Thursday, November 21, 2019

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I ran across a quote from Magnum photographer Josef Kouldelka that goes: “I don’t like captions. I prefer people to look at my pictures and invent their own stories.”
I thought this was the perfect image to go with the Koudelka quote. So make up your own caption to go with it. 
The image that I shot 17 years ago at the first K9 Festival in the resort of Gulf Place in south Walton County, FL. I spotted this guy who was intently talking to his dog. I half expected the dog to talk back. Somewhere in my notebooks from those days of shooting for the local weekly newspaper, I have this guy's name along with his dog's


I would be interested in any titles that come to mind.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Chef's break

Even the chef gets a break! Mike, the owner/head chef of Olive Tree in Villa Rica, GA, takes a break to sit and talk with friends recently. The Olive Tree is a Greek restaurant that my wife (on the right) enjoy occasionally. Great food, service, and just a fun place to enjoy a night out!


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Step Stool

Just roaming around the town square while my wife was at her writers' group meeting and I noticed that a local wedding/portrait photographer that used to be on the square had moved just off the square. I wandered into the building which is a former textile manufacturing building that had been closed since 2011 just to see what was what.
As I started back out, I glanced to my right through an open door into a restaurant and noticed this pixie of a waitress at the Brown Dog. She was standing on a step stool just to be able to see the counter where food orders are placed when ready.


I was struck by the absurdity of the situation and amazed at how this young lady worked around her situation.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Cat's eye

This shot was late in 2008 after I had left the weekly newspaper I was with. Advertising revenue had dried up with the collapse of the real estate market in the once sought-after tourist beach area. When I went in for my performance evaluation that year, I could tell from the marks I got that the editor was looking to justify laying me off or, even worse, firing me. So early in 2008, I started looking to return to military contracts and was fortunate to find a position locally.
In the end, I continue to shoot in the area and kept following the high schools sports, arts and music festivals, holiday parades, etc. This shot was taken before this particular resort area known as Seaside hired some security firm that started chasing off photographers using the scenic area for portraits and other commercial ventures. I was fortunate in that most of the security still remembered me from the newspaper and never bothered me but, then again, I was never using the area for commercial efforts.
Anyway, I took several shots of this feral cat as it drank from a bird fountain. This one struck my fancy as the cat appear ready to pounce.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Birds of a feather

Out shooting for feature art for the paper during the winter months on the beach. While the temperatures can dip into the 30's and 40's, clear sunlit days like this one can have the temps reaching into the 70s Farenheit. Snowbirds coming down from the upper United States and Canada just love these days.
I caught this guy just enjoying the sun while the seagulls flocked around him a few days before Christmas. I have his name and where he was from in one of the many books that I filled during my decade with the paper. If I had the inclination I could probably search through them and gather that info but, right now, I am NOT so inclined.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Puppy-dog eyes

This image comes from 2003 just before I changed cameras from a Nikon F100 to a Nikon D1. Probably shot with a Tokina ATX-Pro 2,8/80-200mm lens.
I was sitting at a stop light and noticed this pup with a sad look on its face. I was out looking for some feature art for the weekly paper where I was a contract photographer/sports reporter. I really loved that paper. The front page of each section (varied for 2-3 to 4 depending on the time of the year) was always a multi image page which means I got a LOT of images published each week. In 2007 the paper was usually at least four sections with each section usually about 20 pages due to the amount of advertising that real estate agents were doing. I even became the layout artist for one section that was dedicated to sports.
IT WAS A GREAT TIME! It all came to an end when the real estate market collapsed and I left the paper in April 2008 before the paper's editor laid me off.


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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Heading to the beach

Another one from almost 20 years ago in Seaside, FL. Not sure if this was in the little weekly that I was freelancing for but I have always liked the simplicity of the image. Enough depth of field to make out the surroundings including the distant water. Shot with an Olympus OM-4T, Tokina 2,8/80-200mm lens on Tri-X film at ASA400 and developed in D-76 1:1.



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