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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eldorado Fireworks 500

This summer has been filled with a lot of firsts but some of the more interesting ones have been the new sports that I’ve been to cover. Saturday, July, 7, went about 23 miles east of Reno to the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex to shoot the Eldorado Fireworks 500. It was the first year for the race and was also on a brand new course. The spectator area was located on a hill looking down on a large section of the course. Luckily this was the case because I was stuck in spectator area for this event.

There was a media safety meeting the night before I didn’t know about so I wasn’t able to get a vest to go down onto the course. I tried to convince them to give me a spot on the helicopter that was following racers through the course, but it wasn’t a big surprise that they weren’t going for that idea.

I also got the chance to shoot some freestyle Motocross before I left for another assignment. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the race.

Tony Murray’s, of Villa Park, Calif., vehicle crosses the starting line to begin the second lap of the race.

Kenny Bell, of Carson City, performs a freestyle Motocross trick for a crowd at the Eldorado Fireworks 500.

Patrick Gailey’s, of Norco, Calif., vehicle (left) and Gary Williams’, of Irvine, Calif., vehicle nearly finish their first lap during the Eldorado Fireworks 500 Saturday at the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex.

Dennis Boyle’s, of Van Nuys, Calif., vehicle makes a landing after getting some air on its way to the start of the second lap.

Fans watch as a vehicle makes its way through the course.

Cameron Steele’s, of San Clemente, Calif., vehicle winds its way down the final hill in first place towards the second lap.

Kenny Bell, of Carson City, performs a freestyle Motocross trick for a crowd at the Eldorado Fireworks 500.

James Horvath’s, of Sylvan Lake, Canada, vehicle kicks up a cloud of dust as it speeds its way through the course.

 

 

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Ultimate Reno Combat 34

I was able to try my hand at shooting Mixed Martial Arts on Friday, June 29, 2012. Ultimate Reno Combat 34 was held at the Grand Sierra Resort only two minutes away from the RGJ. I was pretty happy with what I got from the fights, and as a fan, it was great to see the fights live.

With any sport I shoot after the first time I always come away seeing something I could have done better, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to shoot their next event on July 20. Working at a venue like this you are at the mercy of the lights, and from what I was told the lighting at this one was some of the hardest to shoot in. While not perfect I can’t seem to find anything worse than the Lantz Field house at EIU.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the night.

David Sallee, of Havuk Skwod, walks out to the cage for his fight with Kyle Burks, of Team Voodoo.

Kyle Burks sends David Sallee to the ground with a right hand and follows up with ground and pound to win the fight by TKO.

Jose Quintero, of Team Norcal MMA, reacts after his submission win with a rear naked choke over Brock Peterson, of Peterson Athletic Systems.

Hugo Valadez, of Team SharpNux, lands a punch on Erick Sanchez, of Team Alpha Male. Sanchez won the fight by unanimous decision.

George Viveros, of Reno Academy of Combat, is inspected before going into the cage.

Brandon Thomas, of Team SharpNux, slips past one of Travis Morley’s, of Mountain Warrior Fight Club, punches. Morley won the fight by TKO.

Chad Steiner, of Team SharpNux, takes a kick to the gut from Jose Medina, of South Lake Tahoe Wing Chun. Steiner won the fight by unanimous decision.

David Sallee throws a right hand at Kyle Burks.

Jose Medina takes a swing at Chad Steiner but isn’t fast enough to land.

Isaiah Wright, of Sektion 8 Fight Team, jumps onto the cage after knocking out Larry Gunter, of Havik Skwod.

Chad Steiner attempts a rear naked choke during his fight with Jose Medina.

Chad Steiner is announced as the winner by unanimous decision after his fight with Jose Medina.

Now onto the main event.

Ricky Steele, of Twisted Genetiks, lands a head kick on Mike Crowell, of Team Voodoo. Steele won the fight with a submission by standing guillotine choke.

Ricky Steele catches Mike Rowell in a standing guillotine choke that ended the main event in the first round.

This is probably my favorite sports reaction photos I’ve taken so far.

Mike Crowell recovers after being submitted by Ricky Steele with a standing guillotine choke.

As I was editing these I thought to myself I haven’t done a black and white photo since I shot for The Daily Eastern News, so here you go.

Larry Gunter, of Havik Skwod, is wished good luck by one of his coaches before his fight with Isaiah Wright. Gunter lost by knockout.

If you want to see more click here for my gallery at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

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Sun Valley Fire

Last Sunday I had one of the busiest days so far with the RGJ. Covering whitewater kayaking at the Reno River Festival, leaving to cover a fire, and finally shooting the Reno Rodeo. This was my first fire with the RGJ, and by the time I reached Sun Valley  it had pretty much been put out.

A Reno fire fighter puts his equipment on during fire in Sun Valley on Chocolate Drive Sunday that destroyed two mobile homes.

Materials burn during a fire in Sun Valley on Chocolate Drive Sunday.

A Reno fire fighter looks over the scene of a fire in Sun Valley on Chocolate Drive Sunday.

A Reno fire fighter extinguishes a fire in Sun Valley on Chocolate Drive Sunday.

Reno fire fighters exchange water during a fire in Sun Valley on Chocolate Drive Sunday.

Reno fire fighters extinguish a fire in Sun Valley on Chocolate Drive Sunday.

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The view from 10,775 feet

After taking a weekend off from hiking and doing pretty much nothing I headed out to hike up to the Mt. Rose summit yesterday. I’ve wanted  to do this hike since I got into Reno a little more than a month ago. Especially since the trailhead is about 30 minutes from where I’m living for the summer.

