The Broncos win their tenth in a row against the Cleveland Browns. Not much news value except for solidifying the Broncos hold on a high playoff seed after losses by the Texans and Patriots. I had a decent game and enjoyed the light and for the first time this year, worked from the Broncos sideline. A couple of key Browns players suffered injuries, so this was painful for their fans, including many of my own family members.
Manning and the Broncos clinched the AFC West with four games to play and the Broncos won their seventh game in a row to improve to 9-3. I felt a little looser for this my second NFL game of the season and I had a really decent game. I wasted more time than I thought I would racing up to the 500 level to shoot an overhead shot - it is literally a half-mile or so of walking and escalators to get from the field level up to the nosebleeds. I regretted not bringing a wider lens when I got up there, too, but I am glad I made the picture. All images copyright Getty Images 2012.
I shot the action at the Colorado 3A championship game between Silver Creek High School in Longmont against the Rifle, Colorado team, and, in an odd business decision, the images were never shown to the players or family, onsite nor online, and instead, we simply pushed plaques featuring the winning team with the trophy. No biggie, I still shot the great game in great light with great access and great plays, with great emotion and jubilation to top it off. I couldn't NOT share some of the pictures, and more are available to view here.
Once again, for the third time in two weeks, I found myself a VIP and a photographer out of my normal element (first as a wedding crasher then escorted underground with some miners in Idaho). This time I tagged along with a handful of players and coaches with St. Kilda Saints, a professional Aussie Rules football team in town to train at altitude in Boulder. The contingent watched some Broncos practice, toured the NFL team's Dove Valley headquarters, and met with a few players and coaches. The highlight for me was walking through the Bronco's locker room while the players were practicing. All their personal effects and half of their gear was strewn about the room and the St. Kilda guys and I just took it in. It was not the most photogenic photo opp, but I think the guys enjoyed it and I made a few pictures. Images copyright Getty Images 2012.
After spending two days in an old rat-invested warehouse counting pipe fittings, bearings, old electrical motor components, rock bolts, dywidags, and light bulbs, our Denver contingent was given a tour of a newer portion of the historic - and infamous - facility. I didn't know before going, but learned via the mine's Wikipedia page that the mine was the site of a terrible 1972 fire underground that took the lives of 91 miners during the mine's peak years.
Despite the tragedy, the mine and the men and women who work there have a level of character unmatched in most of this country.
Another year, another amazing get-together in a not-so-rustic cabin nestled in the Hocking Hills southeast of Columbus, Ohio. 31 people total made the trip, and as usual I assigned myself the task of documenting the weekend and trying to capture the variety of personalities in attendance. Cards were played and we ran out of whiskey a few times, and other than the fact that SOMEone has to lose "The Game" between Michican and Ohio State, good times were had by all for all four days we spent there. We went a day early to get out of town as a family and go to the Columbus Zoo.
I had the distinct privilege of shooting Mike and Meghan's wedding without actually having to shoot it all myself. I worked as a third-string fringe photographer and enjoyed the perks of being an honorary groomsman and Moran after his family took me in as one of my own. I almost re-wrote the definition of wedding crasher and had a blast, and hopefully helped the couple remember the day.
The full set of images can be seen here.
It was cold and the seats nearly empty in Fort Collins as the visiting UNLV Rebels were shut out for 3 quarters. I had a good time trying to make some cold weather photos despite my frozen fingers and toes. I think I need to break out the thicker gloves for photography since the camera gets cold and your hands are barely moving at all. The player of the game may have been Donnell Alexander with 2 touchdowns on 21 carries and 139 yards, though the CSU defense helped the cause too with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.
The visiting Stanford fans were unlucky last Saturday, in that the bulk of the Stanford scoring happened on the opposite end of the field from where they are relegated. Unsurprisingly, the Buffaloes took a beating at the hands of the 15th-ranked Cardinal, with a final score of 48-0 (beating the spread of 28 points handily). Last game in Boulder of the year for me, and I enjoyed seeing a few NFL-caliber players perform in this otherwise uninteresting matchup.
Manning and the Broncos looked like AFC contenders and professional football players in their 34-14 win over the disappointing 2012 Saints on Sunday night. Peyton's fourth quarter toss to Eric Decker (last picture above) put him in sole possession of the NFL record with the most games with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions, surpassing Brett Favre, with 37 (thanks Z for the heads up...). Brees barely passed for 200 yards but did get off a touchdown pass to Darren Sproles in the second quarter that kept his streak alive with 50 games in a row with at least one touchdown pass. All photos above copyright Getty Images 2012.
This Friday night game would come down to who could stop the most third down conversions, and the winner was the Air Force Falcons, who won 48-31. Quarterback Connor Dietz would convert two fourth-and-short situations himself, and the game featured only three punts, all by the visiting Wolf Pack. Air Force ran the ball an astounding 82 times and gained an average of 5.6 yards on each carry.