Hurricane Irma

This was the first hurricane for our photo staff, not to mention the first week for our fall intern. We've tackled Florida's intense brush fire season, but planning for Hurricane Irma was an entirely different beast. 

Robby Daffin consoles his mother, Nancy Daffin, as she returns to her destroyed home on Plantation Island for the first time on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Everglades City, three days after Hurricane Irma. "I care about her more than anything," said Daffin. During the eye of Hurricane Irma, Daffin drove to his mother's house to check on it. While leaving Plantation Island, Daffin became trapped by rapid flood waters and feared for his life. After finally contacting his son on Snapchat, he was rescued from the bridge. 

Jade Daffin, 10, draws hearts in the sludge left in her grandmother's destroyed home on Plantation Island on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Everglades City, three days after Hurricane Irma. Nancy Daffin returned to her home three days after the storm to find it in ruins.

Standing flood water in front of the First Baptist Church of Everglades City on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. 

Norm Tabor, a resident of Chokoloskee, sips from a water hose as he helps his neighbor, Michael Kelley, clean up his home after on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Chokoloskee after Hurricane Irma. 

Olga Schramm takes a video on her phone of the damage as she rides into Everglades City, trying to get home to Chokoloskee on Monday, September 11, 2017 after Hurricane Irma.

A damaged vehicle on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the sheriff's office on the corner of US 41 and CR 29. 

Crystal Holler waits for her clothes to dry in the garage of her neighbor's home in Chokoloskee on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, three days after Hurricane Irma. "All of my clothes came flying out of the house," said Holler. She returned home to find her clothing covered in mud in her yard.

Jacob Daffin starts to throw out items from his grandmother's flooded shed on Thursday, September 14, 2017, four days after Hurricane Irma. 

Brandon Beaty, left, looks around at the supplies as Devin Daniels, 23, reaches into a trailer of supplies for Powerade at Fire Station 60 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Everglades City, three days after Hurricane Irma. 

Liza Wells registers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as her son, Zander, tries to hand her sunscreen on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. 

Torrence Andrews, firefighter with Great Naples Fire Rescue Station 72, peers down a road in the Forrest Glen community on Sunday, September 10, 2017 after Hurricane Irma passed and the company was cleared to assess roads for obstructions. The vehicle Rescue 72 became stuck on a median when trying to go around a fallen tree in the road and needed to call to the station to be pulled out. 

A few trailer homes are marked with the word "demo" in Fisherman's Cove on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Everglades City. 

New year at NDN

Clearly updating a month by month blog has not worked out for me so far. Since my last post, I've worked on a few larger projects in addition to the day-to-day assignments. I've gone to North Carolina for a reunion story, Fort Lauderdale for the airport shooting and I've started work on my first in depth project. Here are a few of the highlights from the last month and a half. 

A double exposure shows people watching the fireworks from the beach during the New Years Eve celebration at Naples Pier on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in downtown Naples. 

Christmas day beach goers run around a tree placed on in the sand near 2nd Street North on Sunday, December 25, 2016 in downtown Naples. Extra pieces of string were available on the tree for people to create their own shell ornaments. 

Will Kramer, 9, looks up towards the "snow" during the annual Christmas on Third celebration in downtown Naples on Monday, November 21, 2016. The event featured tree lighting, ice sculptures, music and fake snow.

Peter Moscatelli kisses his wife, Pamela, under a mistletoe archway during the annual Christmas on Third celebration in downtown Naples on Monday, November 21, 2016. The event featured tree lighting, ice sculptures, music and fake snow. 

T-Pain performs at Eaglepalooza on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. 

Taylor Erschen, 4, from Cape Coral, throws a ball as Emma Merz, 8, lifts the hula hoop high and higher during the first holiday party at Valerie's House in Fort Myers on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Valerie's House, which opened in January, provides a platform for the community to come together, grieve and openly talk about losing a loved one. 

Kids take turns throwing the basketball as Wyatt Sargent, a volunteer, rebounds during the first holiday party at Valerie's House in Fort Myers on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Kathy Good leans in and high fives Brice Foutch after he said a joke while eating breakfast at McDonald's in Granite Falls, North Carolina on Friday, December 2, 2016. After meeting for the first time since Brice was a baby, the two realized that they have a lot in common. 

Broward County Sheriff vehicles park outside of terminal 2 at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport  in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2016. 

