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Carlisle Fencing

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p13145441Today was the first time I have ever photographed fencing. Carlisle held a fencing tournament for their first time also. 

I have to say it’s one of those sports I think most people would like to try. It just looks like fun. 

The first photo was taken with an Olympus E-3 at ISO 3200, F4 and 7mm. This is one of those times when live view with a fold out tilt screen comes in really handy. I used the Zuiko 7-14mm lens (14-28mm in 35mm terms) and pulled the screen out, tilted it down, held the camera over my head and framed the shot on the screen.

The second photo was shot with the Nikon D700 with a 20mm lens at F2.8 at ISO 3200. The third and fourth photos were with the D700 and an 85mm lens at 2.8 and ISO 3200. The final photo was with a Canon Mark IIN at ISO 3200 at F2.2 with a 135mm lens.





















































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January 31, 2009 at 2:32 pm

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Carlisle Basketball

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sds_8441These are photos from the Carlisle basketball game tonight. 

I shot these with a Nikon D700 and an Olympus E-3.











































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January 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm

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Sunday In The Woods

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Mattie and I drove through the woods this morning and discovered this old Ford. 

From looking at the second photo, whoever left it there also gave up their horse at some point. All three photos were shot with an Olympus E-3 and 7-14mm lens.



















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January 25, 2009 at 12:08 pm

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Trip To Mom’s House And Ralph

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p1224238I had to make one of those trips this morning that all sons have to make from time to time.

I when to my mother’s house to fix something. In this case it was her Dish TV system. She got in a new programming card and needed to reset the system. 

I grabbed my camera bag on the way out of my home and drove 45 minutes to Patrick County. After fixing the TV (to insure she could still watch her cowboy movies) I headed back to Martinsville. 

About four miles from her home, I stopped to take a photo of the front of this abandoned Church. This location is significant to me because the man who lived across the street from the church, when I was a kid, ran over my dog Ralph. 

Ralph was a great dog. When it snowed we would ride on a sheet of plastic down a steep bank behind our house. He loved it. 

One day my grandfather gave us a gallon of fresh cow’s milk. I asked my mom if I could give some to Ralph. I ended up giving him the entire gallon. He was a little slow moving the remainder of the day. 

He had been hit by a car once before. The first time it only broke his leg. We had it casted and you could hear him anytime he was walking on a solid surface…klump, klump, klump. I was thinking about Ralph as I took this photo.

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January 22, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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Carlisle Basketball

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I shot my first basketball game in 10 months tonight. 

The second photo is of a young man in the process of scoring his 1,000 point in his high school career. Congratulations!


















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January 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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New Year’s Eve

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weddingNew Year’s Eve is special to me not only because it’s the beginning of  a new year, but it’s also our anniversary.

Mattie and I were married on December 31, 1998 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. The New Year’s Eve gala at The Homestead was our wedding reception. The photo is of us at the gala wearing the hats we were given. The picture was taken with one of the disposable cameras we placed on the tables. I also carried a point and shoot in my pocket and we have self portraits of me with nearly everyone who came to the wedding. 

Getting hitched at The Homestead on New Year’s eve was pretty unique because not only did we have about 50 friends at the reception there were also about 800 other people we didn’t know. 

Mattie was a middle school teacher at the time and loved snow days. I promised her I would make it snow if she would marry me. Sure enough, it was snowing the morning of our wedding and continued to do so for most of the day. 

If you have done the math, you know that yesterday was our 10th anniversary. It wasn’t quite as eventful as it was 10 years ago. We decided to stay home, build a fire, watch Saving Private Ryan and go on a trip later this month. It didn’t matter that we didn’t do anything special. I love her more now than I did the day that photo was taken.

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January 1, 2009 at 10:12 am

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