Airplane Boneyard for WIRED

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Not too long ago, a friend of mine sent me a link to aerial photographs of airplane boneyards here in Arizona. I’m not sure exactly what he said when he sent them, but it was something along the lines of “Dude, that would be a cool place to take photographs.” I agreed, read up on them and quickly found that photography of these aircraft boneyards is strictly forbidden. […]

Women of Elegance

Saturday, March 22, 2014 (Jarod Opperman/Daily News-Sun)

On my highly anticipated return to this year’s Ms. Senior Arizona pageant, I decided I wanted to do something a bit different. Last year, I was particularly struck by the looks of excitement and anxiety from the contestants, dressed in elegance, before they took the stage individually for the first time. However, lighting backstage frequently worked against me during these moments and the photographs didn’t quite translate. […]

Arizona Winters

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Arizona winters are unlike anything I’ve experienced anywhere else. When most of the country is spent hunkered down, heat blasting in the home, Arizonans are outside enjoying the mild temperatures. While in the past, the winter chill has often slowed down my ability to make decent photographs, the past couple years in Arizona have flipped that upside down. […]

Russell Wilson Texas Ranger?

Monday, March 3, 2014 (Jarod Opperman/Daily News-Sun)

Superbowl-winning Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson became Russell Wilson Texas Ranger for a day during the Rangers’ practice yesterday, before a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians. […]

Arizona Desert Hickory Golf Tournament

Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Jarod Opperman/Daily News-Sun)

This past weekend, I was assigned to shoot a golf tournament in Sun City West. I groaned at the idea initially. Golf isn’t really my thing. I don’t play it, I don’t watch it, I usually hate any photographs I get from it. But this time I got a bit lucky. […]

Best of 2013

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When I was in college, I found myself frequently jealous of the close-knit relationships other photographers around the country were creating with each other. It seemed like every photographer whose work I followed seemed to know, encourage and feed off each other and that symbiotic relationship made each of them better by association. […]

The Magic

Friday, December 13, 2013 (Jarod Opperman/Daily News-Sun)

Final post before the big 2013 wrap up that I’ll probably post next week. The last few months have been long, slow and painful for myself. But that’s been my fault. I must admit, I’ve been losing The Magic for a while now. […]

Journalism Underwater

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Perhaps this could be true in every field, passion and hobby, but as a journalist, I feel frequently like I’m a 12-year-old again, caught in a crowded wave pool at some colorful water park in the midst of summer. My ego told me my swimming experience would be enough to keep me afloat without one of those bright yellow inflatable donuts. So I wade in through the shallow end, finally reaching a point at which I need to tread to stay afloat, and continue deeper into the fray because that’s where all the older, cooler kids are playing. At this point, the water is still and a relatively fine spot to swim. As the waves kick in, I become more anxious. Suddenly, it seems like the number of donuts has doubled and I’m the only one without one. […]

Up Close at Wildlife World Zoo

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I meant to share these images from the zoo quite some time ago, but somehow never got around to it.

I spent a couple hours roaming around the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Ariz. collecting images of its occupants for a somewhat new special section our paper had recently created. My only direction was to make a “cover photograph” of a sea lion, since they were the newest addition to the zoo’s exhibits. […]

Graduation Madness

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Nothing gives you the opportunity to feel like a true newspaper photographer as photographing a graduation. Every year they happen and every year you strain yourself trying to do something different with it. Luckily for me, having not worked for newspapers for a couple years, the idea almost seemed fresh. Like, I had all this untapped creativity that I could use toward a graduation this year. […]