People make their way into terminal three at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport  in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2016. Terminal two remained closed Saturday morning. 

 Dr. Benny Melendez, chief of emergency medicine and Dr. Ralph Guarneri, trauma surgeon address the media outside of the Broward Health Medical Center Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday, January 6, 2016. 

Dr. Benny Melendez, chief of emergency medicine and Dr. Ralph Guarneri, trauma surgeon address the media outside of the Broward Health Medical Center Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday, January 6, 2016. 

A worker with Florida Licensing on Wheels holds a backdrop taught for identification photos between the baggage claims for terminals one and two at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2017. A Safer Florida and Florida Licensing on Wheels arrived at the airport late afternoon to help those who lost their drivers license as a result of the shooting get a form of identification. 

Investigators in hazmat suits gather material in bags inside of the terminal two baggage claim at the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The baggage claim remains closed in terminal two. 

Pedro Blanco waves the Americn flag and cheers into the street on 5th Avenue South on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in the city of Naples. The Cuban community in Naples wished to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro. 

Nicole Gonzalez, a Cuban American, dances to the music on 5th Avenue South on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in the city of Naples. The Cuban community in Naples wished to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro. 

B17 Bomber 

Lisa Maloney, left, and her mother, Margo Moulton Snyder, pose for portraits with their hiking gear on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Snyder's backyard in Golden Gate Estates. At the beginning of 2016, Snyder and her daughter committed to try the trail as a new year's resolution. They hiked three days, sleeping in lodges along the way, starting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in August. They have another adventure filled trip planned for 2017. 

And finally, this image is a part of an in-progress project on the Florida Trail. 

First Month at the Naples Daily News

Today marks the end of my fourth week working as a staff photographer with the Naples Daily News. In that time, I have been able to explore a fraction of this complex pocket of Southwest Florida. Some of my assignments have included coverage of Bill Clinton's visit to Immokalee, Donald Trump's visit to Sarasota, numerous luncheons, my first time rushing out to a house fire and Friday night football. Take a look at some of my favorite photos from this month. 

The Gulf Coast High School color guard marches with the band onto the field before the game against South Fort Myers on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Gulf Coast High School in North Naples. 

President Bill Clinton takes selfies with crowd members after speaking Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum in Immokalee as a part of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. 

Robert Kline with the North Collier fire department packs up after putting out a house fire on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Golden Gate Estates. The authorities were called after a neighbor noticed the fire. 

The Braden River Pirates watch their team from the side lines on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Gulf Coast High School in North Naples. Fridays between the Gulf Coast Sharks and the Braden River Pirates game was the first round of playoffs for class 7A.

Students get into position to rehearse their first dance, titled "Grown", on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Immokalee High School in Immokalee. This dance is meant to be a coming of age piece for the girls. 

Voters line up to cast an early ballot on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Collier County Public Library Headquarters in North Naples. The headquarters is one of the most popular voting stations. 

VIP ticket holders take photographs outside of the venue during the Naples International Film Festival opening night gala on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Artis-Naples in North Naples. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers before watching the opening film, Alive and Kicking. 

Republican candidate Donald Trump speaks at Robarts Arena on the Sarasota fair grounds on Monday, November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota was the first of six stops before election day. 

A crowd member holds a "Make America Great Again" hat up on a pole before hearing Republican candidate Donald Trump speak at Robarts Arena on the Sarasota fair grounds on Monday, November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. 

The Salvation Army Kidz Choir line up before heading inside to sing at the Doing The Most Good Civic Luncheon for the Salvation Army on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton in North Naples. 

Ken Marchetti and Marsha Warniki share an intimate moment before the screening of Alive and Kicking during the Naples International Film Festival opening night gala on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Artis-Naples in North Naples. 

North Collier fire fighters work to pack up after putting out a house fire on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Golden Gate Estates. The authorities were called after a neighbor noticed the fire. 

President Bill Clinton speaks on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum in Immokalee as a part of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. 

Lauren Nossen, 7, cheers for her sister, Adrianne Schoellner, before the football game between Gulf Coast High School and South Fort Myers on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Gulf Coast High School in Golden Gate. Nossen's older sister plays trombone in the marching band.  

Naples resident Agnes Hall with the Grey Oaks Country Club chats with others sitting at her table during the "Hats in the Garden" fundraiser for the Naples Botanical Garden on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Naples. This year was the 13th Anniversary of Hats in the Garden and the theme was "The Faces of Naples". 

