Folgers

Waking up early is no big thing when you know it’s gonna look like this.  It doesn’t matter what brand of coffee you drink, I still think this is the best part of waking up.

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NSV

That would be the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  I’d love to come up here and shoot aerial during the sunset, but there are too many people and I don’t want to disrupt their experience with the noise.  I don’t want to be “that guy.”

Just some much-needed alone time at Bears Den in Bluemont, VA.  Awesome place.

Just some much-needed alone time at Bears Den in Bluemont, VA. Awesome place.

Travel

So it’s time to start traveling with the aerial rig.  I’m starting to think that my galleries are getting a little saturated with Winchester images (makes sense, right?).  Anyway, I know this isn’t very far from me, but it’s a start.  I recently shot some aerial footage for the town of Front Royal and, as always, I grabbed some stills while I was up there.  Gonna see if I can snag a Disney panorama while we’re in Florida this year.

Front Royal

It’s been a while since I’ve “framed” one of my images, but this one fits the bill. My goal is to do this up and down the valley with as many towns as possible…a little local traveling. | Order a print of this image.

American Flyers

This picture reminds me of American Flyers (you know, the movie).  It reminds me of the part in the movie where they’ve arrived at the big race out west and the sun is rising on the first day.  I know, I know.  If you know the area, you’d know that this is a sunset.  But it still reminds me of the movie.

I very iconic view of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

A very iconic view of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

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.

Front Cover

Heads up.  Watch for the 2015 Winchester City calendar.  Yours Truly is featured on the front cover (well, at least my image is) as well as multiple months inside.

Winchester, VA

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Close

Early day for me tomorrow, but the silver lining is that it’s the closest race to me that I’ve ever shot.  Any closer and it’d be in my back yard!  I’m not complaining, but I do need to get some sleep.

Big event for the area tomorrow morning.  See ya bright and early - well, at least early.

Big event for the area tomorrow morning. See ya bright and early – well, at least early.

Campus

It’s sometimes difficult for some folks to make it back to their alma mater to visit.  Life has a way of getting in the way sometimes.  I graduated 21 years ago this year and JMU is such a different school (physically – I won’t get into the politics of all that’s been in the news lately).  I know I enjoyed my time there and hopefully this video will spark some memories if you’re also an alumnus.  Before I did the video of Handley I actually had this one started, but I didn’t have enough footage yet.  I’ve finally collected enough footage – enjoy.


Madison, James Madison
We’ll Be Forever True
Our Loyalty Will Always Be To JMU
While Friends Remain Within Our Hearts
And Knowledge Guides Our Way
James Madison Will Lead Us On
To Conquer Each New Day


First Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  I just finished a shoot for a local architect that designed the rooftop for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum.  If you haven’t been, you should really check it out.  And if you’re traveling through the Shenandoah Valley, check it out.  It’s a major upgrade from their location on the Old Town Mall and it’s really only one short block from the mall anyway (there’s even a parking lot situated right beside it).  If you need an excuse to go, it’s free tonight from 5-7:30 as part of First Friday in Old Town Winchester.

The new, very colorful rooftop of the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Old Town Winchester

The new, very colorful rooftop of the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Old Town Winchester.  See more images of the museum.