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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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My fourth year of covering EDC Las Vegas 2017 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and it’s starting to feel like Groundhog’s Day. Last night’s opening was the usual experience of massive crowd, crazy costumes, the smell of weed, drunkenness and dodging bodies. Even with earplugs my hearing is still deafened and I’ll be heading out for night two soon….

Not to paint it as all miserable, it does offer interesting imagery and the chance to interact with some interesting individuals. Our access was an issue early on but later made it into the pits for some top performers like Armin Van Buuren, Jauz, Major Lazer and Martin Garrix. The heat abated and the crowd danced into the dawn, fireworks erupted over the venue and most seemed to enjoy the night. I think this eve I’ll try and look for different moments, play with the light a bit and have a little fun with it….

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Just starting to stir after another overnight shift during the second night of EDC Las Vegas 2017 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Decided to look for different images and to try and see the light a bit more than the first night. Credential issues continued for access, apparently two wristbands aren’t enough, someone along the way decided we needed an orange one too which ended up being an error but costing photographers hours of pit access. Unfortunately there are way too many Indians and not enough Chiefs and whenever there’s an issue they seem to be in a “meeting.”

The up side it that I spent less time in the pits shooting the headliners and more time wandering the massive venue making different images. Negotiated my way into the main stage for both KYGO and Tiesto then grabbed a few others on the other stages, wasn’t going to shoot fireworks again but the vantage point is so good and the bursts lined up quite well. 

Probably time for a nap….

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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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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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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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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…