Event Photography: Football in the Gloom

September 30th, 2009

I just returned from another Homecoming weekend at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. And, just as during my student days, I got to experience Ann Arbor's weather in all its variety. In other words, if you like variety in your cloud cover, Ann Arbor is your kind of place.

It seemed as if the Michigan state bird was the construction crane. Take Burton Tower, for instance. This is the bell tower in the middle of the university's central campus. I had to get down on the ground to get a view without the cranes in the background. And yes, there's construction happening around the base of the tower...

Travel photography - Burton Tower, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Before the Michigan-Indiana football game, I attended the engineering alumni tailgate with my father, William Retallick, who earned his BS in engineering from the U-M. My U-M degree is in economics.

Dad and I enjoyed performance by the Friars, an a capella octet...

Event photography - Friars performing at tailgate party, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

You can't play a football game without warming up...

Event photography - Warmup before Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Uh-oh, that gloomy weather's really rolling in. Rain rolled in too. But that didn't stop the festivities in the stands. Gotta keep those beach balls circulating around Michigan Stadium...

Event photography - Beach ball passing during Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Oh, did I mention that there was a game? And, that occasionally, the Wolverine faithful found something to cheer about?

Event photography - Cheers during Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

For three quarters, Michigan's Wolverines did everything they could to ensure their own demise. Then they won by three points. My dad thought it was a good game...

Event photography - William Retallick cheers during Michigan-Indiana football game, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


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Event Photography: Live Music in Downtown Tucson, Arizona

September 22nd, 2009

I've been blogging about the weekly Meet Me at Maynards Social Run/Walk through Downtown Tucson since it started back in April. The event has grown quite a bit, and if you haven't tried it yet, you should. If for no other reason than to enjoy some live music in Downtown Tucson.

Entertainment at the start and finish is being provided by local bands, the latest of which is The Determined Luddites...

Event photography - The Determined Luddites perform at the start and finish of Meet Me at Maynards in Downtown Tucson, Arizona

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Want to see more? Check out my Tucson Event Photography website. Need photographic coverage of your event? I'm available for assignments here in Tucson and elsewhere. My specialties are concerts, festivals, parades, and sports, especially bicycling. To check availability and to request a proposal, please send an e-mail or give me a call at 520-690-1888.




Construction Photography: Building Freedom Day

September 15th, 2009

Every year on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Habitat for Humanity Tucson begins construction on several homes, building them from the ground up, to not only memorialize the victims, but to celebrate hope, community and the American dream at its annual Building Freedom Day.

This past Friday was Habitat Tucson's eighth annual Building Freedom Day. Hundreds of volunteers turned out for a day of construction under the hot Tucson sun...

Construction photography - Habitat Tucson volunteer uses the chopsaw

Construction photography - Habitat Tucson volunteer framing a wall

Construction photography - Habitat Tucson crew leader drinks water on a hot day

Construction photography - Habitat Tucson volunteers raise a wall

Tip: You can view more construction photography in my portfolio. I am also available for construction photography assignments in Tucson, Arizona, and elsewhere. To check availability and to request a proposal, please contact me.




Travel Photography: Vermont State House

September 8th, 2009

My recent visit to Vermont included an afternoon in Montpelier, the state capital. It's more like a small town than anything else. Population's just over 8,000, which makes Montpelier the smallest capital city in the United States.

My Montpelier afternoon centered on the Vermont State House, where my Aunt Jean is a volunteer tour guide...

Travel Photography - Vermont State House, Montpelier

Here's Aunt Jean leading a tour. She's showing the group what the State House has looked like during various periods in history. The current State House is version 3.0...

Travel Photography - Vermont State House tour group, Montpelier

Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen towers over the State House entrance walkway...

Travel Photography - Ethan Allen statue at the Vermont State House, Montpelier

In the State House lobby is a marble floor made of two types of Vermont marble...

Travel Photography - Marble floor in lobby of Vermont State House, Montpelier

The dark marble came from a 500 million-year-old coral reef. This reef is now above ground on Isle La Mott, an island in Lake Champlain. The dark marble has imprints of fossilized creatures. The white marble came from Danby, which is in southern Vermont.

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