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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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Street Vibrations

Well I learned the other day that shooting shiny chrome motorcycles at noon isn’t the best idea. I spent a few hours at the Street Vibrations spring rally at Victorian Square in Sparks on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

This seems like it might be a small prep for Hot August Nights later this summer.

Street Vibrations is a motorcycle rally that takes places over three days. It happens twice during year once in the fall and once in the spring.

Mike, of Reno, takes a look at a motorcycle on display during the 2012 Street Vibrations spring rally at Victorian Square in Sparks.

Grizzly owner of Grizzly’s Patches out of Arizona waits for a customer to give him a vest before sewing on a patch during the Street Vibrations spring rally at Victorian Square in Sparks. Grizzly has owned Grizzly’s Patches for about 40 years.

Tom Burroughs, left, of Sacramento, Calif., answers Curtis Sanders’, of Reno, questions about Burroughs’ 2011 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide during the Street Vibrations spring rally at Victorian Square in Sparks.

Bill Summy, of Reno, parks his 2005 Big Dog Chopper during the 2012 Street Vibrations spring rally at Victorian Square in Sparks.

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Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day events took over my life for my first weekend with the Reno Gazette-Journal. I had two separate events to cover. My first was the Virginia City Memorial Day parade. This was my first parade since homecoming and gave me something a little bit different. You tend not to see too many cowboys in Charleston.

Doc Durden, of Reno, with Living Legends uses a whip to entertain the crowd as the Virginia City Memorial Day parade moves down “C” street Saturday, May 26, 2012.

Mark Pimley, of Minden, Nev., hands out poppies in support of veterans to those walking down “C” Street before the VFW participates in the Virginia City Memorial Day parade.

Sriman Komaragiri, left, and his cousin Siri Phaneendra watch the Virginia City Memorial Day parade with Komaragiri’s parents.

The second event I shot was a wreath laying ceremony on Sunday, May 27, 2012 to honor those who died in service.

Joe Maez, of Reno, walks away from the edge of the Truckee River after finishing the wreath laying ceremony at Rock Park in Sparks. Maez said the placing of the wreath in the river symbolizes a tribute to those who have departed.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Bouchard, of the Damonte Ranch High School Mustang Battalion, stands as part of the color guard present at the wreath laying ceremony at Rock Park in Sparks.

I’m happy with the amount of news that I’m able to shoot with the RGJ. It gives me a chance to get out and test my skills with assignments I otherwise wouldn’t be able to do at Eastern. Some, like the parade, are similar no matter where you go, but I do have some assignments coming up that have really sparked my interest.

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