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The big fight is fast approaching and the craziness is palpable…

Fans sang and danced as they readied for the official weigh-in event for the Canelo Alvarez versus Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Was fun to see things from a different perspective though was almost impossible to find a clear spot of them from within the arena so did what I could from the media circus. Still going with Canelo on this one…

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Covered another battle on the ice, this time the Vegas Golden Knights  and Boston Bruins during an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena. The Knights defeated the Bruins 3-1 and are overall 4-1 now to the surprise of some but delight of the fans. I made a few nice images but still am adjusting to the speed and shooting through a tine hole in the glass, this time a puck and a glove came into that space and makes me a bit jumpy but I’ll get used to it. Last game a stick rattled the hole too, hazards of the job :D

Nice work by goalie Malcolm Subban (30), defenseman Luca Sbisa (47) , left wing James Neal (18), center Cody Eakin (21) and others. They will be in town for another four games or so then on the road, I’ll keep trying to get better.

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A long day covering the first game of the regular season at home for the Vegas Golden Knights versus the Arizona Coyotes, professional hockey has come and the crowd was huge and energetic. Arrived 3.5 hours before the puck dropped and wandered about the venue at T-Mobile Arena where fans enjoyed many different installations in a “fan zone” and could also purchase gear, eats and even play a little street hockey. The Budweiser Clydesdales joined by a drum line and parade to welcome the players who walked a gold carpet into the arena stopping to take photos and sign autographs for fans. Mr. Franchise, Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29), was a definite hit out there - especially with the ladies I noticed :D

Gotta say it’s been a long time since I shot hockey and making great images out there about the ice is not so easy. At this point there are only a limited number of cut outs in the glass and the agencies and team are taking the bulk of them leaving a handful of them for the rest of us to fight over. I did the best I could though had two of three periods through the glass on the defensive side, still ended up pretty satisfied with the results and mixed it up with some crowd and atmosphere. A few more games and I’ll have it dialed in…maybe

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After way too many years I’m back to covering hockey again, last night began the Vegas Golden Knights professional hockey preseason games at the T-Mobile Arena with a battle against the Los Angeles Kings. Remembered rather quickly how challenging it can be to shoot the sport especially with all that glass, fans not wanting you to stand in front of them and tough angles from the upper shooting spots. Turns out whomever cut the glass cutouts for shooting only made half of them accessible so after the wire guys and team got theirs we were left with a handful. Hearing that will be remedied and I’m not worried…

Learned a few things too. Like a 400mm lens is too much for the shooting spots unless you’re up on the 5th floor. Parking is an issue even when you’re on the list but better than the $25 they are charging now. Also, the $8 meal is fine though not having receipts is a problem too. Also, shooting through the glass is harder than it appears and can appear sharp but often isn’t due to the curvature built in…gonna take a few games to adjust I think :D

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Even with a sea of red jerseys the Vegas Golden Knights played tough and took down the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 during their game at T-Mobile Arena last night. With a third goalie in the net now, injuries to the other two, Golden Knights goalie Oscar Dansk (35) did his job well even shaking off an early score on him by the Chicago Blackhawks right wing John Hayden (40). More great play by Vegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Nosek (92), left wing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (41), center Jonathan Marchessault (81) and others…

Next game Friday :D

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Been thinking about this a lot the past few days and wondering about the randomness of life. These may not be the best images but what they signify to me is so much more important. I shot these on Friday night at the Route 91 Harvest festival across from the Mandalay Bay and enjoyed some great music and lots of laughs with fellow photographers and fans there. Knowing that the mass shooter was already in place the day before has caused me to ponder the “why” even more, as many of the human race has been doing, that Friday could have easily been Sunday and I’d of been there. Oddly enough I had considered going back then for the final night but after a long work week chose to hang out with friends and take a few days off…why?

I’ve seen and documented many unpleasant things over my career and the loss of life is never pleasant to witness, I feel so saddened, as many of us do, by the senseless acts of those determined to destroy innocent lives and can only hope we find a way to stem the tide. OK, I’m getting off of my soapbox now. I wish you all long, happy lives… :D

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Another win as the Vegas Golden Knights with 3rd goalie Oscar Dansk (35) defeat the Colorado Avalanche 7-0 during their game at the T-Mobile Arena and prepare to take the show on the road. With some solid victories over several quality teams the real test is coming, can they continue to win away versus talented squads. Las Vegas fans have been enjoying the show so far with outstanding play by left wing David Perron (57),  left wing James Neal (18), center Oscar Lindberg (24), defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) and so many others with goalie Dansk keeping the team from missing starting goalie Fleury who clearly has time to fully recover from his concussion now…

Still a hard sport to shoot, so darn fast and constantly shifting, but there’s the challenge in it too that I’m really enjoying. Now if i could just make the glass cut-out hole more oblong to shoot down the ice more and stop getting freaked out about the puck hitting the glass right near me I’d be set :D

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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

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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.

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A decent night of boxing featuring the lead fight of middleweight Gennady Golovkin taking on Canelo Alvarez during their fight at the T-Mobile Arena. It was a hard-fought 12 rounds with Golovkin the aggressor the whole time though the match ending up a draw with a whacked out score by one of the judges. During the post-fight press conference many expressed their dismay of the scoring and suggested the judge be questioned and possibly barred from future fights. Alvarez dodged a loss but may have another chance to try again…

Other fights of note were lightweights Ryan Martin versus Francisco Rojo, lightweight Randy Caballero versus Diego De La Hoya and junior featherweight Rafael Rivera versus Joseph Diaz Jr. Not a bad night from the upper deck with the long lens but maybe next time I’ll push for a ringside spot….

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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

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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…