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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Behind the Photo: River Road Cherry Blossoms

Posted By on Sun, Mar 20, 2016 at 1:59 PM

There’s nothing as dramatic on the Richmond landscape as the trees blossoming in Richmond this week.

On River Road I noticed a huge cherry tree backlit by the sun. Once I stood under the tree, I noticed the sun illuminating a branch of blossoms. I concentrated on this one branch and used a shallow depth of field, which created a palette of pink and blue in the background.

Camera settings: 1/2000 second at F/4, ISO 200, Nikon D750.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Behind the Photo: Oregon Hill Magnolia

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Spring is emerging in Oregon Hill, the home of Richmond’s grandest cemetery. Most of the trees are still dormant, but this magnolia is in full bloom.

As I took this shot I noticed the pedals blowing off rapidly, and I knew this beauty was fleeting. The light-bulb moment wasn’t lost on me that I was standing among a sea of gray headstones.

Photographed with a Nikon D750, 24mm, 1/1000 second at F/11.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Behind the Photo: Isuzu Pup and Chevy SSR

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Yesterday, while in Petersburg, I noticed this rusty Isuzu Pup truck with antique plates parked in an empty parking lot. In the background sat a newer Chevy SSR. The juxtaposition of the old and new makes the shot.

While trying to do a bit of research on the Pup, I read a humorous quote on the site dedicated to the "humble little Isuzu Pup". "If there's ever a nuclear holocaust, the only thing left will cockroaches and Isuzu diesels. From what I gather, the first generation of these vehicles came out between 1972 and 1980. This one's registration had expired in 2012.

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