I've never been to ultimate fighting before, so I decided to check it out last week. Fighter Tony Vega let me follow him the evening of the fight. This was Vega's second bout, coming in with a record of 1-0.

Vega, left, practices with his training partner in the shower before his fight.

Although Vega tried to stay focused mentally, he lets out a yawn in the locker room.

Vega, left, may appear to have the advantage in his fight. However, his opponent uses his legs to lock Vega's head, allowing him to continuously punch Vega's face.

Vega's mouthpiece and blood lay on the ring floor after Vega lost the fight.

A friend tries to calm Vega down in the locker room after the fight.
Another picture I liked from ultimate fighting.

I just finished a project documenting the "behind the scenes" of the Shelley Russets' 2007 football playoff run. Shelley won the state championship, capping an undefeated season. After winning state, 25 seniors played their last high school football game. Here are some of the pictures I liked:

The team.

Two seniors hug each other after their last football game.

Players celebrate in the locker room after winning state.

Assistant coaches tape players' ankles before a football game. Although taping ankles can prevent injuries, some players try to avoid the process. Once in a while the coaches have to force players to tape their ankles.

Players relax before a football game. Most Shelley students are tense and quiet before games, preferring to listen to death metal blaring from the locker room speaker system.
Shelley has a devoted and energetic crowd rooting them on.

The head coach, right, generally nervous about each play, smiles after winning the championship.

On-field celebrations.
Behind the scenes of a Christmas-related festival...

A ballet troupe waiting to perform a dance about roses.

A ballroom dancer making a slingshot out of a stuffed monkey.

Some kid who was apparently very cute.
Sumo part I

I just started working on a documentary series on Sumo Wrestling. Roughly 300 people sumo wrestle in the amateur ranks in America. 12 wrestlers live in the Idaho Falls area. Considering Idaho Falls' relative size, proportionately this is one of the more popular areas for the sport.