In my mind, the years don’t really start and stop on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Sports are big at The World-Herald, so for me the year seems to coincide with the beginning or ending of some season. Of course, this year the first big news was the first College World Series at the new TD Ameritrade ballpark in downtown Omaha.
While the physical aspects were different because of the new location, the main element of the CWS remained the same: good, and sometimes great, baseball. Capturing emotion is what makes a really good sports photo, and it was there just like Rosenblatt Stadium.
Weather is the other constant in our lives, and this year the Missouri River flood took an enormous toll on the people and the landscape. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, it was truly amazing to watch the power of water. And it was somewhat odd that the flooding did not come from endless rains. The water just came. And lots and lots of it. It is unfathomable that something so powerful just flows through your fingers.
But when I look back on my year’s “take,” it is the simple moments that I am lucky enough to capture that have the most meaning. And, more importantly, it’s the chance to meet the people I am photographing. I’ve been doing this more than two decades and am still surprised by how nice and welcoming most people are when you tell them that you want to tell a little bit of their story.