November 1, 2020

     In 2016, it was a sunny Fall day for the Montpelier Races. The infields were packed.  Tailgaters lined the rails.  Barbecue was in the air.  The marshals were dressed in blue and red riding jackets.  The horses were well trained and friendly.  The races are a day for the average man to mingle with the rich.  And the rich put on a good show.

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October 1, 2020

     It's not Sports Illustrated, but you can make photos at a college basketball game. The world being what it is, spectators have to pass through scanners and put all their belongings in a plastic bag just to get into a game, so you can't go in with a camera bag and lenses.  In fact, you can't go in with anything that even looks like a telephoto lens.  So you're stuck with either a prime lens or...

February 1, 2019

     In the previous game day football series, we last watched the Virginia Cavaliers from the hillside. Today, we see the game from a skybox. For the lucky few, the skybox provides a private room for 24 good friends, a catered lunch, wide screen TV, and warm couches. Or, if you prefer, you can sit outside and get the real game day experience. Here are a few snapshots from a sunny a...

June 1, 2018

      President James Madison, Father of the Constitution, built his home in Montpelier, Virginia. It's about 20 miles north of Jefferson's Monticello. Today, Madison's home is an historical and educational attraction. It's also the site of the Montpelier Races, which are held on grounds adjacent to Madison's home. Each October, a few thousand racing fans park in the meadows su...

March 1, 2018

     We finish the game day football series with the view from the hillside. For the price of a seat in the upper deck, you can enter the gates and find a place on the hillside. You can watch the game from ground level, or high up on the hill. If you miss a play at the other end of the field, you can check the jumbotron for a replay. Parents like to take their kids to the hillside.  Kids like to r...

February 15, 2018

     We continue the game day football photos with the fan's view from the stands. Most games provide a sunny afternoon under blue skies. One or two night games per season offer a chilly evening under the lights, but it's rarely very cold in Charlottesville, even in the Fall at night. The season is usually ideal for football and half-time performances. Once a year, on military day, helicopters, B1...

February 1, 2018

     College football comes in unique flavors. Big programs have big stadiums.  Perennial powerhouses have fanatic fans. Virginia is somewhere in the middle. It has a unique and scenic stadium, and old school fans. Scott stadium is the 27th largest college stadium, with seating for 61,500. Yet, it’s a mere piker compared to the eight top college stadiums that hold over 100,000. The open hillside a...

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