Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Spiderweb

I have never been a big nature/landscape shooter preferring to shoot people. But my editor in my news days used to ping on me every once in a while to get something "different". So here is a piece of filler art that she ran in one week's edition.
I much preferred roaming the beach to shoot bikinis!!!


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Filler art"

A lot of what the newspaper needed during the good times was what is called "filler art." Photographs that can be used anywhere to show what is going on in the local community. I do not remember if this shot made the cut but it was taken during the good times. Lots of residential building was going on as people built vacation homes near the beach.
This shot works to drive the eye around the image with all the diagonal and intersecting lines. And, with the solitary figure, adds a human elements as well in close to a rule of thirds composition.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's all about megapixels......or is it?

I am going to diverge from my usual posting of an image that sticks in my memory banks and talk a little bit about gear. I have been affected only slightly over the years by the malady known as gear acquisition syndrome, or G.A.S.
I started with an entry level Olympus SLR (OM-10) in 1978, moved to a mid-level SLR (OM-2S), then to the Olympus top of the line (OM-4T). Then, needing autofocus for high school sports, I shifted to a Nikon F100. Shortly thereafter, I shifted to digital starting with a Nikon D1, added a D1h, a D2H, D100, and a D2Hs.
Today I have sold all the DSLR gear in favor of the Fuji X-System concept as I enter retirement and want to carry less weight.
Each time I upgraded, I did so because I wanted some more technical capability. The move to the OM-2S gave me a in-camera spot meter. I used that capability, with a 18% gray card, to get a shadow and highlight reading that I manually averaged together. That allowed me to usually get detail in both shadow and highlight areas. The upgrade to the OM-4T gave me an in-camera spot meter that was capable of nine spot readings and averaging them together. That allowed me to have the camera do the averaging and I could stay in aperture preferred mode.
In 1998, when I started freelancing for a newspaper on a consistent level, I shifted to Nikon, initially an F100, in order to get autofocus and, more importantly, autofocus tracking capability for high school sports. Then came the shift to digital. I traded a pair of F100 bodies (and their motordrives) for the Nikon D1. I followed that with the purchase of the D1h as a second body which allowed me to have a wideangle zoom on one camera and a telephoto zoom on the other. For me, it just made things easier. I sold both the D1 and D1H in favor of the D2H as the latter used li-ion batteries (much lighter and longer lasting than the NiMh batteries used in the D1-series). As a bonus, I also got better high ISO response, higher frames per second, and an autofocus system that was (and is today) outstanding. I used the D2H/D2Hs combo until shifting to Fuji in 2013.
I told you all this history to talk about the megapixel race.For years, the marketing folks pushed megapixels until manufacturers started using full frame sensors. Then they started pushing sensor size AND megapixels.
The D1 was an APS-C 2.73mp sensor as was the D1h. Processing was better in the D1h but to get more megapixels you had to buy the D1x. It had a sensor that produced 5.47 megapixels.
Then came my D2H. While still an APS-C sensor, it provided a 4.1 megapixel output. This camera, and the D2Hs, were two of the finest cameras I have ever owned. The AF system was (and is) superb and, a eight frames per second, gave me the sports capability that is still outstanding today.
But, as full frame came into view and higher megapixels kept being pushed, people continued to buy newer, more technically capable cameras. During this time, as I continued to shoot with my D2H bodies, I had an opportunity to do a commercial shoot for a local real estate developer. The year was 2007. The shoot went well and I delivered the images to the accolades of their marketing department.
Almost a year later, the same developer hired me for a second project and I learned that one of the images had been used on a billboard.
I had always told people that the megapixel race was "pie in the sky". It was just what the photo manufacturers' marketers were using to continue to sell the next model like computer manufacturers do.
Now for a little show and tell. I went and looked at the billboard. The image from my D2H had been cropped and enlarged to roughly 12 feet wide. And, damn, it looked good! Here is a shot of the billboard that was on Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, FL.



Not too shabby, eh?
So here is original image converted to a JPEG. The original image opened as a 5.44 inch by 8.213 inch image at 300dpi. A decent image with some marketing possibilities.



