April 25, 2013

With school obligations taking up most of my time, I haven’t had much time to take pictures lately. But, during a recent visit to my hometown, Pittsburgh, I got my camera out and started shooting. My mom has helped organize a battlebots competition for high school students for the last eight years. I volunteered to help out, and took some photos in between. I didn’t have my nice lenses or my flash with me, but I did the best I could with the equipment I had. It reminded me how much fun I have with a camera; it’s like a passport to other worlds. I also decided to try this wordpress gallery– so far, not a fan. Can’t customize anything!

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Big Waves in Chicago

October 1, 2011

The police closed the lakefront bike path to prevent people from getting swept out into the lake. Gale force winds created waves up to 15 feet tall! Click on the photo to see a Chicago Sun-Times Slideshow about the strange weather. I am featured in the slideshow in a green windbreaker. My second appearance in a Chicago newspaper!


Click on the photo to see the interactive map and photo gallery.

Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive

Looking South

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan


Looking West

Water Tower Place (Michigan & Chicago Ave.)


Looking South again

Medal of Honor Day 2010

March 27, 2010

George T. Joe Sakato signs a copy of the book Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Behond the Call of Duty during a Medal of Honor Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Sakato received the medal for his actions on October 29, 1944, when he made a one-man rush into enemy fire that encouraged his platoon to charge the enemy strongpoint.


Four Medal of Honor recipients place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery to comemorate Medal of Honor Day.

baby grant

This was my first attempt at shooting baby portraits. It was fun, but most definitely challenging to get the little guy to cooperate (and stay awake). I liked this shot the best because it looks like he's smiling and flashing the peace sign. His name is Grant Bennett Fleschert, the month-old son of a friend of mine from grad school.

When the women were dismissed from service in 1944, their records were classified and sealed — denying them recognition for their accomplishments — in what many thought was an effort to obliterate them from history. Contract employees, they didn't receive any veterans benefits until 1977. This reminded me of the movie A League of Their Own, but these women were pilots instead of professional baseball players. (Click on image to read story, see photo gallery.)