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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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Looking West.

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_2SM2478It’s never fun when it feels like your best is not good enough. Aiming at that patch of sunshine and blue sky and hoping for the best. Not sure what the future holds but I’m excited at the possibilities and the multitude of options at the moment. More on that later.

I went home in July. Hung out, lit stuff on fire and got engaged. A few photos from the edge of the west.

Thanks for looking.

-SM

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August 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Photos: P!nk, The Truth About Love Tour 2014

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I enjoy shooting every venue for different reasons. Pop concerts at the Pepsi Center usually mean an over the top show full of crazy visuals, pyro and tons of production. P!nk’s Truth About Love Tour brought all of this and more. It was visually entertaining and a ton of fun to shoot. I can’t say that about every large production I’ve had the opportunity to shoot but one really can’t complain when the artist is launched out of the stage and 25 feet into the air to start the show. The full gallery can be seen HERE.

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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)

Bring In The Clowns

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Clowns…

From the conversations I’ve had since starting this project, it seems that most people dislike them. I can’t say I’ve ever been the biggest fan but after spending the last month going to clown class, I can say the group from the Colorado Clowns are some of the nicest people I’ve met in a long time.

Despite the final product, I would have to say this was one of the more difficult things I’ve shot. The light wasn’t great. Fluorescent light is not a photographers friend. The moments were not coming together. To say it was a challenge is an understatement. I almost gave up after the first week. Week two didn’t yield many more photos. Week three we had a blizzard, class was cancelled and I spent the day at DIA making photos of stranded travelers. The pay off came this past weekend, during the last class before graduation. Both students, teachers and alumni came in full clown. For the first time it really felt like a clown class. The light was a little more effective and everything just felt like it came together.

It was a great lesson in patience and sticking with a story through the end.

Full gallery can be found here:

Colorado Clowns, Clown Class 2013 (with a bad ass edit from Meghan Lyden, who made me look really good here. Thanks!)

Thanks for looking.

-SM

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 Comic Con Portraits 2012

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Wilbert Rivera, 32, poses for a portrait on Saturday, June 16, 2012 during the first annual Denver Comic Con at the Denver Convention Center. Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post

When I first heard that Denver was hosting it’s first Comic Con a few months ago, I started thinking of different ways to cover it. I knew I wanted to do something unique and fun. Something different, so I sat down and started looking at photos of Comic Con and images from comic books and started devising a plan. I knew that I wanted to do a series of portraits, it was just deciding on the lighting.

After a little research and careful thought, I decided on using a ring flash. I wanted to somewhat mimic the direct flash look of Weegee. These are super heroes and in the comic books and movies you often only see them in the dark and the shadows. Most of the light is super dramatic so I wanted to do the opposite. I wanted to blast as much direct light on them as I could. But I still wanted it to be stylized and not looking like a Terry Richardson image. No offense to Terry, but I don’t like his style. It just doesn’t do anything for me.

I was hoping for a more graphic background but I found myself in a service hallway behind a banquet room. I would have preferred a different location but it was the only clean background I could find that was close to the costume contest. The grungy appearance helps. It’s not perfect but it’s fun and that is what I was going for.

More Photos: Denver Comic Con 2012 Portraits

Darren Lamb, 44, poses for a portrait on Saturday, June 16, 2012 during the first annual Denver Comic Con at the Denver Convention Center. Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post

Ryan Wilkes, 35, poses for a portrait on Saturday, June 16, 2012 during the first annual Denver Comic Con at the Denver Convention Center. Wilkes won best in show during the convention costume contest on Saturday night. Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post

Chris Horan, 32, poses for a portrait on Saturday, June 16, 2012 during the first annual Denver Comic Con at the Denver Convention Center. Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post

Joey Miller, 30, poses for a portrait on Saturday, June 16, 2012 during the first annual Denver Comic Con at the Denver Convention Center. Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post

Kitty Krell, 24, poses for a portrait on Saturday, June 16, 2012 during the first annual Denver Comic Con at the Denver Convention Center. Seth A. McConnell, The Denver Post

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June 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm