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Shred it: US National Air Guitar Qualifier

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US Air Guitar Regional Qualifier in Denver

DENVER, CO – MAY 27: Pork Sword celebrates after winning the US Air Guitar Regional Qualifier at Lion’s Lair in Denver, Colorado on May 27, 2016. The top two scoring contestants Friday night won a chance to compete at regionals in Kansas City. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

It’s no secret that I love to shoot weird stuff. The more bizarre the better. Having spent a good portion of my formative years watching strange punk bands play in basements, starting strange punk bands that played in VFW Halls and working in a bizarre art gallery weird just suites me. I get weird, its easy for me to embrace. So when the chance to photograph the US National Air Guitar qualifier popped up last week I jumped on it. It didn’t go quite as planned from the photo stand point (it was dark, like pitch black dark) but it was a lot of fun watching people do just that, have fun. While it was a competition it was also designed to be fun. Stage names, costumes and loud rock music from 1986. The thought process behind the competition is if you’re holding an air guitar you can’t hold a gun. It’s a message of peace… and tight pants. I can’t get behind that message.

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Photos: Colorado 5A Baseball Championship

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DENVER, CO - MAY 29: John-Michael Osley (15) and Matt Meraz (5) of Cherokee Trail celebrate during a time out after Osley hit an rbi double against Rocky Mountain during game two of the Class 5A high school baseball championship at All-City Field in Denver, Colorado on May 29, 2016. Cherokee Trail defeated Rocky Mountain 9-4 to win the Class 5A championship. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – MAY 29: John-Michael Osley (15) and Matt Meraz (5) of Cherokee Trail celebrate during a time out after Osley hit an rbi double against Rocky Mountain during game two of the Class 5A high school baseball championship at All-City Field in Denver, Colorado on May 29, 2016. Cherokee Trail defeated Rocky Mountain 9-4 to win the Class 5A championship. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

I haven’t shot baseball in over five years. I’ve photographed enough touchdowns, slapshots, checks, tackles, tries, rucks, baskets, jump shots and goals to last a lifetime in the last five years but not a single pitch or at-bat. I shot a lot of baseball when I was still in South Dakota. Rapid City was, and still is, very much a baseball town. So I’ve had my fair share of covering America’s Past Time but since I’ve been in Denver, baseball has not been a priority. Most sports have not been priority, outside of rugby. Any sports I’ve covered has been out of chance. So I jumped at the chance to shoot the 5A championship game on Sunday.

I was a little nervous, baseball can be a tough shoot. Five years of rust is not something you can knock off very quickly. Fortunately shooting rugby and hockey has upped my reaction time and watching the game at a professional level for the last five years has improved my ability to anticipate plays. The pressure was also diminished as it was a championship game (actually games as it was double elimination and they ended up playing two) so no matter what the most important photo was going to be the jubilation shot (or jub shot in journalism speak) at the end of the game.

Both games ended up being pretty decent and a lot of fun to shoot. Hopefully it won’t be five years before I shoot another game.

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In The Ruck: Back to Back

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Glendale Raptors vs San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos PRP Grand Final

GLENDALE, CO – MAY 14: Glendale Raptors vs San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos in the PRP Grand Final at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on May 14, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

A year ago (yesterday) I slammed my hand in a car door, requiring 7 stitches in my right index finger. My shooting finger. It was two days before the PRP Grand Final. I was on strict orders to rest for ten days. No shooting, no heavy lifting. I had covered the entire season, to miss the final left me feeling pretty terrible. Through a pretty heavy haze of pain killers I followed the game on Twitter. The Raptors won, bringing home their first PRP championship. When the Raptors secured their place in the final last Saturday, I knew I needed to I make sure to be extra careful this week. I wasn’t going to miss the final two years in a row. The caution was worth it. The Raptors took home their second straight PRP championship yesterday. Dominating San Francisco Golden Gate from the opening whistle. Congratulations to the Raptors and the entire organization. Thanks for looking.

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Photos: Sturgill Simpson, Ogden Theatre. Denver

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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 5: Sturgill Simpson performs at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 5: Sturgill Simpson performs at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

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Photos: Incubus/Deftones, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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MORRISON, CO - AUGUST 24: Incubus performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 24, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

MORRISON, CO – AUGUST 24: Incubus performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 24, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

 

A little over a decade ago I had tickets to see Incubus at Red Rocks. I had made plans with friends to go, worked on saving money to drive from South Dakota down to Morrison for a few days and attend the show. Through a series of unfortunate events, I was convinced that I didn’t have the money and had to back out at the last-minute only to check my bank account the day of the show, well after my friends had left for Colorado, to find my bank account padded by several hundred dollars. I still kick myself for not going to the show. Luckily they recorded it for a DVD and I get to see my friends sitting in the front row having an amazing time…

Fortunately Incubus brought their radio friendly sound back to Red Rocks last night and for 15 minutes I had one of the best seats in the house and they brought two of my favorite bands with them. I wish I would have been able to stay for the entire show but the downside to shooting shows professionally is a very late night to meet a very early deadline in the morning.

More photos and a full review can be found later today over on Reverb.

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Photos: Slipknot, Summers Last Stand Tour- Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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MORRISON, CO - AUGUST 19: Slipknot performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 19, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

MORRISON, CO – AUGUST 19: Slipknot performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 19, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Slipknot brought their insane live show to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Wednesday night. The masked clad rockers marked their first performance at the historic mountain amphitheatre in 15 years with a blistering set. Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White opened the show. More photos (maybe, eventually?) over at Reverb. Thanks for looking.

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Photos: RugbyTown 7s

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Over the last three years, I’ve been covering rugby as the official team photographer of the Glendale Raptors Rugby Club in the suburbs of Denver. Its been a rather fun and rewarding experience that has gotten me into a different mind-set and given me an opportunity to do something different and fun. Every August the club hosts the Serevi RugbyTown 7’s tournament which brings in teams from all over the country and several countries to play the speedy version of rugby.

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GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Coast Guard vs Navy during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Coast Guard vs Navy during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Navy v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Navy v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Army v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Army v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Raptors vs Stars Rugby during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Raptors vs Stars Rugby during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Denver vs Northeast ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Denver vs Northeast ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Utah Lions vs Atlantis for the High School Cup during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Utah Lions vs Atlantis for the High School Cup during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Army vs Air Force during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Army vs Air Force during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Mexico vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Mexico vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Air Force vs Northwest ODPduring the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Air Force vs Northwest ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Navy vs Bahamas during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Navy vs Bahamas during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

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August 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm