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Government Protest

Posted by skywriter12 on 28 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: news


Hundreds of government workers protest near the presidential palace against new legal reforms proposed by the national assembly in Panama City, Panama, July 28, 2009. The workers claim the reforms will result in thousands of workers being laid off and replaced with those loyal to recently elected President Ricardo Martinelli.

A tough loss for Balbina

Posted by skywriter12 on 04 May 2009 | Tagged as: news

After losing her bid for President to opposition candidate Ricardo Martinelli, Balbina Herrera prepares to face the media and deliver her concession speech. Backstage, after facing the cameras, a teary eyed Balbina is embraced by her campaign team .

Getting intimate shots like these are really hard to get on a campaign. Luckily in Panama the security around her kind of crumbled on election night, and I got myself in the backroom with her and her closest supporters as the only photographer.

Burning Effigies

Posted by skywriter12 on 03 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: news, personal


In Panama, people burn dolls of people they love and hate.

Top: On New Years Eve, a guy burns a doll of David Murcia Guzman, or DMG, a 28-year old Colombian scam artist now behind bars, who took locals for millions of dollars in a complex pyramid scheme in 2008.

Bottom. A Palestinian man burns a shoebox with a photo of George Bush, who he blames for supporting Israel in the invasion of Gaza.

Prezident Obama…

Posted by skywriter12 on 06 Nov 2008 | Tagged as: news

After watching the election last night I went back and looked at some coverage of Obama rallies I did over the last year. This has been a lonnnnnnng campaign. Anyways here are some sets from the archive:

California 2007 Rally
Missouri 2007 Rally

Stills from Mato Grosso

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

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

Construction Workers Protest

Posted by skywriter12 on 14 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: news


Construction workers and students took to the streets in violent clashes against the police to protest the killing of a construction worker by the police in Panama City, Panama on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.

So because this was an AP assignment, my best stuff goes to them. These are my “seconds”, but you can get a taste of the chaos from these.


Posted by skywriter12 on 05 Feb 2008 | Tagged as: news, travel


Went to Carnival in Panama this year. Basically, Carnival is four days of parties, parades, drinking, art, folkloric music and traditonal dancing. Think Burning Man meets Daytona Beach.

BUT!…during the day, each town in Panama have ‘culecos’, or big street parties, which makes our spring break look like a church trip. Its basically a giant water fight, with industrial water tankers, dj’s, half naked girls, and hard alcohol. Oh yeah, and its packed with 10,000 drunk people by 8am every day. My Canon 5D, replete with garbage bag and rubberband protector, barely made it out alive.

I only took my camera out in Penenome, as I was shooting something for the AP. As I can’t post those photos, here are some other shots.


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


Posted by skywriter12 on 08 Sep 2007 | Tagged as: news





2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks to thousands of supporters during a campaign rally on the lawn of Santa Barbara City College on September 8th, 2007.

Forget politics, Obama is the best public speaker I’ve ever seen. Hands down. The guy is magnetic.


Posted by skywriter12 on 24 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: news, VC Star

Firefighters from Oxnard and Ventura took part in a training exercise in an abandoned building in Ventura. The firefighters had to wear “smoke shields”, gray plastic inserts that block out light and mimic the poor visibility found in smoky buildings, while navigating the building.

These are a few of my fav’s, although I’m probably posting too many. It was pitch black inside, and the guys didn’t use flashlights. I shot most of it blind firing the camera and sometimes the flash towards where I thought they were standing. It would be fun to cover a few of these….


Posted by skywriter12 on 18 May 2007 | Tagged as: news, VC Star

Oxnard College president Dr. Roberto C. Duran addresses students during the commencement ceremony for the 2007 graduating class.

So here’s a photo from today’s shoot I liked. I’ll be putting up my favorites from weeks 1 & 2 soon…

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.


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.

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.

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.

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