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Recent spot news

It tends to be that the colder months are the quieter months when it comes to spot news. However, this past December and January¬†kept me busy. Fires. Accidents. Murders. The whole lot. Here is a take of some of what I was chasing these last two months. December started off with an accident between a freight train and a semi truck. The cab of the truck was pushed about 100 yards down the tracks. The drive of the truck was […]

School days

Most of my time at the Rockford Register Star, I have been working a night shift. Only within the last year or so have I been working the days. With that comes more school assignments. It’s easy to go to a school and get photos of kids working in the classroom. That is when you can get them to ignore you. It takes a little patience but if you can become the fly on the wall, you can make some […]

A return to Fight College

Every now and then, I have an assignment at a place with absolutely gorgeous light. That is the case with Fight College, a boxing gym in Rockford. I first wen to the gym in April of 2013 shortly after they opened and I immediately noticed the light. Everything is in one big rectangular room. One of the short walls is completely windows. Most of the other walls are painted black. There are also a few sections of mirrors. I found […]

Storms over Rockford

If you’ve met me, it’s probably no secret that I’m a weather junkie. I’m convinced that in a past life I was a meteorologist. So you might find it surprising that I’ve never really gone out to make any cool weather photos. I’ve been working¬†to change that over the last year or so. When strong storms are predicted for our area, I gather my remote camera bag and trek up the stairwell in the Rockford Register Star news tower. I […]

Photographing the Air National Guard aerobatic team

Photographing from airplanes isn’t something that’s new for me. In fact, the first post I ever made for this blog featured my setup of a wing-mounted camera on a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. In 2010 while working for the New Castle Courier-Times, I had the opportunity to make photos while in a biplane. This proved to be challenging. I had to hold my camera over my head in the very strong winds and shoot blindly behind me. Last year, I went […]