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CVC Lady Cavalier Basketball vs. Immanuel Eagles

Photographs taken at the final regular season game between the CVC Lady Cavaliers and Immanuel’s Eagles can now be found HERE. Congratulations to the Lady Cavaliers on another win.

CVC Cavalier Basketball vs. Immanuel Eagles

Photographs of the last regular season game between the CVC Cavalier Men’s Basketball against Immanuel’s Eagles has been posted and is now available HERE for viewing and purchasing.

Women’s Basket Ball vs. Immanuel Eagles

Under the leadership of coach Neal CVC’s women’s basket ball came out strong to the court ready to play the eagles, with the score always close enough it was anyone’s game. The women Cavaliers did wrap up the game in their favor, with the final couple of points moving the cavaliers out of reach of the Eagles being scored by #32.(name purposely omitted)

This game could have been the only one for #32, as she has suffered some traumatic injuries that will keep her from playing for the rest of the season.

There are many photographs to look through here. Please enjoy.

CVC Cavalier Women’s Soccer vs. Immanuel Eagles

Reedley’s Immanuel Eagles women’s soccer team, though they worked hard, was unable to take a dominant position against Visalia’s CVC Cavaliers women’s soccer in the cold January evening. CVC’s women’s soccer has been nearly as strong as their Volley ball team over the last couple of seasons and showed their strength in a big way against the Eagles.

While their exists a large rivalry between the Cavaliers and the Eagles, both teams have a mutual friendship displayed in their love for Christ and their love for the game.

Photographs of the Junior Varsity game can be found here:

Photographs of the Varsity soccer game are still forth coming.

Central Valley Farmers Markets

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It is at the farmers markets held throughout the many California Central Valley towns that the participants can find many different and wonderful types of produce. Fresno, Visalia, Reedley, Kingsburg, and Hanford all participate. Many of the produce items available at farmers markets can be seen in the photographs that I have taken while shopping for my farm grown produce.

Many people don’t understand how wonderful fresh produce can be, fresh right from the farm into my bag to take home and eat. A peach ripened on the tree is much better than a ripe peach from your local grocer any day, it hasn’t been kept in cold storage waiting to make it to market. If farmers markets ar held in your area make time to attend so that you too can take part in the evening festivities and take home some good food.

Finding the right WISP

WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider)

Living in the country side and being a digital photographer don’t always go together, though the country side can offer needed space and quiet but also offers some unique challenges, until you have lived in the countryside you may not fully understand. Since moving to the countryside (outside Reedley, Kingsburg, Dinuba and Visalia) just over 2 years ago, I have been in search of good internet. Having been spoiled by the break-neck speeds of the internet offered in major metropolitan area’s I knew that dial-up internet wouldn’t be a suitable option for gaming and general website updates/hosting so I immediately set out to find the best and most reliable internet service available to my area. The house that we live in was built to be far outside of the city limit and¬† services and as such DSL or Cable internet just simply were not available as options so I immediately started looking at bridging technologies and WISP services available to the area.

In the world of WISP networks it comes down to one simple thing, “Location, Location, Location” if the tower isn’t in the correct location for the house location you can almost forget receiving internet access, or internet access with any quality to speak of. One of the largest challenges that I have had to face was the large wall of trees slowly growing my way from my neighbors property slowly cutting off the angles that I can use to get to ISP’s. Be sure that you have whichever WISP you initially choose come out and do a sight survey or ask where the towers are located and do some research on your own to ensure that you will be able to get access. Certainly call them and talk about your needs and any concerns that you may have.

The following WISP networks were tried for my needs here in California’s Central Valley and here are my results:

1. Odyssey Network

Good Local Service (Cheep)

Odyssey networks is a still growing network with service to many different areas in and around the Dinuba/Reedley area, their install is nice and cheap their monthly costs are kept nice and low an additional bonus is that the support personnel are local. If you have an issue there is a good chance that you will have someone out nearly the same day to look at your connection and the issues that you may be having. Give them a call and ask that they come out and do a site survey, if you are able to hit one of their towers they may very well be a great option for you.

Overall Rating: Good
Technology: 2.4 GHz for connection
Pros: Local Network Tech/Service, Lots of local towers allowing the connection to be re-pointed
Cons: Wasn’t a tower that I could hit consistently due to my neighbors trees.
Would I go back/Recommend to a friend: Certainly

2. Integrity Network

Good Service (Expensive)

With Integrity Networks I was offered 768 KB transfers for just under $150 the added costs were to cover the fact that I was getting a guaranteed rate of 768KB and speedy service when issues were found. Though the speed was nice and the latency was in fact low enough for gaming, in the end though I realized that I wasn’t doing anything that needed a guaranteed rate nor the super low ping, as I am not an avid gamer.

Overall Service: Good
Technology: 2.4 GHz for residential connections, Microwave for Business Connection
Pros: Speedy Service, Low ping rate (good for gaming)
Cons: Price per month is high for people like myself getting business level services as a residence, monthly debit from credit card or equivalent without an emailed receipt for service.
Would I go back/Recommend to a friend: Yes, if I needed a guaranteed rate of 768 or higher with good turn around on service.

3. UnWired Broadband

Amazingly Great Service  for an Amazingly Great Price

Though I have just signed up with UnWired Broadband and they have had some rough patches due to a recent thunderstorm that knocked out their main tower I can already tell that their service is just right for me. UnWired’s amazing customer service puts them heads and shoulders above any one in the area in my opinion, they communicate any issue as quickly as they have a status almost to the point that I don’t have to wonder what’s going on at all. Their assistance on the phone is wonderful, tech support leaves nothing lacking and their basic service guaranteeing 256 KB upload with bursts to 768 often leaves me at 768 (I have never seen it lower in fact) which is the same as my previous provider at a cost just over 1/3 of my previous internet provider.

