virginia beach: Orange You Glad You Stopped By In Virginia Beach - 12/04/09 04:34 PM
I was out with my camera the other day in Virginia Beach and saw this tree.  I go by this tree everyday and never noticed it until then.  It must have had oranges on it for a while and in past years.  How funny that you can miss something like that.

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virginia beach: Reflections in Glenwood - 11/29/09 11:11 AM
Reflections in Glenwood.  Sometimes I wonder what is real and what is just a reflection of what I think is real.  Does it matter if it is real or just a reflection if the beauty is the same?  The first picture is a reflection of the early morning sun in Virginia Beach.  The reflection was from a pool of water on the parking lot of a defunct drug store.  The second picture of couse is the pool of water.

 

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virginia beach: Reflections - 11/29/09 11:07 AM
Sometimes I wonder what is real and what is just a reflection of what I think is real.  Does it matter if it is real or just a reflection if the beauty is the same?  The first picture is a reflection of the early morning sun in Virginia Beach.  The reflection was from a pool of water on the parking lot of a defunct drug store.  The second picture of couse is the pool of water.

 

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virginia beach: Handheld Panarama - 11/28/09 05:00 PM
I took this handheld panarama while I was walking.  This is in reality a field soon to be filled with condos and business's in Virginia Beach.  It looks so serene from here.  The reason I put it here was to show you that a handheld panarama is possible.   I did the actual work in a software called ARC.  What I had to do in photoshop was fill in the bottom left part of the picture.  It was mostly missng so I used the clone tool to fill in the grassy area. 
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virginia beach: Mayflower Marathon Food Drive in Newport News and Virginia Beach - 11/21/09 10:44 AM
Mayflower Marathon Food Drive in Virginia Beach & Newport News (edit/delete)
The Mayflower Marathon food drive continues today and tomorrow all day at the Sams Club in Newport News  and the Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach.  The drive is sponsored by FM-99 and FM-106.9 The Fox is the biggest food drive on the east coast thanks to people like you. 
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virginia beach: Not Much Damage In Glenwood After Nor"easter - 11/15/09 11:02 AM
Not much damage in the Glenwood area of Virginia Beach after the Nor'easter.  There were some fences down, Independence Blvd had a high water area but nothing like happened in the last tropical storm we had.  Most of the damage was due to the 75 mph wind that blew for a while.  Luckily we don't live in one of the areas affected by the tides.

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virginia beach: Robins Still Have to Eat In The Noreaster in Virginia Beach - 11/13/09 09:49 AM
Robins still have to eat during the Noreaster in Virginia Beach.  I was getting ready to take out a big plant with berries tha the birds love because it had fallen over due to the cold weather.  The storm came so the plant stayed.  Lucky for this little fellow because he came and gorged himself on berries.  The picture was hard to take because he kept moving.  This was taken between two raindrops on the window which caused the blurring on both sides.  I think I might have been moving a bit also.

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virginia beach: Robins Still Have to Eat In The Noreaster in Glenwood - 11/13/09 09:44 AM
Robings still have to eat in the Noreaster in the Glenwood area.  I was getting ready to take out a big weed in my yard that supplies berries for the birds because it had fallen over due to the cold weather.  The storm came so the plant stayed.  Lucky for this little fellow because he came and gorged himself on berries. 

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virginia beach: Virgina Beach School Maintenance Division Breaks Wind - 11/04/09 08:22 AM
The Virginia Beach School districts maintenance division will soon break wind.  They are building a new facility on Harper's Road that will feature four wind turbines.  This will be a $20 million dollar 84,000 sq ft facility that will house the offices of the transportation personnel and buses.  The facility will be called the Pupil Transportation Facility.
In addition to the wind turbines, the building will be naturally lighted and cooled, have a geotherma/solar heating and a grass covered roof.  In addition to all the new green stuff, there will be updated and modern equipment for the maintenance personal. 

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virginia beach: How To Fix That UGLY MLS Bathroom Picture - 11/04/09 07:40 AM
Here is an easy way to fix that ugly MLS bathroom picture you were going to take.  STOP and don't do it.  Take a picture of the park instead or the gateway coming into the neighborhood or just a nice picture of an apple pie or something but please not the ugly bathroom picture.  The bottom picture is of a retention pond at Grayson Pond in Virginia Beach taken around sunset or so.


