Busy Friday

I spent all Friday evening shooting portions of Ashe County's soccer, softball and baseball games against North Wilkes. Ashe's baseball and softball teams pounded the Vikings with scores of 11-0 and 10-0 respectively. The women's soccer team settled for a 0-0 tie.


Easter Kiddos

I had my first "studio" shoot yesterday taking photos of Addison, Noah and Isabella. (Noah and Isabella are Dustin and Myla's kids)

I had my flash to my left and bounced it off the ceiling, shot in JPEG format. Going to try to shoot in RAW format next time so I can adjust the white balance manually.


Noah and Isabella




Appalachian State Baseball

ASU opened a three-game home series against UNC-Greensboro this evening. I'll post the scores as soon as I get them.


Two Books

The reason I snapped a photo of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, and Under The Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer is two-fold.

First, I was playing around in the apartment with using my flash off-camera. The other day I bought myself a flash PC sync cord and hotshoe adapter so I wanted to get a few shots of something just to see how the set-up might work. In this shot I simply set the flash up at about a 45 degree angle from the books and bounced the light off my ceiling. Nothing extraordinary, I know, but a least I did get my flash off the camera. The sync cord I have requires that I set the output of the flash manually, so I'm learning as I go. I hope to add a lightstand and umbrella to the mix because this is a set-up I want to use more down the road as I get more comfortable with it.

The second, and most important reason for the photo of these particular books is due to the eye-opening experience I had while delving into them. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to read; books, magazines, newspapers, been that way since I was a kid. I've read some really good writing, along with some complete crap, but I don't ever recall reading two books in a row that informed and mesmerized me like these.

When I was given Fast Food Nation to me as a gift, I was expecting the book to primarily be about the health consequences of fast food and the unsanitary restaurants that serve it. However, Schlosser takes you much deeper into the history of the business and the inner workings of today's meat and poultry manufacturing/packaging, along with the effect the fast food business has on a global economy.

I came upon Under The Banner of Heaven while at a flea market in Florida last month(not a flea market type of guy, unless of course they have books). This was by far the best $1.00 I've ever spent. Jon Krakauer's book centers around the 1984 murders of a woman and her infant daughter at the hands of two fundamentalist Mormon brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty. Krakauer, through these murders, opens the door to the history of the Mormon Church and to the present-day reality of the thousands of polygamist-practicing fundamentalist Mormons throughout western North America. As a Baptist that grew up in North Carolina, I've had little to no interaction with Mormons, and know almost nothing about their history or faith, so this was an extremely interesting read for me.

If you don't get an opportunity to read any other books this year, do yourself a favor a check these out. Great stuff!!


Happy Birthday Laci!!

Well, actually her birthday is Monday, but we celebrated last night.

The big 20! (And a fake candle)


Oh Baseball, How You Make Me Long For Football

Shot some high school baseball and softball for the first time last night. Geez, talk about having to get creative to get a good shot. I experimented with my new Tamron 1.4X teleconverter and I think the extra reach helped a bit. Below are some of the photos from my 45 minutes out there.

At least the start of baseball season means just six months 'til football season's back!


Just a Few Photos

The friggin' torrential downpour we had Tuesday was too much for the rock retaining wall at High Country Inn/Genos. Incredibly, no vehicles were damaged. These photos were taken after the road was cleared off (didn't have my camera with me yesterday).

I took the photo to the right this weekend of the marquee at O'Reilly's Auto Parts in Jefferson. I'm thinking the backdrop has to help sell anything that might save gas.


Lookin' good...

I took this picture of my niece, Addison, while she played in her "floor jungle". She kept checking out the baby in the mirror. I always wonder what's going through her head when she's doing stuff like that.

I do know is this though: She's already got Uncle Jamie wrapped around her chubby little finger.


Another Season in the Books

With second round playoff exits for both the men and ladies Ashe County sqauds Thursday night, two historic seasons have come to an end. Twenty-three wins for the guys are the most ever for the Ashe, while the Lady Huskies tied their win total from last year with twenty-two for the most wins in a single season.

Watching these games through camera lens all season has turned me into a bigger fan of these players than ever before, seeing the determination and raw emotion they put into each game show through in the photos I've taken.

It's why I think high school sports will always be my favorite to cover.