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Monday Night Football

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Carlisle School (in blue) won the game. The third photo is of a safety.

I took a 14-28mm zoom with me because I wanted to try catching someone getting tackled right on the sidelines at 14mm (really wide angle). Yes, I have been hit before hanging in there too long. I’ve also been hit by a baseball in a bad spot on an errand throw. But that’s another story.

There was a play coming right at me that was going to be perfect. I had an Olympus E-3 on my shoulder with the 14-28mm and another around my neck with the 100-400 (for anyone that knows Olympus it’s really 7-14 and 50-200, but it’s really too hard to explain). I let go of the 100-400. I then whipped the 14-28 around while tapping the shutter, just in case it had gone to sleep, put it to my eye and pushed the shutter release just as they were coming out of bounds and fell at my feet.

Nothing happened. Apparently, the on/off button was knocked to off as the camera was swinging at my waist. There’s a lot around there to catch any button. Unfortunately, there wasn’t another play that would have worked. I had envisioned this play before I even went to the game. Maybe next time.


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September 29, 2008 at 8:34 pm

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Speaking Of Football

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Now that’s a killer on the football field.

About 10 years ago, Mike Wray at the Martinsville Bulletin gave me the photo. He found it in his desk.

Yes, that’s me. I was a hard charging, dedicated, bone crusher as a linebacker and offensive guard at Patrick County High School. Ya see that paint missing on the helmet. It was well deserved. I left the paint on someone’s nose. It was probably the nose of Gary Atkins from Drewey Mason High School. 

QUIT TALKING ABOUT MY HAIR! It was the 70’s. A few years after this photo was taken, I was a polyester pants, silk shirt wearing, disco dancing machine.

Just imagine that.

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September 28, 2008 at 1:24 am

Halifax-Martinsville Football

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My good friend, Tucker, at The News & Record in South Boston called this week to ask me to shoot the Halifax-Martinsville game today. 

It was down right nasty (hometown lingo)  weather out there today. You can really tell in that last photo.

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September 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm

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I Made It To 50

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Since I posted a photo of my sister on her birthday, I decided I would also do it to myself (and get her again).

That’s me on my first birthday with Donna. Obviously, my parents were smart enough not to light the candle. They never bought me the mini-bike I wanted either. I’m glad they didn’t. I might not be here today. 

Actually, yesterday was my birthday. I was born on September 20, but the doctor put the wrong date on my birth certificate. He wrote the 21st. I celebrate both days and have convinced my wife Mattie that’s the right thing to do. Thank you Dr. Thompson.

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September 21, 2008 at 11:26 am

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The Story Behind The Photo

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I don’t normally talk much about technique on my blog. I’m not sure why. Well anyway, I am going to now.

I was shooting a party today for a couple that will be getting married in a few weeks. The couple getting hitched, are on the right side of the photo standing in the sun. The speaker on the left side of the photo and the folks in the foreground, were standing in the shade. So, what do you do?

Shooting in shutter priority at 1/250 of a second, I put in -1 1/3 or so exposure compensation on the camera to properly expose for the sunny areas, added a little + exposure on the flash because of the distance between me and the speaker, put my Olympus E-3 into live view (you can see what you are shooting on the screen), held the camera over my head, tilted the screen down so I could compose, tilted the flash up a little so it didn’t burn the people in the foreground and shot this photo.

I wanted to be able to show the couple, speaker and some of the crowd. Without live view and the tilt and swivel screen on the Olympus E-3, it would have been extremely difficult to compose that photo. That’s pretty even lighting considering there was two stops or so difference across the frame.

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September 21, 2008 at 12:56 am

Virgil Goode – Game Dinner

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Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers and his family held a game dinner tonight as a fundrasier for Congressman Virgil Goode. There were at least 500 people attending.

I arrived home this afternoon from a shoot at the lake just in time to go. They were serving talapia, bear, deer, pheasant, quail, squirrel and several other types of meat. I had BBQ.

I was a squirrel hunter in my younger days. I would bring all the squirrels I could get to my grandfather. He loved squirrel dumplings. After spending time in the Marine Corps, I don’t like to be cold or wet anymore. I haven’t been hunting in years.

Here’s a photo of Congressman Goode.

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September 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I Can’t Turn Down Butter Pecan

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I was at Smith Mountain Lake today photographing a party for a couple that are getting married in a few weeks. The Homestead Creamery was there serving their ice cream from a truck. I don’t usually ever eat anything when I am on a shoot, but I could not turn down butter pecan. The espresso in the photo looked good too.

By the way, I used a wireless flash, from inside the truck, with my Olympus E-3 to kick a little light onto the servers face. I love wireless flash.

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September 20, 2008 at 9:20 pm

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