A protestor is escorted out of President Bill Clinton's speech after shouting and revealing a shirt that says "Bill Clinton is a rapist" Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum in Immokalee. 

 Martin Roddy, a volunteer sea turtle monitor, checks the time on his phone on Friday, October 31, 2016 at South Beach on Marco Island.  Roddy is one of the volunteers that checks this particular nest once every two hours. 

Martin Roddy, a volunteer sea turtle monitor, checks the time on his phone on Friday, October 31, 2016 at South Beach on Marco Island.  Roddy is one of the volunteers that checks this particular nest once every two hours. 

Richard Koff, the founder of the current affairs group, poses for a portrait outside on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at The Carlisle Naples in North Naples.The weekly group discusses anything from global politics to the daily news in Naples. Koff moderates the discussion - asking questions of the participants and sparking conversation. 

Cheerleaders file onto the field for pregame on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Gulf Coast High School in Golden Gate. 

 Chicago resident Madeline Hills, 11, shows off her custom made hat that reflects the theme of the event during the "Hats in the Garden" fundraiser for the Naples Botanical Garden on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Naples. This year was the 13th Anniversary of Hats in the Garden and the theme was "The Faces of Naples". 

Chicago resident Madeline Hills, 11, shows off her custom made hat that reflects the theme of the event during the "Hats in the Garden" fundraiser for the Naples Botanical Garden on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Naples. This year was the 13th Anniversary of Hats in the Garden and the theme was "The Faces of Naples". 

Ashley Singh looks inside the dressing room as her mother, Karen Singh, tries on a costume on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Masquerade & Balloons Galore in East Naples. 

Republican candidate Donald Trump holds up a mask of his face during his speech at Robarts Arena on the Sarasota fair grounds on Monday, November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. 

Ticket holders line up outside of the Robarts Arena to hear Republican candidate Donald Trump speaks on the Sarasota fair grounds on Monday, November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. 

A crowd member holds a women for Trump sign as Republican candidate Donald Trump speaks at Robarts Arena on the Sarasota fair grounds on Monday, November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. 

Charli Podowski, a Naples resident, orders a drink during the "Hats in the Garden" fundraiser for the Naples Botanical Garden on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Naples. This year was the 13th Anniversary of Hats in the Garden and the theme was "The Faces of Naples". 

Gulf Coast senior, Rocco Verrico, reacts after his team lost the playoff game on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Gulf Coast High School in North Naples. Fridays between the Gulf Coast Sharks and the Braden River Pirates game was the first round of playoffs for class 7a. 

The crowd stands for the national anthem before the game against South Fort Myers on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Gulf Coast High School in North Naples. 

Back in Milwaukee

I've spent some time back in the Good Land. The wonderful folks over at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel kept me busy a few weeks ago with some freelance assignments. I also went for a hike with my old man. Take a look. 

The Milwaukee Flyers Tumbling Team performs during the Harvest Day Street Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Yohele Rubi from South Divison runs to stop the ball from going out of bounds as Bradley Tech defender, Javier Lopez chases after him during the championship game of the Schissler/Williams soccer tournament on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Bradley Tech High School hosted the tournament.

Steven Catlin takes inventory of the bags that will yield mushrooms after the spores have colonized on Monday, September 19, 2016. Catlin is in charge of operations for Grow Local's mushroom facility in Bayview.

Pops hiking in Nashotah Park 

Cynthia Perez, 8, laughs and turns to her uncle, Erick Perez, during the championship game halftime of the Schissler/Williams soccer tournament on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Bradley Tech High School hosted the tournament. Perez was there to cheer on his nephew, Jonathon Soto from Bradley Tech. 

Patrick J. Kennedy talks about his book and his history with mental illness and addiction on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee. "I want people to know that this is a treatable disease," said Kennedy. "The first step towards all of this is we have to talk about it."

Steven Catlin marks bags of dirt mixture and spores that will eventually become mushrooms on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the Grow Local mushroom facility in Bayview. After the mixture in the bags turns white, the bags move to a cooler, more humid environment in the growing room.

South Division High School Senior, Aldo Cervantes throws the ball in from the sidelines during the championship game of the Schissler/Williams soccer tournament on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Next week, I head down to Naples, Florida to start as a full-time visual journalist with the Naples Daily News. 

