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Tipsy Driver Tips Toyota Prius

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Local newspaper runs my photos of a traffic accident.  Click here for the story.

Always having a camera ready will reward you with some good news photos.   Caught this yesterday morning, and it was picked up by the local news. 

Roberts Wesleyan College RedhHawks Men's Soccer vs Stonehill

Posted on September 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM

#12 Malcom Shaw never shied away from agressive play.

I've been shooting some sports events for my favorite local institution, Roberts Wesleyan College. I decided that after shooting some nice, dry indoor women's volleball for them I would make sure my cameras' water resistance was still OK by phtographing the 2nd half of the RedHawks men's soccer game against Stonehill.  Sure enough, the cameras held up just fine.  RedHawks lost this one 3-2.

#20 Scott Carson brings the action out to midfield.

#12 Malcom Shaw's footwork is really something to watch.

#5 Will Cornfield headers the downfield throw.

#21 Michael McGinnis takes control of the ball while a Stonehill player helps with a friendly pat on the back.

More of #12 Malcom Shaw's footwork.

#12 Malcom Shaw navigating heavy traffic near the goal. The white specs in the photos are not image noise, that's just the extra large raindrops.

#6 AderounmuvTaiwo .

#21 Michael McGinnis brings down the ball in front of the goal.

#10 Logan Woods faces off with Stonehill's goalie.

Farmer Veteran Coalition Event at Elly's Acres

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Colonel John Lemondes (retired) leads a seminar as part of the Farmer Veteran Coalition sponsored Managing Risk in Your Farm Business.  A lot of the seminar focused on John's experience in starting up in farming after a lot of experience in logistical planning with the Army. 

Michele Pfannenstiel from the Farmer Veteran Coaltion talking with one of the attendees. 

John demonstrates hoof care for sheep. 

After the lectures, lunch, and demonstrations it was nice to tour John's farm, Elly's Acres.  While John bought the farm several years ago it only been in the last two that he and his family have started actively farming it.  He has had significant upgrades to the home, buildings, and fencing, in addition to wading through bureaucracy just to get permission to farm there. 

John uses moveable electrified fence to set what pasture the sheep will use. 

On our way to the pasture we were advised to stay together around John.  His guard dogs are fiercely protective of the sheep and hearing John talk to us was the best insurance they wouldln't mistake us for intruders.  They weigh about 150 lbs. each, and they are brothers.

Early Morning Fog on Canandaigua Lake

Posted on September 6, 2015 at 12:50 AM

I lucked out when I went down to the peir near our home. Earlier in the morning the sun had risen enough to make a nice photo, but without the fog you could see all the construction going on for a new hotel. A little patience got me a nice series of photos with fog that hides the shoreline.

Rochester NY PD Hostage Negotiation Team Scores a Victory

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

I was in Rochester for the monthly ASMP breakfast meet up and took some time to stop and photograph at one of my favorite locations there, the High Falls District.  I had only been there a few minutes when a constant stream of police vehicles with flashing lights ablaze.  So I walked down the street, camera in hand, to see what was up. 

High Falls has a pedestrian bridge, and according to the officer in charge at the scene a passer by had called in a potiential suicide attempt.  After the initial police patrols deployed around the area, the RPD Hostage Negotiation Team went out onto the bridge and began talking to the young man. 

Happily  after a half hour stand off they were able to talk him off the edge and wheeled him away on a gurney to the waiting ambulance. 

While there were many dramatic images in this series I've chosen this one in trying to be considerate of the young man.  When I emailed the local paper my coverage of the incident they informed me that they don't conver suicide attempts as a rule.

Local News Coverage of Everwilde Resort Meeting.

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Our local newspaper, The Dailey Messenger, called on me recently to provide photo coverage for a local news event. This was a town hall meeting for a small community on Canandaigua Lake to review information on the application of a developer for a new resort. I enjoy working with the Daily Messenger.



Here's the link to the photos and article they published: MPN Daily Messenger


Link to Everwilde Inn & Spa.

Ms. Laura Cook was identified the developer for Everwilde Resort. No, she did not look this intent through the entire meeting, but there were local residents dressed in t-shirts with logos opposing her project.

Frank Sciremammano, Jr. is Everwilde's engineer hired for the environmental impact study. He spent most of the night listening and taking notes. There were questions and requests made by the town board for additional information in the study.

Though the meeting was only to review the progress on the environmental impact study, it turned into a open mic session for those who wanted to express their disagreement with the proposed Everwilde project. Here a resident reads from his prepared notes to the board members of the Town of Bristol (R), with the Everwilde representative on the left.

Local residents, some of whom live immediately across the road from the proposed site. There are signs with a matching logo around the area as well.L>R: Brian Perkins, Cecelia Danahar, and Delores Perkins



Photo Assisting with Steve Rossini of Highland Design Studio

Posted on June 6, 2015 at 12:05 AM

Steve Rossini is one of my photograper heroes.  For many years he has been the official photographer of the One Lap of America automorive event. He is regularly published in magazines and sought after for his car photography wizardry.  At a recent meet up of local ASMP members he said he was looking for someone to assist.

Pick me, pick me! Oooooh, me me me...

