Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Test Image 5

Signed up for a few online photo labs and had to send in some trial shots for color calibration purposes. This was one of them :)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

12.19.09 - Blizzard? Not quite.

But our first snow of the year was a respectable one. I even had someone get their car stuck at the foot of my driveway for a good 20 minutes.

I don't know that I've EVER made a snow angel before.

Friday, December 18, 2009

12.14.09 - No golfing today

Late entry, I know, but I like it and want to share.


I just went and made one of my flickr accounts private, so all of the photos I've linked from that account are showing up as unavailable in my earlier posts. I'll fix it over the weekend. I promise!

12.18.09 - Sunny 16 this ain't!

Friday, December 11, 2009

12.06.09 - WARDPMBG*

12.06.09 - WARDPMBG*
*Wide-Angle Roller Derby Panned Motion-Blurred Goodness

I shot over 600 photos for the River City Rollergirls roller derby's 4th Annual Season's Beatings.

The last 10 minutes or so I shot with my 10-20 trying out some new effects.

This shot of Mortician Murphy (the rollergirl) and Pat-E-Rat (the ref) was taken at 20mm, f/5.6, ISO 640 at 1/8 of a second.

I kinda like it.

Funny story: Mortician Murphy and Pat-E-Rat are siblings. Okay, it's not so funny now that it's typed out like this. Oh well!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

11.29.09 - It's Been A Little While

Pocahontas State Park
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, November 21, 2009

11.20.09 - Cleanliness is next to...a "No Parking" sign??


Out near Jackson Ward in Richmond, Virginia this afternoon to get some lunch and shoot my weekly installment of our Any Given Friday challenge.

This week, Vanessa chose "42 Steps", which was a slightly modified version of a challenge that recently appeared on (of which we're both members). In this one you:

1. Pick a starting point and walk [33] paces in one direction
2. Turn in any other direction and walk [5] paces
3. Turn in any other direction and walk [4] paces
4. Without taking another step, compose a shot from what you can see from that point

The numbers above are in brackets since the original challenge called for 47 paces out your front door....35, 6, and 6. She likes the number 42 (R.I.P., Douglas Adams!), so we changed it and each of us had the latitude to decide where to cut those 5 steps.

From my parking spot, I ended up at the intersection of Broad Street and Brook Road, and this was the most interesting sight around me: a woman in a burqa sweeping newly-fallen leaves from the sidewalk into the street.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

11.13.09 - Apathendipity

A new word was born!

apathendipity /æp.ə.θən.ˈdɪ.pə.ti/ - noun

   1. An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected discovery that happens by accident while lacking emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

11.06.09 - Two under the tree

I had a model shoot for a couple this afternoon and decided to give this a shot. I was flat on my back at the base of the tree with both of them standing immediately to either side of me.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

10.30.09 - Minnow

Time for a little bit of local scenery.

I thought it was hilarious that this weather-worn, overturned canoe was named the S.S. Minnow.  Someone's got a sense of humor!  (or HUMOUR, for my Canadian friend!)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

10.29.09 - Orangyna T-shirt Product Shoot

10.29.09 - Orangyna T-shirt Product Shoot

Took a quick trip downtown to do some product shots of my friend Alex's t-shirts that she's going to sell on Etsy.

After we got done with the "serious" shots, she decided she wanted some shots on the ground. Far be it from me to disagree.

Oh, and for those who are curious, "Orangyna" is the name she goes by when skating for roller derby.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

10.24.09 - Oops!

10.24.09 - Oops!

Talk about UNLUCKY!

I had another model shoot this afternoon and photographed a 4+ hour-long doubleheader roller derby bout tonight.

In between, I saw and shot this. No particular reason other than it caught my eye.

Friday, October 16, 2009

10.15.09 - Richmond, Virginia Is For Lovers

10.15.09 - Richmond, Virginia Is For Lovers

Okay, so I'm again behind putting up my vacation shots. I'll get to them; I promise!!

Richmond is such a picturesque city in my opinion, but it's the lesser-known areas such as the back alleys and hidden-away spots that draw my attention. This alley in particular is a popular spot among local "urban artists" as a place to showcase their abilities or simply let their creative spirit run wild.

I have submitted this to another site,, for their "Your Corner of the World III" challenge. Voting will be held 10/21-10/27. Unfortunately I cannot unhide the image on that site until voting begins.

