Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tom Rowan, another view

Here's another one I took of Tom from outside the window, using a flash resting on the table to illuminate his face. He was looking for a photo that didn't emphasize his face so much. I like this one better than the first one.

Tom Rowan

Here's a photo I took of singer-songwriter Tom Rowan inside Fishbones restaurant at the corner of Walker Street and Elam Avenue. I used an on-camera flash as fill light.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Guitar builder, part 2

Here's a pair of Steve's instruments, a lap steel in the foreground and a custom-made bass in the back. Used the flash on a stick again.

Guitar builder

Here's Steve Wishnevsky, a guitar builder I shot for a photo essay. He's holding a form used to shape guitar bodies. I used a Vivitar flash on a stick with an umbrella softbox.

True Brothers

Here's the last cover I shot during my internship at Yes!Weekly. It's the retro-country duo the True Brothers. The plastic reindeer and FedEx truck in the upper-left background would be covered up by the publication's logo, so I wasn't worried about them. For lights I used a pair of Vivitar flashes on stands, one with a white umbrella and the other with a reflector, triggered by Chinese-made radio slaves. Not exactly Alien Bees but good enough for government work, as they used to say. Cover shots at Yes! were always tough because I was essentially dealing with an L-shaped area. The logo could be moved around but it would always take up 1/4 of the page and you had to keep that in mind. I think this was the best cover composition I came up with while I was there.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Slide show

Here's a link to a photo slideshow I did on the Glenwood neighborhood in Greensboro. Scroll down and click on the "Fixing Glenwood" link:

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Luther "Captain Luke" Mayer (left) and Macavine Hayes perform at a fundraising event for the Music Maker label. Proceeds from the sale of a house were going to support the label, which releases music by folk and blues artists.

Perpetual Groove

And here's the band she was watching, Perpetual Groove.

Same girl, different angle

Here's another one, taken from a different angle, with different stage lights. I don't think it's as good as the first one, but still kind of interesting.

Last night at Ziggy's

I took this photo at the last show at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem. I took several actually, because I had to wait for the light effects to hit her face just right.

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Here's soul singer "Jaybird" performing outside of Fincastle's Diner on Elm Street in downtown Greensboro.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Plum Krazy's Too

Dancers crowd the floor at Plum Krazy's Too in Kernersville.

Quentin Richardson

Quentin Richardson is an Iraq War veteran we did a story on. There was a church around the corner from his house that had flags out front in honor of Veterans Day, so we went over there and took this picture.

Southbound 49

Adam West (left) and Heath Wilson of Southbound 49 perform at Plum Krazy's Too in Kernersville.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jay at work

Jay is a self-employed housepainter. I took this one using a bounced flash.

Jay Ovittore

Democratic Party congressional candidate Jay Ovittore (right) is running against Rep. Howard Coble. Here he is in Burlington about to speak to the Senior Democrats of Alamance County. Yes!Weekly reporter Jordan Green (with his back to the camera) followed Jay around for a day.

Gary Koonce again

Here's another picture I took of Greensboro folk singer Gary Koonce at the arboretum. I think it looks like a 1960s album cover. You can check out Gary's music at

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New council member

Zack Matheny, candidate for Greensboro City Council District 3, watches the election returns at the Old Guilford County Courthouse Tuesday night. Matheny defeated his opponent Joe Wilson.

New Mayor

Greensboro City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem Yvonne Johnson became the city's first African-American mayor-elect Tuesday after defeating Greensboro businessman Milton Kern.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hammerin' Hank

Here's baseball great Hank Aaron at the groundbreaking for the Winston-Salem Warthogs' new stadium.


Here's Stu!, one of the MCs in Endless Mic. I took this using a Nikon D100 and Quantaray 70-300mm telephoto lens @ 1/15sec with a flash from the back of the club. F stop was F/8.

Endless Mic

Endless Mic, a Chapel Hill hip hop group, performed at Greene Street in Greensboro Sunday. The rock band/rap group in an alley is a cliche, but when you've only got a few minutes before they go on stage, it's the best you can do.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Terry Sullivan

Here's a photo of Terry Sullivan playing at the Garage in Winston-Salem last Saturday.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

And here's one of Brennan O'Brien, the drummer.

Bronzed Chorus

Here's a photo of Adam Joyce, guitarist for the Bronze Chorus. It was taken at TwoArtChicks in Greensboro.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Holocaust Museum

Here's Mike Gordon, another Common Threader, in the Hall of Remembrance at the Holocaust Museum. This is the only place in the museum where you can take photos.

