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Friday, April 29, 2016

Behind the Photo: Earth Day in Manchester

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The RVA Earth Day Festival last weekend turned Manchester from brick and mortar to a wonderland. The event got an extra spark from the No BS Brass band, which wove its way from the RVA Street Art Festival and through the narrow streets, followed by Richmonders of all ages dressed as puppets or simply waving banners and flags. Festival goers seemed in awe of the New Orleans style of an impromptu parade.

The beauty of it was that anyone could join in and march along. In this image, the narrow streets are filled with color that contrasts against the weathered red brick. The look of joy on bandleader Lance Koehler’s face perfectly sums up the event.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Behind the Photo: Whale Mural

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 3:30 PM

On the site of the RVA Street Art Festival, happening this weekend, Nico Cathcart works on her painting of a whale. She says she hasn’t named the piece, but that she was reading Carl Sagan and thinking about cosmic possibility.

The transformation of the shipping container with the deep hues against the gray gravel and muted sky drew me in, while Nico’s pink hair and the travel trailer in the backdrop create layers to keep the eye moving deeper into the image. The entire site in Manchester, south of the Mayo Bridge, is being transformed into a feast for mural lovers.

Behind the Photo: Whale Mural

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 3:30 PM

On the site of the RVA Street Art Festival, happening this weekend, Nico Cathcart works on her painting of a whale. She says she hasn’t named the piece, but that she was reading Carl Sagan and thinking about cosmic possibility.

The transformation of the shipping container with the deep hues against the gray gravel and muted sky drew me in, while Nico’s pink hair and the travel trailer in the backdrop create layers to keep the eye moving deeper into the image. The entire site in Manchester, south of the Mayo Bridge, is being transformed into a feast for mural lovers.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Behind the Photo: Eagle Over Downtown Richmond

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM

For nearly half an hour, I watched this bald eagle sit in a tree near the Mayo Bridge. When he took flight, he swooped near the river and the soared toward the skyline.

The eagle framed against the buildings places the image in Richmond, which must be one of the best-kept secrets anywhere for observing waterfowl and birds of prey in an urban setting. The shad run is happening now on the James, a bonus for those seeking to see an eagle or osprey in action.

Shot with a Nikon D610 at 1/1500 sec, F6.7, ISO250.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Behind the Photo: Tulips and Old City Hall

Posted on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 12:50 PM

While wandering around the grounds of the State Capitol, I noticed the bright red tulips with Old City Hall in the backdrop. I love the contrast between the deep red of the flowers and the gray of the stone.

By shooting low, I eliminated any distraction in the foreground. Of course, a bright blue sky never hurts when trying to make a landscape photo pop.

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Lens: Singing Shorty

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM

On Saturday evening I was working on feature story about Broad Street, and as I turned the corner near Comfort I ran into Singing Shorty aka Alphonso Washington.

He looked at me and said "let me sing you a song". Before I could say a word he launched into a dark tune about death and despair. All this was delivered with the utmost sincerity.

When he finished he said, "If I'm singing that means I'm not drinking. I just have to keep singing."

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