Archive for July, 2009

30
Jul
09

Fishy Silhouettes

I spent this last “weekend” in Monterey/Carmel California to try and escape the Reno heat.  I think I escaped it a little too much because it never got above 62 degrees the whole time I was there (which is pretty damn chilly after getting out of a 56 degree Pacific Ocean).  It was foggy and cold my first morning so I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I guess you could call it an “ironic” attraction considering the aquarium used to be a sardine canning factory dedicated to packaging tons and tons of dead fish.

I know that silhouettes are considered a little gimmicky in the photography world but I couldn’t help myself at the aquarium.  Too many kids pounding on the glass or trying to touch the fish.  To add to that, the aquarium had HUGE glass viewing areas– it was too perfect.   I probably spend a good 2 hours trying to get the right combination of fish/jellyfish/kid pointing or pounding on the glass. These are two of my favorites:

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26
Jul
09

If your name is Mom or Chelsea, Ignore these pictures

If you are not my mother or Chelsea, then by all means, have a look at the pictures below (they both say I need to ask for safer assignments).

There were two BIG wildfires a couple of weeks ago in the Reno area that were sparked by a trailer with a flat tire being dragged down the highway.  By the time the fires were contained, they had already burned almost 12,000 acres and cost something like $3.4 million to fight (compare that to the small 14 acre fire I shot earlier).  I still find it amazing that one little spark can do so much damage out here.

I was sort of on the night shift when it came to these fires.  I went to them in the evening and usually stayed out there until 1 or 2 a.m.  That was fine with me since daytime temps were around 100 degrees and wearing fire gear is no fun in the heat.

It was a challenge to get pictures at night though.  I wasn’t close enough to the fire to get shots of firefighters working and it was pretty dark out to get anything else.  So, I painted with light for one photo, tried to shoot as much as possible with daylight still remaining, and did my best with the rest:

Red Rock FireThe sun sets on smoke rising above the Reno skyline from the Red Rock wildfire Thursday, July 16, 2009. (© John Schreiber/ Reno Gazette-Journal)

Red Rock WildfirePete Wobbe, Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department fire chief, takes a drink of water after getting off the fire line of the second of two wildfires sparked along Red Rock Road northeast of Reno Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (© John Schreiber/ Reno Gazette-Journal)

Red Rock WildfireWith air support suspended for the evening and the added problem of high winds, the Red Rock wildfire burns into the night northeast of Reno Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (© John Schreiber/ Reno Gazette-Journal)

And I am sorry, but I had to take a picture of myself looking like a complete dork in my fire gear.  Insert your comments in the comment section.  And if you are my mother, ignored the warnings, and are still reading this post, I really wasn’t that close to the fire– I promise.  Fire always looks more dramatic at night.

RedRockFire_18_blogDressed in some sweet fire retardant clothing and a stylish but practical fire helmet, Uber dork John Schreiber takes a self portrait at the Red Rock wildfire northeast of Reno Wednesday, July 15, 2009. (© John Schreiber)

20
Jul
09

IT’S HOT!!

It seems like Reno finally realized that summer is here and it is supposed to be hot.  The 78 degree highs are gone and replaced with 100 degree temps.  At least it is a “dry” heat (like that means anything) and I can escape to the mountains if I need to cool down.  I was sent out a couple of weeks ago to get weather feature shots at a water park.  I brought my swimsuit and convinced people to let me ride down the water slide behind them:

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12
Jul
09

Baseball Sunset

Yeah, yeah, yeah… its just a pretty sunset picture, I know.  But it was one of the more unique sunsets I have seen in Reno so far.  I didn’t touch up this picture or do anything to the color/saturation/contrast.  This is exactly what the sky looked like last night.  I thought it was pretty cool looking.

Aces Vs. Las VegasThe sun sets against clearing storm clouds above Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2009 during the Aces’ game against the Las Vegas 51’s. (© John Schreiber/Reno Gazette-Journal)

11
Jul
09

Fight Night at the Reno Events Center

Last night, I had the opportunity to shoot my first boxing match.  I have shot Ultimate Fighting/ Mixed Martial Arts in the past, but never boxing.

Before I went, I was told to wear a dark colored shirt so the flying blood would not stain anything I was wearing.  It was probably good advice as some of the matches got a little bloody.  Luckily, I don’t think I was hit by any blood (at least I hope not)… just lots of sweat.  I guess its the price you pay for being so close to the action.

In true Rocky style, the Russians were the ones to fear.  Two out of the three Russians that were fighting last night knocked out his opponent in the first round (and one in less than a minute– see picture below).

Thankfully, the ring was extremely well lit from all sides which also meant that the flying sweat and blood was always nicley backlit against a perfect black background.  Here are some of the shots I got:

Summer Showdown BoxingFedor Chudinov of Siberia, Russia, right, delivers a first-round knockout punch to Shawn Kirk of Lexington, Ky. during the Summer Showdown boxing match at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev. Friday, July 10, 2009. (© John Schreiber/Reno Gazette-Journal)

Summe Showdown BoxingShawn Kirk of Lexington, Ky. gets a 10 count from the referee after getting knocked out by Fedor Chudinov of Siberia, Russia during the Summer Showdown at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev., Friday, July 10, 2009. (©John Schreiber/Reno Gazette-Journal)

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BLOG_Boxing_14In the main event, Jesse Brinkley of Yerington, Nev., left, lets out a spray of sweat as he delivers a blow to Mike Paschall of Baltimore, MD during the Summer Showdown at the Reno Events Center Friday, July 10, 2009.  Brinkley won the 10-round match in a unanimous decision. (©John Schreiber/Reno Gazette-Journal)

03
Jul
09

Rodeo

A couple of pictures from the Reno Rodeo which ran June 18-27.  I spent 3 nights shooting it and I must admit, it was harder than I expected.  I guess it is like shooting anything else– the more you do it, the better you get.  I had never even been to a rodeo before this– even after going to school in Texas for 4 years.  So, it was a bit of a learning curve.

Reno Rodeo ThursdayZach Curran of Arvada, Colo. tries to hold onto his horse “Ragidy Ann” out of the chute during the bareback bronc riding competition at the Reno Rodeo Thursday, June 25, 2009. (© John Schreiber/Reno Gazette-Journal)

Reno Rodeo MondaySteer wrestler Spud Duvall of Checotah, Okla. prepares to take down a cow at the Reno Rodeo Monday, June 22, 2009. (© John Schreiber/Reno Gazette-Journal)

Reno Rodeo FridayZac Compton of Hermiston, Ore. rides his horse out of the chute during the bareback bronc riding competition at the Reno Rodeo Friday, June 26, 2009. (© John Schreiber/Reno Gazette-Journal)