Archive for May, 2009


First day at work

My first day at the Reno Gazette-Journal was Monday.  After days of driving, I finally made it to Reno and got off to a quick start.  I covered Memorial Day at the Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, NV as well as the Reno Aces (our minor league baseball team and feeder team for the Arizona Diamondbacks) game against Oklahoma City.  Here are my two favorites from the day.

20090525_MemorialDayVeteransCemetery_159_BLOGMichel Minaberry places a flag on his mother’s memorial at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fallon, NV Monday.  Minaberry’s mother, Nancy, relayed secret messages as a cryptographer during the Korean War, but her family remembers her for her laugh.  “She had a laugh that nobody could miss,” Minaberry said. (© John Schreiber/ Reno Gazette-Journal)

Aces vs. Oklahoma CityThe Reno Aces run onto the field to congratulate teammate Josh Whitesell, far right, after he hit the walk-off single that scored the winning run in the Aces’ 5-4 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks on Monday at Aces Ballpark.  It was the Aces’ fourth straight win. (© John Schreiber/ Reno Gazette-Journal)



Here are a few images from my drive today.  I passed through the Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah and snapped a few pictures.  It is a pretty amazing place.  Although it looks like snow, it is really salt.  If you don’t have your sunglasses with you, get ready to be blinded.  This is also the area where the world land speed record of 630 mph was set back in 1970 (although I think it has since been broken again).  This area was a nice little surprise in an already beautiful drive.




How to make 2,800 miles of driving fun

For the last 4 days, I have been slowly making my way out to Reno, NV for my summer internship at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

I started out my drive in Northfield, MN after spending some time with Chelsea in her hometown and cruising on the St. Croix National Scenic River.  I survived the drive through Iowa and Nebraska and spend the night in Denver.  After Denver, the drive has been much easier because of the amazing scenery around me.

So, how do you make the drive interesting?  I say go off-roading!  After camping on the rim of a canyon overlooking the Colorado River, I drove to Canyonlands National Park near Moab, UT and spent the day exploring the off-road trails.  Since I am traveling alone, my car is my only friend.  So, I took pictures of it (I maybe be going crazy after all this driving).  Here is a little sample of what my car and I have been driving through today:



RenoDrive_blog_3Notice the tiny white car in the lower right corner of the above picture.  That should give some scale…



Final Project: “In the Footsteps of History: The Coalition of Historical Trekkers”

Ahhhh… The end of the semester.  We finally finished putting together our audio slideshow for our final project in Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism.  As you may remember, Joel, Vivian, Sarah, and I went to the National Gathering of The Coalition of Historical Trekkers last month and spent two days photographing the event.  I can’t tell you how many thousands of photos we took or how much audio we recorded, but here is our end product.  We could probably tighten it up or fix a few things, but this is our initial edit. You can view it full screen but it will probably look a bit distorted.  Enjoy:

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