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Foxhunting: Multimedia

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

Foxhounds

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


The Commonwealth Foxhounds, a traditional foxhunting club based near King George, celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary in 2006 on the centennial of organized foxhunting in Virginia. I spent some time with the club on their hunt, as well as when they train hounds and when they hang out together. Suffice to say both the hunt and the typical post hunt “breakfasts” all involve drinking copious amounts of alcohol. They know how to have a good time.

I shot this late last year and it ran in the Free Lance-Star. We did like a multimedia piece for the story, and these are a selection of images from the larger project.

shopping cart

Posted by skywriter12 on 27 Jan 2007 | Tagged as: Free Lance-Star



Shopping from the carts perspective.

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.

All Area Portraits

Posted by skywriter12 on 09 Dec 2006 | Tagged as: sports, portrait, Free Lance-Star






Portraits of the best high school athletes in high-school golf, cross country, volleyball, field hockey, and football this season. These shots ran huge on the front of Sports over five days with in-depth profiles of each athlete.


This portrait series was a lot of fun to do. I had the concept of showing “toughness” in these kids, so I matched it with tough looking industrial textures, and toned the images to match that feel. Having the creative freedom to shoot the thing how I wanted was fantastic. I got a lot of positive feedback from readers on this stuff….

This is not a drive-thru

Posted by skywriter12 on 04 Dec 2006 | Tagged as: news, Free Lance-Star

“I started screaming, and then he came through the rest of the way,” said Kim Santucci, who was sitting at her desk when the truck drove through the wall of the Fredericksburg Insurance Group


The dude drove into an auto insurance office. Whoops.

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.


Exhaustion.


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.

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.

Acorns

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!

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….

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.

The Deal - Portrait

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

For “The Deal” section. Business owner profile.

When Donna Williams turned 51 in 2002, she found out she had cancer. After a successful surgery to beat it, she reevaluated her life. “One thing I always wanted but never had was a convertible.” Williams bought her bright red Ford Mustang Cobra from her daughter with only 10,000 miles on it. A downhill skiing enthusiast as well, she loves the speed. “I like to go fast in this thing,” said Williams “Now, I want to trade this in for a Viper.” Donna Williams is the co-owner of ServiceMaster in Fredericksburg with her husband Danny.

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.

Domestic Violence Vigil

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

Vigil for victims of domestic violence. Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg.

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

Week 4 & 5 Sports

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

Ring

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

Old ring with a long history.

Redskins vs. Jaguars

Posted by skywriter12 on 10 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: sports, Free Lance-Star


More Redskins football. Redskins win in overtime over Jaguars with a winning touchdown run by Santana Moss (2nd from the bottom).

This was a blast to shoot as well. I’m getting way better a shooting football, and I got some decent frames out of this one. I used two bodies with the Nikon 400mm and the 80-200mm on. Good stuff. More daily assignment stuff coming soon…

Kids Jeopardy

Posted by skywriter12 on 03 Oct 2006 | Tagged as: portrait, Free Lance-Star, photo illustration

Claire Winkler, 13, was a local girl who made it on Kid Jeopardy. Did these portraits of her for a big layout about her experience on the show. Great page design went with it…

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 2 Portraits

Posted by skywriter12 on 24 Sep 2006 | Tagged as: portrait, Free Lance-Star


Ernestine Smith is quietly readjusting to life after undergoing a complicated life-saving surgery for pulminary hypertension last year, and is one of the few patients who has recovered from the usually terminal condition. She now enjoys spending time outside with her pets and working on her yard, something she has not been able to do for the last year while recovering from her surgery.


Sidelines Feature- Mountain View High School Cross-Country star Max Desens.

Redskins vs. Vikings

Posted by skywriter12 on 14 Sep 2006 | Tagged as: sports, Free Lance-Star

First Monday Night Football game of the year. Washington Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings. 94,000 people. Vikings win 19-16.


Game day face…


Don’t let your wives see you peeking…


A Native Washingtonian…


I really like the Redskins….


3 and out was the story of the night for the Redskins…


Injured player…


A great takedown…


But it’s not enough….Vikings win…

This was an awesome assignment! Redskins fans are insane and the atmosphere was electrifying. We had two shooters, me and Mike Morones, who is a really experienced sports shooter at the paper, who definitely got the best action shots of the night. Yet I think I’m steadily getting better a shooting football with long lenses. Hoping I get another Redskins game this season…

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…