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virginia beach: Homes With Chinese Drywall Get Tax Relief in Virginia Beach - 10/27/09 03:21 PM
City Council today voted to give homes with Chinese drywall tax relief in Virginia Beach.  The homes will basically be valued at $100 and the homeowner will pay taxes on the land.  So far just 15 homes in  Highland Parrish are affected. 
 Chinese drywall has been associated with multiple problems including deteriating wiring, airconditioning coils and affecting the health of the occupants.  Not much is being done to help the homeowners so I think every little bit helps.  Insurance companies are not taking on homes with the problem or canceling the policies outright.  Builders are long gone, warranties are no good because … (1 comments)

virginia beach: Get Square Virginia - 10/26/09 03:24 PM
Get Square Virginia (edit/delete)
Get Square Virginia.  What a title.  I was just reading about about a program that may help some of the residents of Virginia Beach.  It a new tax amnesty program that runs during Fiscal Year 2010.  It is called "Get Square VA" and establishes a 60-day period during which, with certain exceptions, taxpayers who have an outstanding bill or delinquent return for any tax administered by the Virginia Department of Taxation ("TAX") may receive amnesty. Get Square VA allows the taxpayer to pay only the tax due and half the interest on eligible outstanding bills and delinquent returns; … (0 comments)

virginia beach: Last Flowers of Summer? - 10/24/09 10:16 AM

I was in my yard in Glenwood the other day taking in the sights and thought I would share some of the last flowers of summer even though it is the middle of Oct.  Virginia Beach is a wonderful place to live, especially for the weather.
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
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virginia beach: Another Bad MLS Picture - 10/23/09 01:32 PM
Here is another bad MLS picture for a house in Virginia Beach, Va.  This is not my picture but I was cleaning it up to put on my website.  With just a few minutes of Photo Shop Elements it went from a bad picture to an ok picture.
Mostly what I did was cloned the floors, the dishwasher and the cabinet to make the flash go away.   I also used a little bit of blurring on the dishwasher and the cabinet.  I also went to Enhance, Shadows/Brightness and darkend the Highlights by about 17%.
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virginia beach: Chinese Drywall in Virginia Beach - 10/18/09 02:18 PM
There are an unknown number of homes built with Chinese Drywall in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.  Along with all the known problems comes a new one.
Insurers are dropping homeowners or not renewing them based on the fact that a home is built with Chinese Drywall.  Homeowners are submitting claims to the insurance companies and they are saying that this is a "pre-existing" condition and they will not pay claims for the damage caused.  Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, agreed that homeowners policies were never meant to cover "faulty, inadequate or defective" workmanship, construction or materials.
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virginia beach: Never Too Dark in Virginia Beach - 10/11/09 10:36 AM
It is never to dark in Virginia Beach to take a picture.  I like taking pictures of the sun as it is coming up and in the evenings.  This is a picture of a lake on the Honey Bee Golf Course in the Glenwood section of Virginia Beach.  Often I get a good sky but the ground is dark.  This is mostly because of the limitations of my camera (Panasonic DMC FZ 18).  It just can't get all the lightness and darkness in at the same levels.  That is where Photo Shop Elements (PE) comes in.  What I did was take my shot and then went into PE and increased … (2 comments)

virginia beach: Why I Like A Small Sensor Camera Part V - 10/05/09 07:35 PM
I have done several posts on my camera, a Panasonic DMC-FZ18 (newest model is a DMC-FZ38), but not for a while.  For those of you who don't know what it is, it is a bridge camera.  Somewhere between a Point and Shoot and a full fledged DSLR.  The lens goes from a 28mm to it seems like a forever over 800 mm.  To show you what it can do here are a few pictures. 
This is at 28 mm in Virginia Beach at 40th St

This is at full zoom looking down the boadwalk nine blocks away to King Neptune
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virginia beach: Home Inspection in Virginia Beach - 09/30/09 10:33 AM
I just had a home inspection in Virginia Beach on one of my listings.  The inspector said that the toilets were leaking at the base.  The owner had just had them reset this month.  We couldn't see any leaks or see any water around the base.  I called the inspector and asked him why he thought the toilets were leaking.  He said because his moisture meter indicated water in the vinyl around the toilets.  I said that doesn't mean they are leaking it just means the vinly is wet and could have been caused by several different problems. 
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virginia beach: Ants Reading My Mail - 09/22/09 01:57 PM
We have had some good rain in Virgina Beach a few weeks ago.  I guess the ants that live below my mailbox in Glenwood decided to abandon ship as they invaded my mailbox eggs and all.  I put my hand in for my mail and came out with hundreds of ants along with it.

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virginia beach: Photo Shop Elements - 04/08/09 01:48 PM
I was doing Easter pictures early as my granddaughter came up to visit me in Virginia Beach.  As I was processing pictures I thought I would try some of the features in Photo Shop Elements.  I have 2.0 which is ancient but works pretty good.  The first picture is normal.  The second I used emboss and the third was the spotlight feature from Filters.  I think they are all pretty neat.  Of course I was using my Panasonic DMC FZ 18.



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