Planning my first shoot for the year.

It looks like – against my better judgement – I’m meeting a friend (hi, Steve!) and going over to Fort Monroe at o’dark thirty next Sunday morning for a sunrise shoot. If the weather is decent, i.e., dry. It will be bad enough being up at that hour without lousy weather, too. Cold is ok; wet and cold is not!

I’ll be taking my Nikon and the phone, of course. Maybe a tripod. We’ll see.

Looks like I’m breaking out my 70-200 thermos…

Fall Leaves – Peaking Soon

I’m trying to merge my schedule, peak fall color, and the weather report to find the best day to head up to Williamsburg and the Colonial Parkway to shoot some fall color. Tomorrow’s out, as I have two meetings and there’s a 90% chance of rain. Friday through Monday, however, with forecasted temps in the low 60’s and partly cloudy-to-sunny skies, looks promising.

Rocket Launch

I’m going over to Norfolk tonight to photograph a rocket launch. It’s another chance to break out the 80-200 and see what it can do.

I don’t know what to expect; I’ve never seen a launch. If I get anything good I’ll post it here tomorrow.

First Day of Fall!

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Autumn In The ParkHappy Dance! Happy Dance!

• Finally, it will be cool enough to hit the streets with my camera — without fear of melting in to the pavement.

• Finally, the leaves will start to turn, providing a welcome burst of color to the landscape, all ready to turn into art.

• Finally, I can break out my sweaters again! (I love my sweaters.)

And if I’m really lucky, Garden Ridge (or whatever they call themselves these days) will have their garish, neon Christmas trees all lined up, just waiting for me to have a little iPhoneography fun! Do yourself a favor and go, especially if you need a laugh. They are so bad, they’re good!

I love the fall.

Rain, Rain, Stay Away!

It’s been raining all day long. Hard. Enough to cause some serious flooding all over southeastern Virginia. I’m very happy that I didn’t have to go on a shoot today.

It stopped a few hours ago, and you’d think it was over, but no. There’s a lot more of the stuff still heading for us.

It’s not all bad; it’s been awhile since it rained and we needed it.

Just not a year’s worth in one go…

Cooper Vineyards!

photo, three yellow minis

Three Not-So-Mellow-Yellow MINIs

Tomorrow is the annual Cooper Vineyards MINI Rally. (Seriously, where else would we go?)

It’s a big MINI event, if you’ll pardon the pun. Four clubs participate: Hampton Roads (mine), the two in Richmond, and one from DC. The drive is what we call “spirited” — all hills and twistees. It’s a little hard on my left leg because I drive a stick, but it’s a blast!

The rally is always fun. Good food and entertainment, and a great place to connect with friends I haven’t seen in a while. And there’s a bonus, at least for me: it’s about half way to IKEA!

All in all, a great MINI day. I wouldn’t miss it for anything!

Except I may not be able to go. If I have trouble sleeping or wake up with a migraine… no twistees for me. It’s also going to be in the 90’s, and I doubt they’ll reschedule for the heat. If I go, I’ll post photos.

Comments are below; please use them. I’d like to think that someone is reading this.

BTW, that’s my BumbleBee in the middle. They no longer let me back into spaces.

Adding smaller images to the shop!

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Photo, color, art deco movie palace

In an effort to reach more customers, I’ve decided to add smaller images to the shop. I’ve created a new section, Under $20 USD, for the 5×7’s. To ensure the images are the best they can be given the smaller size, I’m  “re-mastering” everything. It takes a while, but I’m a perfectionist, so it has to be done. A fun Labor Day weekend is in my immediate future, I fear.

As always, comments are welcome.

Bath Day For The BumbleBee!

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Color image, car wash from inside the car

The car wash from the car’s point of view

I received permission to stay in the MINI at the car wash, and this is the result. It was shot on my iPhone and processed on the iPad. Please ask questions, leave praise, or throw virtual rotten tomatoes at me via the comments, below.

Second sale on Etsy!

Double Rainbow At Sunset, Looking Out From The Beach

A bright double rainbow after a thunderstorm at sunset.

I just had my second sale on Etsy!

Am I excited? YES!  Am I satisfied? NO!

I keep telling myself that with enough hard work, I may be able to pay a few bills with the shop one day. With that in mind, here’s looking forward to my third sale!

Fort Wool, Virginia

Black and white image of an abandoned US Army post

Fort Wool, Virginia

This image of Fort Wool, located in the Chesapeake Bay, was shot on film many years ago. The Army post dates back to World War I. It was abandoned years ago. It’s an eerie, desolate place; getting in there practically takes an Act of Congress. I’d love to go back and shoot some more there.