Driveway Leaves

A cold day - 11/09/17 - very light drizzle. Series of six. Click image for full size. Thanks for looking!!!

Railroad Ties

When it is lightly raining and overcast the subtle textures and dark tones are really beautiful. Click on the image to enlarge. Series of 8.

Matt Miller for UVA Health System

This is Dr. Matt Miller. When he was in college he had a bicycle accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A Martha Jefferson anesthesiologist happened to be at the scene of the accident and was able to get Matt's airway opened and quickly got him evacuated to the UVA Medical Center. Every bone in Matt’s face was broken, along with many other injuries. After his recovery, Matt decided to finish his medical degree specializing in facial reconstruction. He is now working at (you guessed it) the University of Virginia Health System. Read the article in Pulse about him here -  http://pulse.uvahealth.com/stories/the-road-forward. Also, Michael Vitez, a pulitzer prize winning journalist with the Philadelpha Inquirer published a book "the road back" chronicling Matt's story. As an aside Matt was real pleasure to meet and photograph. Thank you Amy Jackson and Lynn Woodson for your help and support.

Mary's family cameras 8-))

A little while back my friend Mary O'Leary gave Amy and I these cool cameras. They were her fathers, and she fondly told us how he enjoyed making photos and movies. She wanted a good home for them. I am so glad they are on our shelf.  I thought it might be nice to photograph them for her. If you are reading this Mary, I will bring over some prints next time I am over at the Medical Center. Hope you had a good holiday. Happy New Year.

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Hand painted canvas

Diana at Nectar Inc. asked me about doing a couple of photos for Bank of the James. The comp featured a backdrop that she loved and wondered if it was something that we could purchase. I could tell from the image that the backdrop was hand painted on canvas with brushstrokes in all directions. Oliphant Studios in New York makes similar canvases but they are expensive and outside of the budget, so I told Diana I could make one for the shoot. With advice from my mom (she is an artist and has done very large canvases), the help of my girlfriend Amy, and one failed attempt, here is the final product. 7' x 9.5' stretched canvas with white primer rubbed in smooth and black gesso applied with a 4" brush. Click on the image to see it larger.

The future is near - Perrone Robotics

Amy and I had a nice time shooting Perrone Robotics yesterday. Very nice people, very cool platform. It seems to me that there is still a fair amount of work to be done, but it is also clear that autonomous vehicles are coming to a theater near you. Click on an image to see it larger.

Small business owners for C-Ville Weekly

C-Ville Weekly recently put out an issue circulating 3 different covers featuring small business owners in Charlottesville Virginia. Each of the owners we photographed were engaging and nice. A real pleasure.

Lighting:  ringflash as fill and a Profoto 22" soft light as the main. Camera: Canon 5diii. Lens: Canon 45mm ts-e. We used the shift feature with the camera horizontally and stitched together the 3 images giving a unique perspective and a larger more detailed image.

Thanks to our art director Max for his guidance. Jeff, George, and Laura for being easy and patient. And especially to www.amyjackson.co for your help and support.

This is Jeff Anderson owner of Fitzgerald Tire

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This is George Swingler owner of Rose Hill Grocery

And this is Laura Conklin owner of Iron Wolf Fitness.

Laura Haas-Knox portrait

Our friend Laura came to the set to get a new headshot for herself while we were shooting some portraits for Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. She did a great job and we appreciated her letting us shoot some personal work with her even though she claimed not to like having her photo taken. Thanks Amy (www.amyjackson.co) for your direction and help.

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My dad brought these cutters down for me a couple of months ago. They originally belonged to my great grandfather. We both thought they were really cool. There are 9 of them so it just made sense to use them in a new series. The last one is a composite and measures 23.5 x 100 in @ 300 dpi. Please click on an image to view them all larger 8-)).

 

Kibiriti Majuto

Amy Jackson and I had the opportunity the other day to photograph 2 amazing students from Charlottesville High School for the cover of C-ville Weekly. Kibiriti Majuto (pictured here) was kind, thoughtful and easy to work with. A refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he has become a leader in this community. Kibiriti is the senior class president at CHS, and the president of the schools Amnesty International Club. Read about the trip he led Washington DC to lobby for refugee rights here. Thanks Bill for your help and direction 8-))

 

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