Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Costumed Apples

A couple of our apples dressed up as the Sorcerer's Apprentice and Minnie Mouse for Halloween. Canon 5D Mark II, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 100mm macro lens.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


These chrome spheres reflect the entire store like a series of fisheye lenes. The patterns caught my eye and the picture caught me as well. Canon G1X, 1/13 sec @ f/7.1, ISO 400.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Weather Fit for Ducks

With Hurriance Sandy dropping 5 inches of rain on us today, I thought of the old saying "this weather is fit only for ducks." So I decided I post a picture of ducks I took last week in Orlando Florida. This mother mallard duck watches carefully over one of her new ducklings at the quiet pool at Disnet's Boardwalk Resort. Canon 7D, 1/160 sec @ f/18.0, ISO 400, 100mm macro lens.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Got back from my trip in Florida just in time for an activation of the City of Norfolk's Emergency Operations Center. This was my first tour of duty with Norfolk during an emergency and I was very impressed by the way my coworkers pulled together. Many of my team at the City's Information Technology Department served a 24 hour shift at the Compostella Elementary School on shelter duty while others worked shifts at the EOC supporting technology and vital communications. Here Jim Redick the City's Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response conducts the 6:00pm briefing. iPhone 5, 1/24 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 50, Camera+ app.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Take It, We'll Replace It!

Today's flight home from Orlando took us high above the swirling edge of hurricane Sandy. A bumpy ride indeed with no beverage or snack service left me contemplating the seat pocket library. Canon G1X, 1/10 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 400, in macro mode.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hall of Presidents

The Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is a very moving and inspirational show and helps put the toughest job in the nation into perspective during these final two weeks of the election season. The peaceful transition of power is still rare in much of world even 215 years after George Washington became the first president to step aside. Canon G1X, 1/3 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 1600.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pentakis Dodecahedron

Geometrically, Spaceship Earth at Epcot is a derivative of a pentakis dodecahedron. It is a Class 2 Frequency 16 Icosahedron, with each of the 60 isosceles triangle faces divided into 16 smaller equilateral triangles. Each of the 960 flat panels is sub-divided into four triangles, each of which is divided into three isosceles triangles to form each point. In theory, there are 11,520 total isosceles triangles forming 3840 points. In reality, some of those triangles are partially or fully nonexistent due to supports and doors of the iconic symbol of Epcot. Source - Wikipedia.

Canon G1X, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 800, converted to black and white with Silver Efex Pro 2.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Disney Vinylmation™ is a brand of vinyl collectibles sold at Disney theme parks. The name Vinylmation is a combination of the word Animation and Vinyl. The figures are all shaped like Mickey Mouse but have different themed markings, colors and patterns. This is a light fixture hanging over a display at one of the Disney stores at Downtown Disney in Orlando Florida. Canon G1X, 1/40 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 400.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Sorcerer's Hat

The Sorcerer's Hat is the icon of Disney's Hollywood Studios, the third of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Mickey Mouse's gloved hand and ears underneath the hat are visible emerging from the ground. Canon G1X, 1/4 sec @ f/5.0, ISO 1600.

Monday, October 22, 2012


We were greeted by two fire performers on the way to the "Fire and Ice" evening event at the Gartner Symposium and IT/XPO in Orlando Florida. iPhone 5, 1/15 sec @ f/2.4, ISO 800.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is a fireworks, laser and water show featuring a coordinated soundtrack. The show plays nightly in the World Showcase area in Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida. Canon G1X, 1.0 sec # f/8.0, ISO 200, camera braced on light post pedestal with a 2 second delayed shutter release.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cuban Swoosh

No it's not an upside down Nike swoosh. This is part of the ceiling lighting detail at Bongos Cuban Cafe at Downtown Disney in Orlando Florida. Created by music superstar Gloria Estefan and her producer husband Emilio, this vibrant restaurant is a mosaic of colors and flavors. Canon G1X, 0.6 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 400.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Five Star Imperial

This 1950 Chrysler Crown Imperial limousine carried Gen Douglas MacArthur to and from his office at the Dai Ichi insurance building in Tokyo during the latter part of the Occupation of Japan. When MacArthur returned to the United States in 1951, the Crown Imperial was shipped to him in New York City where he continued to use it until 1963, when it was returned to the U.S. Army motor pool and subsequently given to the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk Virginia. Canon 5D Mark II, 1/40 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 400, 35mm focal length.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Night Fountain

Norfolk's Chrysler Hall viewed from across the fountains in Scope Plaza. We attended the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert there tonight. Chrysler Hall was opened in 1972 and named as part of an agreement with Walter P. Chrysler Jr. to bring his art collection to the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences which now also bears the Chrysler name. Chrysler, whose father, Walter Sr., founded the Chrysler Corporation, devoted much of his life to building a multimillion-dollar collection of paintings and art glass. Canon ELPH 110.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Well Worn

This picture of a well worn manhole cover is in response to a comment I got on Facebook regarding yesterday's demon rat photo. So Alice this one is for you, no halloween today, just a beautiful manhole cover. There are so few of us who truly appreciate the beauty of infrastructure.

Canon G11, 1/250 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 400.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hell's Demon Rat

This giant demon rat is part of the Halloween decorations at Hell's Kitchen on Granby Street in downtown Norfolk Virginia. I just couldn't resist taking his picture. I'm sure some followers of this blog will be happy after October 31st has come and gone. I have gotten a little carried away with the theme this month.