MJS CATCH UP

After week 2, I fell behind on posting photos from my internship.  Here are some highlights from the last few weeks at the paper. 

I went to IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile and shot racing for the first time.  I'm extremely glad that I was there for the practice the day before to get acclimated to the track.  It was tough to get around in a timely fashion, but it was a lot of fun. 

Sebastien Bourdais comes around the first turn during the Verizon IndyCar Series Race on Sunday, July 12, 2015 during Indy Fest.  Bourdais placed first. 

Carlie Kimball lines up before the Verizon IndyCar Qualifiers as a team member shades him from the sun on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Indy Fest.

Ed Carpenter sits in his car before the Verizon Indycar Qualifiers on Sunday, July 12, 2015 during Indy Fest.

Spectators watch the Verizon IndyCar Series Race on Sunday, July 12, 2015 during Indy Fest.

Members from team Hydrozycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet celebrate after Sebastien Bourdais crosses the finish line and places first in the Verizon IndyCar Series Race on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

(From left to right) RC Enerson, second place, Felix Serralles, first place, and Juan Piedrahita, third place, celebrate with champagne after completing the Grand Prix of Milwaukee on Sunday, July 12, 2015 during Indy Fest.  The race was 100 laps on the Milwaukee Mile. 

Hello Castroneves, second place, Sebastien Bourdais, first place, and Graham Rahal, third place, celebrate in victory lane after completing the Verizon IndyCar Series Race on Sunday, July 12, 2015. 

Nick Zehr, 11, leaps off of the Stunt Jump attraction in the Family Fun Zone during Indy Fest on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

Festival goers browse through the merchandise available in the Official Backside Store on the infield during Indy Fest on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

I had another difficult assignment, but in a very different way.  Milwaukee has now surpassed last year's total for homicides and it's only July.  On July 3, Tariq Akbar, 13, was killed after the Fourth of July fireworks in Milwaukee.  I attended the vigil at his home. 

Kimberly Smith, 15, hugs her friend, Swanessey Covington-Juarez after the vigil to celebrate the life of Tariq Akbar.  Smith and Covington-Juarez were friends of Akbar.

Arifah Akbar, the mother of Tariq Akbar, listens as community members talk during a vigil for her son on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

On a lighter note, Miller Park was transformed into a soccer field for one game. 

The crew from Bush Turf, a subcontractor hired by Miller Park, begins to transform the baseball diamond into a soccer field on Friday, July 10, 2015.  The first step was to remove the clay surfaces and prepping the ground for the grass.

Walter Kannemann, defender for Club Atlas, slide tackles Papiss Cissé, forward for Newcastle United, during the Newcastle United vs. Club Atlas game at Miller Park on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Yoan Gouffran, forward for Newcastle United, heads the ball during the Newcastle United vs. Club Atlas game at Miller Park on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Then a piano was on fire...

Ellen Tsaloff and Dan Johnson sit next to the burning piano for a photo on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Roxbury Tavern in Sauk City, Wis. The tradition at the tavern started over eight years ago. 

Attended a pop-up barbershop... 

John Toney, a barber at Uppercuts, gives Charles Cotton a free haircut as a part of Barbershop Mondays on Monday, July 14, 2015.  Damien Smith, a youth organizer for Safe and Sound, leads inter-generational conversation around different topics each week while attendees get their hair cut. This week's topic revolved around family structure.

And then had one of my favorite assignments, where I hiked with two veterans on the Ice Age Trail as a part of Warrior Hikes.

Jenni Heisz and Natalie Koffarnus are two veterans on the Ice Age Trail as a part of the Warrior Hike Program on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in West Bend, Wi. Koffarnus served as a CBRN Specialist in the United States Army in Kuwait and Iraq and Heisz served as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in the United States Army in Kuwait and Afghanistan.  

Natalie Koffarnus hikes into a clearing as Jenni Heisz follows on the Ice Age Trail as a part of the Warrior Hike Program on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in West Bend, Wi. 

Natalie Koffarnus carries an American flag as she hikes behind Jenni Heisz on the Ice Age Trail as a part of the Warrior Hike Program on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in West Bend, Wi. 

Natalie Koffarnus hikes through a corn field as Jenni Heisz follows on the Ice Age Trail as a part of the Warrior Hike Program on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in West Bend, Wi. 

