Saturday, February 28, 2009

59 - Cold and Wet Icon

From 365 Project
Town Center of Virginia Beach on a cold and rainy night. We went to see comedian Josh Blue at the Funny Bone Comedy Club tonight with friends Susan and Duane. After waiting outside in the cold for 30 minutes we finally got to head to the door and warmth, but I stopped to take this picture of the icon building bracing the camera on the railing. Canon G10, 1/10s, f/3.2, ISO 400, 82mm equivalent focal length.

Friday, February 27, 2009

58 - NIT at Night

From 365 Project
Containerized cargo unloading at night at the Norfolk International Terminals. Hugh cranes and longshoremen make quick work of unloading massive container ships at the Port of Virginia. Captured with a Canon G10, 5 second exposure, f/8.0, ISO 100, camera sitting on a handrail at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club terrace fired with the self timer.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

57 - I could walk faster

From 365 Project
Dashboard showing my blinding pace of 5 mph heading eastbound through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on I-64. More time was spent at 0 mph. The HRBT is notorious for Southeast Virginia's worst traffic jams. Captured with my Canon G10 1/3s, f/4.0, ISO 200, 30mm equivalent focal length, camera fired with a Yap Shot wireless remote.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

56 - Details, Details

From 365 Project
Architectural details like these found in Norfolk Virginia's 1904 Carnegie Library atrium are fascinating. The Beaux Arts Classical library was designed by the Boston firm of Herbert D. Hale and Henry G. Morse. Located in the West Freemason Street Area Historic District the building has been restored as commercial office space. It served as the city's main library until 1964 when the modern Kirn Memorial Library opened on City Hall Avenue. The Kirn is now being demolished to make way for The Tide light rail transit line and the main library has moved into the nearby Seaboard Building; another downtown landmark destined to make an appearance on this blog in the future. Canon 40D, 1/50s, f/6.3, ISO 200, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom to 33mm.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

55 - Bare Limbs, Blue Skies

From 365 Project
This group of majestic trees is located in the parking lot of Hampton Road's Transit's headquarters off Victoria Boulevard in Hampton Virginia. The site has been the home of transit companies for over 100 year and these trees which date from the streetcar era survived the late 1980's rebuild. The bare limbs will soon bud out as many signs of spring are starting to appear. Captured with a Canon G10, 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 200, 30mm equivalent focal length.

Monday, February 23, 2009

54 - Goddesses

From 365 Project
Two of the four goddesses, hope and good fortune, at the entrance of the John H. Core mausoleum in Norfolk's Elmwood Cemetery. It is the largest private mausoleum in the City and was constructed in the early 1900's under the specific guidance of Mr. Core's will. John Core was a businessman and a member of Mosby's Rangers during the Civil War. He and his wife Martha Anne rested in peace for almost 100 years until the mausoleum was vandalized in 2007. This picture was made with a Canon G10, 1/100s, f/8.0, ISO 200, 63mm equivalent focal length and converted to black and white with a "Holga" look using Silver Efex Pro in Photoshop Elements.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

53 - Rear View Sunset

From 365 Project
Sunset in the rear view mirror of my car. Canon G10, 1/250S, F/8.0, ISO 200, 53mm equivalent focal length.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

52 - Reflections

From 365 Project
Trees reflected in the dark waters of "Turtle Lake" at Carolanne Farms Neighborhood Park. I decided to return to my neighborhood park this afternoon after enjoying the late sunset picture making yesterday. Canon 40D, f/9.0, 1/80s, ISO 400, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom at 17mm.

Friday, February 20, 2009

51 - River Sunset

From 365 Project
The Elizabeth River Nature and Canoe Trail at Carolanne Farms Neighborhood Park taken just after sunset. Once the site of a private sewage treatment plant, this beautiful piece of Virginia Beach, Virginia offers a secluded wooded dell, with glimpses of the Elizabeth River and surrounding marshes. Canon 40D, f/4.0, 1/250s, ISO 400, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom at 23mm.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

50 - Home of the Cone

From 365 Project
The famous "Doumar's Drive-In" in Norfolk, Virginia serving hand-rolled ice cream cones, just as Abe Doumar inventor of the ice cream cone did over a century ago. Doumar's is a regular lunch stop for me and has served six generations of my family. Canon G10, f/8.0, 1/160s, ISO 200, 30mm equivalent.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

49 - Wall of PEZ

From 365 Project
Another one of my geeky hobbies is collecting PEZ candy dispensers. I've been at it for 13 years and these are some of the over 500 PEZ in my collection. As you can tell from the photo, lighting a wall of PEZ is not easy. Click on the photo to get a higher resolution version from my Picasa web albums and then zoom in and look for your favorite characters. Taken with a Canon 40D, 1/13s, f/4.0, ISO 400, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom at 18mm.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

48 - Cold War Relics

From 365 Project
This Nike Ajax surface to air missile is on display at the Air Power Park in Hampton, VA. At its peak in the late 1950's there were over 240 "Nike Sites" around the U.S including several in the Hampton Roads area. The sites began to be phased out in the early 1960's with the last decommissioned in 1974. Located near the NASA Langley Center this park was once a gleaming display of rockets and planes from the Cold War and Space Race decade. After many years outdoors the paint is peeling, metal is rusting away and our interests have shifted elsewhere. Canon 40D, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 100, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom at 17mm with a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer.

