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A Giant Leap for Mankind?


“This is my first blog – my first “big step for mankind” where I will wax poetically about how I practice my profession of photojournalism for a medium-sized newspaper – The Free Lance-Star – located jut outside the pure madness south of the Washington, D.C. Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area.

I often thought my method of blogging was to offer my best images to the newspaper – or web site – and have the locals stop me on the street corner and tell me how much they liked or disliked (in equal number, thankfully) the pictures I took, . . . and that ran in the daily.

Now it’s time to place those extras in an on-line newsletter that will reach millions of readers.

This morning I visited Motts Run Reservoir, Fredericksburg city’s park and municipal water source in Spotsylvania County, to get some pictures of fishermen pulling dinner out of the lake. (The Free Lance-Star is doing an article on the mercury levels in the fish pulled from local water bodies.)

A couple of deer glanced at me while I drove in on the crushed-rock roadway. There was no other wildlife.

Nor were there any fishermen.

I arrived at 8 a.m. to see a mist floating off the water. The early morning light is as important as the evening light, both a valuable tool in a photographer’s bag.

A thin strand of cloud sat idle above the lake and it’s framework of trees with its leaves turning color for autumn.

"Looking west from the dock at Motts Run Reservoir near Fredericksburg, Va. "


An about-face revealed this scene:


Looking east from the dock at Motts Run Reservoir near Fredericksburg, Va." title="Sunrise at Motts Run Reservoir.


I left Mott’s Run to head back to the office and caption a series of prints for another assignment, then off to Massaponax to photograph a business owner, then back to Motts Run to see if anyone was fishin’. Or catchin’.

Chancellor resident Dickie Musselman, who I will describe as a very avid fisherman, took me out on his boat so I could get some pictures of him fishing.

Chancellor resident Dickie Musselman fishes at Motts Run Reservoir near Fredericksburg,Va.

- Robert A. Martin