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Saturday, July 5, 2014

South Bend Fireworks

I was tasked with shooting South Bend’s downtown fireworks show to run on A1 of our Fourth of July edition. The biggest challenge was that I was told I had to shoot a vertical. Originally I was hoping to shoot horizontally and incorporate the fireworks backdropped against the South Bend skyline. I scrapped my horizontal idea and found a vantage point on a pier along the river looking back towards the launching point. During the show, I prefocused my camera across the St. Joseph River to the east bank and sat it as close to the water as I could to get the reflection.

South Bend Fireworks
South Bend Fireworks

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Blockheads playing cornhole

Niles Family Fun Festival

Josh Martinez, left, wearing a Steve blockhead from the Minecraft video game, reacts after scoring in a game of cornhole with Aaron Smith, dressed as a Creeper character from the same game, during the Family Fun Festival on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Niles. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Meet Mallary

Mallary Toner

Mallary Toner shares a laugh as she looks through a songbook filled with original compositions she wrote when she was younger on Friday, July 19, 2013, at the family’s home near Walkerton, Ind. Mallary’s parents claim their daughter was not offered appropriate special education services by the John Glenn School Corporation after she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mourning the death of Michael Jackson

On the evening of June 25, 2009, I was sitting in my South Bend apartment watching CNN when the news broke that pop singer Michael Jackson – a native Hoosier – had died. I got a call a little while later from Brad Zehr and Carrie Schedler, colleagues from the Indiana Daily Student, who said they’d be heading up to cover the story for the student paper. At the time I was a summer photo intern at the South Bend Tribune, but I drove over the next morning to cover the story for the IDS. After I arrived and saw the large number of mourners gathering, I called back to my Tribune editor to tell them I’d have photos for them as well. The scene was surreal. Throughout the day, I saw three or four different impersonators with each one depicting a different Jackson era. Several fans brought Jackson albums and memorabilia. At one point, a City of Gary truck pulled up and a couple workers started trimming the overgrown grass around the house. Although it was strange at times, I was amazed by the number of people who showed up to reminisce about Jackson at the childhood home he hadn’t lived in for decades.

Remembering Michael Jackson

Anthony Wilson, an impersonator from Calumet Park, Ill., dances on Friday, June 26, 2009, in the front yard of Michael Jackson’s childhood home in Gary, Ind. Fans gathered at the home to remember the pop star by playing Jackson’s music and dancing. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Remembering Michael Jackson

Rudy Clay, the mayor of Gary, Ind., looks through items at a makeshift memorial for Michael Jackson on Friday, June 26, 2009, at the pop star’s boyhood home in Gary. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Symetra Tour practice round at Blackthorn Golf Club

Symetra Tour Practice Round

Emily Talley blasts out from a bunker during a practice round for this weekend’s Symetra Tour Four Winds Invitational on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Symetra Tour Practice Round

Calle Nielson takes notes on a hole during a practice round for this weekend’s Symetra Tour Four Winds Invitational on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Elkhart’s Time Was Museum

Time Was Museum

Museum owner Paul Thomas, 90, stands for a portrait on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at the Time Was Museum in Elkhart. “It’s run on federal money – my Social Security – so I can do what I want,” he joked. The museum is spread across two former seven-room apartments on the second story of a retail building in the city’s downtown. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Banding South Bend’s peregrine falcon chicks

Peregrine Falcon Chick Banding

A male peregrine falcon chick is shown to the public after it was banded on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the County-City Building in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Peregrine Falcon Chick Banding

An angry parent peregrine falcon dives towards the nest as its chicks are removed for banding on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the County-City Building in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunburst Races

For the third year in a row, I was assigned to photograph the annual Sunburst Races in South Bend. The Sunburst Races are South Bend’s marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K races, which draw thousands of people to our city each year. It’s a fun assignment because there are thousands of moments to be had. That said, it’s quite a grind of a day. The marathon starts at 6 a.m. meaning I usually wake up at 4:45 a.m. to get to the starting line by no later than 5:30 a.m. In my experience shooting the races, I’ve always been the sole shooter. This puts a lot of pressure on me to shoot a variety of features and action all the while getting the winners of the races for our sports section. I really got sick of shooting similar photos at the start and finish lines the last couple years so I decided to try something different. This year I ditched my car, grabbed a couple of easy-to-carry lenses (Canon 135 mm f/2 and 35 f/1.4) and rode my bike along the course. This allowed me to shoot a bit of the action along the course itself, but kept me from getting stuck at a race roadblock in a car.

Sunburst

Runners make their way north along Lafayette Boulevard in the early stages of the Sunburst marathon on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in downtown South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Sunburst

A volunteer hands out water to Sunburst half marathon runners at the roundabout at the intersection of Angela Boulevard and Riverside Drive on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Woman risks excommunication to be ordained

Few photos for a recent story about a Three Oaks, Michigan woman who risked being excommunicated to be ordained.

Lillian Lewis

Lillian Lewis, 75, left, shares a laugh with high school friend Brigid Duffy, of Chicago, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Lewis’ home in Three Oaks, Mich. On Saturday, Lewis will be ordained by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests group. Lewis will do so in the face of a threat of automatic excommunication from Bishop Paul Bradley of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo. “This action will further separate her from the Church in a very grave manner,” Bradley wrote in a letter inserted in the diocese newsletter on May 22. “It also has the potential to cause great confusion for our faithful.” (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Lillian Lewis

Lillian Lewis, 75, puts on her vestments in the living room of her home on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Three Oaks, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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