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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rivermen-Griffens hockey

Peoria Rivermen right wing Ryan Reaves (38) checks Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Jordan Owens into the boards during a game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Peoria Rivermen right wing Ryan Reaves (38) checks Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Jordan Owens into the boards during a game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Peoria Rivermen right wing Adam Cracknell, right, hits the ice after contact from Grand Rapids Griffins defender Greg Amadio during a game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Peoria Rivermen right wing Adam Cracknell, right, hits the ice after contact from Grand Rapids Griffins defender Greg Amadio during a game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Carver Arena.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Talking to Santa

Tierney Johnson, left, age 6, ponders what she wants for Christmas as she talks with Santa Claus along with Andre Thomas, age 4, and Alexis Ross, age 6, during the Red Stocking Party on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Manual High School.

Tierney Johnson, left, age 6, ponders what she wants for Christmas as she talks with Santa Claus along with Andre Thomas, age 4, and Alexis Ross, age 6, during the Red Stocking Party on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Manual High School.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Scared of Santa

Cheri Crebo, left, can only smile as her daughter, Ava, age 2, cries after meeting Santa Claus on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Crebo vowed to get back in line a second time to see if Ava would sit on Santa's lap.

Cheri Crebo, left, can only smile as her daughter, Ava, age 2, cries after meeting Santa Claus on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Crebo vowed to get back in line a second time to see if Ava would sit on Santa's lap.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Light

Sometimes bad light can be incredible light. Seeing the light is an invaluable part of the job. Whether it is a high school gym or bright sunlight, photographers must be able to expose for the light. One common attribute in the portfolios of great photographers is an eye for the light. Whenever I’m on an assignment, I pay extremely close attention to light. One thing I always look for is contrast. Brightly-illuminated subjects in a dark space can really add an element of drama in a photo. This is something I look for at every assignment I photograph. Here are a few examples from the past year:

Master Gunnery Sgt. John Lund, a member of the Marine honor guard, listens to a memorial ceremony for Sgt. Jeremy McQueary on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center in Nashville, Ind. Lund, a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and Iraqi War, folded a flag in McQueary's ceremony. McQueary, 27, was killed in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Feb. 18.

Master Gunnery Sgt. John Lund, a member of the Marine honor guard, listens to a memorial ceremony for Sgt. Jeremy McQueary on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center in Nashville, Ind. Lund, a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and Iraqi War, folded a flag in McQueary’s ceremony. McQueary, 27, was killed in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Feb. 18.

Indiana coach Tom Crean waits for player introductions to begin before a game on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Assembly Hall.

Indiana coach Tom Crean waits for player introductions to begin before a game on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Assembly Hall.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rivermen-Admirals hockey

Milwaukee Admirals defender Roman Josi (33) plays the puck in front of Peoria Rivermen defender Derek Peltier (4) during a game on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Milwaukee Admirals defender Roman Josi (33) plays the puck in front of Peoria Rivermen defender Derek Peltier (4) during a game on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Carver Arena.

Milwaukee Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith dives to cover up a puck that came dangerously close to the Milwaukee goal during the second period of a game against the Rivermen on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Carver Arena. Milwaukee won 5-4 in overtime.

Milwaukee Admirals goalie Jeremy Smith dives to cover up a puck that came dangerously close to the Milwaukee goal during the second period of a game against the Rivermen on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Carver Arena. Milwaukee won 5-4 in overtime.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Peoria Heights-Beardstown basketball

Peoria Heights' Zach Wilson (54) peeks out at the court as teammate Jon Lowry, right, holds the ball ready to lead the team out of the locker room before a game against Beardstown on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in Peoria Heights.

Peoria Heights' Zach Wilson (54) peeks out at the court as teammate Jon Lowry, right, holds the ball ready to lead the team out of the locker room before a game against Beardstown on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in Peoria Heights.

Peoria Heights' Jimmy Smith (24) chases a loose ball in front of Beardtown's Deion Summers and Jared Rohn (20) during a game on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in Peoria Heights.

Peoria Heights' Jimmy Smith (24) chases a loose ball in front of Beardtown's Deion Summers and Jared Rohn (20) during a game on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, in Peoria Heights.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bears-Eagles NFL football

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball as he's sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) during the first half of a game on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball as he's sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) during the first half of a game on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) prepares to stiff arm Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during a game on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) prepares to stiff arm Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during a game on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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