Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sports Shooter

Just a little sports shooter roundup...

Brookwood High Schools Jamey Chapman and Shauini Ghodadra collide in the outfield during the 7th inning of the lady Broncos game against the Grayson lady Rams. Brookwood wins 5-3.

Georgia Tech Sophomore wide receiver Greg Smith rushes in through Samford junior Kyle Morton during the second quarter of Saturday's 2007 season home opener in Atlanta. Georgia Tech wins 69-14.

Members of the Georgia Tech Ramblin' Reck Club welcome the restored 1930 Model A Ford Sport Coupe back to Grant Field at the beginning of the 2007 season after a summer accident left it destroyed. This was the first appearance of the car since the accident this summer.

University of Georgia junior Mohamed Massaquoi sacks Oklahoma University senior quarter back Matt Fodge during the second half of the Bulldogs first game of the 2007 season in Athens.

University of Georgia students paint up for the Bulldogs season opener in Athens against Oklahoma State University. The Bulldogs claim the victory 35-14.

Mill Creek High School junior running back Ed Russ rushes through Collin Hill's defensive line Friday night during the Hawks win against the Eagles. Hawks win in triple overtime 27-24.

University of Florida lacrosse player Jesse Hogan attacks in pursuit of recovering the ball from Carolina and giving back possession to the Florida Gators during an alumni game on the Southwest field in Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida forward Chris Richard shots through University of north Florida players during the Gators' victory over the Ospreys 86-40 on at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida gymnast Corey Hartung from Irwin, Pa. competes in the first Gymnastics meet of the 2007 season against Oregon State University in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Andrew Clark, 6, concentrates during chess club practice after school at Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Fla. Clark is training for Chess Nationals in Miami."I like chess because you get to have trophies," Andrew said.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Family Time

This weekend I headed up north to the NJ/NY cost to visit the fam and shoot a wedding. Meet my Grandparents, Pete and Ann Marie Costa, married 50 years and still as in Love as they were when they met on the Jersey Shore in the 50's. Together they have been Pen-Pals through army times, Mom and Dad to five children, and now Grandma and Grandpa to seven.

It wouldn't be going to Grandpa's house if we didn't walk to the beach and go fishing...

Friday, October 19, 2007


I got a call from a friend who runs Tutoring Zone at UGA in Athens, and the assignment was to bring some color to a black and white town. This is just a sample of the way I saw Athens, and what you can soon see on the walls of Tutoring Zone.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

B-17 Flight

The B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" came through Gwinnett County on Thursday and I got the assignment to shoot it. Now, as many of you know my mom's a pilot and my dad was one as well. I grew up flying with my parents and always having airplanes around me, so anytime I have the opportunity to get back in the air I jump at it. Thursday's assignment turned out cooler than I expected. I went with an intention to produce a sound slide (which I did, YAY), but I did not go in thinking I would get to meet a World War II veteran who was a B-17 pilot. So quickly I redirected my focus to him being on flight with me as opposed to just the plane coming to town. So, meet Jerry Sheffer. This was his first time back in a B-17 since the war, and he said that it will most likely be his last. Check out my SOUNDSLIDE

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Falcon Flowers

A few of the Falcon players surprise some 4th and 5th graders at Rockbridge Elementary to help them plant flowers out front of their school. A fun afternoon with a lot of laughs...

Staff Photo: Luanne Dietz
Todd McClure (62) pours soil into a large pot in front of Rockbridge Elementary School as a group of fourth- and fifth-graders prepare to plant flowers.

This last moment made me laugh. Nothing like a teacher reacting to a surprise interruption.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Math Fair- Cedar Hill Elementary

After answering either an addition or multiplication questions based on their grade level, students where given a shape sticker in which they could trade in for a trip down the giant blow up slide or a turn in the bounce house.

Students circle around Kindergarten teacher Sara Mitchell as they participate in the "Shape Walk" Thursday night at Cedar Hill Elementary.

Students gather to pick out of Kindergarten Teacher Tee McSpadden's prize bucket after participating in math activities Thursday night. Each classroom math activity offered prizes for the students who participated.

Cedar Hill Elementary School's art teacher Anna Sitting paints a plus sign on 3rd grader Janice Fung's face as 2nd grader Justin Fung and their mother wait near by. Students had the choice between math symbols or numbers which could all be painted in their favorite color.

Kindergartner Dylan Conte and his mother Stephanie McCune estimate that there are 62 Tootsie Rolls sealed in the bottle while stopping in the estimation station Thursday night during the math instructional fair at Cedar Hill Elementary.

News Review

Playin catchup on news postings...

Gwinnett Citizens for Peace Mitchell Silvers, Chantel Evans,15, and Christin Evans,16, join with other protesters as they stand on the corner of Scenic Highway and Ronald Reagan Parkway Friday afternoon in protest of the War in Iraq. Today's demonstration marked the first of Snellville’s involvement in the national Iraq Moratorium demonstrations.

Fifth grade teachers and faculty at Norcross Elementary School gather together Monday morning to discuss the Power Lunch mentoring program that will debut in Gwinnett county beginning at Norcross Elementary and Susan Stripling Elementary. The mentoring program will bring in professionals from the area to read aloud to students during their lunch break.

Third year students Kristina O'Conner, Russ Churchwell and Amy Gessford run a routine simulated drill on dummy STAN while Dr. William Craver observes and critiques. Students are given hypothetical emergency room situations and are challenged to react and diagnose based on the condition behind the pain.

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Nothing like my first NFL game from the field! The Falcons take home their first win of the season. They play in a dome, so it is totally different. But, I will tell you that it is nice to come out of the photo work room after half time and have all your settings stay the same;)

This last one is just a little fun seeing- the quarter back of the Texans (right) use to be the backup for the Falcons. Kinda a big deal now since Vick is out and it could have been him starting for the Falcons.

North Gwinnett Fencing Center

Last week I headed up to the fencing center to see what I can find. Once I got past all those who wanted their photo taken, I was able to grab some candid shots focusing on the director who was also a fencing champion. The light was harsh, and they were all standing a good distance apart, so I did what I could. Enjoy.


Just some Sports Portraits

Matt Stinchcomb,7 year veteran of the NFL,Parkview High School graduate and All-American at the University of Georgia.

Amanda Winslow, cross country star for Collins Hill High School

This is Brittany, North Gwinnett junior who is a softball and track star.

Gwinnett Likes its Football

I started my Staff Photographer job at the Gwinnett Daily Post last week, and it has been so great to be back in a newsroom. Yes, the pace is definitely faster than ATL was this summer, but its a new set of challenges each day which I love. Here is a little review of High school football these last few weeks. With 20 High Schools in the county, Friday night lights are a priority....