Sunday, October 16, 2022

Pairs of People, book by Jeanne & Mark Shriver


My friends Jeanne and Mark Shriver, collaborated on an incredibly meaningful children’s book titled, Pairs of People.  An interactive book that teaches the power of working together to make things better in one’s community.  This vibrant book incorporates math in a fun way to show how adding can multiply the effort when people work together.
As you read this book with your kids, the lessons of friendship, leadership and camaraderie and simple multiplication are strategically placed throughout.  It’s fun way to show all the children in your life the importance of getting out, engaging in activities with others and doing good things. Pairs of People makes a wonderful holiday gift. Use this link to buy the book.
See the interview on the Today Show and they used my photos. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Greatest Athletes in the World

 

Game action from throughout the week. 

June 6-10--Special Olympics USA Games--Special Olympic Athletes are greatest athletes in the world.  I say that without reservation. As a basketball referee for my fifth USA Games competition, from firsthand observation, the determination, attitude, skill level and sportsmanship of these athletes, you can’t help to be inspired.  From the modest beginnings in 1968, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was determined to prove to the world, individuals with IDD, have the fortitude and passion not only to participate but to excel in athletic competition and everything else.  A disability is only an ability to do something even greater.  

I have been given an amazing gift to be part of the Special Olympics family.  Working in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, working games locally and being invited to officiate the USA Games is an honor.  Along with many officials from across the US, the family of volunteers worked a week at these games.  There are not enough adjectives to express the brilliance of the basketball players and teams who participated.  The skill level and quality of games rival any tournament anywhere.  The joy and excitement of participation and sportsmanship is beyond.  Here are images of the wonderful friends I have who happen to be basketball officials. 

 

              The 2022 USA Games Basketball Officials 

With my longtime compatriots, William Asmond, Keith Lampel,
 Kathy Awkard, Sarah Sowers, Samuel Jackson.

With my fellow lead officials Pat Geigel, and Kevin Krisak, we have been 
at several games together and this was the first time we worked together.  


Technical Delegate for Basketball, Charlie Zelinsky
and Assistant Technical Delegate Mark Wolfgram

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Fireworks 4th of July

 

July 4--Washington, DC--The walk from my house to the classic vantage point, Iwa Jima Statue and Netherland Carillon, is about two miles.  Carrying my Nikon Z6, Nikkor 200-500mm lens and tripod on the humid night was a challenge.  Arriving 30 minutes before the start, I was able to find a spot among the hundred photographers and spectators.  Photographing fireworks is fun and challenging.  You don't know what you will get.  But using some basic exposures and keeping the shutter open for a few seconds, the results are fascinating.  Originally,  the camera was set horizontally, with a quick realization you need to go vertical, the camera was adjusted.  





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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Waning Gibbous Moon


June 14, 2022--Washington, DC--Received a notice about a meetup to photograph the full moon days before.  Couldn't decide if I wanted to go or not.  About forty-five minutes before the moonrise, the decision was made to go.  Rushing to get my equipment packed and rushing to the tidal basin, arrived about 10 minutes before the moon appeared.  Positioned opposite the Jefferson's entrance across the tidal basin, realized my spot was facing too far south to catch the moon over the dome.  As the warm glow started to appear, realized the need to move.  Running the opposite end of the tidal basin, to face a more eastern direction, found an open spot among the many other photographers.  After finally securing the camera to the tripod and manipulating the exposure, made a series of images.  Stayed about 20 minutes and of course one of the first images was the best.  Lesson learned, go do the event if you think you will make a nice image.

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Shot with a Nikon Z6 and Nikkor 200-500mm lens. 




Tuesday, June 21, 2022

HIGH Quality Photography Makes a Difference


Screen shot from NBC Newscast photo by Laurence L Levin

June 20--Washington, DC--Photos from your event have many uses.  Not only for your website and social media, but for other media outlets.  Other media sources who contact you for your story, often need images.  

 

For example, at a recent award ceremony photographed for Refugees International, one of their awardees was featured in a story by NBC News with Lester Holt.  One of the images provided appeared in the newscast and another image appeared on the NBC News website.


Screen shot NBC News Website Photo by Laurence L Levin 
 

These outside media outlets demand high quality images, made with professional equipment, technically excellent as well as an interesting situation/moment are.  These images attract attention and most importantly help to tell your story.  

 

Sometimes it might take several shots, sometimes it takes the understanding of the technical aspects of situation to get that shot, Experienced photographers work each situation to get those storytelling images.  

 

When it’s time to determine your photography or video needs, find a photographer who understands your needs and has the skills to achieve what you need. Sometimes that is easier said than done. All photographers are not equal. Ask colleagues for recommendations, check their portfolio--do they do the type of photos you want, and ask questions--do you feel comfortable with their work style, personality and business style?  

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Survived and Thrived

Twenty two acres around, the Washington Monument commemorating Covid deaths in the US, by artist Suzanne Brennen Firstenberg, September 2021 

As an event photographer, these last couple years challenged the spirits as well as dealing with the cancellation of in person activities.  The main source of my business came to a complete halt.  This provided opportunities to learn new things, reconnect with colleagues and clients, and go through my archives.   

New prospects for work, incorporating enhanced skills and a better understanding of social media has made me excited about the upcoming events with my clients.  During this unprecedented time, was able to do portraits, photographed a wedding, provided photography for a dentist’s office that will be used for his social media, and did some nature photography along the C&O canal.  Just to name a few things.  

 

Ever so grateful for everyone’s support, encouragement, all the zoom meetings and learning videos viewed. Good things are coming, events are coming back, and looking forward to helping my clients to document and brand their events.


Social Media shoot for Gigi-Montrose motorcycle fashions


Mark & Gia-Ninh Wedding
 
Dr. Phillips for Social Media

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Maryland Special Olympics Basketball

At the University of Maryland, Special Olympic Participants, players, coaches, officials, scorers/timers.

After a two year hiatus, Maryland Special Olympics basketball tournament resumes.  For more years than I want remember, every basketball season,  I have participated as a basketball official for Maryland, DC and Virginia.  What great lessons of persistence, sportsmanship and just the joy of playing, we can learn from these talented athletes.  And when I get a break, I make photos.  Alway look for something beyond the obvious, hopefully I caught some interesting moments.  All shot with a Nikon Z6 & 28-70 Nikkor Lens. 





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