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RVA Panosphere

RVA Panosphere 2014

A Rough-Cut of a parlor trick I’d been wanting to learn, will refine this down the line.

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Two more rough-cuts done Friday evening to remember the process.


Frozen Dreams

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Two more from the following morning below.

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RVA Ball Park below.

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old school

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I get a chuckle when I hear young people (strangers) regard me as “old school” in passing on the street. The last month I have felt a bit of tunnel vision from shooting with a SOLIGAR AUTO ZOOM 70-222mm F:3.5 (circa 1979). These older lens you have to shoot totally manual on the digital cameras and to say the least a challenge. It doesn’t seem to be as sharp as the nikon 200mm I’ve been using the past year but it does have a quality that makes the image as if it’s film rather than digital. These are more test shots and hopefully next week I’ll find out how good it will perform on a event……… Below is my wife’s favorite bird the “Thrasher”

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BINGO : After only having this lens less than 20 days I’m in the zone, photos below

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Blue Cat

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The biggest freshwater fish registered in Virginia at the time, 109-pound blue catfish. The fish, caught by Tony Milam in March 2011 at Buggs Island Lake now at the Bass Pro Shops Aquarium, Ashland VA.

Still testing my vintage telephoto-zoom lens for sharpness. Very low light but beautiful Aquarium!

Déjà vu #2

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A photo I took late winter a year ago that I think often of, taken in color but looks Black & white. My first trip to the Shenandoah National Park after over two decades. My passion to photograph the Ravens around Skyland and Hawksbill peak.

river city swirl

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Result of a snowbound evening, maybe………

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Next day during the Thunder snow while testing new lens in low light.

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For whatever reason I am currently a buddy with a Mockingbird. My wife changed the suet from high-energy to peanut that sort of spooked the woodpeckers and chickadees away. I picked up a vintage telephoto zoom with a wide aperture from the 70’s which is incredible but have to use totally manual and am learning exposure time in different situations. I can’t wait to use on my dancer friends, birds, etc……..

Below are more pictures from my afternoon on the Lee Bridge.

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River City (RVA)

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Inspired by Dave Parrish, executed with Charles Sugg. 22 panoramas shot today, more pending perhaps………..

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Light painting with Bass

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This series originally started out to be light painting with a still life of a mounted bass I caught back in the 80’s and my favorite spinning reel.

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Designed in 1938 by Peugeot engineer Meulnart, the Mepps Aglia was imported from France into North America after World War II and still remains a popular spinner here. The MEPPS acronym stands for “Manufacture d’Engins de Précision pour la Pêche Sportive” (The Manufacture of Precision Tackle for Sportfishing).

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Bientôt nous plongerons dans les froides ténèbres;
Adieu, vive clarté de nos étés trop courts!
Soon we will plunge into the cold darkness;
Farewell, vivid brightness of our too-short summers!
“Chant d’Automne” [Song of Autumn]
_Charles Baudelaire

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