Throngs of attendees dance, drink and party during the second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival 2016 at the Las Vegas Speedway. Some even shared a wedding night with others as the music played on. Meant to upload these yesterday but slept in and enjoyed a fine Father’s Day :D
Will likely post more from the Further Future 02 event I covered for 24 hours this past weekend just because it was visually intriguing and I made some interesting images along the way.
For many new to this event, this is how they describe it:
A new kind of music and lifestyle festival. From 12pm on Friday April 29 through sunset on Sunday May 1, 2016, they gather at the Moapa River Indian Reservation near Las Vegas, Nevada, for a weekend filled with incredible music, visionary speakers, inspirational art and human connection. I also heard it referred to as “the Burning Man for the 1%” so take it for what it’s worth.
Marilyn Manson performs at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay and I’m the lucky guy who gets to shoot him and his band for 1 whole song! Wow, such generosity…..Now is I could only understand what he was singing :)
Covered the funeral of slain Metro Officer Igor Soldo at Palm Mortuary which attracted hundreds of officers, family and supporters from all over the valley and beyond. Not the pool shooter I was restricted to outside of the grounds on the other side of the fence but feel I covered it quite well from my vantage point. One of those days that helps to put your life in perspective, I woke up today happy and healthy and that’s pretty darn good considering :D
The crowd turned out in droves for the season 6 finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race" and to eventually see Bianca Del Rio being presented “America’s Next Drag Superstar” honors live from The Havana Room at The New Tropicana. Las Vegas continues to amaze me :D
Three days of MMA fights concluded with the UFC 194 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. New UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo and new UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold defeated Chris Weidman in a night of contrasts. Covered a half dozen other matches too but had the worst spot of UFC shooting career, dead into the corner directly behind a UFC videographer on a stand. Spent the who night dodging left and right following the fighters just trying to get a shot…
Took my turn for an overnight at EDC Las Vegas 2015 and made a few decent images despite all the challenges a photographer faces with over 100,000 fans packed into a speedway. As usual there were credential problems, no scanners at the entry gates, late access and a media room in a garage with lots of metal that reverberated from the nearest stage so much we all wore earplugs inside. Despite those little annoyances it was entertaining to see all the bizarre outfits and idiotic behavior that come with such an event. One night of the Electric Daisy Carnival is really enough for me :D
Covered some boxing at the Cosmopolitan recent with welterweight fighters Diego Chaves versus Timothy Bradley, middleweight fighters Matt Korobov versus Andy Lee and super lightweight fighters Mauricio Herrera versus Jose Benavidez, Jr..
Finally made a day trip up to Zion National Park yesterday in southern Utah and things got a bit crazy in short order. It was blue skies on the drive up but as I made it past Hurricane I could see the clouds building, not long after I entered the park a strong storm blew in bringing with it strong winds, lightning, hail and lots of water in a short amount of time. Was lucky enough to get a bold of lightning as the rain came in, then had to navigate the winding roads with rushing and muddy water and rocks too. Within a half hour the rain died off but the flash flooding turned out to be deadly. Hikers were overtaken in a slot canyon and were drowned and sadly a dozen women and children were swept away to their deaths in small towns nearby.
Ultimately had I known I would have pursued those news events but ultimately I’m glad I didn’t, frankly have seen enough of that over the years. Guess I need to have a little more respect for these summer monsoons and will check the weather reports before heading out to such places from now on. What a crazy, tragic day for those not far from where I was…
Was thinking yesterday how varied my weeks are here and how I never truly know where I will end up or what I’ll be shooting - and that’s a great thing honestly. Put in some extra hours this weekend to make it to the Santa Run and NFR rodeo which goes until next Saturday. Got those new boots good and dirty last night :)
Another fine evening spent shooting rodeo, this time the Indian National Finals at South Pointe. Certainly can be quite brutal, one guy in particular couldn’t release his hand from the saddle bronc and was tossed around like a rag doll. Needless to say the PR person babysitting me was not pleased with my documenting of the incident - life is hard :)
Quite the night covering the RiSE Lantern Festival at the Jean Dry Lake Bed, like nothing I’ve ever been apart of that’s for sure. The concept , to launch hundreds of giant lanterns in sync after writing personal thoughts and wishes on them. It was a transportation nightmare with traffic backed up for miles then hopping busses to be shuttled out to the lake bed. Was an hour and a half trip getting there just before sundown though I made the best use of my time.
People continually streamed in and the start time was pushed back over an hour as the busses were backed up. No food or water was in the media area but May Wildman with Kirvin Doak Communications and her team came to the rescue with some water and a tasty salad. May even got me on one of the first shuttles out after the launches, I heard later that some folks were stuck out there for hours and even chose to walk back in the dark for miles to their cars. All in all a stunning visual, if it happens next year I’m sure the issues will be fixed.
Community members, officers and supporters gathered to honor slain Metro Police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo during a candlelight vigil outside of CiCi’s Pizza restaurant on Monday evening, June 9, 2014. Was a horrible act of cowardice to kill these officers while sitting down to lunch, then taking another life at a nearby Wal-Mart before taking their own.
Feel as you may about cops sometimes, as a former military cop myself I can personally say it is a risky profession and often underappreciated…
Covered my first assignment as the newest staff photographer here at the Las Vegas Sun :)
Clearly I’m not in Kansas anymore, this place is a bit over the top visually and much more is permitted in publications than in Portland. Spent the day at the Las Vegas BikeFest 2013 which was much more than just motorcycles on display. Some of the other events were World’s Strongest Biker, Bikini Bike Wash, Wet T-Shirt Contest, Bike Games and so much more. Quite the visual spectacle.
Tonight is Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult so I just may go back and soak up some old-school music with a really entertaining crowd. Enjoying my new world!
Was on hand as Justin Bieber sings to the crowd while being lowered to the stage within a glass box opening his performance at MGM Grand Grand Arena. Was given the typical first, three songs to cover the controversial singer before a crowd of screaming girls and that was enough for me. Unsure if he was really singing, didn’t appear so in the long lens and worse off he wrote “Los Vegas” on the glass case….brilliant
Liberty finished off Green Valley 46-35 in their high school state quarterfinal game at Liberty last night, a game that was expected to be a blow out which ended up being close on and off. Can’t remember the last time there were fireworks, be them sparse, at the end of a high school game :D
Some more random pics from our NYC wanderings, think I could make images here every day and not get bored. So much color and character. Many thanks to Dianna Russell for our Bronx Zoo experience, next time I’ll bring a 400 and pro camera and spend about a week I think there :D Ended the day with her and Linda from the WCS and Bayley at this fantastic trattoria on Arthur Ave for some traditional Italian food, check that one off the list! Today we will wander the park and catch another show, back to Vegas tomorrow…