Ian the bagpiper

While on assignment for the Roanoke Times to cover the Radford Highlanders Festival on Saturday, David and I thought we'd take a strobe along and grab some portraits of folks donning their Scottish garb and perhaps of some of the athletes participating in the Scottish games. We ran into several members of various pipe and drum groups who were happy to pose with their instruments and even play some for us, including this young lad, Ian. Read the story that ran in Sunday's edition of the Roanoke Times and see some more of the photos there too.

Rediscovering analog

We recently had an urge to add analog/film cameras back into our workflow, to get us thinking differently about photography and also just to have more tools in our toolbox. Our past experience with film has mostly been with 35mm, which feels very similar to current digital cameras. So to change things up a bit we jumped into two platforms we have much less experience with and picked up a Century Graphic 2.25"x3.25" view camera (with 120 roll film adapter), and a Polaroid Model 100 Land Camera (using Fuji Film instant film). These cameras both feel so different from a DSLR, making you slow down and approach photography from another angle. Here are a couple images off the first roll/pack for each, be on the lookout for us to use them in upcoming work.

Wallpaper Wednesdays

We had a request for downloadable desktop wallpapers, and thought it was a great idea! Thus, Wallpaper Wednesdays (very original, we know...) is born. We'll be choosing photos from our archive that we think will make great wallpapers and post them every Wednesday. The first wallpaper will be the one requested, but let us know if there's one you'd like to see on your desktop and we will try to oblige. Enjoy! Download sizes: 1280x800 1440x900 1680x1050 1920x1200 2560x1440 iPhone Retina iPad

Carolina Beach

A couple weeks ago, while in Wilmington, NC for our friends' wedding, we took a morning to slip down to Carolina Beach to check out Britt's Donut Shop (we'll have another post specifically about those donuts soon!). After chowing down on a half dozen donuts, we wandered around the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and stuck our feet in the ocean. Morning time at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk was quiet and still and it felt as if you just stepped back into time where the physical structures still exist, but all the life has moved on. But I imagine that feeling only lasts a few hours. Later in the day the boardwalk will begin to fill with the hustle and bustle of shoppers, families, high school couples, the whirring and flashing of amusement park rides, and screaming kids running around with cotton candy.

Just on the other side of the sand dunes though, beach goers were already strewn on the beach with umbrellas, chairs and towels. Little heads bobbed up and down with the waves in the water and whole castles were being built with plastic shovels.