Friday, October 31, 2008


Short for jubilation.

I really hate having to caption pictures on deadline that have more than two people in them. More names means more chances to have a correction attributed to you.

Kaukauna High School players, from left, McKinzie Freimuth (3), Leah VanZeeland (10), Sarah Weyers (2), Maria VanAbel (1), and Alyssa Kaufman (6) celebrate their win over De Pere High School in a sectional semifinal match at Appleton North High School in Appleton, Wis., Thursday evening, Oct. 30, 2008.

Tongue action

Glad I could get your attention...

Fox Valley Lutheran High School's Matt Page (11) celebrates his second of two goals in a sectional semifinal win over Xavier High School at FVL in Appleton, Wis., Thursday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2008.

Video: The President - A Kid's Perspective

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Prep Football Playoffs, Level 1

Annette Tuyls, center, of Darboy and other football parents and families welcome the Kimberly High School Papermakers to the field prior to their level one playoff game against Green Bay Southwest High School in Kimberly, Wis., Tuesday evening, Oct. 28, 2008. Tuyls' son, Jordan Tuyls (54) is an outside linebacker on the Kimberly team.

Kimberly High School's Benny DeBruin (14) breaks loose past Green Bay Southwest High School's (28) and Jordan Haltaufderheid (54) for a touchdown with about 6:00 remaining in the first quarter.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Prep Football, Week End

Time for playoffs soon! Giddeyup!!

Waupaca High School quarterback Brock Jensen (16) keeps the ball for a gain in the second quarter of a game against Freedom High School in Freedom, Wis., Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 2008.

Waupaca High School's Tyler Jenson (14) reaches unsuccessfully for a pass in the endzone over Freedom High School's Chris VanDyke (3) in the first quarter of a game in Freedom, Wis., Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 2008.

Waupaca High School's Mike Solberg (33) works his way out of a corner on a 63-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter of a game against Freedom High School in Freedom, Wis., Thursday evening, Oct. 23, 2008.


De bridge! De bridge!

Television crews and spectators got their view from Peabody Park for the blasting of the first pier holding up the old College Avenue bridge in Appleton, Wis., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2008.

The moment of detonation.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Weekday Night Football, Week Cold-as-&*$#

I'm not in Ohio anymore... I need to start dressing for the weather.

God... I sound like my parents...

Anyways... this is the last week of the regular season so we have games Wednesday and then playoffs begin next week.

Appleton North High School's Ty Hetherington (44) and Garrett Bennett (36) sack Appleton East High School quarterback Erik Schroeder (12) in the second quarter of a game at Appleton North High School in Appleton, Wis., Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, 2008.

The ball pops loose from the grip of Appleton East High School running back Max Herrmann (25) while being hit by Appleton North High School's Nate Hans (11) and Ty Hetherington (44) in the second quarter.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More volleyball...

Still not totally thrilled with my volleyball shots this season. This game went 3-0 so I didn't have much shooting time...

Fox Valley Lutheran High School's Brittany Kallies (9) and Sarah Petermann (3) watch as New London High School's Tara Beschta (9) is unable to salvage their block in a first round regional volleyball match in Appleton, Wis., Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, 2008.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A day at the salt barn...

Spent part of my day at the city's salt barn as they received their first shipment of road salt for winter.

Taken from on top of the salt pile...

My "margarita shoes" below prove that it wasn't a clean and easy climb to the top. Don't worry, I didn't lick them...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What's the difference...

Family and friends ask me lots of times how I edit a sequence of photographs, particularly sports or other action. They want to know, when you're shooting at 8 frames per second, what's the difference... really.

My answer: It's the little things. It's the position of the arms or legs, a tuft of grass coming loose from a cleat, the height of the person's step or jump... they're the building blocks of peak action and the moments.

Now, volleyball is so dang quick there's not much sequencing to it. It's a good single frame and then it's usually gone. This photograph jumped out at me... the finger caught in the net on the attack hit...

Do dee do dee do... just little things that keep me [in]sane when editing...

