A photograph of Roy's Diamond Center on Main Street, Galax, VA taken at sunset during a walk around town on August 11, 2016. It was a spectacular sunset that afternoon and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
I was walking up Main Street during the annual Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Festival on July 15, 2016. This was a completely random capture with my iPhone 6s Plus at the peak of a beautiful sunset. It was captured at the intersection of Center and Main Streets in Galax, VA.
This photo was taken on a crisp autumn day at the intersection of Oldtown and Main Streets in Galax, VA on October 11, 2015. It is a panoramic shot with good elements of contrast with the shadows. It was taken on a Sunday with little traffic. It's one of my favorite views of town taken from the corner of the old People's Drug building.
I used my iPhone 4s to take a panoramic photo of my building showing both sides of Main Street in Galax on October 7, 2012. It got me to thinking about taking some other panoramic photos around town, and I found my opportunity a couple of weeks later on October 21, 2012. Both days were on a Sunday with little traffic and I loved the long shadows at sunset.
Some night shots from January 17, 2013 of the snow that night. The amount was significant and the view is of downtown Galax from my bedroom window. These were taken with my iPhone 4s and I had to open the window and hang out to get them.
This is a composite panoramic of about 20 photographs taken on November 6, 2015. Each photograph is a 30 second exposure on a remarkably warm night in November. I loved the way the Rex Theater was lit up and you can actually see my wife Michele and our 6 month old son strolling in front of Chapters Bookstore.
This is a composite of 88 photographs. The images were taken 7 seconds apart and then stacked in Photoshop to create the surreal effect.
One of my favorite astrophotography works that I’ve done, this photo is actually a two photo panoramic composite. It is taken from Vine St. in Galax looking back towards the Pipers Gap area. Aside from the fog lying beyond the trees, it also contains two prominent astronomy icons. The Andromeda Galaxy in the upper center and The Pleiades just above the trees.
This photo was taken on January 17, 2013 with my iPhone 4S. Michele and I have a tradition of eating at the Galax Smokehouse whenever it snows. It allows us to get out in the snow and enjoy the weather instead of having to worry about cooking.
After we had eaten, it was dusk and just barely enough light for a photo. I stepped out the door of the old Bolen's Drug Store and looked south down Main Street. I thought to myself "Oh, that's pretty" and took out my iPhone. Without even thinking about it, I snapped the photo and eventually uploaded it to Facebook.
The reaction I received was HUGE! I had folks commenting on past memories of Galax and their love for their hometown. The City of Galax used it for their cover photo and it received over 800 shares. It is also what turned my mind spinning about documenting out little town. Living downtown, there are so many things I see daily that are nostalgic that I began to take more photos of downtown to share with locals as well as folks from Galax who no longer live here.
See more pictures from that night here.