Trench art guy

So I had to take a portrait of this guy Matt Beckwitz of the Alamance County Genealogical Society at City Hall, which is a pretty unimpressive building for photos. But the story was about the preservation of trench art, which isn't something you hear about every day, so I really wanted to make it interesting somehow. I got there, and the guy seemed to feel rushed, well I wasn't sure because he wasn't much of a talker. So I took something not so great and let him on his way. And then the sky became marvelous, right as he went back inside - should I try this again? Would he be into that? Well, I got him to come back outside, and he was nice enough to concede. I thought - there's this gorgeous sky, and the thing he's holding is a plane - and look, there are flags- an American flag even! Well, there are plenty of things I would do differently, like spin that plane around going the opposite direction, and maybe have a third light in there somewhere. But I guess I got my sky portrait out of the way.

2007 Atlanta Photojournalism Conference

This is how I will always remember the 2007 Photojournalism Conference in Atlanta...

A light

A plant

An Ashley

There were other things to remember as well, but this pretty much sums it up.



Julie Moore of Burlington has trained her German Shepherd Ripley to jump over hurdles at the K-9 Corner adjacent to the Beth Schmidt Park in Elon Tuesday afternoon.

Eric Larwa adjusts the exhaust pipe on a crane Tuesday for a tower extension off of Huffman Mill Road in Burlington. The project is overseen by Andrew Systems, Inc., based in Garner.

Carolina vs. S.C. State and Duke

So I've been pretty slack about updating this blog-(sorry!) But you really haven't missed that much. My internship at the Burlington Times-News is culminating in a few weeks, I will stay until I have to go back to class and hopefully be able to go to a few games after it officially ends. Here is some stuff I took a while back- for my first college basketball game which was a Carolina game. I got hit on the head with a basketball, and had a really good ball scramble frame in which the uniform was blown out. I had a really good time overall and learned a few things about things. For these I used a combination of D2H and D1H with a 70-200 and 50mmm.
These are from the Carolina vs. Duke game a couple of weeks ago - a real hair-splitter. Greg Little saved the day-that's him in the middle there (8), in the bottom photo.



Elon vs. NC Central - D2H w/ Q flashes / Soccer is Elon vs. Appalachian State-D2H


Old things

I dug these out from my pre-RCC archives...

Football moments

Moments from last Friday night's game; Southern Guilford Highschool defeated the McMichael Pheonixes 34-3.


Photo illustration and panoramic

My photo illustration is meant to depict the contentious relationship between patriotism and freedom of speech in America's classrooms. The flag was taken in the studio, pretty simply with a 750 Fresnell- I didn't light the classroom, although I meant to (the radio slave did not work).

Below is my panoramic - "too many twins". Although I like to call it "Conga Time." I cannot think of anyone who would be more perfect for this than E.P.Li! I used two alien bees on either side of the "line" and a D100 with a 17mm lens.

Festival of India

Narada and Yatuka (far left) Baba of Hillsborough find solace in the meditation room at Prabhupada Village in Sandy Ridge, N.C. during the
annual Festival of India celebration. The Baba family resides at the Hare Krishna temple in

(below) An edifice of Hanuman, the Hindu simian symbol of strength adorns a passageway to Prabhupada Village's Hare Krishna temple during a kirtan service. A kirtan combines music, chanting and insence in tribute to the spirit Govinda, or Krishna.


Feelin' crabby

Teresa Heavlin, volunteer of the Natural Science Center in Greensboro, N.C. displays Peter Parker, a 3-year-old spider crab at the shallow water exhibit.

Sports Portrait

Here is my first attempt at a sports portrait - this is Jordan Clodfelter, attack of the Guilford College Quaker Women's Lacrosse team. Clodfelter placed second at the Allodac Lacrosse conference last season.
This was taken at around 10 in the morning, and the lighting was much harsher than I would have liked. I used a Nikon D100 with a 17-35mm lens in addition to an SB-80 on a light stand illuminating her. I wanted her to be against the sky, but the streamers showed up more clearly against the trees. The background is too busy - I could not darken it enough without underexposing the subject. My next attempt will be in studio and/or at dusk if on location.


More Woods

Here are some extra photos I took at the Spooky Woods. The gentleman with the scarecrow goes by the name of Tom Rover-he is from Greensboro and everyone at the Maize Maze calls him "the Builder."

Spooky Woods

This layout comes from the Spooky Woods attraction in High Point. I used a Nikon D100 with a 24-80mm lens.


Somewhere near San José

My friend Arghavon lives near San José in northern California and we hiked up what seemed like a moderately-sized hill, but in actuality was nearly a mountain towering through the clouds. From the top, you can see the cities of San José, Santa Cruz, San Fransisco, and Oakland. I shot this using 800 ISO film with a yellow filter and lens hood.

Guadalajara, Mexico

These were shot a couple of years ago when I was in Guadalajara. Specifically, they were taken in the colonial center downtown. The fountain was found in the plaza and the building is actually the courthouse, or El Palacio de Gobierno. You can see the 1937 Orozco mural depicting Father Miguel Hidalgo leading Mexico against such tyrannies as Communism, Capitalism, Catholicism and Fascism. It's a little out of focus but I like the way the light came through.


Women's Only Running School

I took these for a 3-picture layout-the running school was started and coached by Liz and Jim Halsch to train runners for the Women's Only 5K race. The race is fund raiser for breast cancer research and will take place at the Moses Cone Women's Hospital in Greensboro on October 6th.


Friday Night Football

Here are a couple of shots from this past Friday night at a varsity game at Northwest Guilford High school in Greensboro. The NW Guilford Vikings won against Ragsdale High School 14-0. At some point during the game one of the coaches jokingly accused me of having a "thing" for teenage boys- a great experience overall.


First Feature

I just moved near Lee St. in Greensboro and I caught this guy welding a gate on a construction site. His name is Edgar Hunter, and he was in the process of doing so for his soon-to-be White's Auto Body Shop.

First Year Glimpses

These were good guys-I found them hanging out in Center City Park in downtown Greensboro and shot this for my "up close and personal" small format assignment. I used my Minolta SR-1 with a 24mm wide angle lens and fill flash.

For design lab II we had an assignment pertaining to fruit-we could only use one light source, and it was one of our first studio experiences. I used my Mamiya RB67 with Tmax 100 and a 750 Fresnell on a paper backdrop.

These "asparaguys" posed for me with little hassle-a color print assignment involving fruits/vegetables in a saturated and desaturated composition. This one is supposed to be desaturated-I increased cyan tones slightly for the effect of frigidity.

I call the one below "a healthy alternative"-which made more sense in my head-it is the saturated portion of the assignment. I used a Farrall and Speedotron for both of these, and used a Calumet 4x5 with Portra 125 c-41 film sheets.


Profile photo

Here is my profile photo. I think it really says a lot about me, in particular how I am the world's greatest dad. I used a 4x5 Sinar Alpina with Ilford Delta 100. The setup involved a Farrall light and Speedotron, with a Speedotron power pack. Jessica Benton helped by popping the flash on my cues and occasionally laughing at me.

Here is the rest of my large format summer portfolio...
The wonderful Carolyn Deberry helped me here-in addition to the Farrall, two directional 750 Fresnells were used for facial illumination.

This was the first one I tried-I had help from several people including Emily Veon, Jessey Dearing, Octavio Jones, Robert Franklin, Carolyn Deberry and Christy Bullins.