Canon G11, 1/6 sec sec @ f/4.5, ISO 800 handheld. Converted to black and white with a little focal color left in the eyes using Google's Picasa.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Billiard Boy

Twelve ball in the corner pocket. My grandson Robert loves the Billiard tables at Tortilla West in Norfolk Virginia. He hasn't graduated to the using a cue stick yet but that time will come shortly if my supply of quarters holds out. Canon G11, 1/10 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 800.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cat House

Even the Lambert's Point feral cat colony house is getting in on Skull Week action. Fully decorated for Halloween and proudly displaying the skull and crossbones with the "Enter If You Dare!" message. The decorations went up a couple of weeks ago and initially included some fake crows. Unfortunately the residents didn't take too kindly to the black birds hanging around and finished 'em off pretty quickly.

Canon ELPH 110HS, 1/60 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 640 with a little fillin flash.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Here Lyeth

This 17th century grave marker bears the skull and crossbones and is located at St. Pauls Church in Norfolk Virginia. On July 1, 1875 the stone was brought to Norfolk from Weyanoke on the James River. It was found amid the ruins of an old colonia church. Today the stone is attached to the south wall of the old church.

Did you notice the year of William Harris' death is noted as 1687/8? So what's up with that? Were they not sure what year he actually died in? No, according the the USGen Web project "the practice of double dating resulted from the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. Not all countries and people accepted the new calendar at the same time. England and the American colonies didn't officially accept it until 1752. Before that date, the government observed March 25 as the first of the year, but most of the population observed January 1 as the start of the year. For this reason, many people wrote dates falling between January 1 and March 25 with both years." Now you know.

iPhone 5, 1/144 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 50, Camera+ app using the Clarity adjustment and Pinhole FX Effect.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Glow PEZ Skull

This is a glow in the dark PEZ Skull dispenser. It's a long exposure in a totally dark room. Michael saved the day with a last minute suggestion for this photo. Skull week continues. Canon 7D, 3.2 sec @ f/11.0, ISO 200, 100mm macro lens.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Captured this skull at Target's Halloween display. There must have been a dozen different skulls to choose from, light up skulls, screaming skulls and plain creepy skulls. iPhone 5, 1/20 sec @ f/2.4, ISO 125, Camera+ app.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Death's Head

This creepy skull is on an old garvestome at St. Paul's Church in Norfolk Virginia. The inscriptions are long since worn away but the skull remains. The marker most likely dates from the late 1600's to the early 1700's. The death's head, often with wings and/or crossed bones, was a stylized skull. Some have speculated that winged skulls were intended to symbolize a combination of physical death and spiritual regeneration. iPhone 5, 1/20 sec @ f/2.4, ISO 50, Camera+ app.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Made the Cover

Pretty exciting day. I came home from work to find the arrival of the printed copy of my good friend Greever Williams' first novel On Tenterhooks which features one of my photographs. I was honored last year when asked if I would do the photo for this book. I read an early draft and now I'm excited to read the final version. I must say, it is very cool to see your work published. The book is great, I highly recommend it! Available digitally on Kindle and Nook and the "dead tree" version at Amazon. Canon G1X, 1/4 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 400.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Skull Week

Yes it's "Skull Week" here on We start off with a dapper little skeleton from from the Halloween goodies display at Pier 1. So what do think the odds are that I can find seven different skulls to photograph this week? Stay tuned as I try to beat the odds. iPhone 4, 1/15 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 160, Camera + app.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Orange Swirl

The results of yesterday's introduction to glass making and the hot shop at the Chrysler Museum of Art's Glass Studio. I made this glass paperweight using a combination of opaque orange and translucent amber colored glass chips and then twisted the hot glass to create the spiral effect. Couldn't have done it with the help of our great instructor Hannah Kirkpatrick. Canon 7D, 1 sec @ f/16.0, ISO 200, 100mm macro lens, LED flash light shining down the center of the glass to illuminate from the interior.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Eight Stories

Eight stories of new steel have risen for the new Norfolk Courthouse. This is about one-forth of the steel for phase one. Soon the crane will be moved so the next eight story section can go up. All of the steel should be erected by the end of the year. Canon G11, 1/250 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 400.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Meet "Wilson" a large chunk a concrete removed during the installation of hot and chilled water lines for the new Norfolk Courthouse. Canon G11, 1/320 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 400.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Commercial Park

The flowing fountains at Commercial Park in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Canon G11, 1/3 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 80, Neutral Density filter, camera sitting on the edge of the fountain and shutter released with the 2 second delay timer to blur the water falls.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Five Star

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, one of the most colorful and controversial men in American history, is honored at the McArthur Memorial in Norfolk Virginia. On October 13th and 14th the new Memorial buildings will be dedicated and opened to the public. Canon G11, 1/160 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 200, fill flash used, converted to black and white in Lightroom 4 using the Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in.

Monday, October 1, 2012

This the Season

Getting into the spirit of America's second bigest holiday, Halloween. This spooky photo was taken at Norfolk Virginia's historic Elmwood Cemetery. Nothing says Halloween like a foggy graveyard. Canon G10, 1/125 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 200 converted to black and white in Lightroom using Silver Efex Pro plugin.