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I’m on a plane!

For those of you that have not heard, I gave in and got the motorolla droid phone. Having an internet enabled phone with the ability to run applications is a HUGE gamechanger. I personally love it and even though it is slightly less “slick” than the iPhone, I love the fact that it has an open application market and runs on a non-proprietary OS (correct me if I am wrong). I have already had multiple moments where this phone has been invaluable. So, what am I saying? If you have it within your means and love technology, I highly suggest getting a phone capable of running Android 2.0 or higher this year. I love the iPhone, but would definitely reccomend getting an Android based phone because 2010 will be FULL of them I would guess that android will have the best market and will be neck and neck with any iPhone features. Plus.. free gps with always up to date info. Anyways… I digress from the subject some, but it comes down to the fact that I am writiting this ON A PLANE! w00t.

This week we’ve got san antonio and you KNOW that means new handstands, so watch out! Also, I will be representing www.samedwardsphotography.com this Saturday for the St. Mars wedding unofficially. I was actually offered the job as official, but I want to make sure I am confident I will get the shots that a bride wants and that comes from experience!

Anyways, watch out, and keep handstanding!


Blue Ridge Parkway, Boone, NC – Asheville, NC

It was absolutely beautiful. I love being in the mountains.


Moment of Zen

Hopefully these views will help you connect with your hippie zen-like karma filled side. I took them both in the last week in a half.

Nags Head Pier, slightly brightened. Taken after the 4th of July Fireworks.



Roadside, I-66 on the way to Northern, Virginia


Artsy Shots?

I played around with the camera tonight and got these two:


Fossil Watch at 110am [Flickr]
I’m trying to learn more about lighting, and this is a mix of lighting tricks and Photoshop.


Alvarez Guitar [Flickr]


Outside My Window

2009-05 Outside My Window[View Slideshow]

I am up on the top floor of my new apartment and I have the birds, the bees and the rain visiting.


These HUGE Bumble Bee like things are EVERYWHERE [Flickr]


A peaceful nature backdrop [Flickr]


A branch in sunlight [Flickr]


Cleared for Landing [Flickr]


Virginia Cardinal in South Carolina [Flickr]


Cardinal Photo Op [Flickr]


Can we be friends? [Flickr]


May downpour off the roof [Flickr]


Drip [Flickr]


Afternoon Dove [Flickr]


Bristol, England

I got an email yesterday from someone asking to use a picture I had taken of the Bristol Bridge in Bristol, England. It seems like I might get paid for it so it will be my first step into “professional” photography! I would put up the photo, but I want to see how this works first. I know they want sole rights to the image for 3 months, so I don’t wanna break that. Pretty awesome though!

Here is a DIFFERENT image, that I took from the same night :-)


On another note, www.foreignaffairs.us IS a auto shop. I knew it had to be. I always see it driving down I-81 on my way to Virginia Tech. So, that mystery is solved :-)

Backyard Life

I took a lunch break and took some pictures in the yard today. Then tonight, I played around with a few, and here they are.


Pretty Flower [Flickr]


Perched Robin [Flickr]


Move over Paparazzi

The Flash is here…


Woohoo!


REI

I got an email this morning from REI asking for outdoor member photos. I looked through all 80 or so of them that they had and a lot of them reminded me of places I had been on my trip. In order to hopefully get my handstanding out in the public realm a little, I sent them the picture of me doing a handstand at Guadalupe Peak (8,751ft) which is the “Top of Texas”. I sent them this one because no one had a picture from Texas.

And now that I am writing this out, I realized I have a picture from “Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park which I will also upload because I did not see any from there!

I hope REI likes them and adds them to their photo gallery!


Survey about the size of photos on my site:
A: Keep large pictures because I love seeing them so big on your site!
B: Use the smaller images so I can read what you’re saying, then if I want to see the picture bigger, I can click on it.


Bryce Canyon National Park

“Boo-yah-ka-sha! Check it.” We’z be alls up in Bryce Canyon. I be taken da pictures and postin them fresh.

I’z be handstanding.

I’ze be panoramaing up in da canyon.


A View of Chicago

Check out all the pics I took this morning here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssaammee/sets/72157606451132674/


Hop on the CTA Blue Line


Ever Been to Heritage Park in Blacksburg, Virginia? You should go.

Heritage Park is beautiful. They just finished a new bridge there back in January and you can ride all the way to Pandapas Pond. My goal was to get back to the top of Horse Nettle Trail where I was this past Thursday. I was successful and managed to make it up and down while avoiding the rain. I found it very peaceful to be up there on the trail because when you stopped, you heard absolutely nothing. Ahhhh… So great.

I took my new wide angle lens and went at it! Here are some pictures of Heritage Park before and after I hiked up to the Horse Nettle Trail. I used Photomatrix to create these HDR shots and they turned out pretty decently.


HDR makes everything better


Trail in Heritage Park


Abandoned Building

View From the Gazebo at the Entrance to the Old Farm Trail that leads to Horse Nettle


Stream, Cows, Field, Clouds