It felt surreal.
Here were these tools, meant to kill people or transport our troops into certain danger, acting the part of jungle-gym. Kids played with guns I don’t think civilians should own, and violated common sense gun safety rules, like never point a gun at a person unless you mean to pull the trigger. They posed alongside gun turrets, affixed to helicopters designed to look menacing. The military deserves our support, but the reasons to join must be more than, “I get to play with cool toys.” These tools protect us and are designed to be incredibly lethal. That deserves our reverence, not joviality.
North Carolina law prohibits developers from selling lots until after installing all the infrastructure, things like roads, electricity, cable, sewage et. al. This requires a huge outlay of cash, usually in the form of a loan.
When the economy tanked and home values took a hit, these large projects found themselves upside down.
It’s unclear to me why I like zombie subdivisions. I’ve toured many since 2008, mostly in North Carolina. They represent a unique intersection of hope and failure, a collision of market forces and government. One cannot deny the post-apocalyptic appeal of such landscapes, an open wound on the land.
This one, however, shows signs of returning to life.
When in Virginia, enjoy family and shoot guns.
And perhaps photograph a lovely sunset.
Max and Hal Ferguson
New Market, VA
I don't fully understand the appeal of organized religion. It's unlikely I ever will and, at times, that makes me sad.
These photos, shot with a super-telephoto lens from the roof of my work, at once depict my curiosity, confusion, discomfort, and distance.
It is dense, imposing, and ornate.
I got a little close and personal.
Viewer discretion is advised.
I really wanted to capture the essence of this place.
I think I got it. Pro tip: Bring cash. And carpool. Read More…
Edible perhaps, but not particularly tasty. The icing dries harder than cement, and the dough is anything but scrumptious.
Still, it’s a fun tradition that brings us all together. This year three couples made three quite distinct houses.
Naturally, I brought my camera along. Our more touristy adventures included The Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon.
The Fountains at The Bellagio
Red Rock Canyon
The difficult 7 mile hike did not disappoint. Afterwards we ate (a lot) at Chilis.
Leave it to city dwellers to celebrate the best of rural and suburban America in one weekend day.
My love of landscape photography meshes well with panoramic shots. Often I wish there was a lens wide enough to capture the totality of a stunning vista.
Thankfully, through Photoshop there’s away to capture it all.
Check out a few examples.
Fancy Gap, VA
Fancy Gap, VA
Bear Mountain State Park
I also snapped some various water lilies.
I’m a big fan of time lapse photography. It shows us a world video or cinema photography cannot. It also takes time and compresses it into a manageable, digestible chunk.
But being a good photographer takes skills beyond the camera, which Max Wilson goes into great detail about.
I’m guessing the warranty didn’t anticipate this from happening …
From Petapixel’s website:
Atlanta-based photographer Ed Hetherington makes a living photographing weddings, but earlier this month he traveled to Zimbabwe for a wildlife photography adventure. While there, he had a unique experience he won’t soon forget: a lion stole his camera.
I find it curious I never visited the park when I actually lived in Raleigh. For five years, I just ignored it.
Now equipped with my camera, I can finally see this place. In fact, this is a reoccurring theme: My camera helps me see what has always been.
That is, perhaps, a great power of still photography.
For our anniversary I got her a trip abroad a sail boat the trips around the Manhattan harbor.
This spring was particularly long and beautiful. The cool weather lasted as long as it possibly could.
Soon the City will slow and empty for the two, long summer months; the hum of A.C. units fills the streets.
Summer in New York is a unique time, an unmistakeable mix of heat, sex, and humanity that contrasts with a slower, more deliberate pace.
Good to be home.
There also happens to be a garden. Armed with my macro lens, I took the following pics. A good flower is a true thing of beauty. Intricate and infinite in line and color.
I guess I feel about flowers the way birders feel about birds.
Does that make me a … flower-er? God help me …
It is a beautiful little island and well worth a visit.