Archive for February, 2013

2013 Colorado Hockey Playoffs Elite 8 Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

2013 Colorado Hockey Playoffs Elite 8 Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

The Rubber Match.  One win apiece for each team.  The first win went to Standley Lake earlier in the season when they hosted Ralston Valley at the Promenade in Westminster.  The second game was Ralston Valley’s just over a week earlier than this third and deciding game.  The winner would go to the Frozen Four […]

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2013 Colorado Hockey Sweet 16 Bishop Machebeuf at Ralston Valley

2013 Colorado Hockey Sweet 16 Bishop Machebeuf at Ralston Valley

A few posts back, for the ASU-Colorado Hoops game I quoted Tad Boyle saying “Welcome to Pac-12 Football”.  Well, let me start off this post by saying welcome to the UFC!.  The officials in the first game let some things go penalty wise, but they kept the game under control.  Thank goodness we had different […]

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2013 Colorado High School Hockey Sweet 16 Standley Lake at Valor Christian

2013 Colorado High School Hockey Sweet 16 Standley Lake at Valor Christian

High school hockey started to come to a close for me as Apex Ice Arena hosted two games for the Sweet 16 and one Elite 8 game.  The first game was between the Standley Lake Gators and the Valor Christian Eagles.  The winner of this game would face the winner of the Bishop Machebeuf and […]

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2013 NCAA Basketball Utah at Colorado

2013 NCAA Basketball Utah at Colorado

A short week for the Buffaloes as their only opponent this week was the Utah Utes as they came across the Continental Divide to face their Pac-12 rivals.  Colorado was looking at bouncing back from their second loss this season to Arizona State. The Buffs were without freshman forward Josh Scott who was listed as […]

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2013 HS Basketball Dakota Ridge at Ralston Valley

2013 HS Basketball Dakota Ridge at Ralston Valley

Boy, Ralston Valley has really turned this season around.  After going into the losers bracket in their own preseason tournament and then falling to around 5th or so in the Jeffco 5A league standings, the win at Arvada West a couple weeks ago really turned the page on the Mustangs season.  Going into this game […]

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2012 NCAA Basketball Arizona State at Colorado

2012 NCAA Basketball Arizona State at Colorado

I took Saturday afternoon away from the Arvada Hockey Association tournament to photograph the Arizona State Wildcats take on the Colorado Buffaloes.  As coach Tad Boyle called it, Pac-12 Football.  I have never seen a more physical game, and I have played in games that have broken out in fist fights. There is not much […]

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Arvada Hockey Winterfestival Tournament

Arvada Hockey Winterfestival Tournament

I was recruited to photograph a hockey tournament hosted by Arvada Hockey association over Presidents Day Weekend.  Originally it was a 20 team tournament that grew to 36 teams and from one ice arena’s to 3 different arenas.  I was not able to cover every rink or every game due to the games starting as […]

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2013 NCAA Basketball Arizona (9) at Colorado

2013 NCAA Basketball Arizona (9) at Colorado

Now this is Pac-12 Basketball!  I know, this game took place over 10 days ago, but I have been so busy, this was the first chance I have had to go back and relive the game for my website.  Earlier in the season, Colorado’s Sabatino Chen hit a game winning shot against the Wildcats in […]

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Meet the Arvada West Wildcat Sparkles

Meet the Arvada West Wildcat Sparkles

What do you do when you have a special education student in high school and they come to you and tell you they want to be a cheerleader? You know that kids with special needs can be very emotional, and telling them no can spiral them down into a depression. At Arvada West High School […]

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2013 HS Hockey – Resurrection Christian at Ralston Valley

2013 HS Hockey - Resurrection Christian at Ralston Valley

I shot my last regular season high school hockey for the season the other night at the Apex center in Arvada as the hometown Ralston Valley Mustangs hosted Resurrection Christian.  The third place team from Resurrection Christian came into the game trailing the Mustangs in the standings by just one tie, so this was a […]

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2013 HS Basketball – Bear Creek at Ralston Valley

2013 HS Basketball - Bear Creek at Ralston Valley

Ralston Valley has really turned it around this season.  They started out this season going 1-5 and struggling, then they started to find their feet and started winning.  They are now sitting in third place in the Jeffco League for 5A schools.  But this game against the visiting Bear Creek Bears, they were short their […]

