. Sweating in the hot Nevada sun while covering the final stages of a fire was contrasted to the late night January temperatures of central Illinois.

Flames erupt from a structure as firefighters rip off the siding to put out the blaze at 1317 N. 11th Street in Mattoon Friday around 12:45 a.m. Mattoon fire Chief Tony Nichols said the fire had already broken through the roof when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Flames erupt from a structure as firefighters rip off the siding to put out the blaze at 1317 N. 11th Street in Mattoon Friday around 12:45 a.m. Mattoon fire Chief Tony Nichols said the fire had already broken through the roof when firefighters arrived at the scene.

A firefighter makes his way back to the street after working on the side of the structure.

A firefighter makes his way back to the street after working on the side of the structure.

Firefighters pump water into the structure in an attempt to contain the fire.

Firefighters pump water into the structure in an attempt to contain the fire.

Firefighters emerge from the smoke as they make their way back to the trucks.

Firefighters emerge from the smoke as they make their way back to the trucks.

A firefighter takes a break on a rock before returning to putting out the fire.

A firefighter takes a break on a rock before returning to putting out the fire.

Posted in Photo | Also tagged , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Tooth and Nail

The Eastern women’s basketball team fought against Bradley University Monday night but came up one point short in the final seconds losing 66-65 in Lantz Arena.

Sophomore forward Sabina Oroszova fights for control of the ball with Bradley’s senior gaurd Katie Yohn.

Head coach Lee Buchanan communicates with the players during the second half of the game.

Senior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon fights for possession of the ball.

 Lee Buchanan cheers for the team as they try to fight for the lead against Bradley in the second half.

Ashley Miller, a freshman business major, cheers for the team during a time out.

The team reacts to the final set of free throws that put Bradley up by one point allowing them to win the game.

Bradley celebrates after winning the game 66-65.

The Panthers return to the court Nov. 19 in Lantz Arena against San Jose State. For another view of the game check out Zachary White’s blog, and for the full story head over to The Daily Eastern News.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Photo, Sports | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Eastern crowned OVC Champion

Football coach Dino Babers led the team to an OVC championship during a season dubbed the New Era by Eastern athletics. Eastern came into their game against Southeast-Missouri State 5-1 in conference play, and claimed the OVC title outright after UT Martin lost to Tennessee Tech. Eastern defeated SEMO 39-20 Saturday at O’Brien Field.

The Panthers have one more regular season game against Central Arkansas on Nov. 17, before they move on to the playoffs.

Dino Babers gives players a thumbs up after a succesful play.

Junior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fakes a hand off to red-shirt senior Jake Walker.

Red-shirt sophomore linebacker Adam Gristick celebrates near Eastern’s imminant victory over SEMO.

Erik Lora, a red-shirt junior wide reciever, tries to shake off SEMO’s senior free safety Tylor Brock. Lora broke the OVC record for receiving yards in a season during the game.

The Eastern football team gathers for a photo after their victory over SEMO.

Eastern players hoist the OVC trophy during their victory celebration.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Photo, Sports | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Summer Portfolio Update

After my summer in Reno I finally got around to updating my portfolio. Here are a few of my favorite  images.

Little Leaguers wait for the Aces starting players to come out of the dugout at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev., Friday, June 1, 2012.

Larry Gunter, of Havik Skwod, hugs one of his coaches before his fight against Isaiah Wright, of Sektion 8 Fight Team, during Ultimate Reno Combat 34 at the Grand Sierra Resort Friday, June 30, 2012. Wright won the fight with a knockout.

Jason Miller, of Lance Creek, Wyo., wrestles a steer to the ground in 11.5 seconds during the steer wrestling section of the Reno Rodeo at the Reno Rodeo Arena Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Reno fire fighters exchange water during a fire in Sun Valley on Chocolate Drive that destroyed two mobile homes Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Nick Troutman, of Canada, participates in the freestyle competition finals at the Reno River Festival at Wingfield Park Sunday, June 17, 2012.

J.J. Henry bends over after his putt nearly makes it into the 15th hole during the second round of the Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

Visit my full portfolio of 30 images here.

Posted in 12 Weeks in the Biggest Little City in the World, Photo | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez

Out of all the sports I’ve covered this year cycling has proved to be the most challenging. Not because I couldn’t get enough photos, but because I wanted to get something different. I covered The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez on Sunday, July 29, in downtown Reno. I wasn’t able to get any of the quirky races that happened earlier in the day because I was on another assignment, but I got downtown with enough time to cover the masters and pro races.

The challenge for me was to get something other than the riders coming at me or the go-to pan shot. After a few hours and a couple of races I was pretty happy with my results. Unlike some of the other sports I’ve covered I think I can find some cycling events around Charleston.

