December favorites

January 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Last month seemed like I had more sports portraits than anything. With the opportunity I tried to make the most out of them. The first three photos of my favorite/best from December are portraits. I'll continue finding fun ways to illustrate an athlete's talent.

 

Alex KoflerAlex KoflerCentury senior swimmer Alex Kofler. Photo taken Dec. 9, 2015. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin) Natalia Jacobson 01Natalia Jacobson 01Century gymnast Natalia Jacobson is back for her senior year and looking to return to the state tournament after placing 11th in the uneven bars last year. Photo taken Dec. 2, 2015. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin) Century's Andrianna Jacobs 01Century's Andrianna Jacobs 01Senior Andrianna Jacobs excels in pole vault, gymnastics and diving for the Century Panthers. Photo taken Dec. 30, 2015. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin)

As a holiday I don't see much coverage of, it was fun to shoot a menorah lighting celebration in downtown Rochester. Bonus points to see familiar faces from Winona, the Miller family, helping light it.

HanukkahHanukkahJerry Miller, left, his son Sen. Jeremy Miller and grandson Tom, 2, all of Winona, light a six-foot menorah for the fifth night of Hanukkah as Rabbi David Greene, lower right, watches Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester, Minn. It was the first time lighting a menorah in the Peace Plaza Rabbi Greene said of the event. He said he wanted it public to share with the community at large. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin)

I spent some time with members of a gun range one night to illustrate a gun permits story. While the lighting while they were shooting was not great, I liked this frame as the members gathered.

 

Gun Permits 03Gun Permits 03A group of members gather to shooting targets Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Pine Island White Pines Sportsman's Club in Pine Island, Minn. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin)

Rochester saw its first significant snowstorm so I drove around a bunch for two days. This was a fun one, being so close to the action as they threw snow at each other.

Snow 01Snow 01Eight-year-old Kaiden Julian, left, grabs for snow after his sister, Racquel, 4, throws some at him while playing in front of their babysitter's home Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, morning on 43rd Street Northwest in Rochester, Minn. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin)

While Bud didn't have much to say, Shari kept a conversation going while checking on him the morning.

Nursing 01Nursing 01Nurse manager Shari Esson, right, checks-in with resident Bud Garman as he sits in a community area Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, morning at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, Minn. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin)

Standards are high to get game action into the favorites category. I think it jut squeaked in with the combination of Noah's expression and Broc's body coming down on him as they fight for a rebound.

Lourdes vs. Pine Island Boys Basketball 03Lourdes vs. Pine Island Boys Basketball 03Lourdes' Noah Hillman (20) is called for a foul while boxing out Pine Island's Broc Finstuen (30) for a rebound during a Hiawatha Valley League game Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Rochester, Minn. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin)

A little sports reaction to mix in.

John Marshall vs. Woodbury Boys Basketball 01John Marshall vs. Woodbury Boys Basketball 01Woodbury's Jake West (4), Michael Carter (20) and Jace Klinkner (25) react after Collin Flanagan (41) draws a charge from John Marshall's Matthew Hurt during a Rotary US Bank Holiday Classic game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. (Andrew Link/Rochester Post-Bulletin)


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