Remember, this is a NEF file from a 4.1mp Nikon D2H that is a 6.61 megabyte file. Very small by today's standards.
The next image shows how the image was cropped.



As much as 50-60% of the original image was discarded. And still it was enlarged to approximately 12 feet wide! Not bad for a poor little 4.1MP camera.
I hated selling my D2H cameras this year. The cameras just worked. In the end, they were an extension of my hand and eye. I instinctively knew how they would perform after 10 years.
But, after trying for over a year, it became apparent that I would never work for another newspaper. So I decided it was time to change my focus and start looking at what the next step in my photographic journey is and a pair of cameras like the D2H just had more capabilities than I would ever need again.
I have always been inspired by the likes of the original photojournalists like Atget, Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Capa, and others. The subject matter varied for everyday people to war but the image content was what has always caught my eye. I still have two cameras but only three prime lenses. No longer do I carry the six lenses (ranging from 12mm to 300mm) I needed as a newspaper staffer. I have a 2,0/23mm on my X100S (35mm focal length in full frame). For my X-E1, I have a Fuji 1,4/35mm (52mm in ff) and a Nikkor 1,8/85mm AF-D (127mm in ff). And I may sell the 85mm when Fuji finally releases the 1,2/56mm. So instead of a 2,8/300mm 2,8/70-200mm, 4,0/12-24mm, 1,8/35mm and the 1,8/85mm, I have just those three mentioned lenses and two camera bodies. My entire kit is probably 75% lighter than previous. And, for an old fart like me, my back and shoulders scream "thank you".
So the moral of the story is don't get caught in megapixels. Find a camera that does what you NEED it to do for your output.
If all you are doing is putting images on the web, a smartphone with its small sensor will perform admirably.
And, if you want images on a billboard, get a D2H (LOL!)!
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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Third Position

From 2000 archives.

Continuing on with images from the archives as I get used to the new equipment, this is a shot I have always liked. A former Las Vegas dancer has relocated to the Florida Panhandle and was starting a dance studio. This "studio", however, was in an elementary school as a suitable studio had not been found. The room was a multipurpose one that the school used for plays and indoor sports as well as the school's cafeteria.
The instructor, Anna Blank, and the parents of the children graciously allowed me to shoot one of the first classes. This shot is of a child's feet in (what I believe is) the third position.
Lighting was from some long, skinny windows on either side of the room. Since the exterior walls faced to the east and west, there was a lot of indirect light. I really like how my favorite b&w film, Tri-X, handled the light. On studying the image, you can see the framing of the windows on the floor. And I love how the film captured detail in the shadows. Nothing like film to bring out some nostalgia.
But the highlight of this image for me is the repair to the stockings. Seems to add a touch of documentary work to the image. I would really like to get involved with a local dance studio to get more shots like this. While I would have to adapt my new gear to it, I think it would be something fun to do. I could offer digital files to the parents as a way of soliciting their approval. Hmmmm, seems like a possible assignment that would be fun. As Art Linkletter said, "kids say the darndest things." In my experience, they also do the "darndest things."


Equipment used I believe was an Olympus OM-4T and Tokina 80-200mm f2.8 lens wide open.
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Limber

From 2001 archives.

The US Gold gymnastics team had just returned from a state-wide Florida competition. If memory serves, the team had taken first place overall in the state. I was assigned to gather some images for a sports article on the team. Shot on color film and converted in CS6 and Silver Efex Pro, I caught this pair as one helped the other to stretch before beginning their exercises. I was quite amazed at how limber these two were.
I believe this was shot with a Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8 lens and a Nikon F100. It would have been great if they had been further from the wall but I still love how her split fills the frame.


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Joys of Summer

From the 2001 archives.