With Roughly a month of my internship left, it's almost time to say goodbye to the MJS and head back to Athens. Feels like I just started yesterday. 

SUMMERFEST 2015

The past two weeks have been hectic, that's for sure.  Here's a selection of some of my favorite concert shots from the world's largest music festival, Summerfest. 

Kendrick Lamar

Schoolboy Q

PPL MVR

A Day to Remember

Florida Georgia Line

Lindsay Sterling

Lindsay Sterling

Weird Al

Shakey Graves

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Flaming Lips

Flaming Lips

Andy Grammer

Ryn Weaver

DJ Paris Hilton

I would include a photo of Stevie Wonder, but the law prevents me from doing so.  

Back to the real world tomorrow!

 

MJS WEEK 2

Just finished up my second week interning at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Here are a few of the highlights! I photographed my first MLB game: Brewers vs. Nationals.  Took a while to get used to it. 

Mike Fiers, pitcher for the Brewers,  pitches the ball during the top of the sixth inning of the game against the Washington Nationals on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Outfielder Ryan Braun congratulates infielder, Adam Lind, on scoring the second point for the Brewers against the Washington Nationals during the bottom of the first inning on Friday, June 12, 2015. 

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper slides into second as Milwaukee Brewers' second baseman, Jean Segura tags him out on Friday, June 12, 2015. 

I witnessed some WWII Veterans take flight in a Boeing Stearman biplane. 

Steve Spokowicz, a 91-year-old Navy Veteran from World War II, slides into the seat of the Boeing Stearman biplane with the help of Jason Fritz (left) and Mike Sommars, the volunteer pilot with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 

Dean Benzer, a 94-year-old Air Force Veteran from World War II, prepares for takeoff in a Boeing Stearman biplane on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Benzer was one of many Veterans to take a dream flight with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. 

Got rained out at a state softball tournament. 

(From left to right) Aly Otteson, Ciara Schwarz, Molly Annen, and Makenna Rauls, member of the Deforest Norskies, chat with teammates and check their phones while waiting for the rain to die down on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wis. The game was put on hold at the bottom of the second inning due to rain and the teams were ushered into the locker rooms to wait for it to stop. 

Took some portraits...

Jim Wiechmann (left), co-owner of Stevens Point Brewery and Brian Ward, owner of Ward's House of Prime,  and pose for a portrait inside Ward's House of Prime on Mason Street in Milwaukee, Wis. on Friday, June 12, 2015. Ward is opening a restaurant on the northwest side that has a licensing agreement with Point Brewery.  

Went to the zoo!

A tiger walks around as Evelyn Frommell, one, and her mother Bridgette watch during Enrichment Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Saturday, June 13, 2015.  

A young girl reaches out to feed a giraffe on Enrichment Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Saturday, June 13, 2015. 

Followed by Polish Fest. 

Abby Heinzen tries on traditional Polish flower wreaths on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Polish Fest.  The wreaths are made from fake flowers, wire, and ribbon.  

Michal Dzielski poses for a portrait in his traditional Polish outfit on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Polish Fest. For men, a traditional outfit includes a white shirt and a hat with shells for decoration. The heart-shaped design on his trousers is known as parzenica.  

And ended the week with the Imagine Dragons concert. 

Emily Haines, lead vocalist for Metric, plays the synthesizer during the band’s performance on Saturday, June 13, 2015.  Metric opened for Imagine Dragons.  

Imagine Dragons perform at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, June 13, 2015.  

Dan Reynolds, lead vocalist for Imagine Dragons, performs “It’s Time” on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  

Stay tuned for next week. 

MJS FIRST WEEK

I just finished up my first week at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Take a look at some of my favorite shots from some of my first assignments. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, #34 for the Milwaukee Bucks, poses with the new jerseys while fans take photos on Saturday, June 6, 2015 during the unveiling. 

Alliyha Bowman, a senior at New School for Community Service, reads her right to life paper on Ambition before her peers at an end of the year picnic at Lincoln Park in Milwaukee, Wis. on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Surrounded by her friends and fellow students, Brittany Nunn, a senior at the New School for Community Service, dances with her three-month-old son, Aiden, on Friday, June 5, 2015 in Lincoln Park.  Nunn wrote her right to life paper on the right to loyalty. 