Since this trail gets so much traffic the trailhead is pretty easy to spot and has plenty of parking. I went on a Monday and there were only a few cars, but from what I hear if you go on the weekends the parking will quickly fill up. If you are coming from Reno all you have to do is take 395 south and then get onto highway 431, otherwise known as Mt. Rose Highway, and follow it until you hit the trailhead on your right. The trailhead also has bathrooms.

I think it is safe to say this trail can be broken up into three separate sections. The whole trail is very well maintained, but gets more difficult the farther up you go. If you take on the whole hike it comes out to be about 10.6 miles round trip.

The first section of the trail takes you from a somewhat exposed section filled with brush to a wooded area that eventually leads to a small waterfall. I passed a lot of families walking their dogs on this part of the path. This whole section is fairly flat and doesn’t have to many steep sections.

If you don’t feel like hiking the whole trail the waterfall would be a nice destination to hang out and eat some lunch. The trail branches off so that you can hike up to the top of the waterfall.

But the waterfall was not my final destination. The summit of Mt. Rose was my goal. Below is the view of Mt. Rose from the trail, and I had to make my way up ridge on the left to make it to the summit.

After leaving the waterfall you make your way to what I’m calling the second section of the trail. Here the trail gets a bit steeper, narrower and rockier. Still it isn’t very difficult to hike up. Some spots might call for you to slow down, but that’s about it.

You eventually make your way up to a clearing with a sign informing you that you are now entering the Mt. Rose Wilderness, and this also starts the final leg of the trail. After leaving the clearing for another section of trees the climb to the summit begins. At first, the trail just gets steeper bringing you closer to the summit, but eventually a series of steep switchbacks bring you out of the tree line.

This is what you have to hike up for the rest of the trail to the summit. As you can see everything is completely exposed here, which means there is wind and lots of it. As I made my way up to the summit the wind got stronger and stronger and was eventually powerful enough to bring me down to the ground. I can’t say for sure but I don’t think it’s like this everyday. Yesterday was pretty windy even down at the trailhead, so I expected a lot more wind at the end of the trail. I was not expecting what I got, but I wasn’t about to turn around after two and a half hours of hiking and miss views like this

I met a trail runner from Phoenix at the summit and we ended up having to bypass some of the trail because of the wind. After that hike I can say for sure that Mt. Rose won’t be the only summit I hit during my time in Reno.

Unfortunately it was a hazy day so Lake Tahoe wasn’t as crisp as it could have been, but I don’t think anyone can argue that this isn’t a great view.

I couldn’t bring myself to get closer to the edge with that wind blowing the way it was. Overall the trail managed to be everything I look for in a good hike. It was a great workout, exciting and inspiring. Plus now I can say I have hiked a mountain in more than just Skyrim.

The views on the way down weren’t half bad either. If there’s going to be one thing I miss when I come back to Illinois it’s going to be places like this.

I’m not sure where I’m heading next week, but I’m playing with a few options. I might head out to a 14 and a half mile trail northwest of Truckee, Calif., that will take me across Mt. Lola (9,143 feet) to White Rock Lake, or drive to southwest Lake Tahoe and hike up Mt. Tallac (9,735 feet).

I don’t think I mentioned this before but I’m pulling these hikes out of “Afoot and Afield: Reno-Tahoe.”

 

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Graduations Galore

It was all about the shoes last week during the Reno and Sparks area high school graduations. I shot a total of six graduations last week, and it proved to be a challenge. The issue wasn’t getting good photos from the graduations, but getting a nice range of photos from each one.

I didn’t want to go out and get the same photos from each graduation, so I tried my best to change things up at every graduation I went to. Each school had the same set up, but it was interesting to see the subtle differences in each school.

Every school had the same problem with the guys not bringing the right shoes, or not wearing a tie, and it was the same cat calls every time the teachers and administrators asked everyone to open their robes for a safety check.

Yet, every school had a different vibe. The students may have acted the same but it was clear that each school had prepped a different way. Some were organized and ready to go long before I got to the Reno-Spark Convention Center, others only got ready at the last second. Either way I think I got some cool images.

Here are a few of my favorites.

School counselor Jackie Gallagher smiles as the 2012 North Valleys High School graduates pass her by before the ceremony Friday, June 8, 2012, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Reed High School graduates hold hands as they move to their seats at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

A Hug High School graduate moves to his seat during their graduation ceremony Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Students wait to enter the Reed High School graduation ceremony at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Wooster High School vice president Mike Nakashima runs down the rules for the male graduates before the ceremony at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Friday, June 8, 2012.

Reed High School graduates walk to the ceremony at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Graduates from North Valleys High School are shown to their seats during the graduation ceremony at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Friday, June 9, 2012.

Galena High School graduates look at their fellow students walk down the aisle on the monitor Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Members of the Hug High School JROTC wait for the graduation ceremony to start Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

A Galena High School graduate carries his shoes through the lobby before the graduation ceremony Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Hug High School graduates wait in line before the ceremony Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

The Hug High School JROTC cast shadows as they wait for the graduation ceremony to start Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

 

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Reno Rodeo Work Day

With the Reno Rodeo starting today I figured I should post some photos of the prep work. The rodeo was one of the assignments I was the most excited about when I found out I got the internship earlier this year.

I’m going to be shooting it on and off for about the next week. I’ll do one large update with all those photos when the rodeo is over.

The work Day took place on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Reno Rodeo Area.

Volunteers help prepare the Reno Rodeo Arena for use.

Reno Rodeo volunteer Craig Downie, of Reno, helps attach plywood to the bull chutes during a work day at the Reno Rodeo Arena Saturday.

Lori Muhlenberg, of Las Vegas, helps prepare the stands during a work day at the Reno Rodeo Arena Saturday.

A volunteer helps keep a gate in place while attaching plywood to it.

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