I was out searching for some feature art for the Walton Sun front page when I happened on this youngster playing in a shower at Ed Walline Park. The close up shots were ok but didn't really sing to me. The action needed something else.
So, I sat and waited. About five minutes later, this woman came walking down the boardwalk from the beach. As I zoomed out to capture her as well, I was able to capture the clouds behind her. All in all, I thought this made for a more interesting image. The clouds seemed to add some depth to the shot.
While originally shot on color film, the conversion to black&white is very effective to me.


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Can I do this?

This shot was taken in 2001 while I was covering the Sandestin Triathlon at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, FL, for the weekly newspaper.
I arrived early and had some shots of athletes checking in and getting their numbers on their arms and legs along with the electronic devices that tripped the sensors for times.
I do not remember this lady's name but I spotted her as I was walking the waterline among the competitors. She was really in her own thoughts.
I took this shot and then approached her to find out her story. It turned out this was her first triathlon and she had some misgivings about being able to complete the course. As we talked, I could almost see the tension leaving her body as she told me of her training regimen. It was as if talking about her efforts to prepare had convinced herself that her training would carry her through.
I did see her finish but have been unable to locate those images at the finish line. I hope she has succeeded in accomplishing all her goals.


This image was shot with a Nikon F100 and Tokina 80-200mm f2.8 lens on Tri-X film  exposed at ISO400 and processed in D-76.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Still trying

Since dumping all my DSLR bodies and zoom lenses and shifting to mirrorless with fixed lenses, I have almost no images that I consider are "keepers". Part of it has to do with there are no extremes in focal lengths like I used for 35 years. And even as I go through my archives, I find very few images that are worth printing or even putting online.
I seem to continue to have problems seeing at the focal lengths that are now available to me. When I did some shooting for a local non-profit with these new toys, I was able to focus in and get some images worth keeping for their use. But when shooting for myself, I seem to be lost these days and unable to see at these, more or less, focal lengths of 35 and 50mm. I don't know if I am trying too hard or if I just have lost the spark.
I will continue to try and find what can get me going again. I still need to give myself an assignment with a goal to publish online somewhere. Not sure if it will be a part of this blog or another website but I do feel a need to show photographs somewhere. Oh, well, gotta keep trying.
Even a new area did not spark much in the way of keepers. But I am going to show another image from our recent trip  to Florida anyway. Looking for a place to have dinner the first night, we found a locals hangout called the Tap Room. It was quiet on that Sunday night which gave us a chance to check out the place. We went back our final night in town to relax and enjoy some snacks and drinks. While we were having our drinks and snacks, a guy came in, sat down at the center high bar, and, after ordering a beer, starting messing around with his smartphone.



In the dimly-lit bar, his phone really lit up his features. This type of behavior is pretty much the norm these days in America. People sit across from each other and, rather than conversing face to face, they start messing around on their phones.
This image was shot with the X-E1 and 35mm, wide open at f1.4, and ISO800.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Apalachicola rush hour

We just got back from a few days in Florida. Most people think of Florida and all that comes to mind is Disney World and beaches. We were on the coast but stayed in a bed&breakfast on the Apalachicola River. Just a few days of relaxing and doing whatever!
Apalachicola is small so I got up early each morning, grabbed a camera, and just wandered around with no real shooting purpose in mind. Just working to try and see photographically with the new cameras. This shot is from the Fuji X100S, post processing in CS6 and Silver Efex Pro II. Did a little playing with filters to enhance the contrast a little and add some impact for areas lit by lights.
I like the way it turned out. And this really is pretty much "rush hour" in Apalachicola!


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Monday, October 21, 2013

Back in time

Thought I would go back in time to a film image shot with Tri-X b&w film. I have always enjoyed the look of Tri-X over any b&w film. It is strictly a personal preference and I do admire what others produce in b&w from Ilford, Agfa and even generic b&w films.
But, for me, it has always been Tri-X. I have shot this film since 1978 and used several different developers but D-76 was always my favorite with this film.
On to the image.
This shot is probably from around 10 years ago. Today, this little girl has turned 17 and has grown into a lovely young lady and is quite an accomplished artist. I really like the look of this shot with the diagonal tube running from corner to corner but also how I happened to catch her. The light really works here and having the eye contact adds to the overall effect.



