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PAW Week 4

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This week’s PAW (Photo-A-Week) is from Martinsville Speedway where they held the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race today. It was 39 degrees and misting most of the day. Despite the weather, it was a great race.

The photo is of a vendor trying to stay warm. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger versions of other photos from the day. All were shot with a Leica M4-P.


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March 30, 2008 at 7:26 pm

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Carlisle School Spring Musical

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Carlisle School’s spring play Bohemian Rebellion will be April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m.

 I’m pretty excited about it because it has all of my favorite music. Below is a photo I shot of the senior cast members.


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March 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm

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PAW Week 3

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Mattie and I were out of town for several days this past week while I attended a Photoshop workshop in Richmond. The workshop was from Kelby Training, which also does Photoshop User TV. If you use Photoshop you should check them out. Dave Cross was the instructor and is pictured below sitting at a table. 

The PAW photo for this week was taken while I was eating eggs benedict in The Berkeley Hotel located in Shockoe Slip in downtown Richmond. There are several alternates below that you can click on to see a larger version. All photos shot with a Leica M4-P.


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March 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm

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Easter Morning

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This morning I drove to Woolwine to attend the Easter morning sunrise service with my mom at the Smith River Church of the Brethren. 

When I arrived in Woolwine, I wondered why the Sunrise Service was scheduled for 6:30 a.m. since the sun would not come up for another half hour. However, they knew what they were doing. There were biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fried apples, coffee and orange juice. It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends before the service and standing outside in 40 degree weather was a lot nicer on a full stomach. 

On my way home, I noticed just how much the community of Elamsville had grown. When I was a kid you could stand at one Elamsville sign and still see the one welcoming visitors on the other side of the community. Now they have moved the sign about a mile down the road and it includes Clyde Turner’s Junk Yard. I think the sign has been moved several times, but I guess an unincorporated community and put a sign wherever they want to. 

Years ago, I stopped to chat with Clyde and he had various animals hanging out with him including a rooster, dog and a pig he found roaming around in the woods behind his home. The rooster, however, was by far the most interesting because he could unwrap a Tootsie Roll with his beak. I thought about this as I drove by and there were a group of chickens and a rooster walking down the side of the road in front of the junkyard.


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March 23, 2008 at 10:35 am

St. Patrick’s Day

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d show a photo from the St. Patrick Day’s Parade in Boston in 2006. 


Every St. Patrick’s Day, I can’t help but think about Joe and Ruth Kelly. They have a radio and TV show in Richmond about racing. When I worked for Martinsville Speedway I would drive to Richmond to do their TV show, and I would call in to their radio show. Several times I drove to Richmond to do their radio show from a hot dog stand. Joe is very proud of his Irish heritage and he would give an Irish prayer at the end of his show.

I called Joe and Ruth this morning to wish them a happy St. Patrick’s Day and they told me it’s their 23rd year of doing the show and they have won 28 awards for their efforts. That’s proof that good things happen to nice people. Yes, they said were wearing green. 


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March 17, 2008 at 8:44 am

PAW Week 2

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This week’s PAW picture is Tony Stewart.

 I was the Public Relations Director at Martinsville Speedway for seven years. I was there the first time Tony came to the speedway for testing. On the second day of testing, I went to Tony’s hauler and sat down for a chat. He talked about how he wasn’t happy with the way things were going and his times weren’t all that good. Having watched a lot of drivers I felt like he was driving too hard into the turns. So I told him.

I explained that at Martinsville you couldn’t drive too hard into the corners. You needed to slow down, and then get the car settled enough to be able to hit the gas again as close to the center of the turn as possible. After all, that’s how the guys who go fast there told me they do it. He listened politely and we had a nice conversation.

Anyway, he came back and won the pole position for the race. He really is a nice guy and it was no different when he visited the speedway this week. Click on the thumbnails photos below Tony for other photos I shoot for the PAW project this week.


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March 16, 2008 at 4:43 pm

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Tony Stewart

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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was at Martinsville Speedway today to help promote the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 on Sunday, March 30. (Tickets are still available. Old habits die hard.)

Tony sold tickets to fans, talked with area business leaders and held a press conference. You can read the story written by Associated Press writer Hank Kurz and see one of the photos I shot at Sports Illustrated

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March 12, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Posted in Photo Shoots