Category Archives: Photography

From film to digital

From film to digital

My career as a photographer started at age 12 in Farmville, VA, when I sold a photo of the Ku Klux Klan meeting in the woods of Prince Edward County. That photo was taken with a Yashica Mat, a poor’s man’s Rolliflex twin-lens reflex camera that used rolls of 120mm film that allowed 12 exposuresContinue Reading

When music brings young and old together

When music brings young and old together

Young and old mixed in the Sunday Jam at the Floyd Country Store after the Veterans Day Parade when Gravel Road joined the regulars at the music session to close out the event. Such events are a unique part of the music scene in Floyd — a time when age doesn’t matter but the musicContinue Reading

The Wednesday Night Jamboree?

The Wednesday Night Jamboree?

The Floyd Country Store was hopping Wednesday night with music and dancers. A Wednesday night Jamboree? Not quite.  It was filming for the movie, Geographically Desirable, current on location in Floyd. The extras commissioned for the film learned that movie making is a time-consuming affair with multiples takes and attention to detail. Even though, manyContinue Reading

Lights, camera, action in Floyd

Lights, camera, action in Floyd

For the second year in a row, a theatrical film is being shot in Floyd. Location shooting for Geographically Desirable is underway on the streets and in places like Oddfellas and The Floyd Country Store this week. While Tueday night’s shooting at Oddfellas dealt with a couple at a table, the County Store will beContinue Reading

Hillsville on Labor Day weekend: The Mother of all gun shows and flea markets

Hillsville on Labor Day weekend: The Mother of all gun shows and flea markets

For 46 years now the Carroll County Gun Show and Flea Market has reigned as the big show on Labor Day in Southwestern Virginia, bringing crowds that estimates say easily top 100,000 to Hillsville, a town of 2,6oo on normal days. Started by Veterans of Foreign Wars Grover King Post 1115 as a fundraiser toContinue Reading

Good music, good times at Wildwood Farms

Good music, good times at Wildwood Farms

Good time Saturday night enjoying the music of The Comptons from the stage of the Wildwood Farms General Store on U.S. 221 south of Floyd. Wildwood puts on a free concert every Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. where fans listen to bluegrass and gospel music  from area groups. Yes, there’s a dance floor in frontContinue Reading

Family Day in the Park

Family Day in the Park

The Floyd Town Jubilee closed out its summer season Saturday with the Family Day in the Park event that was postponed from the previous weekend because of rain. Face painting, hollering contests, games and — of course — music filled the afternoon. The weather cooperated with a sunny day along with temperatures cooler than theContinue Reading

The fog of morning

The fog of morning

Morning fog in Floyd County after three days of rain.  Is better weather on the way?  That depends on who you talk to.

Afternoon delight

Afternoon delight

On Monday afternoon, the rain — as usual — came and then went, leaving behind a nice sunset.

Still photography or video? Ah, that is the question

Still photography or video? Ah, that is the question

As a lifelong photographer who spent a good part of his life shooting still images of news events around the world, it did not occur until later in life that a career in imagery would evolve into video and film. Nor did I think that the still cameras that I carry in my bag wouldContinue Reading

Pickin’ and grinnin’

Pickin’ and grinnin’

A banjo picker at a recent Friday Night Jamboree.  I should be back on a regular schedule by tomorrow after Monday’s skin cancer surgery.  Of course, I now have a six-inch scar where a three centimeter spot used to be.

More music

More music

A grab shot at a recent Sunday jam session at The Floyd Country Store.

Music

Music

Floyd County is an area awash in music and so much of it is free and easily available to the pubic.  With warmer weather arriving each day, Friday nights will features a lot of street music.  Until then, there are free jam sessions at the Country Store on Sundays and concerts in the same storeContinue Reading

Roaming the streets on a Friday night

Roaming the streets on a Friday night

Haven’t had a chance to roam the streets of Floyd on a Friday night for a long, long time. Did so this week, taking in the music at Oddfellas Cantina and the Friday Night Jamboree. Weather still a little brisk for music on the streets but it was still good on stage at the CountryContinue Reading

Smog in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Smog in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Smog rises over the Roanoke Valley as viewed from the top of Bent Mountain.

Morning light

Morning light

Morning light along Harvestwood Road north of Floyd.

Seagulls and the snow

Seagulls and the snow

Seagulls flying along the Potomac Region during a snow storm in Washington, D.C. (taken when Amy and I still lived in the National Capitol Region).

More fall colors

More fall colors

Fall colors of The Saddle, as viewed from Rocky Knob overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors were sporadic this year because of the jumps between hot and cold and the on-again, off-again rainfall. In low-lying areas, trees remain green while the leaves are all but gone in the high elevations. Weird year. The last gasp appears to be this weekend as some effects from Hurricane Sandy will hit theContinue Reading

Places of Floyd: Mabry Mill

Places of Floyd: Mabry Mill

Mabry Mill is the most photographed location on the Blue Ridge Parkway and among the top 10 most photographed locales in the United States. Longtime smokers remember the mill as the backdrop for Salem cigarettes television ads before an act of Congress banned tobacco advertizing on the public airwaves.  Images of Mabry Mill appeared inContinue Reading

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