Heidi Hendrickson, the veterinarian at the Wisconsin Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic, finishes her operation to spay Daizy, a domestic short hair cat.  Daizy was the last animal of 12 to go through an operation on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Heidi Hendrickson, the veterinarian at the Wisconsin Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic, begins the operation to spay Daizy, a domestic short hair cat.  Daizy was the last animal of 12 to go through an operation on Monday, June 1, 2015. 

Heidi Hendrickson, the veterinarian at the Wisconsin Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic, pays close attention as she spays Daizy, a domestic short hair cat.  Hendrickson performed nine operations to spay or neuter cats and dogs on Monday, June 1, 2015

Chia Xiong plants 12-week-old rice seedlings  on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Planting rice in the Milwaukee Christian Center's community garden was a form of exercise for the Hmong senior citizens, many of whom haven't planted rice in over 40 years.

Michael Schlappi, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Marquette University, holds out one of the variations of rice planted in the Milwaukee Christian Center's community garden on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Schlappi is working on rice research in Wisconsin.

Stay tuned for more!

Katie

 

ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL 2015 PART II

Over my spring break, I had the privilege of shooting the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.  I photographed a lot of sports that I had never shot, let alone seen, before.  Here's part two of some of the highlights.  

ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL 2015 PART I

Over my spring break, I had the privilege of shooting the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.  I photographed a lot of sports that I had never shot, let alone seen, before.  Here's part one of some of the highlights.  

© Katie Klann | 2015

CAVING

This past weekend, I went down to Virginia and did some caving for a class!  We went into two caves, Starnes and Tawney's. I can't even begin to describe the experience, but I think the photos come close to doing it justice.  Thank you to my classmates for putting up with me and my camera. It was difficult to edit down from all of the photographs, but here are a small selection of my take. Take a look!

© Katie Klann | 2015

SPRING BREAK 2015

I headed to Philly for a few days of my spring break.  Most of the photos I took weren't in Philly at all, but from a trip to the Aquarium about 20 minutes out in Jersey. 

Thailand 2015

Over winter break, I took a trip to Thailand to visit my brother and sister-in-law.  I spent a majority of the time in Bangkok, but also went up to Chang Rai for a few days.  Here are a few of the photos I took!

On the way there, I flew through Hong Kong.  Though my mind thought it was night time, I got there in time for a beautiful sunrise. 

On the first full day in Bangkok, my brother and I went to a few temples.  It was the second day of the New Year so a lot of people were visiting the temples to make merit to Buddha. Buddhists came to burn incense, give gifts, and pray.  

Everyone had to take off their shoes before heading into a temple. 

So many stupas! Very colorful stupas. 

A park near my brother and sister-in-law's reminded me of Seurat's park painting. 

Some guys were playing Sepak Takraw in the park.  It's volleyball but with feet and heads instead of hands. 

Asiatique is similar to Navy Pier in Chicago.  There's a giant ferris wheel and a ton of shops. 

... that I took a shameless selfie with...

We went to the Jim Thompson House, but couldn't take a ton of photos there.  So here's a tree. 

We went to a floating market which was really awesome. 

In Chang Rai, we had a wonderful tour that took us all around the northern part of Thailand. 

Hey Adam!

White temple

A fountain at the White Temple

After some jumping around to a few different spots, our last stop was a Hmong village.  This was the most exciting stop.  It was a little scary at first because we didn't know anyone there and we were just showing up unannounced, but the people there were friendly and our tour guide could communicate with the folks there.  

We talked to this man for quite some time (through our tour guide). We found out he had two wives, one of whom passed away, and 14 children. He was cutting through a bamboo like plant to make ties for their rice bags.  

As we were leaving, he pulled out a giant pipe and started to smoke tobacco. 

GOLDEN HOUR!!!! There were stray dogs everywhere. 

The next day, my brother and I took a cooking class.  We got all of the ingredients at the market.

In Bangkok, there were malls EVERYWHERE.

It was an amazing trip.  I can't wait until I can go back!

© Katie Klann | 2015

Start of Junior Year

I've been back at Ohio University for three weeks now and it's been hectic.  I still have my photo editing position at The Post, the university paper, and I have a new internship with the Voinovich School here at OU.  Without a shooting class (other than multimedia) I've mostly been taking photos for publications.  Here's a small taste of my work thus far this semester.  

 Jim Addington and his miniature boxer, Louie, pose for a portrait on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Final Fridays on the Square Dog Show in Nelsonville, Ohio.  Louie's costume reflects his life as a stray dog.  "He's been all around the world," says Addington. 

