Avalon Dive Center – Blacksburg, VA

March 13, 2011 · Posted in goals, personal, projects, scuba, work · Comment 

Ever since December of 2010, I’ve been working hard on helping to open a scuba dive shop in Blacksburg. I’ve done my fair share of retail before, but my role has largely been on the technical side.

We’ve realized that the usual way things are done are: scuba instructor opens a shop, creates a website and attempts to make a living doing what they love. The problem is, these people are usually not business people, they’re not designers, they’re not programmers, they’re not using the latest technology. Take business people, programmers, designers, marketers, and influential people who all use technology on a daily basis and have a passion for scuba diving and combine them into one package. That’s what I feel the Avalon Dive Center is. We’re many people with many talents getting together to share our passion with others in the best way we know how.

 

Cascades – Summer 2009

January 5, 2010 · Posted in personal, photos · Comment 

Cascades

Elena and Juanca

Elena and Juanca

 

 

Ana in the foreground

Ana in the foreground

 

Colombian anti-guerrilla shirt

Colombian anti-guerrilla shirt

 

 

 

 

 

Me, Ana and Elena

Me, Ana and Elena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juanca and Elena

Juanca and Elena

 

Juanca diving into the freezing water

Juanca diving into the freezing water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River Clean Up and the Roanoke Times

May 23, 2009 · Posted in news, personal, photos, scuba · 2 Comments 

On Virginia Tech’s Reading Day (the day between classes and the beginning of finals), the Scuba Club at Virginia Tech (SCVT) performed a clean up on the New River near Radford, VA. We picked up several trash bags of garbage, mostly that were left behind from the fishermen that frequent there. There were plenty of fishing line, beer cans and other trash to keep us busy for a few hours and we do this every year.

As it had been raining for the past several days prior, the river level was two feet higher than normal, and big trees were being swept down river. The visibility was non-existent and we didn’t want to get caught or crushed by the trees coming down, so we didn’t get to go diving. However, there is still a ton more beer cans and other trash left by the fishermen at the bottom of the river that we have yet to get to.

While we were there, a photographer from the Roanoke Times took several photos of us as we worked. I had passed up picking up some trash that was in the water because I was wearing shoes but since I had all my scuba equipment with me, I put on my diving boots and jumped into the water to pick up the pieces I had missed.

The photographer caught me just as I was walking out of the river and they put me as their main image. Pretty cool. Check out the image below and download the PDF for the full size.

SCVT May 7, 2009 River Cleanup

SCVT May 7, 2009 River Cleanup

New River Dive

May 18, 2009 · Posted in news, personal, photos, scuba · Comment 

We went diving in the early morning in the New River. It was early, it was dark under the water, the water was cold, but we had a lot of fun.

Scott, Kevin and I diving in the New River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week (3/29)

March 28, 2009 · Posted in photography, photos, photos of the week · 1 Comment 

Photos from my London trip, California trip and a local hiking trip. Finally caught up with all my photos so future Photos of the Week might be a little sparse. The last photo was taken with the new Canon 50D.

 

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder – 1/100 sec @ f/8.0 w/ 18mm (01/17/09)

The London Eye, taken on our walk around the Thames.

 

Sticks and Leaves

Sticks and Leaves – 1.3 sec @ f/32 w/ 100mm (03/08/09)

Taken at Pandapas Pond.

 

Nevermore - Western Edition

Nevermore – 1/500 sec @ f/5.6 w/ 183mm (03/24/09)

Top of a Spanish Mission in Napa, California