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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sunrise over the Ganges River, India

I haven't traveled a whole lot, but Danielle and I had a pretty amazing adventure in India in 2004. We made our way down the Varanasi streets early one morning, down to the the banks of the Ganges River. Every photo seemed like a postcard moment.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Crabtree Falls

Another photo of the falls.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Simple beauty

I took this one at the lovely Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. I remember it was Natalie's first time there last year, and we toted her around to see all the pretty flowers :)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rich contrasts

One of my favorite types of nature shots is the type you see above. I like the contrast of textures and tones. Danielle and I were at a Christian retreat center with some Brazilian friends when I spotted this opportunity.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Drama in the sky

Brooding clouds at sunset.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Maymont Falls — infrared updated

I learned a new "dodge&burn" photo-making technique, that I tried on this Maymont Falls pic.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Byrd Park or Bird Park?

Go down to this area of the park just about any time of year, and you will find a large number of geese and ducks there to greet you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The extraordinarily beautiful in less obvious places

These are probably my absolute favorite photos to date. The top one was taken by Danielle, the bottom one by my sister Vicki, 4 months before my dad passed away. My dad and I stole away for a few moments, onto these jetty rocks, and had the most beautiful conversation. The color, composition, visual elements of the photos are beside the point. When I see these, I am transported back to a fleeting moment in time where my dad and I had one of our last, and best talks. I will never forget that moment, and thanks to Vicki and Danielle, I have visual reminders to it as well.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wideangle "what-in-the-world"s

Tell me if you can, Maymont-lovers, where these ones were taken.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Autumn at Maymont

Maymont is definitely one of my favorite places to snap pictures. Danielle and I love the place. I mean after all, we were engaged there! This photo was taken in the Fall of 2006. God's master-stroke of color was everywhere.

Crabtree Falls

Danielle and I hiked up to Crabtree Falls in the Spring of 2005. It was quite the hike, but as you can see, well worth it! This is one of my absolute favorites.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy little daffodil

This is not the greatest picture in the world by any stretch, but it has an interesting story. This daffodil picture is composed of 93 separate pictures, stitched together in Photoshop. The final picture can be printed out 34x48 inches at 300dpi... massive!
I used a 200mm lens to get the shallow depth of field. The lone-blooming daffodil seemed to be saying, "Hey, here I am! Take a picture of me!"

Friday, September 5, 2008

Fenway Park

On May 20th, my birthday, my friends Terry and Matt treated me to my first major league ball game! We were in Boston for a designer's conference, and lucked out to be able to catch a game the same time we were there. Fenway Stadium is pretty surreal to be in for may reasons. But one thing stands out— the fans! The unity, the cheering, the excitement — really makes you feel like you're a part of something special. Another thing I pondered on was how the creativity of man, displayed in such a thing as baseball, must give the Father a big grin. What I mean is, He created us as creative creatures. We exhibit a unique quality of God when we come up with creative ways of having fun together. And boy, did we have a lot of fun!

20 years ago, framed in a frame

It's hard to believe 20 years have passed since this self-portrait was taken. It was an assignment for my first (of two) photo classes at VCU. Looking for something to post today, I stumbled across it, and could not believe how quickly life has passed. This shot was taken on an old abandoned farm in Virginia Beach. What gives me pause, besides the passing of time, is considering that when this was taken I did not know Christ. I almost don't remember that guy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I see you, daddy

I couldn't resist posting a pic of my sweeties!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Orion's dance

This photo was taken in Rockville, Virginia, near one of the many farms that are scattered throughout that area. If you look carefully above the silo, you may notice the constellation Orion — as if in some cosmic ballet — poised atop the silo. I really enjoyed the contrasts of different light: the greenish glow off the barn; the pinkish glow of what I think was the setting sun; and the deep blue sky of approaching night. I monkeyed with the saturation a little in Photoshop to accent the drama.