Road trip in Iceland: The cliffs of Látrabjarg

14 06 2014

This is a “record” shot” (meaning it won’t win any awards!) of a portion of the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg in the West fjords. I wanted to give you a sense of how steep these cliffs are. At the top of the photo, you can see a few little buildings and a lone man walking. There is a squiggly white line to the left of the man in the black jacket—this is the “safe zone” line they marked in the grass with paint. Before we went to Látrabjarg, I was doing some research and learned that in 2010, a 51-year-old German man and his wife were at Látrabjarg and the man fell to his death while photographing the birds. The cliffs are 1500 feet high and the ground at the cliff edges can become unstable because the puffins dig their burrows below the surface. I was a bit apprehensive about going after reading that, but once there, I felt safe since I was staying behind the safe line and using a long lens. I’d do most anything to get a good photograph, but I won’t risk life and limb!

You can’t see the birds in this photo, but there are hundreds of birds nestled in the nooks and crannies. I got most of my shots from one side, pointed toward the areas that jut out at an angle. I got the puffin shots easily because they nest close to the top of the cliff and my 80-400 lens was perfect for the task.

Látrabjarg is the westernmost point of Europe.

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Latrabjarg scale





You put your right foot in and you shake it all about…

4 11 2013

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Stretching

4 11 2013

Great Blue Heron stretching…loved shooting in this mid-afternoon light right before the rain…storm clouds covered most of the sky, but the sun kept coming through just a little bit here and there

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Getting my ducks…er, geese…in a row

4 11 2013

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Fall comes to Kingstowne Lake

4 11 2013

Storm clouds on one side of the lake, sunlight from behind me illuminating the foliage…what a beautiful mix! I photographed this shot at Kingstowne Lake yesterday afternoon on a field photography trip with my friend Michael Powell.

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Kingstowne Lake Foliage





Great Blue Heron

3 11 2013

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Photograph of Great Blue Heron at Kingstowne Lake, Alexandria, VA

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Same time, last year: Kathy Mattea at The Birchmere

27 09 2013

Originally posted September 27, 2012

Just got back from a really great Kathy Mattea concert at The Birchmere tonight! Thanks again to my friend, Nancy Dunham, we sat in a great spot for me to get shots. Thanks to the lighting crew for spilling a bit more light on stage than they did for the John Hiatt concert last Friday—I was able to shoot at 1600-2000 ISO instead of pushing it to 3200 (plus adding exposure compensation!). I shot with my Nikon D300 and my Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens. Mattea sang many familiar old songs as well as several songs from her newly-released CD, Calling Me Home, about her native Appalachia.

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Published: American Songwriter

19 04 2013

My friend, writer Nancy Dunham, wrote a recap of the Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell/Richard Thompson concert from last month for AmericanSongwriter.com. Five of my photos accompany the article below:

http://www.americansongwriter.com/2013/04/emmylou-harris-rodney-crowell-richard-thompson-review/

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Published on www.relix.com again!

8 03 2013

My friend and freelance writer/editor, Nancy Dunham, wrote a great recap about the Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale concert we saw at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on Feb. 21. One of my photographs accompanies her article, which you can read in its entirety on the Relix website here.

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Published on www.relix.com!

19 11 2012

My friend and freelance writer/editor, Nancy Dunham, wrote a great recap for http://www.relix.com about the John Hiatt concert we saw at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on September 21. One of my photographs accompanies her article, which you can read on the Relix website here.





At The Birchmere: Sam Bush and Del McCoury

19 11 2012

My friend Nancy and I had a great time at The Birchmere in Alexandria last night and I had a great vantage point to get these shots of legendary bluegrass musicians Del McCoury and Sam Bush. We’re usually seated mid-way back in the venue but this time we got spots to the right of the stage, not more than 20 feet away from the performers!

Nancy Dunham is a freelancer writer/editor and was covering the performance for a music publication. Thanks to Nancy’s generous invites, I’ve also had the pleasure of photographing and meeting Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap on August 15 (see photos here) as well as John Hiatt on Sept. 21 (see photos here) and Kathy Mattea on September 26 (see photos here), both performing at The Birchmere.

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Published on www.relix.com!

19 10 2012

My friend and freelance writer, Nancy Dunham, wrote a great recap for http://www.relix.com about the Kathy Mattea concert we saw at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on September 26. One of my photographs accompanies her recap! I photographed Kathy Mattea with Nancy after the concert (at right).

Check out Nancy’s recap of the concert here and see more of her work on her website here. Thanks for the exposure, Nancy!





Kathy Mattea at The Birchmere

27 09 2012

Just got back from a really great Kathy Mattea concert at The Birchmere tonight! Thanks again to my friend, Nancy Dunham, we sat in a great spot for me to get shots. Thanks to the lighting crew for spilling a bit more light on stage than they did for the John Hiatt concert last Friday—I was able to shoot at 1600-2000 ISO instead of pushing it to 3200 (plus adding exposure compensation!). I shot with my Nikon D300 and my Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens. Mattea sang many familiar old songs as well as several songs from her newly-released CD, Calling Me Home, about her native Appalachia.

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A most perfect Sunday

24 09 2012

Yesterday Michael and I left at 5:00 a.m. (yes, you read that correctly—I got up on a Sunday at 4:00 a.m., which is unheard of for me) to drive to Newtown Square, PA to photograph a Walk4Hearing event at Ridley Creek State Park for the Hearing Loss Association of America. The weather was perfect and we shot a ton of photos. En route home mid-afternoon, we came upon this bright yellow-green field of (unknown crop) against a cornflower blue sky. The field is adjacent to the train tracks in Pocopson Township in Chester County, PA, near the crossroads of Pocopson Road and Street Road. The Pocopson Station is now home to the Pocopson Veterinary Station

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Friday night at The Birchmere

22 09 2012

I had the opportunity to do some photography during the John Hiatt concert tonight at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. He has such energy (he just turned 60 last month) and is the epitome of cool. It was a great concert!

Shooting photos in low-level light is quite challenging, but I have really come to enjoy it. Most of these images were shot on at least 3200 ISO, Nikon D300 with my Nikkor 80-400 VR lens handheld, wide open aperture in most cases. The gel lights were especially tricky and auto white balance wasn’t always the way to go, so I kept switching my white balance options to compensate for various color hues. Thanks to my friend and freelance music and entertainment writer, Nancy Dunham, for offering me this great opportunity to shoot concert photos again! Below are some of my favorite images from the evening.

In the photos below are: legendary singer/songwriter John Hiatt (top two photos), guitarist and Nashville producer Doug Lancio, bassist and singer Nathan Gehri (two members of The Combo) and the last photo is of Joe Pug (the opening act)

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