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In The Ruck: May 2016

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Lady Raptors vs Denver Black Ice Rugby

GLENDALE, CO – MAY 7: Lady Raptors vs Denver Black Ice at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on May 7, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

Thanks to mother nature, I got a long break from shooting rugby during the middle of the season here. It wasn’t the most welcome break but there is not much you can do when flights get cancelled and games are not played as a result. With a decisive victory on Saturday over the rival Denver Barbos, the Raptors secured their place in the final and will attempt to defend their 2015 PRP championship this coming Saturday. More photos after the jump. Thanks for looking.

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May 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

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Frog Fishing in the Dying Light

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The only good thing about forest fires are the sunsets.

As I was leaving an assignment this evening, I saw two kids fishing in a pond. The vibrant pinks, yellows and oranges made the water look like it was on fire.

As cliche as sunsets can be, I knew it would make for some cool photos.

It turned out the kids were fishing for frogs. I have never witnessed people fishing for frogs but they were really into it and even managed to hook one.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: TJ Perkins reals in his line while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: TJ Perkins, 12, left, and Diante Newbill, 13, work on removing a hook from a frogs mouth while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: TJ Perkins, 12, left, and Diante Newbill, 13, fish for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: Diante Newbill, 13, works on removing a hook from a frogs mouth while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Thornton Summer Concert Series

THORNTON, CO – JUNE 20: Diante Newbill, 13, shows off his catch while fishing for frogs as the sun sets over the lake at Carpenter Park on June 20, 2013 in Thornton, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Ice Level: Avalanche Vs. Sharks

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In the five years I have been shooting hockey, I’ve never shot through holes in the glass. It’s something that I asked for when I was covering the Rush in Rapid City. I was incredibly vocal about getting holes cut in the glass. I was turned down by Civic Center management time and again. So tonight when I had the chance to shoot the Avalanche vs. Sharks game from ice level while giving the Avs team photog a hand, I was stoked. FINALLY, holes in the glass… and holy crap is it hard to shoot through the hole in the glass. The holes are a lot smaller than I was expecting and it involves a lot more moving to get a clear shot.  My back hurts and I’m pretty much worn out from leaning back and forth trying to get the most acute angle possible to shoot the action on the boards but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t a lot of fun. You can feel the wind come through the hole as the players skate by. The puck only skipped over my hole once and I missed taking a shot to the face by six inches.

I’m not sure if it was nerves , the hole or both but shooting NHL caliber players at ice level is a different beast than I was used to. It took a lot of adjustment to keep up with the pace, follow the puck and realize how intense they play the puck at this level. I love a good challenge and this was by far one of the best challenges I’ve had in a while. It was a hell of a lot of fun. Plus the Avs won the game with 2/10ths of second left in overtime. Good times.

I can’t wait to do it again.

Wrapping It Up Vol. 1 Issue 2

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My favorite part of working for a newspaper is the variety. This past week was certainly no exception. I got all over the metro area and was able to sneak in a couple of extra self-assigned assignments over the weekend. Self-assigning is my favorite part of being on the YourHub side of things. I don’t have to hope to get an assignment or to cover an event, I just need to put in the footwork and get credentials set up.

My favorite assignment from this past week was a story we did on Mean Street Ministry, a group from a West Denver church that travels around to the long-term stay motels on Colfax to distribute food, candy and resource packets to residents. It was gritty and the light was only in pockets. The stories were sad and the conditions were worse. Its heartbreaking to hear people’s stories and how they ended where they did. It really puts things in perspective and how things can change at the drop of a hat. Addiction is scary and to see the worst of it first hand is terrifying.

This Weeks Galleries:

Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, Vanna, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights

Mile High Mayhem Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Denver Cutthroats Pink At The Rink Weekend

Mean Street Ministry

Adams 14 English As A Second Language Program

Thanks for looking.

-SM

Wrap it up

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One of my goals for the year was to blog more. We are 5 weeks into 2013 and I really haven’t blogged. So I’m going to push to blog at least once a week, posting images from my assignments the week before.

This is a good week to start as I had an incredibly busy week last week.

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Some weeks, no matter now much you plan, nothing seems to go right. This past week was a prime example of this. I had planned my week so I would have a light day on Friday and be well rested for a visit from my parents over the weekend. Unfortunately my co-shooter on the YourHub side got the flu and my well planned week went into the trash on Wednesday. It happens and being flexible is a big part of this job. Thankfully I had set up my schedule the way I did and was able to “easily” absorb another 5 assignments. -There is nothing easy about absorbing assignments late in the week but I got it done-

Thankfully most of the assignments were full of opportunities to make good images. Plus I got the opportunity to make photos of one of my favorite bands of all time on Sunday. Love me some Hot Water Music.

