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Photos: Denver Anti-Trump Rally

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Anti-Trump Rally in Denver

DENVER, CO – JULY 1: Pro-Trump supporter Greg, no last name given, uses a sign to block out a protestors megaphone during an Anti-Trump rally at the corner of 14th and California in Denver, Colorado on July 1, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump made a stop in Denver on Friday. As has been the case across the country, his presence drew a large crowd of protestors both for and against the New York business man. Thanks for looking.

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July 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Photos: Rockies vs Diamondbacks

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DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: Nolan Arenado (28) of the Colorado Rockies fouls a ball off a pitch by Archie Bradley (25) of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on June 24, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – JUNE 24: Nolan Arenado (28) of the Colorado Rockies fouls a ball off a pitch by Archie Bradley (25) of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on June 24, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Eight years ago, I came down to Coors Field to see the Rockies play live for the first time. I grew up loving baseball and played the game until I was 14, when the pressure to play (win) overtook the fun of playing the game. I was a Twins fan growing up and made many pilgrimages to the Metrodome to see the Twins and Mr. Kirby Puckett play. At a certain point my love of punk rock music usurped my love of America’s Past Time and I quit watching sports all together, it wasn’t until a friend got really excited about the Rockies that I came back to baseball. I remember sitting at that game, watching the photographers, thinking someday I want to be here, doing that.

When I got back to South Dakota and back to my job, one of the first assignments I shot an American Legion baseball game. It was an afternoon game and it was ungodly hot. The rusty old folding chairs with flecks of red paint peeling off that they placed in the “photo pit” (the only area with chain link low enough that one could shoot over) were almost too hot to sit on, the fabric on the mandatory khaki pants I had to wear to every assignment was the only thing preventing second degree burns on my hamstrings. It was miserable, to say the least, when a slight breeze broke the dry heat and it mentally brought me back to the previous weekend, to Denver. To Coors Field and hanging out with my friends.

I sent a text to my friend that just said “I wish I was at Coors Field.” What I didn’t send was the goal that I set, that one day I would be shooting baseball at Coors Field.  The goal I set based on the feeling that one day I would be here, doing this. I accomplished that goal on Friday night. I’ve always set goals of things that I want to shoot and things that I want to do. It’s never about winning awards. It’s about experiences and shooting something enough to get really good at it. I could have shot a game a lot sooner, but I was lacking the confidence that I could do it. I felt very overlooked and looked down upon for the first three years I was here. It’s amazing what one person believing in you can do. Plus if I would have forced it, I couldn’t say that the first professional baseball game that I shot was the longest nine inning game in Rockies history, clocking in at a grueling four and a half hours. I love baseball but even this was pushing it.

It’s amazing how much faster the game moves at this level. I’m excited to find my rhythm at this pace and up my reaction time. Hopefully this was the first of many, many games. Thanks for looking.

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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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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: 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: St Vincent at Denver Botanic Gardens

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St. Vincent Perform at Denver Botanic GardensThere are a few artists that I look forward to shooting. St Vincent was high on that list. Here live shows have always looked really cool and really fun to shoot. I have to say I was a little disappointed but it may have been more of the venue than the performance. It’s a cool venue to see a show but can be a very limiting as a venue to shoot a show especially with an artist like St. Vincent. Someone so loud and theatrical, having to turn down and play in the round, makes for an interesting challenge. I made a few frames that I like but will have to wait for another club tour to see the full, fun and loud show. More photos and a full review can be found here

More photos after the jump.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

 

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