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the baby sitters

A while back I shot this band of a local author, Gregg Hill, who had just won an award for one of his novels. They played some awesome music, and I had great fun shooting it. They have a show coming up at the Lion’s Lair in Denver on July 22nd, and I can only recommend going there if you like good music.

Gregory Hill rehearses with his band The Baby Sitters in the band room in the garage of his Denver home Saturday, June 25, 2011.

Gregory Hill rehearses with his band The Baby Sitters in the band room in the garage of his Denver home Saturday, June 25, 2011.

An Elvis collage hangs in the band room in the garage of Gregory Hill's Denver home, Saturday, June 25, 2011.

An Elvis collage hangs in the Baby Sitters' band room.

Gregory Hill rehearses with his band The Baby Sitters in the band room in the garage of his Denver home Saturday, June 25, 2011.

July 20, 2011

the farmers’ plight

A couple of weeks ago, I photographed two farmers for a story about a water deal that left Weld County farmers with half of the irrigation water they used to have. The story only ran yesterday, so I couldn’t post these pictures earlier. The Post used two photographs for the article, but I wanted to show a couple more on here.

David Dechant, a Fort Lupton, Colo., farmer, takes samples from his new Alfalfa hay harvest for analysis Thursday, June 16, 2011.

David Dechant, a Fort Lupton, Colo., farmer, takes samples from his new Alfalfa hay harvest for analysis Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Len Pettinger takes a break from the heat of the day in the kitchen of his farm house in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Len Pettinger takes a break from the heat of the day in the kitchen of his farm house in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011.

An abandoned center pivot stands in a dried-up field on David Dechant's Ford Lupton, Colo., farm Thursday, June 16, 2011. Dechant abandoned the pivot after thieves stole the copper wiring connecting the towers because the costs for the repair were too high and he needed the water elsewhere. "Rather than having two sprinklers with insufficient water, I figured it was better to turn this field into dryland and transfer my quota to the other field," Dechant said.

An abandoned center pivot stands in a dried-up field on David Dechant's Ford Lupton, Colo., farm Thursday, June 16, 2011. Dechant abandoned the pivot after thieves stole the copper wiring connecting the towers because the costs for the repair were too high and he needed the water elsewhere. "Rather than having two sprinklers with insufficient water, I figured it was better to turn this field into dryland and transfer my quota to the other field," Dechant said.

Len Pettinger and his farmhand Salvadore Simatal set up a dam in a gravity irrigation ditch to divert water onto one of the Alfalfa hay fields on Pettinger's farm in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011. "We knew it wasn't gonna be good," Pettinger said. "Not only did we not get free water this year, but they also got double stingy about our charge water."

Len Pettinger and his farmhand Salvadore Simatal set up a dam in a gravity irrigation ditch to divert water onto one of the Alfalfa hay fields on Pettinger's farm in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011. "We knew it wasn't gonna be good," Pettinger said. "Not only did we not get free water this year, but they also got double stingy about our charge water."

David Dechant turns on a center pivot sprinkler to irrigate an Alfalfa hay field on his Fort Lupton, Colo., farm, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Water has been a scarce commodity for generations of Colorado farmers. "If we had the water we would irrigate everything," Dechant says. "But water is not available. And it's been that way for a hundred years."

David Dechant turns on a center pivot sprinkler to irrigate an Alfalfa hay field on his Fort Lupton, Colo., farm, Thursday, June 16, 2011. Water has been a scarce commodity for generations of Colorado farmers. "If we had the water we would irrigate everything," Dechant says. "But water is not available. And it's been that way for a hundred years."

A water canon at the end of a center pivot sprinkler irrigates an Alfalfa field on David Dechant's farm in Fort Lupton, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

A water canon at the end of a center pivot sprinkler irrigates an Alfalfa field on David Dechant's farm in Fort Lupton, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Larry Williams, left, owner of J&L Life Stock in Colorado Springs, and David Dechant adjust a load of Alfalfa hay bales on William's truck  Thursday, June 16, 2011. Williams bought the hay from Dechant's Fort Lupton farm as forage for his dairy cows.

Larry Williams, left, owner of J&L Life Stock in Colorado Springs, and David Dechant adjust a load of Alfalfa hay bales on William's truck Thursday, June 16, 2011. Williams bought the hay from Dechant's Fort Lupton farm as forage for his dairy cows.

Larry Williams, left, a dairy farmer of Colorado Springs, pays David Dechant for a truck load of Alfalfa hay he picked up for his farm Thursday, June 16, 2011. Alfalfa hay yields high prices this year due to the draught in southern Colorado and New Mexico.

Larry Williams, left, a dairy farmer of Colorado Springs, pays David Dechant for a truck load of Alfalfa hay he picked up for his farm Thursday, June 16, 2011. Alfalfa hay yields high prices this year due to the draught in southern Colorado and New Mexico.

David Dechant picks apart an Alfalfa bud on his farm in Fort Lupton, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

David Dechant picks apart an Alfalfa bud on his farm in Fort Lupton, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Fort Lupton, Colo., based farmer David Dechant, right, picks up a part for one of his tractors from Glen Cantrell at B&G Equipment in Greeley, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Fort Lupton, Colo., based farmer David Dechant, right, picks up a part for one of his tractors from Glen Cantrell at B&G Equipment in Greeley, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Dryland wheat grows on David Dechant's farm in Fort Lupton, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Dryland wheat yields only a fraction of irrigated wheat and is dependent on rain. "If it weren't for that rain we got in May, [this wheat] would have looked pretty bleak," Dechant said. "The rain really saved it."