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2013 HS Hockey – Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

2013 HS Hockey - Standley Lake at Ralston Valley

In a pre-season game earlier in the season, Standley Lake defeated the Mustangs at the Promenade for one of the few losses for Ralston Valley all season.  On Wednesday night, the Gators came to the Mustangs home ice to try to do it again. The fans seating area was packed with kids and parents from […]

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2013 High School Girls Basketball Dakota Ridge at Standley Lake

2013 High School Girls Basketball Dakota Ridge at Standley Lake

One of the weirdest nights for me.  I headed over to Standley Lake high school.  I was sure it was for the Standley Lake and Arvada West boys game, but when I got there I figured out quickly that I was wrong.  The girls from Dakota Ridge were there for the game.  Double checking my […]

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2013 High School Hockey Kent Denver at Ralston Valley

2013 High School Hockey Kent Denver at Ralston Valley

Coming off of a 2-1 loss to Chatfield last week, Ralston Valley was all business as they took the ice last night to face the visiting Kent Denver Sun Devils at the Apex Center Ice Arena in Arvada. The Ralston Valley Mustangs always bring on a youth hockey player during pre game team introductions as […]

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2013 High School Girls Basketball Lakewood at Ralston Valley

2013 High School Girls Basketball Lakewood at Ralston Valley

The Jeffco League second place Lakewood girls were at Ralston Valley High School Friday night to face the 1st place (10-0 in league play) Ralston Valley Lady Mustangs in this conference match up.  I was excited to finally get to see the Lady Mustangs, who have got to be the best high school girls team […]

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2013 High School Hockey Chatfield at Ralston Valley

2013 High School Hockey Chatfield at Ralston Valley

This was one of the most bizarre games I have ever shot.  I was at the Apex Center in Arvada, the home ice of the Ralston Valley Mustangs.  Now, unlike Alaska where every high school has their own hockey team, only a few schools (lets say, one out of three or four) has a team. […]

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2013 HS Girls Basketball – Columbine at Ralston Valley

2013 HS Girls Basketball - Columbine at Ralston Valley

After the California Bears at Colorado game, I was looking forward to a light week of shooting leading up to my birthday on the 2nd.  My first game of the week was Columbine High School girls basketball at Ralston Valley. I had seen Columbine already over at Arvada West High School when they faced the […]

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2013 NCAA Basketball California at Colorado

2013 NCAA Basketball California at Colorado

After shooting the Super Buffs I had to get in the mindset to photograph a game now.  The California Golden Bears were visiting Boulder this afternoon and it looked like it would be a good game for the Buffaloes. I was worried because the last game I shot at Boulder my Canon 7D had a bunch […]

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Review: Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Review: Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

  Sigma Corporation of USA sent me one of their Optical Stabilizer versions of their 70-200mm 2.8 DG HSM to review for this site and for the Fred Miranda website.  Let me start off by saying, I am not a pixel peeper.  I typically do not pull down an image and zoom in to 100% […]

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2013 Colorado Buffaloes C-Unit

2013 Colorado Buffaloes C-Unit

I have been wanting to do this for a while.  Actually even before I moved to Colorado.  At the Great Alaska Shootout they have fans dress up and the fan favorite gets to sit on a couch placed court side to watch the game. But, I moved away.  At one of my first football games […]

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2013 High School Hockey – Aspen at Ralston Valley

2013 High School Hockey - Aspen at Ralston Valley

Aspen High School made the trip down to Arvada to play Ralston Valley at the Apex Ice Arena in Arvada.  I had a strobe malfunction, so instead of setting 4 up, I set 3 up. I liked the idea of a early game on a Saturday.  I was so looking forward to sleeping in, going […]

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2013 High School Basketball – Chatfield at Ralston Valley

2013 High School Basketball - Chatfield at Ralston Valley

So, after my 7D started acting up the night before at the Buffaloes game, I followed instructions found on the web on other peoples fixes, and then I headed over to Ralston Valley high school to shoot the top ranked Chatfield varsity basketball game against RV. As soon as I set up my strobes (I […]

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