Local Lens - Photography contest winners share their views and photos

Photography contest winners share their views and give us some regional perspective. Click here to see all submissions for HRM’s photo contest.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, the expansive and diverse region that we call Hampton Roads requires much more than one picture to sum it all up. From sea-dwellers to skyscrapers, waterways to children at play, our seven cities (and then some!) are what make Hampton Roads such an agreeable area with a thriving community. For this year’s annual Sourcebook issue, we let our locals put this region in perspective—literally—by submitting their favorite landmarks, nature and landscape images, and lifestyle shots in our Local Lens Photo Contest. We welcomed all skill levels to participate and allow us to see Hampton Roads through the unique view of the camera lens. Zoom in below to learn about the contest winners whose pictures captured our attention—and the true essence of Hampton Roads.



Type: Amateur   Name:Gina Rodgers   City:Chesapeake

Photography Background: My motto: Breed Life. My mantra: Bigger, Brighter, Bolder. How do I do that? By bringing imagination into fruition. What kind of work do I do? Product, fashion, band, fine arts and landscape photography with a dash of original graphic design work on the side.
Photo Description: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel after Hurricane Ida. This photo was shot with a Canon Rebel XT EOS 350D digital camera on a very overcast day.


Type:Professional   Name:John H. Sheally II   City:Suffolk

Photography Background: I have been a photojournalist all of my working life, having worked for the Hopewell News in high school for a diversified occupations class where you went to school for half a day and worked for the newspaper the other half. Then I spent four years in the United States Navy as a photographer in many countries. After that adventure, I worked as a wedding photographer for J. Etheridge Ward and as a commercial photographer for Frank Dimenti Studios, both in Richmond, then returned to my love of newspaper photojournalism for The Progress-Index in Petersburg for five years before moving to Virginia Beach, where I worked for The Virginian-Pilot for 37 years as a staff photographer, retiring last December. With no desire to give up photojournalism, I went into magazine work with writer and partner Phyllis Speidell, working for some seven different magazines. We also do city profile magazines for the Chamber of Commerce and produce hardback books on varied subjects, the last being The River Binds Us about Hampton Roads watermen.
Photo Description: The shot of Nauticus at Sunset was made for a shoot/story on the Freemason section of Norfolk. It is a timed shot from the top of a parking garage across from Nauticus with a Canon 5D II and a 35MM Canon lens.


Type:Amateur   Name:Kenna Kennedy   City:Virginia Beach

Photography Background: I love spending time shooting with my Nikon d50 and taking photos in places most see as run-down or are unable to be used as a productive space. I also love the way industrial buildings look as a backdrop with high-fashion clothing. My long-term goal is to own a studio and live hand in hand with my work and passion. Travel is my number one source of inspiration. I love living near the beach but also enjoy seeing all of America and what it has to offer.
Photo Description: The photo of the red bike was taken on Chick’s Beach with my Nikon d50 on an overcast day in early March. The sun peaked out of the clouds just long enough for me to get a shot of my mom’s beach cruiser leaning up against a thin rickety fence that marks a path to the beach.


Type:Professional   Name:Shannon Rubsamen   City:Virginia Beach

Photography Background: I’ve been stealing moments in time since I was 12 years old. My motto: If it moves, I’ll shoot it. The ability to capture the lives of individuals in a photojournalist style is my passion! I feel the best shots develop when people are caught unaware. When you are my subject, I like to make my sessions carefree and fun. I particularly love to photograph weddings, families, pets and sporting events with lots of action. As a mom and digital scrap artist, I also provide my clients with an extensive variety of enhancement options. My skills range from swapping body parts in photos to changing everyday pictures into oil paintings, watercolors, sketches, etc. You only get one shot in life—take it!
Photo Description: I call this shot Innocence in Reflection, and it is a photo of my exhausted eldest daughter, Sophia, gazing into the water after a wonderful boating trip along the Chesapeake inlet. The dock is located in the First Landing State Park. Contact: SDR Photography LLC; 571-212-6336; www.sdrphotography.us


Type:Professional   Name:Ronald Atkinson   City:Virginia Beach

Photography Background: In addition to being a husband to an incredible wife, Gilda, and father of six characters/creatively focused children, I am a visual content producer using stock photography, photo-media, and advertorial photography as my means of creating positive life images for corporate, faith-based, small-business, advertising, and editorial clients. I have been using my craft since 1985 and am a Regent University M.A. graduate with a focus in commercial photography. I am the owner of my own company, Urban Stock House, and my work can be seen at www.assignstock.com.
Photo Description: This photo was captured during the nor’easter storm in November of 2009.  According to the Virginia Beach Arbor Society, the Virginia Beach Swamp Oak Tree that is supporting this tire swing is 300–350 years old and is one of the 10 oldest trees in Virginia. It was photographed with a Canon Rebel and posted with Nik and Photoshop image enhancement. Contact: urbanstockhouse@gmail.com; www.urbanstockhouse.com


Type:Amateur   Name:Jeff Carlson   City:Yorktown

Photography Background: I am a photography enthusiast and have been interested in photography as long as I can remember. This shot was taken with a Canon Powershot A1000 IS. I have been a point-and-shoot user all of my life, but I have since moved to a Canon D-SLR.  Currently, I am trying to come to grips with the intricacies of shooting in modes other than Auto.
Photo Description: The shot was taken from the bridge saluting the US Military at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. While visiting with my family, I snapped the shot during a break in filming my two youngest children, Kendal and Owen, while they were marching across the bridge to the various military anthems.


Click here to see all submissions for HRM’s photo contest.

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