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    I have been working as a professional
    photographer in North Alabama and the southeast region for 14 years. I spent 7 years as a photojournalist and then worked 8 years as a photographer for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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A True American Hero

The post below is a re-post of one I wrote on my old blog back on May 27th of 2008.  The folks at No’Ala Magazine were kind enough to feature the photograph below in their latest issue.  When they told me which image they had selected I sent them the post below just to give them a back story on the man in the photograph.  Mr. Burnett was awarded the Purple Heart and (as a unit) the Presidential Unit citation as well as the French Cruso of War with the Silver Star.  He passed away on September 25, 2009.


This morning Anna and I got up and headed to the Roselawn Cemetery here in Decatur, AL for the Memorial Day remembrance service. I finally had the opportunity to make a portrait of someone who is truly one of my heroes. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

In January of 1940 an eighteen-year-old John Burnett joined the National Guard Reserves and 9 months later was mobilized in the United States Army’s 30th Infantry Division. In June of 1943 he transferred to the 2nd Ranger Battalion. On June 6th, 1944 at France’s Pointe du Hoc he was part of the D-Day invasion. The very next day while working a U.S. reconnaissance outpost his group came under attack and Mr. Burnett was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. They moved him frequently and refused to treat his wounds. At one of his stops he was being guarded by a German soldier who decided to go to sleep. In Mr. Burnett’s words, “He took a nap and he never woke up”. The German had underestimated a wounded American soldier. Two members of the French underground saw his escape and helped him return to American lines. He was missing in action and a prisoner of war for 72 days. He returned to his unit and continued to fight until the war ended on May 8th of 1945.

Mr. Burnett’s story is an incredible one and I am so thankful that Anna and I got to sit with him today at lunch and hear it.

This is the face of a true American hero.

Additional links related to Mr. Burnett
“Shared Pride” – Bayne Hughes, The Decatur Daily
John Burnett’s Obituary, The Decatur Daily 

An Unintentional Photo Assist
– Decatur, Alabama Commercial Photography –

Tomorrow Decatur will host it’s first ever dragon boat race.  The Dragon Boat Race and Festival, a charity fundraiser to help Decatur General Hospital purchase a $2 million radiation-therapy device for its oncology department, will feature races by sponsor teams who will paddle power the 46 foot long boats for 250 meters.  That’s about 820 feet.  Why do some of you feel like you must use the metric system?  I guess I shouldn’t judge though until I’ve walked a kilometer in your shoes.

I’m photographing the event for possible inclusion in the book “More Than A River” that I’ve been working on for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.  I’ll be at the actual event tomorrow but today I wanted to go and shoot a few photos at practice.  I shot images with my normal cameras but also used a GoPro HD Hero 2 camera mounted on the side of the boat with a suction cup.  The camera was set to take 2 photos per second and was mounted just out of reach (or so I thought) of the first paddler.

Please note the look of confidence on my face as I check to make sure the camera is firing.

After looking at the images later I quickly realized that I hadn’t aimed the camera very well.  The camera doesn’t have a viewfinder or a lcd screen on the back so I was having to aim by guesstimation.  It was aimed slightly too low as you see by the image below.  I was cutting off the head of my rower.

Well whether my rowing friend meant to or not she did me a favor by doing the following…..

In the middle of one of her efforts she clubbed my camera.  Did she do it on purpose?  I think this image proves that it was definitely an accident.

This left me with the following view….

I wasn’t thrilled with the fact that I was cropping the top of her head but it looked like a masterpiece compared to this view.  Well my mystery rower (I do intend to find her at the event tomorrow so I can thank her) was kind enough to take her paddle to my camera yet again.  Only this time she used it to straighten the camera back upright.

She placed it in a much better position than I had initially thus resulting in several images that will make the cut for consideration in the book.  So I wonder if I should give her partial photo credit?

I won’t be able to share any of those final images here just yet but I will leave you with this….

My buddy Juergen Beck from Freedom Light Productions is an excellent videographer who had already put a few days work into the dragon boat event.  He expressed silent criticism of the location I chose to mount the camera.  I guess I’ll have to admit that he was right.

Thank goodness that lady clubbed my camera.

That’s the first (and hopefully last) time I’ve ever said those words.

Liss Sterling - That was a cool story, David! I wish I could come out but wedding, you know.May 12, 2012 – 12:09 AM

Plastic Recyclers for Red Sage Communications

Last summer I shot some images for Plastic Recyclers here in Decatur, Alabama.  The images were for a new website being designed for them by the great folks at Red Sage Communications who are some of the best around at providing marketing and website development solutions.  I’ve had the opportunity to shoot quite a few companies for Red Sage over the last several months and I hope to share more of those with you on the blog soon.

Make sure you go to Plastic Recyclers new site at http://www.prsei.com/ and check out how the images were used there!

Limestone Sheriff’s Rodeo Slack Day
- Alabama Commercial Photographer -

The annual Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo holds a slack day before their main evening event to give riders a chance to qualify for other nearby rodeos and to fill any free spots they may have….at least I’m pretty sure that’s what slack day is all about.  All I know for sure is that it’s the only part of this particular rodeo that doesn’t happen after dark.  Because of that I wanted to go and create a few portraits of the cowboys in attendance.

Above….Brent Mentz

Above and below….Shane Barratiere….a pretty good cowboy name too if you ask me.

and finally…..Keith Pigue.

 Anna and I have always enjoyed watching bull riding.  One common thread that seems to run through all the cowboys that do it….they have just a touch of crazy in their eyes.  While I was waiting around to photograph one of these guys above one of the cowboys got his spur caught in a rope and was dragged around the arena a few times.  It was pretty hard to watch but they eventually broke him loose.


Rachel and Robert’s May Wedding
-Decatur, Alabama Wedding Photographer-

Last May I had the privilege to photograph Robert and Rachel’s wedding.  Yep…last May as in 4 months from now these guys will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary.  So let’s call this blog an early anniversary present!  :)

I took this image of Rachel before their ceremony and it was definitely one of my favorites from the day.  I had completely forgotten about it though and was so excited to run across it again when getting this blog post together.  The color version is the new lead photo currently on the front page of my website.

Never underestimate how romantic an old boat up on blocks can be for a newly married couple….but I wouldn’t overestimate it either if I were you.

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