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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Adios Peoria

Today is my last day as an intern. Next week, I start as a staff photographer at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As I finish up a few housekeeping things at the office today, I though I’d take a look back at a few of my favorite images from my internship in Peoria. It’s been an interesting experience, but I’m glad to be done and headed off to start my first full-time job next week. It’ll be a busy few days as I scramble to move to Wyoming, but I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted with a few pictures along the way.

Ongina reacts as a man stuffs money down her bra during a drag performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at the Peoria Pride Festival on the Riverfront.

Ongina reacts as a man stuffs money down her bra during a drag performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at the Peoria Pride Festival on the Riverfront.

Marion English looks skyward as she tracks the flight path of her balloon as it sails southwest over the Interstate 74 bridge during a launch as part of the National Day of Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the RiverPlex. English was on hand to remember her 19-year-old niece Jasmine Brittine who was fatally shot on March 21, 2010.

Marion English looks skyward as she tracks the flight path of her balloon as it sails southwest over the Interstate 74 bridge during a launch as part of the National Day of Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the RiverPlex. English was on hand to remember her 19-year-old niece Jasmine Brittine who was fatally shot on March 21, 2010.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bradley-Wichita State basketball

Bradley guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards drives into the lane between two Wichita State defenders during a game on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Carver Arena.

Bradley guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards drives into the lane between two Wichita State defenders during a game on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Carver Arena.

Wichita State forward/center J.T. Durley (31) puts up a shot in front of Bradley forward Jordan Prosser (44) and guard Jake Eastman during a game on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Carver Arena in Peoria, Ill.

Wichita State forward/center J.T. Durley (31) puts up a shot in front of Bradley forward Jordan Prosser (44) and guard Jake Eastman during a game on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Carver Arena in Peoria, Ill.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Fire destroys Haddad’s Supermarket in West Peoria

West Peoria firefighters work on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the scene of a fire that destroyed the Haddad's Supermarket in West Peoria. Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday and battled the blaze for several hours through the night. On New Year's Day morning, rubble was all that remained of the supermarket, which had been in West Peoria since 1964.

West Peoria firefighters work on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the scene of a fire that destroyed the Haddad's Supermarket in West Peoria. Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday and battled the blaze for several hours through the night. On New Year's Day morning, rubble was all that remained of the supermarket, which had been in West Peoria since 1964.

A West Peoria firefighter surveys the scene of a fire on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the Haddad's Supermarket in West Peoria. A blaze destroyed the building late Friday evening.

A West Peoria firefighter surveys the scene of a fire on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the Haddad's Supermarket in West Peoria. A blaze destroyed the building late Friday evening.

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Rivermen-Admirals hockey

Guess it’s fitting that my first and last assignments of 2010 were sports. The paper had an extremely early deadline for color photos this evening (8 p.m.) so I unfortunately couldn’t stay longer than the first period. When possible, I always try to stay to the very end of sporting events to give myself more opportunities to make pictures. As I was leaving, the team scored two goals. Just my luck.

Peoria Rivermen defender Nathan Oystrick (20) plays Milwaukee Admirals Center Mark Van  Guilder (29) for control of the puck during a game on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Peoria Rivermen defender Nathan Oystrick (20) plays Milwaukee Admirals Center Mark Van Guilder (29) for control of the puck during a game on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Peoria Rivermen left wing Stefan Della Rovere, middle, looks to play the puck between Milwaukee Admirals centers Jamie Lundmark (21) and Blake Geoffrion (5) during a game on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Peoria Rivermen left wing Stefan Della Rovere, middle, looks to play the puck between Milwaukee Admirals centers Jamie Lundmark (21) and Blake Geoffrion (5) during a game on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Carver Arena.

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Peoria nursery seeks volunteers

Looking at this photo, how can you say no to volunteering for them? This is from an assignment to illustrate a broader story about charitable giving in 2010. This nursery – the Crisis Nursery at the Crittenton Centers – is in desperate need of volunteers. According to the nursery’s website, volunteers “assist staff and help provide emotional support for children by rocking, holding, talking, and help children in activities including art projects, story telling, singing, reading aloud, playing, eating, etc.” For the next few days, the nursery is operating with a skeleton staff since no volunteers have signed up for the holiday weekend. If you want to volunteer, you can learn more here.

Zyriah Ellis, 5 months old, looks back as Donna Ashley, director of the Crittenton Centers Crisis Nursery in Peoria, reads a book to the youngster on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at the nursery. The center is in need of volunteers to help care for the children at the nursery, said Ashley, who was one of a handful of employees manning the nursery without volunteers on Friday.

