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Friday, July 22, 2016

Behind the Photo: Tim Kaine

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 1:20 PM

The question on everyone's mind at the news conference: Is Kaine going to be Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential pick? Kaine deflected questions about his political future during the zika conference. Afterward, he approached assembled media. This moment, between Kaine and WTVR-TV CBS 6 news anchor Jake Burns, illustrates the awkward tension in the room. Kaine's smile says, "I'm not going to tell you anything," and Burn's look says, "But I have to ask you."

Photographer's Note: There's no great spot to stand when the press scrum starts. That was reinforced to me during the Bob McDonnell trial. So I tried to stay to the side where I could still see Kaine's face, but also include the cameras and reporters in the frame. In the end, the expressions on their faces make the image work by creating a mini drama in the midst of a larger story.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Behind the Photo: Evergreen Cemetery

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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While working on Style's recent cover story, The Ruins of Richmond, I spent a few hours at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond's East End. A visit to this cemetery provides for a surreal experience, where thousands of graves are hidden by vegetation within a couple of hundred yards off Interstate 64. The graves, some more than 100 years old, emerge from the undergrowth, silent memorials to the dead and modern-day reminders of those forgotten. I was drawn to this particular grave because of the lone strand of vine that reaches up toward the words "my mother" and to the foreboding presence of the vegetation.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Behind the Photo: Stone Brewing

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 2:10 PM

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I was covering a media event at Stone Brewing's production facility in Fulton this week, where the occasion was the first release of Stone IPA in Virginia. This image shows the massive scale of the operation and the sophisticated equipment used in the high-tech brewing operation. I converted the image to black and white to highlight the monochromatic color of the piping and equipment and used a Nikon 14 mm lens, 1/60 of a sec at 5.6, at 3200 ISO.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Behind the Photo: Jockey's Ridge

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Last week I was roaming around the Outer Banks near Nags Head looking for images for a Style story, when I noticed a surf shop with a crow's nest. I climbed to the top, which gave me a nice view of Jockey's Ridge State Park.

The dunes in the 426-acre park are some of the tallest in the Eastern United States. On the ridge line were two people flying a kite where the big open sky and dunes made for a dramatic composition.

I used a Nikon D750 with a 80-200mm lens to get this image.

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