August 28, 2010: Over the weekend, I photographed the USS Oklahoma City’s Reunion held at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Herndon, Virginia.The USS Oklahoma City was laid down on 8 December, 1942, by the Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA. It was launched on 20 February, 1944 and reported for duty in the Pacific on May 1945. She saw action in World War II as well as in the Vietnam War. The shipmates are a proud and friendly group. During the presentation of the Colors, the singing of the National Anthem and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, it was very noticeable that these men stood a little straighter, there was no banter, no photos were taken and all focus was on the American Flag and everything she represents. It was truly an honor to photograph these real-life American heroes.
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From July 30 to August 1, 2010, Ioffered complimentary mini-portrait sessions in my gallery. It was called the Keep It Short and Simple Image Project because each sessions were: (1) less than 30 minutes, (2) against a simple neutral background; (3) utilized one light; and (4) utilized no more than one chair or box for a prop. We did, however, break a few rules and took some of the photos on the roof top and in the case of Jay used two lights to evenly display his body art.
A lot of fun was had by all and we captured many wonderful images. In addition to the photographs of the musicians that performed at 7th Street Coffee’s Javapalooza Music Festival next door, we met a lot of wonderful people from Milford as well as the surrounding area.
Here is a sampling of some of the weekend:
Milford, PA-based 7th Street Coffee hosted its annual Javapalooza Music Festival over the weekend featuring many local artists, including Jared Feldman, Wooden Spoon, Eric and Tara Yetter, They Know, Titanium, Friends of Mine, Mega Savant, Mike Zimmerman, Scott Weiss and Dan Engvaldsen.
A great time was had by all. In addition to the festivities at 611 Broad St, many merchants also featured live performances as part of the Milford Music Festival.