Archive for January, 2010


Jan. 10, 2010: An African violet and books sit on the fireplace mantle of our home in Maryland. Photo ©2010 Andres R. Alonso Nikon D300, 85mm F1.8, Shutter 1/20, F11, Manual Exposure


The magic of photography is being able to capture a moment in time. Sometimes those moments can be grand, sometimes they can be simple. Such as this rendering of these two cattail’s. At first I did not think that a shot was to be found in this field, till I knelt down in the water.
Good thing that the temperatures had warmed up a bit. When I did knelt down, isolating these two against the blue sky, a photograph came into view. That’s the magic, that I still remember when I first picked up the camera 28 years ago.

Nokon D300, 70-200 F2.8, ISO 200, Shutter 1/320, F10, Manual Exposure.


Brickwork on a porch adorns an older home in Sunshine, MD. Photo ©2010 Andres R. Alonso D300, 17-50 f2.8 Tamron, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Shutter 1/100, F8.


A dear carcass sits along Sunshine Road in Montgomery County, MD, after (most likely) getting hit and killed by a vehicle.  After buzzards devoured a fitting meal, the hoofs were the only body part left of the deer. This project is somewhat similar to going on a daily scavenger hunt, without a list.  So you […]


Amy Grabow is not only a wonderful young lady, but a friend and a talented actress.  We will see her name in lights one day and she will still be the same girl we know now.  She’s now on stage at her college, next “the neon lights of Broadway.”


“Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru the perilous fight… Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” Well today I got to eat my words.  I normally tell my students, “If you don’t have your camera, you won’t be able to take pictures.”  So here we are going to a friends […]

Rob & Jen

Weddings are a joy to photograph, they are all different and unique, and that’s how I try to photograph them.  I’m not into making Brides look as if the came of the cover of The Knott…. although their picture could grace the cover.  It’s all about being sensitive to how they are reacting to me […]

Mabry Mill

Most of us take most of our pictures in two categories, family and our travels.  I’m no different.  This photo came from a family trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwestern Virginia. The Mill was operated by E.B.Mabry from 1910 to 1935 and was made famous by artists and photographers the world over. Mabry Mill […]


Abstract photography has always been a favorite past time of mine.  Colors, forms, objects, graffiti it’s wide open what you might find…As you begin looking.  The key is the looking part. I’m sure there will be lot’s of abstracts in this small project.  I’ve always been of the mind that there is a picture to […]

Mabry Mill

A panoramic view of Mabry’s Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located in Southwest Virginia, the Mill is the most photograph location on the Parkway which is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary in 2010. The photo was made from three frames and stitched together in Photomerge in Photoshop.  It was shot on Manual exposure in order […]


Jack-o-Lanterns celebrate the coming of fall at a roadside stand at Meadows of Dan, Virginia. Located just two miles from the most photographed location on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mabry’s Mill

Floyd Country Store

Dancing to traditional Appalachian music at the historic Floyd Country Store in the Blue Ridge Mountain community of Floyd, VA. The Friday Night Jamboree takes place every Friday night  to a standing room crowd ready to dance and a listen to a mix of gospel and bluegrass music. An event attended by all ages and […]

Pink Cadillac

Sitting alongside Route 11 south of Lexington, VA, an antique “Pink” Cadillac sits under a blanket of fresh snow.

Tree in Snowy Pasture

Freshly fallen snow (2 feet) surrounds  a tree in a pasture along Route 11 north of Lexington in Southwest, Virginia.


The start of a New Year and the start of a new project, “A Picture a Day.”  Sounds impossible for me, but others have done it so it’s nothing new in the photography world.  But at this point in my career it’s what I need. So the New Year starts with the old.  Our “pedigree […]