Appleton North High School's Abby Casperson (7) spikes the ball through the block of Kimberly High School's Amanda School (9) during Fox Valley Association conference volleyball at Appleton East High School in Appleton, Wis., Saturday morning, Oct. 18, 2008.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday Night Football, finally an image I'm happy with

Appleton North High School defenders Ty Hetherington (44) and Lucas Duppler (31) eye a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter of a game against Appleton West High School at the Banta Bowl in Appleton, Wis., Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. Dupler caught the ball for an interception.

Lawrence University standalone

Lawrence University's Main Hall's cupola is illuminated by high-intensity lights, as the school celebrated the announcement of the final phase of its "More Light!" campaign in Appleton, Wis., Friday evening, Oct. 17, 2008.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Survivor portrait

Ruth Melzer poses for a portrait on the Wayne G. Bryan Bridge in Neenah, Wis., Thursday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2008, not far from where she, her husband, Robert, and another cyclist, were struck by drunk driver Sheila Burr on July 1, 2007. Robert Melzer died from his injuries, while Ruth continues therapy to recover from hers. She has now begun advocating against drunk driving.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Apple Creek

Jim Roland drives wagon-riders through a the pumpkin field at the Lloyd and Sandy Gehring Farm across the street from Apple Creek Orchard in Freedom, Wis., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lawrence football... yay AGAIN for the Banta Bowl

I love me some clean backgrounds...

Lawrence University's Andy Frelich (8) tries to defend on a pass intended for Lake Forest College's Dan Carter (7) in the first quarter of a game at the Banta Bowl in Appleton, Wis., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008. The popped-up ball was caught for a large gain, setting up a Lake Forest touchdown.

Lake clean-up

Volunteer Mitch Comer, 16, of Hortonville, walks back to the shoreline with a large piece of plastic trash found at the bottom of the dried-up Black Otter Lake in Hortonville, Wis., Saturday morning, Oct. 11, 2008.

The Williams family

In 2005, Joel and Deanna Williams lost their only child, Bradley. He collapsed on the field due to a rare congenital heart condition during a Xavier High School football practice.

This past year, they adopted two young children, a brother and sister, from Siberia: Dmitry, 5, and Yana, 7. Birthdays weren't celebrated in the Russian orphanages... the two children never had theirs celebrated.

That changed as new members of the Williams family.

Joel and Deanna graciously opened their lives to us once again the other week, letting us document Dmitry's fifth birthday party.

Joel and Deanna Williams celebrated the 5th birthday of their adopted son, Dmitry (Dma), shown giving Deanna a kiss during the party at their home in Greenville, Wis., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. It was the first time in Dmitry's life that his birthday was celebrated.

Dmitry blows out the candles on his cake.

Family pictures hang on the living room wall of the Williams family during a family gathering. Their adopted children, Dmitry and Yana, are now part of the family, and their late son, Bradley, always will be.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Friday Night Football, rough night

Things didn't go so well... really, really average...

Appleton Xavier High School's Calvin Schubbe (5) lands upended while trying to keep control of the ball he ripped out of the hands of Fox Valley Lutheran High School's Daniel Gulbransen (36) in the first quarter of a game at Xavier in Appleton, Wis., Friday, Oct. 10, 2008.

Your standard running-back shot...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Another media circus?

This could be the next big trial here...

Winnebago County Dist. Atty. Christian Gossett answers questions for the media after Zachary B. Reid, 16, of Neenah, made his initial appearance before Winnebago County Court Commissioner Daniel Bissett in Oshkosh, Wis., Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2008. Reid was charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide of his father, Brett R. Reid.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Friday Night Football, Kimberly stronger than ever

Last year's state champs look like they're on their way to a repeat performance...

Neenah High School's Michael Lesinski (27) gets juked by Kimberly High School's Benny DeBruin (14) as he runs for a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter of a game in Neenah, Wis., Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Downed signal...

Outagamie County Sheriff's Department Patrol Officer Schommer eyes a downed traffic signal from a nearby vehicle collision at the intersection of County BB and County CB near Greenville, Wis., Wednesday morning, Oct. 1, 2008