Dryland wheat grows on David Dechant's farm in Fort Lupton, Colo., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Dryland wheat yields only a fraction of irrigated wheat and is dependent on rain. "If it weren't for that rain we got in May, [this wheat] would have looked pretty bleak," Dechant said. "The rain really saved it."

Len Pettinger opens holes on the sides of a gravity irrigation ditch to divert water onto one of the Alfalfa hay fields on his farm in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011. "It's a very sad, sad, sad, sad commentary," Pettinger said about the recent State Supreme Court ruling affecting the amount of water farmers in the area can use. "All I wanted to do is hang on to pass it on to the family. But what's there going to be to pass on now?"

Len Pettinger opens holes on the sides of a gravity irrigation ditch to divert water onto one of the Alfalfa hay fields on his farm in Brighton, Colo., Thursday, June 30, 2011. "It's a very sad, sad, sad, sad commentary," Pettinger said about the recent State Supreme Court ruling affecting the amount of water farmers in the area can use. "All I wanted to do is hang on to pass it on to the family. But what's there going to be to pass on now?"

1 Comment July 19, 2011

aspen food and wine classic

Three weeks ago, I lucked out and got assigned to shoot the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo. Organized by the Food and Wine magazine, this festival brings together celebrity chefs, gourmet producers and food aficionados from all over the world for a three-day celebration of gormandizing in Colorado’s capital of decadence. A weekend-ticket for the regular Joe Schmoe to get admitted here is a staggering $1,200. Think of it whatever you want, but the food I had during this weekend was great. Nevertheless, I was glad when I finally got to escape the craze and be among regular people again…

Surrounded by the mountains, the Food and Wine Classic takes place in downtown Aspen Friday, June 17, 2011.

Surrounded by the mountains, the Food and Wine Classic takes place in downtown Aspen.

Susan Feniger, co-owner of the Border Grill restaurants, prepares Peruvian Ceviche with Pickled Red Onions during her "Global Street Food" cooking demo at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., Friday, June 17, 2011.

Susan Feniger, co-owner of the Border Grill restaurants, prepares Peruvian Ceviche with Pickled Red Onions during her "Global Street Food" cooking demo Friday, June 17, 2011.

During a press lunch titled "Celebrating Singaporean Street Food" at the Baldwin Gallery on Saturday, the Singaporean Tourism Board served Carrot Sesame Pineapple ice cream among many other exotic dishes. Very delicious...

During a press lunch titled "Celebrating Singaporean Street Food" at the Baldwin Gallery on Saturday, the Singaporean Tourism Board served Carrot Sesame Pineapple ice cream among many other exotic dishes. Very delicious...

Howard Greenstone, right, the CEO of New York City-based Rosa Mexicano, relaxes with his employees Jason Berry and Grace Hu in the courtyard of the Grand Tasting Pavilion at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Saturday morning, June 18, 2011. "This is hangover position," he said. "I'm sweating out some of last night's champagne."

Howard Greenstone, right, the CEO of New York City-based Rosa Mexicano, relaxes with his employees Jason Berry and Grace Hu in the courtyard of the Grand Tasting Pavilion Saturday morning. "This is hangover position," he said. "I'm sweating out some of last night's champagne."

José Andrés and daughter Lucia prepare ingredients for one of Andrés's recipes during his "Sexy Vegetable Dishes" demo cooking at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., Saturday, June 18, 2011.

José Andrés and daughter Lucia prepare ingredients for one of Andrés's recipes during his "Sexy Vegetable Dishes" demo cooking Saturday.

From left, Alexandra Steel, Elise McLean and Charlotte Steel, all of New York City, participate in a stretching exercise immediately before the "Sauce on the Side: Wine, Wieners and the Works" wine and hot dog tasting conducted by Danny Meyer at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Saturday, June 18, 2011.

From left, Alexandra Steel, Elise McLean and Charlotte Steel, all of New York City, participate in a stretching exercise immediately before the "Sauce on the Side: Wine, Wieners and the Works" wine and hot dog tasting conducted by Danny Meyer Saturday.

Various wines and condiments along with a hotdog and a tasting matrix are laid out for participants of the "Sauce on the Side: Wine, Wieners and the Works" wine and hot dog tasting conducted by Danny Meyer at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Various wines and condiments along with a hotdog and a tasting matrix are laid out for participants of Danny Meyer's wine and hot dog tasting.

Members of the media line up in front of Aspen Meadows Resort for the press preview of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Members of the media line up in front of Aspen Meadows Resort for the press preview of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner Saturday.

Bowman Brown, center left, and Viet Pham, the owners of the Forage restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah, serve their Heritage Valley Organic Terrine Scented with Spruce at the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Bowman Brown, center left, and Viet Pham, the owners of the Forage restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah, serve their Heritage Valley Organic Terrine Scented with Spruce at the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort Saturday.

Guests of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort chat in one of the lounge rooms Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Guests of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort chat in one of the lounge rooms Saturday.

July 7, 2011

more from the denver post

It’s about time to put up some more of the stuff I shot for the Denver Post so far. It has been a busy two weeks, but I’m about to have a couple of days off. That’ll give me time to edit some of my assignments and post them here. In the meantime, here’s two shots that I like from an assignment I shot a while back.

St. Anthony Hospital Interim CEO Dr. Ray Mencini stands in his empty office in Lakewood, Monday, June 13, 2011. St. Anthony is moving to a new campus and puts its existing campus up for sale.

St. Anthony Hospital Interim CEO Dr. Ray Mencini stands in his empty office in Lakewood, Monday, June 13, 2011. St. Anthony is moving to a new campus and puts its existing campus up for sale.

A Flight for Life helicopter takes off from the roof of St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Monday, June 13, 2011.

A Flight for Life helicopter takes off from the roof of St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Monday, June 13, 2011.

July 6, 2011

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