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El Diamante vs. Clovis North

After seeing my work from last years game featuring the El Diamante Miners vs. Golden West Trailblazers in the battle for the sadel I was invited back for a couple games this season, highlighting the senior players on the team. Returning back from vacation early I was able to photograph one of the early season games for the 2012 El Diamante Miner football team.

El Diamante Miners Varsity

El Diamante vs. Clovis North

This year upon return from my vacation I was immediately thrown back into photographing sports, and again I remembered how refreshing it is to start the weekend with a friday night under the lights smelling freshly cut grass and watching football.

In their game against the Clovis North Bronco’s the El Diamante Miners came out after a winning JV game strong, ready to fight for each touchdown, even as a visiting team there was quite a crowd gathered on the visiting side.

Photographs taken at the football game can be found by clicking this link.

Boys and Girls Club Harvest Moon

Photographs of the Boy’s and Girls Club Harvest Moon fund raiser are now available here.

I was invited to spend the evening with the staff and supporters of the Boys and Girls Club taking photographs of the “Harvest Moon Social Swirl” fundraiser event which included a Silent and Live auction, dinner catered by the Vintage Press and live music by Tyler Colburn. The event started with a very well hosted happy hour giving the attendee’s the chance to socialize, relax and view the silent auction items. After dinner the event really got started with the live auction, items which included dinner at the Orange Blossom Junction, a round of Golf at Spyglass Hill, and accommodations to various destinations through out California and neighboring states.

The final item for the night was the raffle for a very nice set Black Diamond Necklace donated by Browns Custom Jewelry, an item worth the wait. When all is said and done I am certain that the Boy’s and Girls Club of Tulare County will have the necessary resources to continue making a difference in the lives of children in Tulare county which was really the point of the entire evening.

Photographs of the Boy’s and Girls Club Harvest Moon fund raiser are now available here.

Splash and Dash 2010

Working with Brandon Dorman, a longtime friend from church, I was invited to photograph this years “Splash and Dash” an annual event put on by Tri-This Sports.

Photographs from the event here.

Barnes Family Photographs

Taking advantage of the fall color and the warm temperatures the Barnes family and I went out to Woodward Park in North Fresno to take family portraits. With rolling grassy hills and a large pond it was easy to find locations that featured the family as well as the beauty of Woodward Park.

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Central Valley Farmers Markets

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It is at the farmers markets held throughout the many California Central Valley towns that the participants can find many different and wonderful types of produce. Fresno, Visalia, Reedley, Kingsburg, and Hanford all participate. Many of the produce items available at farmers markets can be seen in the photographs that I have taken while shopping for my farm grown produce.

Many people don’t understand how wonderful fresh produce can be, fresh right from the farm into my bag to take home and eat. A peach ripened on the tree is much better than a ripe peach from your local grocer any day, it hasn’t been kept in cold storage waiting to make it to market. If farmers markets ar held in your area make time to attend so that you too can take part in the evening festivities and take home some good food.

Stomp at Fresno Saroyan Theater

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Several weeks ago, on May 19, 2009, I was asked to fill in for my friend over at Third Element Studios on a photo shoot for Visalia Direct Medias‘ local publication of Lifestyle magazine. On very short notice I took the gig and attended the concert to get the photographs posted above. Stomp is a very loud beet driven musical with each person playing a non vocal part in the play. Instruments include the following non-musical objects: zippo, newspaper, garbage bag, and yes even the kitchen sink. Their tribal beat goes to the heart and embeds itself in the brain without even a second thought and the slapstick humor keeps you wondering what will come next.

For those looking for the article and the photographs published by direct media please look for the “Lifestyle” magazine for June 2009. Be sure to have a look at the photographs also included by Forrest Cavale and his partner Zach Niles over at Third Element Studios

MCC at FPU

 

Things may never be as we remember them being, but we can always celebrate the consistency of the things that we have taken part in. Every year for as long as I can remember and as long as my wife’s parents can remember, Fresno Pacific University has been host to the MCC sale. The MCC sale is put on to help the Mennonite Central Committee in their efforts to see Christs’ work throughout the world.