Galleries:

Hot Water Music, La Dispute, The Menzingers

Cherry Creek hockey returns after 24 years

Brighton Construction Boom

Red Rocks Community College Opens HVAC Training Lab

Elk Creek Elementary Morning Exercise Program

Thanks for looking.

-SM

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A Year in the Pit, Best of Music 2012

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It’s no secret, to those who regularly follow this blog, that music plays a huge role in my life. It’s the reason I picked up a camera nearly a decade ago and is the one thing I look forward to shooting the most… minus hockey.

This year I ramped up the number of shows and music related events I made photos of. Coming from South Dakota, where there was a very small, sporadic music scene, it was a blessing to shoot so many shows. It was also a challenge to come up with a way to shoot that kept it fresh and interesting on a weekly basis. I try to limit myself to a show a week or 4 a month. Which is about the right number of shows to balance out my daily assignments and still give me time to take up projects, events or any other random event that comes a long that might make for interesting images.

I had the pleasure of shooting a random assortment of shows this year, from huge artists (Madonna, Aerosmith, etc…) to local bands playing Friday night gigs in dive mexican restaurants. I will say that I enjoyed the local artists and the small shows a lot more than the huge shows. I enjoy being able to show the interaction between an artist and the fan base much more than the canned, soundboard shoot with a 500.

It’s also a challenge to get past the idea of a photo being good because of who is in the photo or how famous that person is versus it actually being a good photo. To be 100% honest, I didn’t like most of my photos of incredibly famous artists. They were not terrible photos by any means, they just didn’t have any soul to them. They just felt like photos of famous people and while they are easy for people to connect to, they don’t do anything for me. (I also managed to destroy three MacBook Pro’s this year and lost a few concert takes amongst other work. Including some of those big takes. Yes I back my work up but when your computer dies the following morning there is not much you can do.)

Anyways, I broke this down into two sections. 11 of my favorite photos and I also put together a video with some other photos that I really liked. You can view that here (2012 Best of Music Seth A. McConnell)

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Comeback Kid at the Marquis Theater.

One of the Hardest venues to shoot in Denver but fun as hell. Nothing like being packed shoulder to shoulder in a beer soaked club.

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The Hives at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. One of the best bands I shot all year. Tons of energy.

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David Vandervelde at the Bluebird Theatre. Sometimes the opening band is more entertaining than the headliner… or it provides you some space to shoot some interesting frames because no one is around. The hat makes this shot.

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Security- Three Doors Down at the 1st Bank Center. Sometimes you get three songs to shoot and you get bored after two. That is what happened here, even the security was bored.

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Jack White- B Show- Denver, CO. One of the coolest shows I’ve ever been too. Jack White in the parking lot of a small mechanics shop. Awesome.

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The Line- Bluebird Theatre. They didn’t have my credential at the box office so I had to wait… and wait… and wait. The line grew… and grew… and grew. I wasn’t happy but the wait provided an opportunity to make a few frames. You have to make the best of every situation.

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Five Iron Frenzy practice before their first show in 8 years. Denver, CO. One of the coolest stories I had the pleasure of working on last year. It happened by chance but it was a lot of fun and the entire band was pretty open and welcoming.

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Fans twirl strobes lights and glow sticks during Skrillex set- Red Rocks Amphitheatre. A classic case of taking the time to look around you to see what else is going on. Sometimes the story telling image is behind you.

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Rise Against- Fillmore Auditorium. Step back. Work the light. Shoot wide. Magic.

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Kerry King of Slayer. Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. Working the light, trying to find a clean background. The fog is sexy.

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Mayer Hawthorne. Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Red suit. Enough said.

Photos: Denver Presidential Debate Fest 2012

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I had the pleasure a few weeks ago of being on the Post’s coverage team for the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. My job was to cover the musical acts playing an outdoor concert on the campus of DU in conjunction with the debate aptly titled Debate Fest. The fest featured a line up of local musical acts including The Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff.

It was a huge honor to be apart of the team covering this historic event. Even though I was not in the hall, it was amazing to be a part of the entire process. My favorite part of the day was getting the chance to work with AAron, we tag teamed Debatefest while the rest of the Post staff worked the Hall, Spin Alley and made other features. It was a blast to get out there and work it. Pushing each other and knowing that if I missed something, that AAron had it and vice-versa. It was easily the most intense credential process to shoot a concert. Very rarely does making photos at a concert involve a full background search by the Secret Service. It was well worth it though as I got full access, including the chance to make photos from the stage.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

More photos: Denver Presidential Debate 2012, Debatefest