Monday, December 30, 2013

Best moments of 2013 for me

Tourists enjoying Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 160, ƒ/5.6, 1/1000]
What a year it has been. I have really had a great year of moments and feel extremely blessed.

Lili'uokalani Park, Hilo, Hawaii. [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 250, ƒ/7.1, 1/60]
Each year starts with me in the Georgia Dome covering the Chick-fil-A Bowl. This year will be no different. Dorie, my wife, will be celebrating her 20th year working the press box.

Tom Butler, Kona Coffee Grower [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 2000, ƒ/10, 1/200]
I am returning to Kona, Hawaii to teach lighting and business practices to Youth With A Mission Photography School 1.  I love meeting these students every year that are from all over the world. I learn from them if not more than I probably teach to them.

Anacleto Rapping on the far left and Joanna Pinneo on the far right review a student's portfolio at the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference. [Nikon Coolpix P7000, ISO 1600, ƒ2.8, 1/30]
This year I am also working with the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference in Fort Worth, TX. This takes place the first weekend in March.  

Bill Bangham, Eugene Richards and Stanley Leary at the SWPJC. [Nikon Coolpix P7000, ISO 1600, ƒ2.8, 1/60]

Dave Black looks at a person's portfolio at the SWPJC.  [Nikon Coolpix P7000, ISO 1600, ƒ2.8, 1/50]
During Spring break we took our daughter Chelle to Los Angeles for her first visit. We visited all of her uncle's friends.

Pam Goldsmith is a world renowned violist who was Richard Zvonar's partner for more than 20 years. This is our daughter's uncle. Pam took some time out to help Chelle who has also taken up the viola. [Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 1600, ƒ/9, 1/60]

Chelle visits with Richard Bugg who works with Meyer Sound. Their sound system is what was used in the Beijing Olympics and other major productions throughout the world. Richard Bug is another one of Richard Zvonar business associates. Together they built this sound design system.  [Nikon Coolpix P7000, ISO 400, ƒ2.8, 1/6]

Dorie and Chelle in front of the Chick-fil-A in Hollywood, CA. We stopped here for lunch while seeing the sights of Hollywood one day. [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 100, ƒ/3.5, 1/800]

Dorie, Stanley and Chelle Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 1/200]

Another friend of Richard Zvonar is Ronan Chris Murphy who has a recording studio in Santa Monica where we visited him. [Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/6.3, 1/25]

Chelle and Dorie in front of the Hollywood sign. [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 280, ƒ/29, 1/60]
Now you really don't have to go to Hollywood to meet the stars. Many live near us in Roswell, GA. 

Chelle met Pip, is an American singer who participated in season 2 of The Voice as part of Team Adam Levine while she was a model in show with Pure Fashion.  [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 1600, ƒ/5.6, 1/125]
I get to live out much of my life through my kids. Her school had Mark Wood come and do a workshop with the orchestra. Wood was one of the violinists and an original member of the symphonic rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which he left in 2009. He has also played with Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Steve Vai, Westworld, and Lenny Kravitz. As a solo performer he has released seven CDs featuring his own versions of popular rock songs. On these CDs he is accompanied by "The Mark Wood Band" consisting of one member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, several other musicians, as well as his wife Laura Kaye.  

Chelle got to even sing with him on stage.

Mark Wood leading the workshop. [Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 10000, ƒ/5.6, 1/100]

Chelle is performing on her Viola with Mark Wood. [Nikon D4, 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sigma, ISO 12800, ƒ/4, 1/320]

Chelle is singing with Mark Wood. [Nikon D4, 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 Sigma, ISO 12800, ƒ/4, 1/320]
As you can see photography is helping me remember and share my moments with you and the world. 

1st Lt. Nelson Lalli came home this past summer after serving our country in Afghanistan for 9 months. We were so thankful he returned home. [Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 10000, ƒ/8, 1/60]
While there are many other moments that were special I will close out this past year with my coverage in Mexico. I was so thrilled to cover a coffee cooperative that is turning not just the farmer's lives around, but their communities as well.

David Cifuentes Velazquez, coffee grower and member of the Just Coffee Cooperative, enjoys sharing with a visiting group how coffee is grown. The joy on his face and family captured how their family has been restored to the community because of the coffee cooperative. [Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/5, 1/80]
Remember everyone has a story and I would love to help tell your story as well. Give me a call if you need any help.

Be sure and check out my latest package I had translated into English from my coverage of coffee cooperative in Mexico below.