D.C. trip

Here's a photo I took on the Common Threads' trip to Washington, D.C. This is Octavio Jones relaxing in the hotel room after visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

While I was taking pictures of the hair models, this cat jumped on the sofa and began demanding my attention, so I took a picture of it. It's almost like it wants to be a model, too. I used a flash bounced off the ceiling for this one.

Here's the same woman in a different posture. Wish their was something I could do about that distracting light at the top, but it still looks pretty nice.

Hair model

One of my housemates is a hairstylist and I took some shots for her portfolio. On this one I just used the natural light coming through the window and the tinted light from a lamp. I had the camera set on ISO 800 and it's got that grainy look that I really like.

Dudley High School running back Kyree Ward, 17, relaxes in what he calls "home," the end zone at Dudley Stadium. I only had about 15 minutes of sunlight available when I took the picture, so I used a flash on the left and the fading sun as a fill light. I tried some shots where he wasn't centered in the photo but those just didn't seem to capture who he was.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fancy footwork

Native American dancer David Clements, of Norman, Okla., performs a style of dance called "fancy dancing," which started in the 1950s and is distinguished by speed and intricate footwork.

At the pow wow

Matt Steed, of Greensboro, began doing traditional Native American dance when he was in the Boy Scouts. Later he researched his family tree and discovered he had a native American ancestor. He was photographed at the Annual Guilford Native American Association, Inc., Pow Wow.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Soccer player

Jed O'Donnell, 34, plays soccer with Natty Greene's FC of the YMCA recreational league. The team has been together for six years.

Nikon D100, 1/30 sec @ ?, w/ Vivitar 285 on yellow setting

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Catching air

Chris Tanis, 24, of "everywhere," goes airborne Saturday at the offroad bike course at Country Lake Park in Greensboro. Tanis says he's been riding two years.

Nikon D100, 70-300mm lens, 1/320 sec@ F4.5

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sword salesman

Wes Tillander of Atlanta sells swords and posters Saturday at the 13th Annual Carolina Tattoo Convention in Greensboro. In his 18 years in business Tillander says he's traveled from New York to California.


Here's a shot of a Dudley High School Majorette(?).

Nikon D100, 1/320sec@f3.5 w/ F2.8 fill flash.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Car fire

I took this photo on my way to school this morning on Highway 220 between Greensboro and Asheboro. Looks like someone's week is off to a flying start . . .

Nikon D100 w/70-300mm telephoto, 1/320sec@f4.

Monday, September 3, 2007

More Everybodyfields

Jill Andrews of the Everybodyfields performs Saturday night at the Garage in Winston-Salem.

Nikon D100, 1/30 sec. @ f4

The everybodyfields

Sam Quinn (left) and Jill Andrews of the Everybodyfields perform Saturday night at the Garage in Winston-Salem.

Nikon D100, 1/30 sec. @ f4

More football

A Dudley High School football player runs the ball against Grimsley High School Friday night at Dudley.

Nikon D100 w/300mm f2.8 lens, 1/320 sec @ f3.5

Agony of defeat?

Not exactly. This Grimsley High School football player banged his knee while scoring a touchdown against Dudley High School last Friday at Dudley. Grimsley went on to win the game and the player got up and rejoined his teammates on the field.

Nikon D100 w/300mmf2.8 lens, f3.5@1/320sec.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Folk singer

This is a picture of folk singer Gary Koonce that I took today at the Greensboro Arboretum. You can hear his music at

Nikon D100, 1/60sec@f5.6 with f2.8 fill flash.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hotdog man

Alan Landrum, 39, of Greensboro, NC, tends his hotdog stand Monday night on Walker Avenue in Greensboro, NC. "I love doing this," says Landrum of the hotdog trade. "People treat you nice."

Nikon D100, f2.8@1/30sec ISO1600

Pottery Benefit

Carra Woodham, 21, of Greeensboro, NC, and her sister, Tracy Woodham, 26, of Richmond, VA, check out the pottery on sale Saturday evening at the ClaySure Water Project benefit at the TwoArtChicks gallery in Greensboro. Money raised at the benefit will go to teach people in the Third World how to produce clean water using clay filters.

Nikon D100, f3.2, ISO400@1/30sec

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Best of last year

I took this photo at the Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston-Salem. The look on the guy's face reminds me of photos of white southerners from the civil rights era: friendly but wary. I was watching the hotrods drive past and I caught him by surprise. He later told me that he thought about giving me the finger when I took the photo.

Nikon D100, 125th @ f7.1 w/ f2.8 fill flash