November 2006

Monthly Archive

Black Friday

Posted by skywriter12 on 27 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: news, Free Lance-Star

The line stretched half a mile.

The place was a sardine can. I’m sure they broke fire code.

DVD madness.


Consumers began lining up 12 hours early for the 5am opening of Circuit City the day after Thanksgiving. The shoppers were after deeply discounted laptops, plasma TV’s and digital cameras. Most people waited hours to get in, and then hours more waiting in line to check out.

These pictures were shot between 4:30am and 5:30am. People are nuts.

Under the skin

Posted by skywriter12 on 24 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: personal

My broken left (phew!) thumb, top bone (distal phalange).

CT Scan of head

CT Scan - 1mm cut top to bottom

CT Scan - 3mm cut front to back

A quick TO from the newspaper stuff for a minute. I broke my thumb playing football last week and hurt my eyelid. Good news is my eyes are fine, and the thumb will be healed in a few weeks without a cast or surgery. I’ll be back to shooting full time and posting to the blog on Monday.

In addition to the thumb x-rays, I got a CT scan for my eyelid thing. The radiology image techs gave me a CD-Rom with thousands of images of the inside of my head in 1mm and 3mm slices. You can watch “fly through” animations of your brain, sinuses, eyes, and skull. It’s amazing.

Anyways, I put these stills up because I was awestruck by the medical imaging they can do these days and how abstract and strange the images are. Sorry if anyone is “grossed out”, but we all pretty much look something like this underneath when the scanner peers inside us…

Turkey Wrangler

Posted by skywriter12 on 15 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star

Joseph O’Maley, 17, tries not to slip and fall while rounding up turkeys for harvesting on Cibola Farms near Culpeper on November 14, 2006. The farm raised about 350 turkeys, Bourbon Red and Broad Breasted White varieties this year. They will be selling them directly to consumers from the farm and at local farmers markets in the area beginning this weekend.

Feature Hunting….The editors were down with a funny picture instead of just the standard “process shots” of guys carrying turkeys to a truck. Sometimes you take a photo that’s not great compositionally, but is just plain funny. Emotional content and body language beat out composition here (i.e. top vs. bottom)

Field Hockey Finals

Posted by skywriter12 on 12 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: sports, Free Lance-Star

Girls AA Field Hockey State Finals. Chancellor vs. James Monroe. Chancellor won 2-0, their first championship win in six years, despite making it to the final game every year since 2001.

Semper Fidelis

Posted by skywriter12 on 12 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: news, Free Lance-Star

Some shots of the Marine Corps Museum and the dedication ceremony of the new Semper Fidelis Park in Quantico, Virginia. Invited Marine Veterans attended the evening event.

Faces of Allen

Posted by skywriter12 on 09 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: news, Free Lance-Star

Virginia Republican Senator George Allen gave a concession speech in Alexandria on November 9th, 2006. By electing to forgo a recount in the close race, Allen conceded the election to Democrat Jim Webb, giving the Democrats control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in twelve years.

I like these shots because they’re all like right before he actually speaks. You can see the defeat and humility in his face.


Posted by skywriter12 on 01 Nov 2006 | Tagged as: Free Lance-Star, photo illustration

A photo-illustration for a story on a bumper crop of acorns, and the growth expected form them next year. Worked with a designer on this one to give space for the story text to go.

I filled a small fishtank about halfway with topsoil and dropped in the acorn and a oak tree leaf. Lit with a snooted top light, and a green gelled sidelight. I like using the fishtank to show cross-sections of things. I’ve heard of people using tanks for shooting in swimming pools, but I’m not ready to risk my camera for that shot yet!