Monday, July 16, 2018

DIGGERS!

Every once in a while I wander a little bit further away from the town square in search of something to catch my eye. These guys were digging up an entry into a local hardware business. I don't know why but I probably should have asked.


Thought it would make a good addition to my "PAIRS" theme.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Vault!

This business entry just struck me as strange so I thought I would take a shot. Never seen a door that was made to look like a vault.


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

TRAINS!

I have never done a lot of photographing of trains but wanted to play at bit with this shot. I happened to be roaming near the tracks when a train came rolling by. This was the last shot I took as the train rolled through the intersection. I cropped the image slightly to get rid of what I believed were distracting elements and then darkened the edges. I think the tracks and overall appearance of the elements drive the eye from left to right.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Smiling again!

This shot was taken at the same game but earlier after the home team had either scored or gotten a turnover (I don't remember which). I knew this lad from several years earlier when I had to cover an accident near the high school in which his favorite buddy was killed when he lost control of his truck. It was good to see him smiling and among friends.


One of the things I enjoyed about being a small-town newspaper shooter was the relationships I built over the years with some many people, young and old!
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Sunday, July 8, 2018

GOTCHA!

Another from the archives and a high school football game. I usually would spend some time shooting the sidelines at the games, sometimes for standalone art, other times for inclusion in a photo spread of the game. This one was probably taken at halftime or late in the game when the outcome was already decided. The boy was getting a rubdown from his mom when he spotted me which brought about the look of surprise from his mom.


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hard to leave

I had the great fortune at the age of 51 to change careers from engineering/program management to becoming a newspaper photographer. Did I take a hit in salary? Yes. Did I find the joy/fun that I thought being a fulltime shooter would be? Absolutely.
I do not regret a single day of my short career (a single decade) as a member of the press. I was just a small town photojournalist that got to meet and be known by common everyday people that make life worth living.
I used to joke with folks about my work. I said "I get to go play every day!"
This image is from about 18 months after I had left the newspaper. In early 2008, I could see the proverbial "handwriting on the wall" as the paper's revenues continue its downward spiral in the recession. But I could not stop shooting the place and people that I had come to know and had come to know (and expect) me. I still got in free to local events (music festivals, sporting and newsworthy events, etc.) This shot is from a Friday night football game. The title, of course, comes from all the kids riding on their dads' shoulders at halftime just leaving the concession stand.


I had been covering the high school since 1998 and the people there were like family. I was always treated with respect and welcomed into the community. This type of relationship is what I miss about no longer being involved with a small newspaper. It was all about the people.
I shall always miss Freeport High School and all of the people that live in that community. But in the end, I could not afford to retire in the area and ended up returning close to my immediate family in Georgia and Alabama.
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Lunchtime

Lunchtime in Aruba. While on a history/food tasting tour we stopped at this local establishment. I forget what the delicacy was that we got to snack on at this local sidewalk diner.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

Here's wishing all a safe and happy Fourth of July as America celebrates its 242nd birthday! This image was shot with an Olympus OM-4T and Tokina 80-200mm f2.8 lens on Tri-X film in Seaside, FL, at the end of the parade. I was covering the parade for the Walton Sun but I don't think the female editor saw the humor in this shot. I used the long reach and open aperture for this shot to help drive the interest.


This next image was from one of the last times I covered the Seaside parade in 2011. I had left the newspaper industry three years earlier as newspapers began to lose revenue. I was close to being laid off but found a job in a previous career to pay the bills. This image was shot on Tri-X film but with a Yashica Electro35 GS that had once belonged to my dad. As usual, I walked the parade route with the parade at a slower pace to let floats and rides pass me by as I walked. As this float approached, I noticed all the bubbles along with the bikinis and got ready for the shot. Just as I got ready to hit the shutter, the little boy pointed his water gun at me. For a second I was afraid he was going to squirt the camera but he held off long enough for me to get the shot.


 Here is hoping everyone has a safe and happy Fourth!
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Any thoughts?

Having trouble coming up with a title for this image. When working for the newspaper, I often had to provide a title for a image along with the cutline that was always needed. But this one eludes me.
Anyone have any ideas?


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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Chevy El Camino

I was just walking around off the town square when I grabbed this shot. I have been by this market several times and taken a number of images but none that I thought were worth keeping.
When I took this shot, I really did not think it would be a keeper. But as I looked at it in edit, I felt some stirrings from decades back. Why? Mainly because of the seventies-era (I think) Chevy El Camino parked in front. It kinda reminded me of growing up in the South.


With the newer SUV kinda blocked by the foreground tree, I find this image a little more appealing than others I have taken. I really need to stop in the market one day and just talk to the owners.
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