Jim Addington and his miniature boxer, Louie, pose for a portrait on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Final Fridays on the Square Dog Show in Nelsonville, Ohio.  Louie's costume reflects his life as a stray dog.  "He's been all around the world," says Addington. 

 Ryan Spellman, of Airship Athena, poses for a portrait on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Final Fridays on the Square in Nelsonville, Ohio.  Spellman's steampunk style goggles are made to match his lack of vision in his left eye.  

Ryan Spellman, of Airship Athena, poses for a portrait on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Final Fridays on the Square in Nelsonville, Ohio.  Spellman's steampunk style goggles are made to match his lack of vision in his left eye.  

 Penni AlZayer lives in a Victorian style home in McArthur, Ohio.  She fell in love with the steampunk style after finding images online.  Here, she poses for a portrait at Final Fridays on the Square in Nelsonville, Ohio on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Penni AlZayer lives in a Victorian style home in McArthur, Ohio.  She fell in love with the steampunk style after finding images online.  Here, she poses for a portrait at Final Fridays on the Square in Nelsonville, Ohio on Friday, August 29, 2014.

 Miles Makosky and Jonas Beasley, both 7, rest after wrestling together in the grass at Final Fridays on the Square in Nelsonville, Ohio on Friday, August 29, 2014. "We're going to have a sleep over later," said Jonas. 

Miles Makosky and Jonas Beasley, both 7, rest after wrestling together in the grass at Final Fridays on the Square in Nelsonville, Ohio on Friday, August 29, 2014. "We're going to have a sleep over later," said Jonas. 

 Earl Clark, a regular at The Skull, gulps down a beer on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Athens, Ohio. 

Earl Clark, a regular at The Skull, gulps down a beer on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Athens, Ohio. 

 Jackie O's is packed on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Athens, Ohio.

Jackie O's is packed on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Athens, Ohio.

 Will Klatt and Marla Davis share a moment at The Union on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Athens, Ohio. 

Will Klatt and Marla Davis share a moment at The Union on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Athens, Ohio. 

 Abby Walter, known as Luna Killjoy, prepares to stretch at practice on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Dow Roller Rink in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Abby Walter, known as Luna Killjoy, prepares to stretch at practice on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Dow Roller Rink in Nelsonville, Ohio.

 Carla Parkinson, known to her teammates as "Darth Lotus", and Keane Parkinson, known as "R.E.D." (Rough Extemely Dangerous), socialize with their teammates before practice on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Dow Roller Rink in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Carla Parkinson, known to her teammates as "Darth Lotus", and Keane Parkinson, known as "R.E.D." (Rough Extemely Dangerous), socialize with their teammates before practice on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the Dow Roller Rink in Nelsonville, Ohio.

 Mallory Radcliff, known as "Pimp Ma'Lady", poses for a portrait on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Dow Rollerarena in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Mallory Radcliff, known as "Pimp Ma'Lady", poses for a portrait on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Dow Rollerarena in Nelsonville, Ohio.

© Katie Klann | 2014

Polar Plunge 2014

I took this year's plunge as a learning experience.  

 The "Klondike Bears" take the plunge.

The "Klondike Bears" take the plunge.

 The Athens Real Estate team poses for a pre-plunge photograph.

The Athens Real Estate team poses for a pre-plunge photograph.

 Mark Snider triumphantly exits the water. 

Mark Snider triumphantly exits the water. 

January

Some photos from my January excursions

 Wrestling | OU vs. Kent State

Wrestling | OU vs. Kent State

I was able to shoot a win for the OU Men's Wrestling team.  Unfortunately, the CF card with all of my main files got corrupted and I lost some of the best images.  C'est la vie. 

 Tim Ferrell and the Monday Creek doser

Tim Ferrell and the Monday Creek doser

 Clearing off ice from inside the doser. 

Clearing off ice from inside the doser. 

 Acid mine drainage

Acid mine drainage

 Julie Macala and her artwork | Columbus, Ohio

Julie Macala and her artwork | Columbus, Ohio

 Julie Macala burning designs into wood, an art form known as pyrography | Columbus, Ohio

Julie Macala burning designs into wood, an art form known as pyrography | Columbus, Ohio

October in Ohio

I've taken so many photos this month!  In addition to Halloween and Honey for the Heart, I've had assignments for class and for The Post.  Take a look!