Zyriah Ellis, 5 months old, looks back as Donna Ashley, director of the Crittenton Centers Crisis Nursery in Peoria, reads a book to the youngster on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at the nursery. The center is in need of volunteers to help care for the children at the nursery, said Ashley, who was one of a handful of employees manning the nursery without volunteers on Friday.

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Peoria Notre Dame wins State Farm Holiday Classic

Notre Dame's Max Bielfeldt, right, celebrates with his team after a 78-64 win against Lombard Glenbard East in the large school championship game of the State Farm Holiday Classic on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill. Bielfeldt was named to the all-tournament team after the victory.

Notre Dame's Max Bielfeldt, right, celebrates with his team after a 78-64 win against Lombard Glenbard East in the large school championship game of the State Farm Holiday Classic on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill. Bielfeldt was named to the all-tournament team after the victory.

Glenbard East's Johnny Hill (44) grabs a rebound away from Notre Dame's Nate Bell (3) during the championship game in the State Farm Holiday Classic on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill.

Glenbard East's Johnny Hill (44) grabs a rebound away from Notre Dame's Nate Bell (3) during the championship game in the State Farm Holiday Classic on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Year in Sports Pictures

Just like most photographers, I shoot a ton of sports. This year was no exception. Compared to the past few years, it seems like I shot a wider variety of sports this year than usual. I shot a few sports I had never photographed before including hockey, golf and soccer. So continuing with the year in review posts, here are my 15 favorite sports shots from this year.

James Poscascio, a freshman at Butler, watches the action between his fingers during a viewing party of the Duke-Butler national championship game on Monday, April 5, 2010, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

James Poscascio, a freshman at Butler, watches the action between his fingers during a viewing party of the Duke-Butler national championship game on Monday, April 5, 2010, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana forward Bobby Capobianco, right, reaches out to grab a rebound in front of Illinois center Mike Tisdale during the second half of IU's 66-60 loss to Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Assembly Hall.

Indiana forward Bobby Capobianco, right, reaches out to grab a rebound in front of Illinois center Mike Tisdale during the second half of IU's 66-60 loss to Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Assembly Hall.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

State Farm Holiday Classic

After a day in the snow and cold weather on Sunday, I retreated today to the friendly confines of some of the darkest gyms in the world … or at least it seemed that way. I shot a large boys and girls basketball tournament over in Bloomington, Ill. This first game was in the morning and the second game was a few hours later. It ended up being one of those hurry up and wait kind of days along with my second consecutive work day were I logged 11 or more hours on the clock. For all the stuff I shot, my three favorites came in the second game. I got a little creative (bored) and tried some panning since there were some bright spots of color in the background.

Peoria Notre Dame's Katie Schuler dives after a loose ball during a game against Sterling in the State Farm Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill. Notre Dame won 52-44.

Peoria Notre Dame's Katie Schuler dives after a loose ball during a game against Sterling in the State Farm Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill. Notre Dame won 52-44.

Sterling's Kaitlon Busser, left, leads a fast break during a game against Peoria Notre Dame in the State Farm Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill. Notre Dame won 52-44.

Sterling's Kaitlon Busser, left, leads a fast break during a game against Peoria Notre Dame in the State Farm Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Bloomington, Ill. Notre Dame won 52-44.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas outtake

Being that I’m the low man (intern) in the photo department, I worked on Christmas this year. My second assignment Christmas morning was to photograph the scene over at the South Side Mission where volunteers were preparing meals to deliver to the needy along with an in-house meal. Because of an earlier assignment, I showed up at the mission as they were preparing to serve the in-house meal in the afternoon. I shot this feature of a guy reading our newspaper as he waited for the meal to start. What struck me about it is that it’s a desk chair without a desk. It’s kind of a quirky little thing that I noticed.

Steven Johnston, of Farmington, relaxes as he reads a Journal Star before the start  of a in-house Christmas meal on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at the South Side Mission.

Steven Johnston, of Farmington, relaxes as he reads a Journal Star before the start of a in-house Christmas meal on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at the South Side Mission.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bears-Jets NFL football

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) reacts as he tries to avoid a sack from Chicago Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije (71) during the second half of a game on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Chicago. Chicago won 38-34.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) reacts as he tries to avoid a sack from Chicago Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije (71) during the second half of a game on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Chicago. Chicago won 38-34.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) runs the ball in for a touchdown in front of New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas (58) during the first half of a game on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Chicago.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) runs the ball in for a touchdown in front of New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas (58) during the first half of a game on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Chicago.

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