Videos: Antioch the Apostolic Church

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Logo: Antioch the Apostolic Church

I’m excited to be a member of the technical team at Antioch the Apostolic Church, which is a Pentecostal (UPCI) church with multiple locations in Maryland: Arnold (near Annapolis), Baltimore, and Crofton (portable church). I operate a video camera and occasionally direct multi-camera live event productions.

­­­At the Crofton (Crofton Middle School) location, we’re currently limited to a single camera with post-production workflow. Being limited to a single-camera instead of having multiple cameras and a video mixer does present some challenges, but try my best to produce quality videos.

I recorded many of the videos posted here: Videos From Antioch West Church Services .

Photos: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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My niece is in town and we decided to visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in nearby DC. Despite the hot weather, the place was packed with tourists. The hot weather made the animals seek shelter, the tourists (especially kids) were constantly in the way of my camera, and my zoom lens (Tamron 70-300) missed focus a lot, but I was still able to find a few pictures worth sharing with you. Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Smithsonian Udvar-Hazey Center

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It was awesome to get to the visit the Udvar-Hazey center near Dulles Airport, VA. The museum has free admission, but charges big-city prices for parking. I continued to improve my flash photography skills, using a 600EX-RT clone flash unit. Challenges at the hangar were the varying intensity and color of light, and having to use the camera hand-held, instead of being able to use a tripod or at least a monopod to let me… Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Mount Vernon, Virginia – Second Visit

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It was fun to revisit George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, Virginia, on May 15, 2017, with my beautiful, gorgeous, amazing, gracious, and generous wife Holly (who lets my buy camera equipment) and my mother who was visiting and was enjoying seeing the District of Columbia sites for the first time since childhood. I’ve been working on my fill flash photography skills; you can tell that they’re not great yet. I wish I had photos from… Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.

Photos: Baoer 801 Fountain Pen

I bought a pen at the BWI Fountain Pen show last Saturday. My searches on Google, Amazon, and Ebay have failed to locate the exact make and model. UPDATE: I’ve discovered that it is most likely a Baoer 801-

It’s silver, thin and looks similar to the Jinhao 126, with differences. It has a hooded nob and the finial is longer than the pictures I’ve seen. Additionally, the clip design is a little different and it used a plunger converter, instead of the twist style that I’ve seen on my other JinHao pens. It has four rings around the section.

I played around with my Canon 40 DSLR, 24 mm EF-S lens, and two Yongnuo YN600EX-RT Speedlites to try to photograph it.

After getting started, I remembered that photographing shiny objects is really, really hard. I’m not especially pleased with the results, but I thought I’d share anyway.
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Photos: Mount Vernon, Virginia (Oct 2016)

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I had the opportunity to visit President George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, Virginia in October, 2016. I developed a deeper understanding of the man, rather than the one-dimensional saintly impression that schools often teach. We also visited Historic Occoquan, which I highly recommend to others looking for something interesting and historic to do. Would you like to know more? Continue Reading.