Friday, January 30, 2009

The Cowboy Breakfast

So I heard about this "Cowboy Breakfast" from my editor on the Ranger, Tricia. She said it's one huge breakfast buffet where everything is free. It kicks off the Rodeo in San Antonio at 4:30 in the morning! So I decided I'd go shoot it, I'm on that side of town, and it may actually be fun...and it was! Seeing thousands of people lined up to get as much free food as possible was a first for me, and there were many other nice surprises during my 6:00 am assignment (the earliest photo assignment I've had, I believe) An article on said the "breakfast items included about 40,000 tortillas, 320 pounds of eggs, 10,000 brats, 10,000 biscuits and 125 gallons of gravy." -- That's a lot of food!

Events like this make me proud to live in America, where it's all about the food!

Bahram Mark Sobhani of the San Antonio Express-News!

This year the breakfast was held in the Lowe's parking lot at the Rim

Fire Aftermath

These are photos of the San Pedro Apartments, the day after it caught fire.

Smoke lingers

Bible remains

Ranger #1

Here is a link to the first issue of the Ranger 2009. I enjoyed shooting the cover illustrating the expense of textbooks. Click the cover to view.

Rangers vs Tigers

I covered my first basketball game of the semester on Wednesday. It was SAC vs our fellow community college St. Philips, and their gym was great for making good basketball photos. This game was just plain fun to watch, and the best part came after a monster dunk by new member to the team. The crowd went absolutely nuts (including myself) and I was just happy to get the shot!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I was just out of the newsroom and on my way to the bus stop when I noticed several helicopters hanging above me. Not too long afterwords did I receive a phone call from the newsroom telling me there was a fire down the street. This was the first fire I covered, and shooting proved extra challenging in 40 degree weather without gloves. The two-story Marshall apartments on San Pedro and Marshall St. caught fire and were completely destroyed. People were trapped inside and many even jumped to escape the blaze, which was enormous due to the mostly wooden structure of the building. This was one of the more aesthetic buildings on San Pedro, and had a long business history. No fire photos are good photos, although my camera and nerves made it through extreme settings and the chaos that comes with such events.
The Ranger's coverage of the fires and published photos can be viewed at