Jason Walker, of Reno, and winner of the masters division, speeds past the crowd as his wife Kerri Walker, far left, and mother Billie Thoresen, right, cheer for him during The Might, Mighty, Tour de Nez on Arlington Avenue.

Competitors in the masters division ride down Arlington Avenue.

Emily Kachorek waits for the women’s pro race to start on Arlington Avenue. The competitors in the women’s division raced for an hour through the streets of Reno.

Jason Walker wins the masters division of The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez in downtown Reno.

Competitors in the mens pro division begin their race on Arlington Avenue.

Erica Greif races down West First Street in the women’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Lucas Binder makes his way up a hill on Rainbow Street with a pack of racers behind him during the men’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Allison Tetrick rides down West First Street in downtown Reno.

Emily Thurston tries to keep her lead as she rides down West first Street in downtown Reno.

Erica Greif races in the women’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Posted in 12 Weeks in the Biggest Little City in the World, Photo, Sports | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

In Mourning

On Friday, July 27, the body of Jonathan Blunk, a victim of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting was brought back to Reno. This was the first time I covered anything so closely related to a national story and the first time I covered an event where I encountered so much grieving.

I was told that the Patriot Guard would be escorting the body back to the Mountain View Mortuary along with family, and my plan was to photograph the motorcade as they traveled through one of downtown Reno’s largest parks. After I got my photos there I planned to meet up with them again at the mortuary to get more photos. As with most of my planning it didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped.

Even with all the mishaps I was able to get the photos I needed, and it was definitely a learning experience for situations like this.

Jonathan Blunk’s body is escorted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department and the Patriot Guard down Arlington Avenue as they make their way to Mountain View Mortuary in Reno.

Members of the Patriot Guard escort Jonathan Blunk’s body down Arlington Avenue as they make their way to Mountain View Mortuary in Reno.

Jonathan Blunk’s casket is moved into the Mountain View Mortuary by Steve Flores (center) and members of the Patriot Guard in Reno.

Debbie Routson (center), of Reno and a Gold Star Mother, is consoled by Paula Fleming (left), of Sparks, and Penny Estrada (right), of Reno, after Jonathan Blunk’s casket is moved into the Mountain View Mortuary. This was Routson’s first time back to Mountain View Mortuary since her son’s funeral services in 2009.

 

 

 

 

Posted in 12 Weeks in the Biggest Little City in the World, Photo | Also tagged , , 1 Comment

Unity II

Here is an assignment I shot a few weeks ago. It was a Burning Man fundraiser/party called Unity II in Reno. It was held at the Salvagery Reno and raised money for two Burning Man art projects, Pier 2 and Burn Wall Street, and the art gallery at the Salvagery Reno. The party started open to all ages with bands, an open gallery, and a dunk tank. Later it moved inside the Salvagery with dancing and shows on the second floor.

A crowd gathers to watch Lina Herrada, of Reno, perform Aerial Arts Saturday, July 14, 2012, during Unity 2 in the Salvagery Reno’s gallery.

Two party goers sit at the top of the Pier 2 Burning Man art project during Unity 2.

Jungle Jim gets a drink during Unity 2.

Big Chief heads to the makeshift Green Room before a fashion show on the second floor of the Salvagery Reno.

The wall of the second floor of the Salvagery Reno is decorated with mannequin bodies.

A model from Unity 2’s fashion show makes her way to the stage on the second floor of the Salvagery Reno.

Models from Unity 2’s fashion show are bathed in red light as they dance back to the Green Room during their final appearance in front of the crowd.

Those attending Unity 2 greet each other at the entrance of the Salvagery Reno’s art gallery.

Those attending Unity 2 move inside the Salvagery Reno to dance.

A dancer enjoys the music as the party moves from the outside into the Salvagery Reno’s warehouse during Unity 2.

Posted in 12 Weeks in the Biggest Little City in the World, Photo | Also tagged , , , , , , , , Leave a comment

Obama visits Reno

President Barack Obama came into town  yesterday to speak at the VFW National Convention, and after a long week of covering celebrity golf it gave me a chance to photograph my first president. My assignment was to cover him arriving at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and leaving after his speech. I was excited to say the least.

It went much better than I expected and I even came away with a few decent photos of him meeting with a small crowd after getting off Air Force One.

Air Force One prepares to land at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Monday.

Air Force One moves into position.

President Barack Obama arrives at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

President Barack Obama arrives at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and meets with a crowd before leaving for the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

President Barack Obama shakes hands after he arrives at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

President Barack Obama signs his book “Dreams From my Father” at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Monday.

President Barack Obama prepares to leave for the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Clouds begin to move over Air Force One as a storm approaches.

 

President Barack Obama waves before entering Air Force One.

Air Force One takes off from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in 12 Weeks in the Biggest Little City in the World, Photo | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment