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Harbor Chillin.

Posted by skywriter12 on 21 Dec 2009 | Tagged as: feature, nature

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A pelican and a sea lion at the harbor.

Panamaramica

Posted by skywriter12 on 21 May 2009 | Tagged as: feature, travel

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Some outtakes from my shooting around Panama City for an upcoming guidebook.

Mixed Messages….

Posted by skywriter12 on 24 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: feature, personal, travel

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I find the humongous billboard for Coca-Cola right next to a mural of Che Guevara mural decrying capitalism to be incredibly ironic.

Simply put, the mural of Che reads: “All of our actions are a war cry against imperialism. Revolt.” Above it, the ad of Coca-Cola reads (symbolically, not in words): “Consume our imperialist products! Conform.”

Sassy Rollers

Posted by skywriter12 on 15 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: feature, personal

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From Panama Christmas Parade.

Santa H20

Posted by skywriter12 on 14 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: feature, personal, travel

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Santa sneaks in a sip of water after hours under a scorching sun and blazing heat during the annual Christmas parade in Panama City, Panama.

Panama Skate

Posted by skywriter12 on 13 Dec 2008 | Tagged as: sports, feature, personal

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Vans Skate Tour event in Panama City, Panama.

Went down to practice shooting skating, something I’ve never shot much of before. The combination of great access, nonstop action, and beautiful light made for a fun time. It felt good to just mess around…

Drop ‘em

Posted by skywriter12 on 03 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: feature

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A male model shows off his underwear to the eager press, part of a new design collection on display during Panama Fashion Week.

Reverse Runway

Posted by skywriter12 on 03 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: feature

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Some fun pics from Panama Fashion Week. I tried some stuff like this shooting from the opposite end of the runway, pointing towards the photographers and into the studio lights. Some cool rim and halo lights….

Stills from Mato Grosso

Posted by skywriter12 on 22 May 2008 | Tagged as: news, feature, nature

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Brazil is the biggest producer of soy in the world.
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The farmers cut into the forest for soy and cattle.
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Cleared jungle for cattle pasture. Demand for red meat continues to skyrocket.
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Charred forest ready to convert to farmland.

These are some stills from my photo camera from a story I am working on about the global food and energy crisis, which actually a video piece. I took very few stills, but here they are. With HD, I can do frame grabs, which is the plan in the next few days.

In an nutshell, many are accusing Brazil of burning down the Amazon to convert it into high yield farmland to grow more food, animal feed, and crops for biodiesel and ethanol production. Begs the question about what is the environmental price we are willing to pay in order to have enough food and energy crops for the world. A complex and controversial issue.

The video is in the editing phase right now, and will post soon. Enjoy..

Note: I cropped to 16:9 aspect so I can put it in FCP. Some people like to add motion to the photos and move around it, but not me. I like it cropped how I want…

C Street

Posted by skywriter12 on 21 Nov 2007 | Tagged as: feature, personal, travel

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A surfer at C Street Beach. Ventura, CA.
Feels like it’s from the 1980’s or something. I dig it!

Roping

Posted by skywriter12 on 05 Nov 2007 | Tagged as: sports, feature

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Chelsea Knudsen, 17, of Danville, Kentucky, practices her lasso technique on the horns of a wooden “practice bull”, used to warm up before roping steers in rodeo competitions. Chelsea, and her mother Paula, right, practice roping in on their farm outside of Danville to keep their skills sharp for competitions.

Chobama

Posted by skywriter12 on 27 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: news, feature

Touch

Posted by skywriter12 on 25 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: feature, personal

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Band

Posted by skywriter12 on 27 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star


Drumline. They wear paper dunce hats because they are freshman.

Horsey

Posted by skywriter12 on 25 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star

Kathe Smothers rides Micah, a wild Mustang captured in Nevada. Smothers adopted Micah and trained her in less than three months.

Smokin!

Posted by skywriter12 on 29 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star

“Wow thats hot!”, said David Ayala, left, after sampling the super-hot salsa at the salsa tasting tent at the Oxnard Salsa Festival on Sunday.

Stand down

Posted by skywriter12 on 28 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star


Hairstylist Lexie Tyler jokes with US Navy veteran Bill Wilson, while giving him a free haircut at the 2007 Ventura County Stand Down at the National Guard Armory in Ventura on Friday, July 27, 2007. The Stand Down is an annual event where hundreds of volunteers from various organizations throughout Southern California come together to offer a weekend of refuge and support for homeless and disabled veterans. The veterans stay overnight in a makeshift camp at the armory, and are able to receive medical and social services, food, showers, and a safe place to sleep.

Back from Iraq

Posted by skywriter12 on 22 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star


Here are few from my assignment yesterday. A few national guard guys arrived at the naval base. I didn’t bother posting the crowd shots, details, etc and stuff, just reunion pictures. I’m thinking black and white maybe….

Spay

Posted by skywriter12 on 13 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star

Minutes after succumbing to anasthesia, Tinker Bell, a min-pin chihuahua mix, is carried to the surgery room at Adobe Animal Hospital to undergo abdominal surgery in order to get spayed.

hardcore

Posted by skywriter12 on 09 Jul 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star


Prayer in the park.

New Wig

Posted by skywriter12 on 25 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star


Trying on a new wig at a beauty supply store…

waterslide

Posted by skywriter12 on 17 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star

shakedown

Posted by skywriter12 on 15 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star

Students at Pacifica High School are searched by security personnel before entering their own graduation ceremony.

fat

Posted by skywriter12 on 15 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: feature, personal

Troop Leader

Posted by skywriter12 on 10 Jun 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star

A boy scout troop leader crossing the rope bridge built by the scouts for Summerfest.

Memorial Fiddle

Posted by skywriter12 on 27 May 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star


Old Time Fiddle Club in Oak View.
Kind of unconventional and weird. I can’t explain why, but I dig this frame.

Polish Sausage

Posted by skywriter12 on 19 May 2007 | Tagged as: feature, VC Star

Foxhunting: Multimedia

Posted by skywriter12 on 27 Feb 2007 | Tagged as: sports, feature, Free Lance-Star

Bullriding

Posted by skywriter12 on 11 Feb 2007 | Tagged as: sports, feature, personal


Cody warms up by pretending to ride a bull backstage.


“I’m gonna conquer that bull”…


That bull is gonna toss ya…


You got eight seconds…


Get ‘er Done!…


Got the wind knocked out of him when he fell off the bull….


Shot a few frames of bullriders at the URA Winter Rodeo in Columbia. I looked for ways of showing bullriding that went beyond the action shots of the rider on the bull, mid-ring. In fact, I wanted to avoid that shot altogether and break the rules a bit.

The whole bullriding shebang lasted less than fifteen minutes. I wish it went longer, as I could have spent all day shooting this!

Tariq Kahn

Posted by skywriter12 on 19 Jan 2007 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star



Kahn left Pakistan six years ago bound for America, the first person from his village near Peshawar to ever do so. At 18 years old, he landed in West Virginia, to face an unfamiliar culture alone. Since then, he has found a good job at a convenience store, formed strong bonds with new friends and the Muslim community, and feels at home in Fredericksburg.

While struggling to hold onto his Pakistani identity, Kahn feels he’s slowly becoming an American. He’s a big college football fan, loves fast food, and has become a car junkie. With his schooling wrapping up, and his future wife still in Pakistan, he questions weather to go back to his roots or settle down in middle America. “I love this country and how welcoming it is. It’s a wonderful feeling I have here, I have friends from all walks of life, so I don’t know if I could ever leave.”


Here’s a few pictures I did as part of a story about Kahn. These ones are centered on his faith.

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)

Haunted House

Posted by skywriter12 on 31 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star

Scary fun at the Jaycees Haunted House in downtown Fredericksburg.

Shot most of these with the flash, many with a red gel. Others were a result of cool Haunted House lighting. Fun times…

Graveyard tour

Posted by skywriter12 on 30 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star

Pictures for a small thing on trolley tours of Colonial Era graveyards in Fredericksburg….

Looking up

Posted by skywriter12 on 27 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: feature

Went to the Flugtag in Baltimore the other weekend. At one point these skydivers jumped out of a helicopter and plunged earthward at seemingly suicidal speeds.

We see airplanes and helicopters buzzing over our heads and don’t really bother to look up anymore. It’s so normal, so everyday. But three flying humans…that’ll get 60,000 people to stop everything and stare straight up….

The King Lives

Posted by skywriter12 on 25 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star



Elvis Impersonator competition held at Courtland High School on October 23rd. Elvii from all over the country entered this regional qualifier for the nationals in Memphis this May. The overall winner, Bennie Wheels, was chosen by panel of judges. The competition was a benefit for the Childrens Miracle Network.

This was a fun daily assignment. All access, friendly subjects, emotion, etc. The audience, mostly women in their 50’s, was going absolutely crazy for these guys.

Laborers for Christ

Posted by skywriter12 on 24 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star

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Laborers for Christ are volunteers who build churches. Their wives lead a quiet , faith-driven life at the campground, while their husbands are off working.

Rickshaw

Posted by skywriter12 on 18 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star

Larry Hinkle and his rickshaw business in Fredericksburg.

Frame Shop Owner

Posted by skywriter12 on 18 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: portrait, feature, Free Lance-Star

Business profile. Owner of custom frame shop in Fredericksburg.

Station One

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



A writer and I spent s shift with the guys from the Fredericksburg Fire Department. It was fun, although I think it would be great to go back a few times and make it into a more in-depth story.

Route 3 Dawn

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

Iwo Jima Flag

Posted by skywriter12 on 14 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: news, feature, Free Lance-Star

Installation of the flag flown over Iwo Jima in World War II. New Marine Corps Museum, Quantico, VA

Ring

Posted by skywriter12 on 11 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star

Old ring with a long history.

Week 2 Singles

Posted by skywriter12 on 28 Sep 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star


North Stafford practices just before kickoff against Brooke Point on Friday, September 14th, 2006.


The refs and the North Stafford “Wolverine” pledge allegiance during the national anthem just before kickoff in the game against Brooke Point on Friday, September 14th, 2006.


The King George football team listens to coach before the game under the crossbar.


The King George football prays before kickoff.


Getting chewed out by the coach at halftime.


Instead of raising hands, students use electronic voting machines to respond to the teachers questions during a georgraphy lesson in their fifth grade class at Winding Creek Elementary.


5th grade teacher Penny Izquierdo works with student Katie Canonico on an “active board”, an interactive teaching tool, at Winding Creek Elementary School. The school is one of the first in the area to use these new digital tools in the classroom.



Laborers for Christ volunteers work on the new Peace Lutheran Church in King George.


The old train depot in Fredericksburg, built in 1910, is bieng refurbished by developers for use as a clubhouse for the sprawling Cobblestone Square condominium development.


Kayla Tuttle, 2, sits under a row of jerseys about to be auctioned off to benefit Caroline’s Promise, an after school program for kids.




Came across these guys on the side of the road. Bruce and Bruce Jr., fish for Bass and Crappie in an old pond on a Saturday afternoon.



Jerry Decatur, a ninth generation Virginia crabber, with his Chesapeke Bay Retriever Sedge, steers his boat “Crabman” out to check the traps on the Potomac in the early hours of September 7th, 2006. “He loves bieng out here everyday with me,” said Decatur, who recently got Sedge back after losing him for three months.

So here’s a few things from last week. I’ve decided to not post every frame I shoot from every assignment, instead just stuff I think is interesting. Comments please!

Week 1 Singles

Posted by skywriter12 on 10 Sep 2006 | Tagged as: feature, Free Lance-Star


Because of the recent rains, the spillway releases excess water from Smith Lake Reservoir in Stafford County, on Tuesday, September 5th, 2006. “It was way down this time last year,” said Greg Mayers, a Water Treatment Plant Operator inspecting the spillway at the Smith Lake Water Treatment Facility.


John Reifenberg, left, and Alex Lochart, right, use a specially rigged gas-powered lawnmover to cut the damp grass on the steeply terraced hills of Fredericksburg National Cemetary on Wednesday, September 6th, 2006. After the recent rains, the five-man National Park Service crew, who usually cut the grass every ten days, mowed for the first time in around three weeks because of the unusually dry summer.


Lori Chaney, a 3rd-grade teacher at Winding Creek Elementary, reacts to the surprise news of winning Regional Teacher of the Year on Tuesday, September 12th, 2006 as William Kennedy of the Stafford County Sheriffs Office looks on.


Lori Chaney, a 3rd-grade teacher at Winding Creek Elementary, hugs her son Keegan, 8, as her daughter Kimberlyn, 10, looks on, after Chaney heard the news of winning Regional Teacher of the Year. The award was presented by the Virginia State Department of Education in a surprise ceremony attended by school officials, colleagues, friends and family.


A few shots from my first week at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This place has an awesome photo staff that encourages creativity and in-depth assignments. I couldn’t ask for a better place to be…