Monday, September 22, 2014

Making a picture at a football game

It was sunny all day, but started to rain 2 hours before the game (Western Michigan's first home game of the season) And then it stopped a few minutes before the game, sun came out. 

When I saw this sunset happening at the Waldo Stadium, I still had rain gear and cover on all my equipments. 
I always want to make some pictures at football games that are not about the game actions. I think this will be a recent one that will make me happy for a while. Well, at least, till the next game. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kid Rock, my first time covering a big name concert

Saturday, I finally had a chance to photograph my first big name concert. 
It was Kid Rock. 
I have to be honest that I don't really know his music and I use "I'm a foreigner" as an excuse.

Arriving at the Allegan County Fair two hours early, and got stuck in parking traffic for almost 45 minutes. And I still have to wait for the warming up artists to finish for an hour. 

In between those times, I had the security warning me not to take a single photo of the spectator or the stage before the concert start. And I was only allowed to photograph 3 songs.

It was still a great experience of learning how to work in this kind of situation and trying to get most (best) pictures out of a limited time period of being there.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Updates with last week's football, Western Michigan University vs Purdue and high school

Here are some updates from last week's football coverage, first game of the season
Western Michigan vs Purdue and Portage Central HS vs Mattawan HS

Saturday, August 2, 2014

World War II veteran portraits

Here is a gallery of World War II veteran portraits at MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette hub gathering.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Special mass for the migrant workers

STURGIS, MI — A migrant worker camp near U.S. 12 outside Sturgis welcomed a special guest this week.

Bishop Paul J. Bradley of Kalamazoo celebrated Mass for the workers and local Hispanic community.

The Diocese of Kalamazoo chooses a different migrant worker camp within its nine counties every year for a Mass that is celebrated by the bishop.

This is the fifth year Bradley has celebrated the annual Mass for migrant workers.
"Their schedules are so long, it makes hard for them to do anything but work. So it is great for them to know that the church is here for them," Bradley said.

"Those migrant workers, hard workers, always inspire me with the depth of their faith," Bradley said. "They are strong in their faith and whatever circumstances they have to deal with, they are never far from God, and their faith is a part of who they are."

Fanny Tabares, the associate director of multicultural and Hispanic ministry for the Diocese, is the organizer of the Mass.

Tabares has been working with migrant workers in Southwest Michigan for nearly two decades.

She said it is very hard to those workers to be away from their families for a very long period of time. She wanted them to help them feel like family here.

"They are a part of our community," Tabares said. "We love them. They are not here alone." 
Abraham Guzman of Veracruz, Mexico, came to Michigan about two weeks ago by himself as a first year migrant worker.

Guzman said he wakes up at 4:30 a.m. each day and spends more than 11 hours working on corn fields in the surrounding areas.

He said that he was excited when he heard the Mass was being held at the camp. He was very happy that he was able to attend with his busy work schedule.

"It's heavy work I do everyday, " Guzman said. "We don't have time to go to church because of work." 

"It is a great gesture from him (Bishop Bradley) that he came to us," Guzman said. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BTR race, 2014 Miller Energy Criterium last weekend

Cyclists compete at the 2014 Miller Energy Criterium at Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park, Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July 2014

Another Fourth of July in another city working on this holiday, the day before the 4th, we had a little portrait challenge among the photo group at the Kalamazoo Gazette.

I met the two brothers while biking around in the Edison neighborhood.

And of course on the 4th of July, I had a fireworks assignment that night

I picking up blogging again. I hope this habit continues...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New portfolio site

Very excited to introduce my new portfolio site

on samexhibit

here is the address:

Junfu Han portfolio site

And I will update this blog regularly again soon.
Lot of photos and videos from my current internship at MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette.