I’m simply tired/frustrated/ticked/disappointed (you get the idea, fill in the blank) at folks who discount the value of mobile cameras for shooting anything.  Stills.  Video.  Doesn’t matter.  This isn’t about how great the mobile devices are becoming nowadays – I’ve always felt this way.  It’s never been about the equipment !  Get it right people.  There are plenty of videos out there where pros take the challenge of unlimited gear vs. mobile phone.  And the results?  Well, judge for yourself.  Here’s just one example I found.  And if it’s good enough for Steven Soderbergh, then it’s good enough for me.  I’m not saying that the mobile device should be your go-to camera – it’s simply another tool in the proverbial toolbox of gear.  Chase Jarvis even wrote a book about it.

“It’s NEVER been about the equipment!”

So, quit comparing megapixels and L-Series or Art lenses.  Stop the ridiculous talk about the sheer size of the camera/lens system.  Or how much it weighs.  Stop talking about how much everything costs.  This is nonsense.  It’s only ever been about the photographer and their eye.  Give the most expensive gear to a noob – see what happens. Give a point-and-shoot to a pro – see what happens.  Makes me wonder what brilliant things Ansel Adams would have done with an iPhone.


Yep, you guessed it – shot on an iPhone.


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.


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.


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

Come On…

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



Poll for the audience…

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


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


I’m requiring my Beginning Photography students at Shenandoah University to recreate this image.  I had to create it so they had a reference.  I finished it and thought “well now that’s a blog photo.”  It’s not a difficult technique to pull off, but it’s slightly different than what we did in class – same technique just applied in a very creative manner.  Can’t wait to see the results.

Feeling a little tipsy - I wasn't even drinking!

Feeling a little tipsy – I wasn’t even drinking!


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…

Summer Lovin’

I remember my youth when my mom would go out in the back yard and spend an afternoon pulling Japanese beetles off the flowers and dropping them into a can of gasoline.  Yep, that’s how I remember it.  So when I saw the beetles on the flowers today I had to grab my camera and, of course, I like to get creative (go figure).  Not only with my photography, but with the names and post titles and…well everything.  I just couldn’t help myself with this title.  Sorry Mom.

Summer Lovin'

I know nothing about entomology so this may or may not be a suitable title for the blog posts, but it’s appropriate as far as I’m concerned.


Doing what you like is freedom.  Liking what you do is Happiness.”

I’m liking what I’m doing and, somewhat more importantly, I’m liking who I’m doing it for.  Horrible grammar, I know, but you get it.

I've said it before, it's the little things that people walk by every day that can really be eye-catching.

I’ve said it before, it’s the little things that people walk by every day that can really be eye-catching.


Another rainy day, another rainy day project.  Now you get to guess what it is.  And NO, I’m not tagging it with descriptors of how I did it.  No fair.

I'm starting to get appreciate the fact that different people are going to see this differently.

I’m starting to get appreciate the fact that different people are going to see this differently.  See more like this.

Sure Sign

I know most people try to avoid having them in their yards.  I leave them so I know for sure that Spring is here.  Yeah, that’s my story…

Sure Sign

A sure sign that Spring has “sprung”

Almost There…

Almost There...

It’s pretty awesome how quickly and timely (for the Apple Blossom Festival) all the flowers and trees just pop around here.



I’ve been waiting a long time to put some color back into the photos around here.


Bucket List

So my wife told me that she wants to put a visit to Holland (when all the tulips bloom) on her bucket list.  I could do that.

I think this time it's gonna stick (referring to Spring, of course).

I think this time it’s gonna stick (referring to Spring, of course).


“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

– Mark Twain



“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”

– Anne Frank