Photos “outtakes” images from 2017. local news electricity and magnetism study guide answers


Friends of Off-Road Cycling riders, led by Jonas Winn of Rock Island, ride the Rock River Trail with the Rock River on their right and the Hennepin Canal on their left in Milan on Sunday, Jan. 1. Club members hold an annual ride to start off the new year. In celebration of the new year, several Quad-City residents took to the outdoors embracing the day’s warm weather. Quad-City Times reporter Jack Cullen and I decided to check in on a few groups out and about for the day. First stop: Fat-tire bike riders in Milan. My colleague had offered to drive me to photograph the riders at a few different points on the ride — excellent. However, sitting in traffic we quickly came to realize the ambitious bunch of riders were quite a bit faster than our red-light plagued car. A bit frustrated, we decided our best bet was to catch the riders on their way back — they were after all traveling a loop. With a wide canal between us and their route back, Cullen looked up to the U.S. 67 bridge and asked, “How about there?” I’m sorry to admit it wasn’t my idea but quickly agreed it was best since we were familiar with the route they were taking and knew they would be back soon. Twenty minutes later, the cyclists are a bit late. Cullen hops back in his car to find them on the trail. A text message later affirms they are still on their way back but took a longer route than planned. So, without much of an option, I waited on the bridge. Jack returned, and a few minutes later the riders passed by, about 45 minutes later than expected. I suppose you could say 2017 didn’t start off as planned, but if this photo is any sort of symbol, it’s going to be just fine. Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

U.S. Senior Airman (SrA) Nicholas Schmidt, left, receives a plaque from fellow service members in recognition of his work at Edwards Air Force Base in California. I keep some type of camera with me at all times; even if it’s just a phone. I’ve learned “those” moments happen when you least expect them. After four years, my son had decided to leave the U.S. Air Force and return to civilian life. He had two years of overseas duty, and the last 16 months, he was stationed at Edwards AFB in California. I had flown out to help him pack up and drive home to Iowa and, hopefully, spend time just talking. During his last full day on base, we walked through a maze of hallways in “his” building, up some stairs into an office space when I heard a voice say, “Gentlemen let’s do this.” Several heads popped up from cubicles and moved toward my son. A staff sergeant appeared from around a corner holding a large plaque. Luckily, I had stopped just inside the office door and had just enough time to pull my phone out and capture a few images of this impromptu presentation. In a world that recognizes individuals by last name only, it was a surprise to hear his first. The sergeant said several things and concluded by reading part of the inscribed plaque … “412th TW Weapons Standardization, Fighter Squadron Load Crew Member, Nick Schmidt. Thank you for all the hard work, dedication, hilarious stories and moments. The talent you shared amongst us all in W.S. will be missed … but never forgotten.” A moment I’ll never forget. KEVIN E. SCHMIDT, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Bettendorf sophomore Voyen Adamson walks off the mat after losing his 126-pound match to Assumption senior Sean Casey during their dual Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Bettendorf High School. Bettendorf won the dual 36-35 on criteria after a tie. I decided to set up lights to photograph my first wrestling assignment of the season. Any photographer who has covered high school sports can tell you that wrestling is always a challenge. A single spotlight over the mat often means unless a wrestler is pinned on their back and looking up, you are all but lost in a mess of bad shadows. Having decided on my lighting approach, I began to shoot, trying (with moderate success) to shoot sparingly so as not to blind coaches, athletes and officials alike. I eventually caught this frame. Now this exact moment happens often, someone wins, someone loses, but I did think the light made this a bit different. Isolating the action from the crowd and other distractions highlights their body language. It strengthens the emotion. I’ll admit, I was quite pleased when I caught this frame. I knew it was going to be my favorite for the night. But fast-forward about an hour and Bettendorf wins the dual and suddenly in terms of visual storytelling, this photo is just about useless. While yes, this accurately depicts the moment, paste it on the front of the sports section and everyone would have thought Bettendorf lost. The recurring lesson: A favorite photo isn’t a best photo. Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Katherine Mersch tries to compare a photograph of herself as a newborn to her son Kai hours after he was born at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Wednesday, February 8, 2017. It was Christmas of 1986 when I captured the first image of her, and for the next 30 years and two months, she is the person I have consistently documented since. I guess it helped that it would be six and a half years before our second child arrived, but by then, Katherine had become a natural in front of the lens. At home, my camera was another member of the family; it was just always there. I don’t think a day went by that I didn’t take at least one picture of her during that time; so going to work with Dad was just as easy. Riding along while I covered news events, posing for advertising images and even a short but popular television commercial selling freezers, she has smiled all the way. After giving birth to her son this week, a photographer stopped in her room offering to photograph her baby, “so she could share them with all of her family.” With a smile she responded, “I got this covered, Thank you.” KEVIN E. SCHMIDT, QUAD-CITY TIMES