Thursday, June 29, 2006

Machu Picchu and Llamas

First group of photos from Peru...
I obviously can't post all of my photos so I'll just put up a few here and there that I think might be of interest.
Machu Picchu is better than any of us imagined. I wanted to stay there longer and would definately consider moving to nearby Cusco someday. (Nearby means 3 hours away.) There must be a newspaper there. OR I could start up my own English newspaper for tourists. But both places were awesome. Machu Picchu just felt good. It's a hard feeling to describe and as a photographer and NOT a writer I will leave it to the photos to speak for themselves. There are many more photos obviously... these are just a few.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Back to work!

Last weekend was my first weekend back to Ocala. Only one assignment on Sunday, Hash House Harriers. They were quite a fun bunch. They are a club that gathers to run or walk a path set by one of the club members earlier in the day. They must find the correct path as the path setter, aka harrier, sometimes splits the path so they have to find the right one. Once everyone makes it back to the starting point the group stands in a circle and downs beers and pours the remaining drops over their head. They select certain people to stand in the center of the circle and those people have to chug their beers while the rest sing to them. ARTICLE

This weekend was quite busy. On Saturday I had two assignments and on Sunday I had four. Whee feeling of accomplishment washed over me as I turned in the last photos of the weekend. I like those types of weekends/assignment filled days anyway.

Sunday morning bright and early I was out the door for a charity golf tournament. It was rain delayed by an hour and the people running it were quite busy with running the event and making sure the Hooters girls were in their places with water. ARTICLE

Saturday evening I photographed a Voters League Convention Banquet... yawn. It ended up being a later night than anyone thought and I ended up leaving way before it was done because deadline was only 10 mins away. ARTICLE

Sunday I had an assignment to shoot construction of The Villages Hospital. Well Sundays aren't usually the most worker filled days as I guessed. I showed up found a few guys eatting lunch, asked if there was a supervisor on site. Nope, but tomorrow (Monday) there would be. So I ended up just taking building mugs and one shot of a worker on scaffolding who was so far away he because known as "an unidentified worker."

Of course there were more assignments, they just haven't been published yet, I'll keep you updated. The best is yet to come... hopefully it'll get good play.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Catching up.

Wow three weeks is a long time. I feel like I missed so much while I was gone. While in Peru the presidential election took place and Alan Garcia won. There was the possibility of riots and protests and even terrorists, but to my journalistic dismay nothing happened. Our service group was shuffled away from a teacher protest one day, that was the most excitement we saw politically in Peru.

I have lots to talk about and lots of photos to share from Peru, over 3,000 to be exact, but I'll slowly post them on here as I have time. I visited 3 major cities and Machu Piccu, which was as awesome as it looks in photos. I also figured out that if I ever return to Macchu Piccu I would stay there overnight to photograph in the early morning. Mid-afternoon light was well mid-afternoon light, nothing exciting.

Here are two of my graduation photos from the week before I left for Peru. One is the standard throwing up the cap shoot and the other is a little different. I liked how the line of purple cladded graduates disappeared into the early morning fog.