Overall Rating: Great
Technology: Microwave for even their most basic residential service
Pros: Great customer service, Emailed receipts for debit of Credit Card, Great level of communication
Cons: 1-2 Year contract, Expensive installation fee (this is to cover equipment and warranty of that equipment)
Would I go back/Recommend to a friend: Certainly, I don’t think that I will ever leave, but if I were to need to certainly I would go back.

If you would like to correspond concerning the level of service on each of these services please feel free to leave me a comment and I will be happy to respond.

Would I go back/Recommend to a friend:

Lightning/Thunder Storm

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It’s not often that the Visalia area is rocked by a thunderstorm and it is even less often that I can make myself available to photograph the lighting. With the storm putting out lighting at a rate that I have long since only remembered I spent the better part of the evening behind the camera I came away with about 10 usable images from the thunderstorm that passed through this evening. Please enjoy them.

Memorial Day 2009

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photograph above taken at the Kingsburg, Ca cemetery (quite possibly the best decorated small town cemetery I visited this Memorial Day)

Though people view Memorial day as the start of summer it is a day that may be forgotten if we don’t put forth the effort to remember. In Gardens of Stone throughout the world today under the heavy weight of sorrow never so long forgotten, half staff flags and playing of taps our Citizens of the United States who have loved ones who served in the military gathered together to honor the memory of our troops interned there. The Central Valley honors our fallen hero’s every Memorial day by placing flags at the grave markers of former U.S Military personnel.

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photograph above also taken at the Kingsburg, Ca cemetery (quite possibly the best decorated small town cemetery I visited this Memorial Day)

Each flag represents a former soldier no longer able to come home to the comfort of their mother, spouse or joyful cries of their children, now lay for eternity buried in places much like this throughout the world. These soldiers often fought for truth, liberty, the advancement of the Juedo Christian ideas throughout the world, for the oppressed and against the tyrants who unjustly took the life of many in their own name. Whatever their drive it is these very reasons for service that comforts those now left behind, their loved ones cherish the differences made in the world and look forward to  opportunity to come together with others that understand.

Each year I feel as though I better understand the feelings of those that morn the death of their loved ones, celebrating the life that they had and the difference that they were able to make in the world. Years past I understood that my Grandfather on my mothers side had been in the military but it wasn’t until recently that I began to understand what role he had in the military. I simply knew him as grandpa but there were stories that I never knew only now starting to surface. Each year I am able to celebrate the difference that our troops have had throughout the world and honor those who still serve.

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photograph above taken at the Reedley, Ca cemetery (one small town cemetery I visited this Memorial Day)

*Special Offer 2009*

With the success of last years special offer, I thought that I would do the same again this year with a couple of extra opportunities. This year I am looking to expand my offerings and would very much like to have you included.

Free Senior Portrait Session – for CVC seniors
This offer is for the first 2 male and first 2 female CVC seniors to contact me, offer includes time for service rendered, necessary edits, and online proofing, prints must be purchased separately at the following prices. Photographs will be taken in and around the Visalia area in a photo journalistic fashion, studio portraits will not be offered. Parent will accompany the senior during portrait photo shoot and must sign a model release form.
$5.00/4×6 Matte (print only*)
$10.00/Wallet prints x8 (print only*)
$6.50/5×7 Matte
(print only*)
$12.00/8×10 Matte (print only*)
$25.00/11×14 Matte (print only*)
$35.00/16×20 Matte (print only*)

*Shipping not included.
Additionally a cd of all edited photographs will be provided upon request at 1/2 quality released 6 months after original portrait shoot date.

Free Family Portrait Session
This offer is for the first 2 families to contact me, offer includes time for service rendered, necessary edits, and online proofing, prints must be purchased separately at the following prices. Photographs will be taken in and around the Visalia area in a photo journalistic fashion, studio portraits will not be offered. (this offer would be a great idea for Mothers Day)
$5.00/4×6 Matte (print only*)
$6.50/5×7 Matte (print only*)
$12.00/8×10 Matte (print only*)
$25.00/11×14 Matte (print only*)
$35.00/16×20 Matte (print only*)

*Shipping not included.
Additionally a cd of all edited photographs will be provided upon request at 1/2 quality released 6 months after original portrait shoot date.

Free Engagement Session
Offer is valid for all service men and women who can produce valid military ID and all weddings booked during 2009. Offer includes time for services rendered, necessary edits, and online proofing. Prints must be purchased separately. at the following prices. Photographs will be taken in and around the Visalia area in a photo journalistic fashion, studio portraits will not be offered.
$5.00/4×6 Matte (print only*)
$10.00/Wallet prints x8 (print only*)
$6.50/5×7 Matte (print only*)
$12.00/8×10 Matte (print only*)

$25.00/11×14 Matte (print only*)
$35.00/16×20 Matte (print only*)

*Shipping not included.
Additionally a cd of all edited photographs will be provided at full quality with wedding photographs.

Please note that the prices are subject to change until email confirmation of prices is sent.

Cavaliers Varsity Baseball Rocks Immanuel Eagles

501711885_t3nrh-x2Visalia’s Central Valley Christian Cavaliers visiting the Reedley Immanuel Eagles rocked the diamond as before returning home with an astounding victory over the Immanuel Eagles baseball team. The Eagles had a hard time connecting with the ball in a way that would bring them runs. The game was full of large plays bringing runner after runner home for the Cavaliers.

Many thanks to the CVC Cavaliers’ Coaches for allowing me to be in the dougout with the players to capture these photographs for the players parents.

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