Forever Waiting

Endless Waiting

f/1.4, 1/400, ISO-200, 50mm



f/8, 1/60, ISO-640, 25mm

I was honored to be asked to take this year’s official portrait of a local school jazz band. It’s something that is normally done at contest and each band tends to be herded from their performance to the front of a camera, lined up in a couple lines, and shot from a slightly elevated position.

After listening to this group perform, I knew they deserved something more special. Their talent is amazing and I wanted a portrait that reflected their passion. I have limited equipment and wasn’t sure I could effectively pull off the effect I wanted, but after about 45 minutes of setup and adjusting before the concert I figured out the best placement of my single 43″ umbrella and Speedlite 430. To my surprise it lit the entire area fairly uniformly (though I did have to nudge up the exposure on some of the folks in the background in post work). I took this in the school commons area, and was able – through lighting and post processing – to give it a dim jazz club feel that I hope they are pleased with.

Emergency Code

Emergency Code

f/1.8, 1/320, ISO-1000, 85mm

It’s been a rough few months at the VJPhotos household. medical problems with the family have redirected my priorities away from blogging. I haven’t forgotten about this bog or my wonderful readers. But I just haven’t had the time to devote serious attention to this. I’ve also been busy with photography work that is actually paying me a few dollars here and there, but I haven’t really taken photos just for myself in a long, long time.

This is an image I captured during one of my long visiting stays in the hospital a month or so ago, doing my best to comfort the most beloved person in my life. She is improving but it’s a slow road and I keep looking out the window thinking “Maybe when the snow is gone.”

Please bear with me. I’ll be contributing as often as I can. In the meantime, I hope this image inspires viewers to find photographs in the unlikeliest of places.



f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-100, 21mm

One from the archives taken last summer of a co-worker. Although I liked the lighting, the background was a plain wall without even texture to provide minimal interest. So I manually added some texture myself to see if I could make the general portrait more interesting, tell more of a story, without distracting from the subject.

End Of An Era

End of An Era

f/1.4, 1/640, ISO-1600, 50mm

It’s the end of an era for this young man, anyway. With five seconds on the clock and a tie game – the final game of the regular season – he took the inbounds pass, drove all the way down court, and executed a perfect layup as the buzzer sounded. Avoiding the charge, the ball rolled tantalizingly around the rim, bouncing precariously, before dropping through the net.

Well done young man. I’m proud to know you, and so happy I was there to get the shot. This one’s for you.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie


f/20, 1/200, ISO-100, 85mm

Have I posted this one before? I can’t remember, but it fits the weekly challenge so here it is.

Family Part 2

Family Part 2

f/3.2, 1/500, ISO-100, 85mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


f/2.8, 1/500, ISO-200, 85mm

At Peace

At Peace

f/5, 1/80, ISO-320, 43mm

Photographing a 16-day-old newborn has proven to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my photographic career so far.



f/1.8, 1/500, ISO-100, 50mm

This lovely young girl will be adored all of her life by her parents. Truly a blessing for all.

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