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Top 5 Viewed Posts of 2015 : Great Balls of Fire with Doug Newstrom #3

In my year end series of the top 5 most viewed blog posts on this site, another older but goodie comes in at number 3. And the good news is : opening day of the 2016 season is just over 3 months away. Enjoy! Robweb fire ball The final day of the All Star Break is today. I thought it would be a good time to fill the baseball void with a sports portrait from my wayback file of Virginia high school pitching phenom Doug Newstrom.

Doug Newstrom was the the ace of the pitching staff for the W.T. Woodson varsity baseball team in Fairfax, Va. Woodson had won the Virginia State High School League championship in 1989,  with a nearly perfect season. Woodson was primed to repeat this feat in 1990.

Our paper, The Fairfax Connection, decided to feature Doug in its Baseball ’90 Preview section.

During an editorial meeting leading up to the preview section I suggested that since Newstrom had a blazing fastball, we should take a portrait of him holding a burning baseball. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge : Endurance -2014 SavageMan Triathlon in Deep Creek Lake and Westernport MD

It is almost as painful to watch the climb up the Westernport Wall as it is to actually do it. Here the crowd reacts as a cyclist falls to the ground just yards before reaching the top of “The Wall.” Photo by Rob Paine/ Copyright 2014 (please click on image to see larger version)

Out of the hundreds of sporting events I have photographed none has required such a high level of endurance for competitors as the Westernport (MD) Wall segment of the SavageMan Triathlon based in Deep Creek Lake, MD. that I photographed earlier this month. Sticking with “The Wall” requires not only great levels of endurance but a heap of courage. (Please see more text and photo gallery below)
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The Football Prayer

Today I have pulled an image from my way back file from my newspaper days, a photo I shot at a high school football playoff game. See photo and more text below.

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I shot this while working for a local newspaper in Virginia much earlier in my career. It was taken during the closing seconds of a Virginia High School League playoff game a day or two after after Thanksgiving. (please see more text below) Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge : Foreshadow Warming Up at PNC Park

PNC Park Before the Game Rob Paine

PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is one of the best stadiums to watch a baseball game in. Last summer I finally got to a game at PNC and had a blast.

We got to the park early so we would have some time to explore.  Seeing the manner in which the Pittsburgh skyline pops out of center field would make you think the city was built around the stadium, not the other way around. Read More

Literacy Live!

The mission of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English in order to empower them to participate more fully and confidently in their communities.

David Bornstein

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Freelance Outer Banks Documentary Photographer, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Avon, North Carolina

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Sharing my Passion for the Outdoors and my Love of Photography

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Literacy Live!

The mission of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English in order to empower them to participate more fully and confidently in their communities.

David Bornstein

Solutions Journalism

Epic Shutter Blog

Freelance Outer Banks Documentary Photographer, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Avon, North Carolina

Chronicles of Wonder

Beauty Through Untrained Eyes

Sagittarius Viking

Mindful exploring, through the eyes of a viking daughter.

Southern By Design

Flip Flops, Beach Hair & Life Is Good

Arcane

Magazine WordPress Theme

Enjoying the Wilds

Sharing my Passion for the Outdoors and my Love of Photography

Whisht Lads

Travel, Cooking, Photography & Sound

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