So I got the gig of helping position lights, reflectors, checking if you could see this or that in the picture.  I spent a lot of effort just staying out of the picture! The subject of this shoot was the BMW 450i that BMW USA loaned him for this year's OLA.  Yes, he is that important. 

He's the pasionate aficianoado when setting up the shots, and he's expert at previsualizing.  He didn't spend a lot of time figuring out what would look good,  had it figured out ahead of time.  The mark of  seasoned pro.

Take some time to visit his website Highland Design Studio and check out the amazing images he creates (and order some prints!).

Gulf Patrol with Comics on Duty II

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM


We had a usual routine of photo assignments that we (Marketing and Media) performed for the US Army department of Morale, Welfare & Recreation in Kuwait. USO tours, sports tournaments and holiday events. But the Comics on Duty Tour II turned out to be a lot more than the usual meet & great and performance shots.

The day before the tour was to arrive,  our boss, David Elliot, had an unusual request and asked the photo staff if anyone was game. We had a request to accompany the comedians on a tour of the Persian Gulf around the Kuwait Naval Base in a Navy patrol boat.

Now, understand that I and my team are all civilians. We never get to ride in humvees, army trucks, helicopters, etc. I was instructed by the base commanding Lt. Col. that military equipment was not for civilian joyriding, they were serious tools. So an opportunity to ride in radical machine gun armed patrol boats in the same waters as the testy Iranian navy was really up there on the cool-o-meter.

I held back from volunteering at first because I was then newest photographer in the group and figured the other guys would take first dibs at this outstanding opportunity. What, no volunteers? Seriously, the other photogs were not interested. So I was all over it, but beginning to wonder why they were so reluctant.

So the day came and I tagged along with the Entertainment team to Kuwait Naval Base (Camp Patriot on the American side). There were four entertainers, so they split us up into two boats. I was to ride along with Tim Foss and Rodney Laney. So on we went, just the comedians, their personal security detail, some Army tag alongs, the crew and one photographer. 

Once we got going Navy personnel explained that we needed to keep a three point stance at all times: two feet and one hand firmly planted at all times.  Photographing one handed on choppy water was challenging, not to mention making sure all the gear actually stayed on the boat. Explaining that I left my camera in the Persian Gulf would not go over well, or look good on a resume. 



Commedians Rodney Laney and Tom Foss, two very funny guys.

Happy faces early in the patrol. Bouncing along at 40 knots would soon wipe the smiles off.

Rodney Laney points the 50 cal at our companions.  Who's idea was it to leave heavy machine guns with loaded amo boxes where comedians could get at them?  Navy crew members assured me they had it under control.

The Navy crew told Rodney to hold on with both hands, but not why.  They proceeded to demonstrate the wave that comes over the stern wnen you reverse the engines at speed. All the 'civiews' on the aft deck got soaked.

Yeh, those smiles are starting to fade. Rodney and Tom display proper four point stance (i.e. holding on for dear life).

We spent a lot off time chasing the other boat, usually at odd angles to the horizon.

Rodney Laney at the helm.  They were actually daring him to go faster. 

Heading back at dusk, our sister ship in our wake.

Our sister ship cutting across our wake at speed.  We took turns doing this. It was quite a thrill to feel the boat get airborne!

Tom Foss steps with wobbly legs back on the dock.  45 minutes of this was plenty.

Bataan Death March Memorial 30K

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 12:50 AM
An annual event for US armed forces around the globe, I covered the memorial march at Camp Virginia, Kuwait. Participants started before dawn, but most took over six hours to complete the march in the heat with "full battle rattle".

There were many units represented by carrying their standard for the full 30K.  This flag is for the 325th Combat Support Hospital.

The 30K was accomplished by doing multiple laps around Camp Virginia's perimiter road.  Here it winds its way past a water stop and guard tower. 

This group asked to be photographed while they were waiting at a water station.  The yin yang patches indicate they were deployed to an active war zone (Afghanistan in this case).

Not your average 30K water stop. 

The day was hot, windy, and there was a million tons of dust in the air.  Almost everyone (including me) wore something over their face to help filter the dirt.  This guy's bandana was more decorative than most.

By 2:00 in the afternoon there were a lot of blistered feet.  This soldier was prepared with his own salve and moleskins.

The base is surrounded by a tall berm. At the corners the wind would get through and add to the haze.  You'll notice in all of these pictures the sky is beige.  That's just the color it is from all the dust in the air down at the horizon. 

Around the course were posters with historical information about the war crime.  Here's a link to the Wikipeida https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March" target="_blank">article.

3:30 and this group had finished.  Even laying down in the gravel was preferable to standing at that point.

Mass quantities of hot dogs, chips, and (non-alcoholic) beverages were waiting at the end. Kuwait is a dry country in more than one way.

Sprawl were you can and find whatever shade was left.  It wasn't that  the soldiers didn't have a facility to relax away from the sun and heat, but...

...those who finished earlier were still snoring away in the comforable rec center.  Those that weren't asleep here were still eating.

4:50 PM.  A few had to start late due to duty shifts.  It was pretty lonely out on the course by this time. 

More foot maintenance at the end of the day. 

5:30. The last group to finish.