Visiting Tallulah Falls State Park

Madison and I had been looking to visit and hike the falls and gorge floor for several months now. Having done the research, and having found out that the park only allows 100 permitted visitors to the gorge floor (weather permitting) each day, we wanted to get their early -- before the park opened at …

Vintage Elgin — A Family Heirloom

This Elgin 0-size pocket watch dates to 1897. The 14k gold-filled case holds a low-grade movement, that when I received it, had a tangled hair spring. After a service, it's running pretty darn perfectly -- especially for a 120+ year-old watch. More importantly, and impressively, this is a family heirloom. My great great-grandfather owned a …

Some Photography & Life Changes

Nikon 105 Macro So, since I moved from Tallahassee to north Georgia, having finished school and taken a "real," "adult" job, my photography needs and pursuits have changed substantially. No longer am I regularly photographing D1 college sports, or high-action club swimming. Rather, I've moved towards "adventure" and documentarian style as I go on hikes, …

Building a Table — In Photos

Back in September, I was in Sarasota, Florida, visiting my girlfriend, and we went to a coffee shoppe (a pastime of mine...), and I ran across a really cool little table that was a chevron pattern made of thin (about 1"x1") boards. This sparked an idea that went through several iterations, ultimately resulting in a …

“Sleep with one eye open / Gripping your pillow tight / Exit light / Enter night…”

Seiko (a massive Japanese brand) is well known in the watch community for their affordable, yet durable dive watches; these watches are also well-known for their "lume" — the luminescent paint applied to the hands and indices.  Balancing the exposure needed to get a "lume shot" where the paint is noticeably glowing, without under-exposing the …

My Perennial High School Football Game, and Some Randomness

Somehow, I almost always end up shooting a high school football game or two each season, and this year, that remained true: I shot the state semifinal between local Florida High, and their challenger — King's Academy. It was an offensive shoot-out, ending in a heartbreaking (for Florida High) 48–49 with the Seminoles missing out …