Monday, October 12, 2009

September 27, 2009: Amarillo, TX to Santa Fe, NM

09.27.09 - 110840 - Big Texan Steak Ranch
Amarillo, TX

09.27.09 - 151706 - Vanessa and Jackie
Amarillo, TX

09.27.09 - 160746 - Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, TX

09.27.09 - 174257 - Old Truck
Adrian, TX

09.27.09 - 184854 - Route 66
Texas/New Mexico Border

09.27.09 - 201719 - Ranch House Cafe
Tucumcari, NM

I'm BAAAaaaaack!

Okay, so I've been gone awhile, but it was for a good reason. I spent 9 days driving across the southwestern part of the United States along Historic Route 66 and Interstate 40, from Amarillo, TX to Los Angeles, CA.

I'm going to start putting up some photos from this amazing trip. My goal is to put up one post a day's worth of pictures, one day for each day of the trip, for a week. The trick will be to see how well I get them all into single posts per day.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

09.19.09 - There be pirates!

Saturday was apparently "Talk Like a Pirate Day".

This swabbie took it seriously!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

09.11.09 - Oh Mister Milkman!

Old Richmond Dairy Company building in Richmond, Virginia. It has been converted into apartments.

09.11.09 - Let there be....

Fill in the rest of the title as you see fit. Feel free to leave your suggested titles in the comments. Hint, hint ;)

09.11.09 - Memory

On September 11, 2001, I was on Active Duty in the U.S. Navy. While I was about 100 miles from the Pentagon, I knew several people that either worked there or frequently attended meetings or briefings there, including my father.

He was actually supposed to be in a meeting at the Pentagon the morning it was hit by American Airlines Flight 77. While I was fortunate not to have lost anyone that I knew to that tragedy or any of the September 11 attacks, thousands upon thousands were not so lucky.

I took these photos at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond the afternoon of September 11, 2009, regardless of what the upload date says here. The U.S. and Virginia flags were flown at half-staff, and the statue in the lower portion of the photo is appropriately titled "Memory".

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nighttime in the cemetery

It's normally a Class 2 Misdemeanor to be in a cemetery at night in Virginia...unless you get permission from the cemetery.

Our photo group of about 30 people did just that and spent over 4 hours wandering around historic Hollywood Cemetery, shooting what we felt like shooting. I like these.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Color in Black & White

Another week brings another "Any Given Friday" where my partner in photocrime and I take turns choosing a theme or challenge.

This week's theme was "Color in Black & White". It wasn't MY pick, but I loved the idea.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just Because

I haven't put anything up in a few days.

Just monkeying around :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Feeling a little Zen

Zenfolio, to be exact.

I've signed up for a Zenfolio gallery so I can sell my stuff, in case anyone was looking for some early Christmas/Hanukkah gifts!

You can find me HERE.

Of course, as of the time I'm posting this, I haven't put any photos up yet.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Somebody invite me out shooting...

or else I'm going to keep posting shots of Brat!

08.18.09 - Direct

08.18.09 - Direct

Saturday, August 22, 2009

08.22.09 - Hiiiiii-YA!

08.21.09 - Athwart

08.21.09 - Athwart
I was given the preposition "athwart" to use as a basis for a photo today. No other guidance, just the word. So what you get is a photo that illustrates "athwart", while being personally symbolic to me on a few levels.

I give you: a locked gate athwart a paved path to a future county park. Funny, they haven't done any real work in this location in ages.

Friday, August 21, 2009

08.18.09 - Between

08.18.09 - Between

Yes, you'll be seeing a lot of photos from this least until I get out and shoot something/someone else!

08.18.09 - Hitching a Ride

08.18.09 - Under the Boardwalk

Just a simple casual shot toward the end of our shoot.

08.18.09 - Hitching a Ride

Another from my session with -Brat- from Model Mayhem. I really like the look on her face. It's like she really is hitching a ride and is on the lookout for the conductor.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

08.18.09 - -Brat-

08.18.09 - -Brat-

Had my first photoshoot with -Brat- from Model Mayhem today and had an absolute blast. More photos are sure to come.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

08.17.09 - IfYaDontStop, we'll...

08.17.09 - IfYaDontStop, we'll...

see ya!

For Abe.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Photo Posting Test

I'm just trying to get the knack of how blogspot treats these posts-by-email.

Taken today as part of a head-to-head photo contest. This is currently being beaten 8-5 by yellow monkeybars against a blue sky. Nuts!

Post One

Since my other blog was on blogger, and I couldn't seem to figure out what the heck I was doing with the templates, I thought I'd start over. I only had 9 posts in 2+ years over there anyway.

I'll be putting some photos here whenever I take some that I deem worth viewing.

And yes, I'm partially colorblind, which makes post-processing photos SO much more challenging!