California, here I come.

I received confirmation tonight that I was approved for a field photo credential to cover the 103rd Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California.

I’ll be kicking off 2017 with arguably the most incredible opportunity, photographically, that I have ever had:

Volunteering to photograph The Rose Bowl Game.

2:00 PM / January 2nd, 2017 / Pasadena, California

As soon as I heard about this opportunity, I immediately thought how I have been longing to visit my brother Chris in California/see Yosemite for the first time and potentially could do all 3 in one trip.

Until today, all I was missing was a credential to photograph the game. The trio is now complete.

I will be departing Chicago on the 31st of December for San Diego, California to visit with my brother, possibly hitting up Big Bear Saturday evening before making the trip up to Los Angeles/Pasadena for the game on January 2nd.

I. Am. Psyched.

It is hard to put into words how exciting it is to have this opportunity. The game this year will feature a battle between the PAC-12 University of Southern California Trojans and the Big-10 Penn State Nittany Lions.

Though neither of the teams wear the Old Gold and Black, I hope that a new-era has begun in West Lafayette with Head Coach Jeff Brohm and someday in the near future I hope to be sitting sideline at the Rose Bowl Stadium capturing the Boilermakers in battle.

This definitely won’t just be a trip in search of some great football photos.

After the craziness of the Game is over, my brother and I plan to visit Yosemite National Park before it is time to head back home to Indiana.

The first week of 2017 is going to be incredible, and I can’t wait to share it with you. I already am formulating ideas for some moonstacks, long exposures, sunsets, aerials, astrophotography, etc. Tons.

Many, many exciting things to come..follow me if you don’t already so you don’t miss a thing!

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