Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weddings With Impact

More fun creating video from stills with a software assist. If you know anyone needing a wedding photographer, please show this to them!

FV portrait video 3

And another!

FV portrait video 3

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Portrait video

Love me some Animoto. Easy to use, varied templates, nice results.

Studio shoot with Julia

Over time I have found that I really enjoy studio shooting. Which is a challenge, since I don't have a dedicated studio, and have to create one whenever I want to set up a studio situation. Labor intensive, but worth the effort.

Much prefer shooting people to products, but both provide the challenge of asking, "How do I see this differently?"

Julia is a young woman with whom I have worked before. She comes ready with makeup, props, wardrobe  and attitude, so creating pictures is easy, and we generate a lot of ideas.

Really enjoyed this shoot.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Last year, while shooting a wedding, I met a young woman who was one of the bridesmaids and shot a nice candid of her. She asked me if she could get a copy, and I obliged, thinking that it never hurts to do something nice. The  I forgot about it. Thus I was surprised when she emailed me recently, about a year after the wedding, and asked if she could do some head shots for a modeling portfolio. These are some shots from our first session.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Food and drink at Kincaid's

 Kincaid's at MacArthur Mall in Norfolk is working on a new publication, and my publisher friend called to set up an appointment. No spacious interiors, so lovingly-crafteed interiors of their bar, one of the most impressive in Hampton Roads. Just some cocktails and entrees.

 A fine looking wine collection. I thought I heard some of the bottles asking me to adopt them.

 Yes, it tastes as good as it looks!
Angela, the manager, and the crew at Kincaid's.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monarchs drop 50-37 shootout with Cal Poly

Desmond Williams tries the outside.
One a perfect October evening in Norfolk, ODU dropped a 50-37 decision to nationally-ranked Cal Poly at Foreman Field. The Monarchs racked up over 440 yards of offense but it still wasn't enough to outpace the speedier Mustangs from San Luis Obispo, CA.

OB Andre Broadus kept the Monarch defense off balance all night with speed and a potent option offense.

ODU's swarming defense found itself chasing the play all too often when Mustang runners found a crease.

Cal Poly QB Andre Broadus sparked the Cal Poly offense, and when the Mustangs ran the option they got several breakaway runs. As Bear Bryant once said, "You can't coach speed."

RB Mario Crawford tries the left side.

A long night for Thomas DeMarco. He threw for 327 yards and four TDs, but the Mustang offense was prepared for his running game, and as you can see, they kept bodies on him all night. The Monarchs now enter a bye week to regroup.

A long night for this man. To his credit, the Monarchs never gave up.
A night full of just-missed opportunities, like this DeMarco pass to Dorian Jackson.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pictures as ODU outlasts Gardner-Webb

It is always a pleasure to cover sports. I started in this business as a news photographer 40-plus years ago, and really felt most at home photographing sports. Had some success at it as well. But, as I keep telling Tricia, in the same way that major league baseball players take batting practice to keep their timing up, a photographer has to keep shooting. Sports is particularly demanding in that knowing the game and anticipation will only take you so far; you still have to have timing.

Took me about three quarters to find mine. I find the game surroundings and the people as interesting as the action on the field.

It was a long night for ODU quarterback Thomas deMarco. This was the first game in many that he did not throw a TD pass, and the G-W defense seemed to have him dialed in. He was harassed all night.

Which meant that the ODU defense had to come up large, and they did. They rushed Gardner-Webb quarterback Browning all night and provided a great deal of pressure.

One had the sense that ODU regarded this Big South opponent pretty lightly, and came out flat. At least that's how it looked from the sidelines. A long night for this guy.

But when the home team wins, how bad can it be?