It was such a cold day for a football game.  I know most people would say it was perfect weather for a football game, but not me.  I’ve certainly become a fair-weather person in my “old” age.  But the sunsets are no less spectacular – that’s one reason I could photograph the sunset every day.  Maybe that’ll be my theme for all of next year – what a challenge.


Aerial HDR

So it’s tough enough to handhold an HDR image, but given a choice between handholding and aerial HDR – I choose handheld.  Even with the 3-axis gimbal guiding the camera, the aerial cam just can’t hold still enough.  I probably spent about 20 minutes trying to eliminate all the ghosting in this image (and could have easily spent another 1/2 hour).  Enough’s enough.  This will have to do.  I think I’ll just stick to the one image post-processing using the raw data straight out of the camera.

I just realized that was an incredible amount of technical geek-talk.  It’s late at night – thanks for listening.  Now just enjoy the image.

Fall On The Mall - Old Town Mall in Winchester, VA.

Fall On The Mall – Old Town Mall in Winchester, VA.

Nature’s Palette

It’s nature’s color palette.  What a great time of year to be a landscape photographer.

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Morning’s Here

“Morning’s Here
The Morning is Here
Sunshine is Here
The Sky is Clear
The Morning’s here (hey you’re back!)
(Hey!) Get into Gear
Breakfast is near
The Dark of Night Has Disappeared”

Joey & his neighbor (Friends)

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“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”

– Plato

Looks like it's on fire.

Looks like it’s on fire.


“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine…and a decent camera.”

– Anthony J. D’Angelo

I added the “decent camera” part. 😉  I had planned on launching the aerial camera up here, but forgot the media cards.  So I challenged myself by only taking one lens – the 50mm.

Bears Den Nature Trail

The nature trail at Bears Den in Bluemont, VA.

Second Spring

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus


The peaking foliage over Abram’s Creek in Winchester, VA.


“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson



Anybody have an issue saying the word “foliage?”  I worked with someone once who did.  Anybody have a guess as to who it was?  I wonder if she’s reading now.  Anyway, the fo·li·age [ˈfōl(ē)ij] is about to peak here in Winchester.  Hope the weather holds for some great images.

The foliage on SU campus in Winchester

The foliage on SU campus in Winchester around Wilkins Lake.

Read the Signs

Leeches!  Are you reading this, Mom?

Along with all the other posted notifications that appear on the pretty obvious board as you drive into the Todd Lake recreation area in the George Washington National Forest there’s a notification that leeches have been, for a long time, part of the Todd Lake ecosystem.  It makes sense I know.  I realize this now, but kids don’t care.  I never read the signs when I was a kid.  I realize that they’re pretty much harmless, but still, gross.  I didn’t spend a lot of time in the lake, but I know I must have spent some amount of time in it.


Always read the notifications on the posted signs.

Always read the notifications on the posted signs.

Look Up

Take a walk through the forest and look up.  That’s it.

This is what happens with a fisheye lens when all lines in the image point toward the middle of the frame. | Order a print of this image.

If all lines run across the frame toward the center of a fisheye lens the lines end up straight. | Order a print of this image.


This was the first stop on my GW Forest visit with my dad the other day.  I mainly wanted to check on the foliage to see how far along it was.  I’d love to get some images of the fall colors at their peak.  This was pretty close.

The foliage is just about to peak at Elkhorn Lake. | Order a print of this image.

The foliage is just about to peak at Elkhorn Lake. | Order a print of this image.


I’m no graphic designer and I’ve never claimed to be one.  I can re-create something I see, but I’m just not that creative when it comes to generating something brand new.

The senior class at Handley High School for at least the last 5 years has had some fun with the high school initials (JHHS) and created a logo for the class.  I’m not sure how it started or who started it, but it’s been creative every year.  We wait in anticipation over the Summer to see how the new year has been incorporated into the initials each Fall.  So kudos to whoever generates the Handley senior class “logo.”

One of the many senior portraits I've taken of my daughter.

One of the many senior portraits I’ve taken of my daughter.

It Begins

The yearly migration of the biggest leaves in the world from their branches to our front door is about to begin.  Ok, they may not be the world’s biggest leaves, but they sure as heck feel like it.  This tree is in our back yard and yet, somehow, the leaves end up down the stairwell in the front of our house!  It wouldn’t be such an issue if this tree didn’t litter our yard year round.  Somebody needs to invent the device where we can be proactive just suck the leaves right off the tree.