Worth It

Somewhere deep into West Virginia.

Sometimes you drive an hour for a shoot. Totally worth it.

He Is Risen

At some point throughout the day, stop and reflect on what is really being celebrated.

Spring

They say that when you’re doing what you love, you never work a day in your life.  If that’s true, I’ve NOT been working a crazy amount these days.

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I couldn’t resist the blossoming of Spring!

April Fool’s…

…or “Hurry Home?”  I couldn’t really decide which way to go.  Complete inside joke that only a few will understand, but in the meantime, enjoy April Fool’s Day.

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Wonder how long it’ll take to get a text…?

Requests

Apparently I’m taking requests now.

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So my wife has developed quite the “photographer’s eye” these days.

At Least He Cleaned Up His Mess

It’s not every day that an opportunity lands in your front yard and says “photograph me while I rid Old Town Winchester of a black squirrel.”  This is what makes me envious of those people who have fields and forests in their back yards.  But it was cool and weird when it happened on a main street in town.  At least he cleaned up his mess.  

Unfortunately I had to shoot these images through double-paned glass so they’re not as sharp as they could be.

Come On…

Come on Spring – kinda tired of riding my bike inside all the time.  Need some variety.

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Frozen

Poll for the audience…

…how many of you had a Disney song going through your head just now?  Just curious.

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Check out the pattern that the freezing rain made.  Fascinating.

Anniversary

I was being rolled back to the OR exactly a year ago.  What a difference one year makes, huh?

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Has nothing to do with the surgery, I just like the image.  #iphone #olloclip

 

Meanie

We put a birdhouse right outside our kitchen window and it’s been fascinating to watch the action and interactions.  Turns out that the woodpecker is a big ole meanie!

I know it may not look like it here, but that woodpecker started it.  I saw it.

I know it may not look like it here, but that woodpecker started it. I saw it.

Wildlife

Enjoying some quality time at the beach.  I figured I’d shoot the sunrise a little differently this morning.

It’s been a while since I did a video here so enjoy.

In My Name?

The flowers in church last Sunday were in my name.  It’s was a crazy overwhelming feeling.  I’ve always heard them mention that the flowers were in other names, but this time it was me!  Thank you.

On another note, it’s weird to hear what people are saying in terms of my recent surgery.  On some levels it’s become a bit over-exaggerated.  I think, in some circles, I almost died.  It’s a bit Ferris Beuller-ish.

I can say, without hesitation, that the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Click and Go

I’m really trying to be more efficient when it comes to editing images (and everything else, for that matter, to do with photography) just to improve my workflow.  I can honestly say that I’ve spent upwards of hours editing a single image.  I have to get more efficient with that.  Lightroom can do some heavy lifting when it comes to editing and I’m trying not to always end up in Photoshop because not every image needs it.  So I’m trying to create single and, possibly, multiple single one-click presets that can get the job done.  This is a photo from back in the Fall of 2012 with two “stacked” presets (2 clicks) in Lightroom.

On the way up to a iconic landmark in the Harrisonburg area - Reddish Knob.

On the way up to a iconic landmark in the Harrisonburg area – Reddish Knob.

Snow Days

I think more than just the students enjoy a snow day here and there!

Snow day fun at Handley

Snow day fun at Handley

Revisit

Along with continuing to shoot both photos and videos and teaching a photography course at SU for the Spring semester, I’m going to look back at some of the images I created before I really knew what I was doing.  I might revisit the edit or I might just post as-is because I’m satisfied with what I already accomplished.  I’ll start with an easy one (best way, right?).  I’m pretty happy how this turned out – not just in the design, but because I can now say I shot Africa’s Big 5!

The Big 5

I’m no hunter so my African safari consisted of a 2-week long photo shoot. Our guides were probably more excited than we were that we got to see Africa’s Big 5. | Order a print of this image.

 

Mothra

Each time we visit my in-laws, there’s some sort of ridiculously huge insect indigenous to Florida waiting for us.  Crazy thing is, it usually sticks around the entire time we’re there.  This time we named it.

Yep, this is what you get when I accidentally delete my intended one-a-day...

Yep, this is what you get when I accidentally delete my intended one-a-day…

Cotton Candy Sky

I recently read a photography post compiled by top professionals indicating what photos I (as a professional wanna-be) should avoid because they’re cliche and “tired.”  You know what, I don’t care.  I don’t always take a photograph based on what the population will consider artful.  In fact, I think being a professional means determining in my own mind what I think to be artful.  And the sunset, although having been shot countless times every day, is different (IMHO) every single day.  That’s the beauty of it.  So enjoy this very unique sunset.

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Pit Stop

Any excuse to take the aerial camera out and fly it, right?  I saw these trees across the highway on the way down to Florida and said I thought it would make a cool image.  So we stopped on the way home.  I really missed out on some cool photography on our cross-country RV trip a couple of years ago.

Our first rest stop on the way home from Florida.

Our first rest stop on the way home from Florida.

81

So I was driving down the interstate highway and got the urge to take this photograph.  So I did.  Its pretty colorful along our section of 81.

Our colorful section of I-81 near mile marker 309.

Our colorful section of I-81 near mile marker 309.