Though a reasonable day trip away from Visalia as a child I remember visiting the MCC sale, helping with the booth that Neighborhood Mennonite Brethren Church would sponsor wrapping burgers. Things were very different then, much more busy and many more crafts as I can remember. One thing strange for me to think of now is the fact that my wife was also in attendance of this event and it is possible that I met her long before I started dating her.

There are things for all ages, Face Panting and an area for children to play, food from many cultures and the big event being an auction. The auction is primarily of quilted items, once an attraction for all now seems relegated to the few that can appreciate the work that goes into the quilts.

The Dai Bai Dang Experience

Dai Bai Dang has some of the best tasting Chinese food that I have tasted in quite some time. The taste far beyond the bland tastes that many are used to at places such as Pickup Stix’s or other fast food style Chinese restaurants. The tastes of the entre’s rival the tastes of small family owned Chinese restaurants while giving the feel of a large chain, offering a large dining area with semi private booths for those looking for a good place to take a date.

While the food is amazing, Dai Bai Dang has some work to do concerning the level of service offered to their patrons and staff control. Extra waiters and waitresses need to be kept in an area not viewable to the patrons so that their horse play isn’t viewable to the staff attempting to provide excellent service to their customers and the customers themselves. It was quickly apparent who the hard working waiters and waitresses were, they were busy attending to their tables, time and time again assuring that there was nothing more that was needed.

My wife and I entered the restaurant happy to try something different in our diet after a long afternoon shopping in the Fresno River Park Area. We wanted to find some place new that we could recommend to others looking for a quiet place to have a date. We were promptly and cheerfully seated without a wait at all, once seated however we were made to wait what was almost an uncomfortable amount of time for our waiter to come and simply ask us what we would like to drink, while other waiters and waitresses bustled on about their business of helping their patrons.

Dai Bai Dang’s Orange Chicken is some of the best that we have ever had, save my favorite restaurant Thai Derm in the Glendora, California area serving Thai Orange Chicken.

The service however was less than stellar, with extra waiters and waitresses “hanging out” in view of the patrons it was apparent that the restaurant was overstaffed in hopes of a rush later in the evening. The extra staff was allowed to horse play within view of the patrons while they waited for additional customers, while those that had tables worked hard to attend their service.

When my wife’s cup of water arrived, we always have water, it had a wrapper from a straw in the glass with the water which the waiter didn’t exactly notice until the cup was put down on the table for her to drink from. After replacement of the glass of water by the waiter, at that time taking our order, we didn’t see the waiter again until it was time to leave the check for the dinner at which time we weren’t asked if there was anything more that we wanted, desert or anything else on the menu that could be categorized as an after dinner treat. The waiter missed a great opportunity to up-sale the service being offered at the restaurant and left a sour taste in my mouth for eating at Dai Bai Dang again.

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Newsboys at the Big Fresno Fair

No matter all of the aspirations I have had to see this band or that band due to it being the hip thing to do I have only gone to concerts that I have also worked at, wither photographing them or directing the lights, that has really been the only ticket that has gotten me to concerts.
Trying to be a little spontaneous this week with the Fresno Fair in town I decided that it would be fun to go to the fair and even more fun to be able to see a concert. I check the listing and who was playing that night but the Newsboys. The Newsboys have often been a favorite band of mine and were at one time hip to listen to or go see in concert, I quickly decided that we were going to go to the fair to see the Newsboys and take in some of the excitement that a fair has to offer. The band was great and the time that I was able to spend with my wife was also great, it was somewhat reminiscent to our days in high school together seeing the band and being apart of the crowd.
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Every year big name Christian artists get together for a big show called “Spirit West Coast” and ever since I was in junior high I have wanted to go, now most of the artists that I would have wanted to see have stopped performing and it seems that Christian music on the whole has lost much of the appeal that it once had to our youth. Hopefully Newsboys keep doing what they have been doing for the last 10+ years so well, creating music that honors God and bring Christians together for fellowship, and connecting with the youth today.
I wanted to share additional photographs and also let you know that no I didn’t have any of the rotten fair food… there were many food stands that smelled so good, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
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