Monday, February 16, 2009

47 - NC Stonehenge

From 365 Project
Towering almost 200 feet above the fields east of Elizabeth City, NC one of four massive concrete column pairs that remain from the world's largest wooden building. Completed in 1943, Airdock #2 was part of the Weeksville Naval Air Station for lighter than air ships, better known as blimps. This hanger which was destroyed by fire in 1995 had 7.5 acres under its giant wooden roof. The slightly smaller but still huge Airdock #1 remains nearby and today supports commercial air ships. Canon 40D, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 100, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom at 17mm with a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

46 - Ready to Go

From 365 Project
Squad 3 stands ready to go at the London Bridge Fire Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Squad is VBFD's HazMat team. Canon 40D, f/10.0, 1/40s, ISO 160, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS zoomed to 17mm, with on camera flash.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

45 - Sea Turtle

From 365 Project
We made a visit today to the Virginia Aquarium. The loggerhead turtles always cooperate with photographers. Capture with a Canon G10, F/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1600, 30mm equivalent, post processed with Noise Ninja.

Friday, February 13, 2009

44 - 5 Star Memorial

From 365 Project
Norfolk's 19th Century City Hall building houses the MacArthur Memorial, final resting place of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and his wife Jean. MacArthur was one of the most colorful and controversial figures in American military history. His mother, Mary Pinkney Hardy MacArthur was a native of Norfolk, Virginia. Canon G10, f/8.0, 1/640s, ISO 200, 88mm equivalent focal length.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

43 - Pelicans

From 365 Project
Brown pelicans rest on pilings silhouetted by the early morning sun. The photo was taken just off East Mellen Street in the historic Phoebus community of Hampton, Virginia. Canon 40D, f/5.6, 1/8000s, ISO 100, Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS zoomed to 176mm.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

42 - The Wright Window

From 365 Project
Norfolk's Chrysler Museum of Art has an unparalleled world class art glass collection. A visitor enjoys a glass gallery as viewed through Frank Lloyd Wright's window from Darwin D. Martin House, ca 1903-1909. Canon 40D, f/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 400, Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS zoomed to 28mm.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

41 - Emancipation Oak

From 365 Project
Emancipation Oak is a historic Live Oak (Quercus virgiana) tree located on the campus of Hampton University. It was the site of the first Southern reading of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. The large sprawling oak is 98 feet in diameter. It is designated one of the 10 Great Trees of the World by the National Geographic Society. This photo was taken under its spreading branches looking upward with an 8mm fisheye lens. Canon 40D, f/8.0, 1/320s, ISO 200, Sigma 8mm f/3.5 circular fisheye.

Monday, February 9, 2009

40 - Jelly Belly

From 365 Project
The jelly bean jar is the most popular attraction in my office. It always helps to set the right tone. I see why President Reagan kept one on his desk in the White House. Canon G10, f/3.2, 1/25s, ISO 800, macro mode.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

39 - Colonnade

From 365 Project
The arched colonnade outside the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Virginia was designed by the firm of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The colonnade and the 1700 seat proscenium theater transformed an old 1950's vintage high school to serve Christopher Newport University's cultural and fine arts programs. Taken with a Backberry 9530 Camera Phone and converted to B&W.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

38 - Sparrow

From 365 Project
There were a pair of house sparrows hanging around while I was filling the feeders today. This one was watching closely. Canon 40D, f/6.3, 1/250s, ISO 200, 400mm.

Friday, February 6, 2009

37 - Laser Pez

From 365 Project
Chrystal Big Bird Pez illuminated with a green laser. Someone has way too much time on their hands or was getting desperate for a photo idea. Canon G10, f/8.0, 1/2s, ISO 200.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

36 - Morning Light

From 365 Project
Morning light streaming in. Captured with a Canon G10, f/3.5, 1/60s, ISO 200, converted to B&W.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

35 - Data Pipes

From 365 Project
Warning today's post is a bit geeky. Ever wonder what happens to all of that data you send and receive while cyberslacking at work? After leaving your PC they will pass through a network switch like this Cisco Catalyst 4500. Typical data plumbing of the modern office - seen by few - relied upon by all. Taken with a Canon G10, f/3.5, 1/40s, ISO 200, 30mm equivalent focal length.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

34 - Viper

From 365 Project
The "Viper" also known by its formal name the F-16 Fighting Falcon on display at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton Virginia. Made with a Canon 40D, f/4.0, 1/320s, ISO 400, 90mm equivalent focal length, converted to B&W in Photoshop Elements 6.0 using the Hidden Power Custom B&W conversion tool.

Monday, February 2, 2009

33 - Color Guard

From 365 Project
The color guard from the Maury High School NJROTC stands at attention at a ceremony paying tribute to those who helped reopen Virginia's Public Schools following Gov. Lindsay Almond's "Massive Resistance" order to close public schools rather than integrate them. On February 2, 1959, Louis Cousins broke the color barrier at Norfolk's Maury High School as the school's first African-American student. The 1959 newspaper photo of him sitting alone in the school auditorium was carried in newspapers across the country. Today Maury has a dynamic and diverse student body. Image captured with a Canon 40D, f/10, 1/400s, ISO 400, 70-200 zoom at 70mm.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

32 - Winter Light

From 365 Project
Low afternoon winter sun on the lake at Mt. Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. Captured with a Canon 40D, f/11, 1/400s, ISO 200, 70-200 zoom at 173mm, 2 stop polarizer.