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Pitching in the pretty light

Shot a little more baseball today. I love the sport. There is always the challenge of seeing something a little different from the usual. In this photo, the late afternoon light provides a nice key light on pitcher Ryan Todd caught here mid delivery against Buchholz. The Crusaders had a poor outing, going down 17-5 to the Bobcats.

…other times ya gotta follow the rules.

Sometimes you can choose your own way….

From Football to Flowers

Allie’s Roses [Read more…]

Orange and Blue Debut 2010

The annual spring scrimmage took place April 10, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. I went down to watch the game with my wife and some friends. I had my trusty Canon G9 with me to get a few snaps of one of my favorite places to spend time away from home. Gainesville is like home away from home for me. [Read more…]

January 9, 2009 – A Thousand Words

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The Gator Nation was happy today!

UPDATE: View the BCS images and SEC images at

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 3.5, 1/500, at 12:04 AM from my seat inside Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida.

January 7, 2009 – Road Trip

Keys? Check. Gator tie off the neck? Check. Keys? Check. iPod with cruisin’ tunes? Check. Directions from Google Maps? Check. Then it is time to hit the road for the 350 mile trip to Miami and the BCS National Championship game. It still seems a little unbelievable that I’ll be there to witness it. I am thankful that a good friend of mine for many many years was able to get tickets. Thank you Jordan!

I suppose that sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. In this case, that is certainly true. However, I always remember to be thankful for the good things that happen in life. They really don’t happen through luck, but because of carefully nurtured relationships and a pay it forward attitude. One good deed will certainly lead to another. In the end, I suppose it all balances out – that is, what get and what we give.

Tomorrow’s post might be a little late, but trust me, there will be plenty of photos taken during pre-game, game and post game activities that will appear in the next post.

Data: Canon G9, auto mode,  ISO 80, f 2.8, 1/60 at 4:46 PM approximately 30 miles south of Daytona Beach, Florida on Interstate 95. 7/365

January 6, 2009 – DOF

Comin Round the Bend

Comin Round the Bend

Ever since I was a little guy, I have had a fascination with trains. It might have happened because my grandfather was a railroad man and always talked about his time on the railroad. It may also be that they represent another age and time gone by. They were built to last and were workhorses getting a job done that required lots of power and strength. I’ve has this particular Lionel set since I was a small boy and it was my dad’s before that. It is quite old and to be honest, I don’t even know if it runs anymore. It now adorns a display shelf in my home. The massive steam locomotive and its complexity of engineering are in contrast to my memories of a more innocent day and time when life was a little more carefree and simple as a young child. Every kid loves a train. Thus, it is the subject for today’s photograph.

I chose the train because it was in a low light area and provided the opportunity to use a wide open aperture to get some great depth of field (bokeh) in the image. While the front end of the locomotive has some good detail, the rest of the train from the coal car on back lacks detail. I love these types of shots as they draw the viewer’s eye to a particular part of the photograph that is important in helping tell the story.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, macro focus, ISO 800, f 2.8. 1/25 at 9:34 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. 6/365

January 5, 2009 – Community


"I must be in the front row!" - Bob Uecker

This is my second desk at the scorer's table in the Bishop Kenny gym. Bob Uecker described this seat best when he said, "I must be in the front row!"

 I really believe that being involved in your community is important to your success in your chosen profession. Today’s  image is a representation of one way that I am involved in my community. You see, I am the scoreboard operator and announcer (some people jokingly refer to me as the Voice of the Crusaders!) for Bishop Kenny High School. I do have a front row seat for each home hoops game and the tools of my trade are represented in this image. And yes, I am fueled by Diet Coke to keep my whistle wet and caffeine levels appropriate. Otherwise, it is the clock control unit, my stat sheets and of course, the microphone that helps me to fire up the crowd and let them know what is going on. I have a blast doing this and may not ever give up this seat! This is one way I give back to my community and it has been very rewarding personally and professionally. “Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere come the Crusaders!”

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 2.8, 1/320 at 8:54 PM in the John A. Baldwin Athletic Center at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Florida.