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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Almost a mistake

As usual, I spend time each morning looking at several blogs that interest me. The blogs range from passionate amateurs to fulltime pros. Most of them use either Fuji X-System cameras or Leicas as I have transitioned from DSLRs to the X-System (Leicas are out of my price range!).
There are many good things I get from reading through the blogs. Inspiration, desire to go out and shoot, etc. But there is a downside that I noticed when I started to do this post.
I started to do a piece on composition and what works in my images because I saw several bloggers that had recently done that type of post.
It suddenly hit me this morning as I started to upload the post that this is not really what my blog is about. It is more about the emotion of an image rather than aesthetics of an image. So, I decided to revise this post to look more at what I originally started this blog about.
In the first image, I spotted this young man sitting in the stands at a basketball game with the hood of his sweatshirt up covering his head and only his partial profile in view.


Given the recent shooting in Florida this year and the "hoodie" theme, this image may provoke several different emotions. Some may find it sinister while others may find it appealing. In either event, I just like the dynamics and mystery of the image. Who is this young man? What are his ambitions? As they used to say on the radio, "only the Shadow knows." Oh, and by the way, this image was originally captured in December, 2007, long before Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were front page news. 
Here is another of my favorite images from my youngest niece's wedding several years ago.



Before I always thought it was the interaction between this little flower girl and her mother that really made the image work. But on further study, it is more than that. What caught my eye more recently was there is a second flower girl in the image.
Look between the two dominant foreground subjects. Lo, and behold, there she is! This was something I did not notice on first inspection as my eyes were drawn to the interaction between mother and daughter. But, when I did see the second flower girl, the first thought that came to mind was "that is cool."
Sometimes the mind plays strange tricks and you end up with a photo that keeps surprising you. And it is those images I seek to find today - ones that will keep surprising me!
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kids #3

The final installment of "kids do the darndest things" (at least until I find more in my archives!).
This shot was captured at a high school football game (American football). This particular night was Homecoming. There is a court with a boy and girl from each grade (and usually several from the senior class) that have been elected by their peers. Out of the senior class representatives, the boy and girl with the most votes are selected as King and Queen.
In this shot, the game has not yet started and the Homecoming Court is sitting along the sidelines. I had focused on the young man on his cellphone but, as I hit the shutter, the young lady on his right blew a bubble with her gum.
Here she was beautifully dressed, looking elegant, blowing a bubble! And, to top it off, she was selected Homecoming Queen (the boy was the King).
I had photos of her being crowned Homecoming Queen but guess which one I selected for the paper!



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Friday, October 18, 2013

Kids #2

This is the second installment of "kids do the darndest things". In this shot, I was covering a cajun band called Hadley J. Castille & the Sharecroppers in the resort of Seaside, FL. When I covered these events, I shot both the band and the crowd to get some feature images for space fillers in the paper. As I was looking around the amphitheater, I noticed this one little girl sitting on her dad's knees instead of the ground.
I brought the camera up and, as I started to push the shutter, she stuck out her tongue. I think her goal was to mess up the image. But all it did was make it worthy of being a feature shot in the paper. I got her name and age from her dad and sent them a digital copy of the image along with a PDF file of the page that it was on in the paper.



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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Kids, they do the darndest things!

The title of this post is a takeoff on Art Linkletter's quote of "kids say the darndest things" from back in the 1950's and 60's. I have been fortunate to, on occasion, catch kids in the act of doing something ordinary but the image comes across with some impact. Several of the images already posted in earlier blogs show some of this impact. I recently ran across this shot that any parent has been through at one time or another. I am going to do three images in succession to show some of what I have been lucky to catch.
In this first installment, this young girl's dad was signing her brother up for youth league basketball, she was not happy and was letting him (and anyone within hearing range!) know it.


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Friday, October 11, 2013

SAFE!

This is one of my all-time favorite sports photos that I caught when working for a newspaper. I followed this particular high school for over a decade and became as well known to the fans and players as the coaches.
In this shot, the runner had taken a lead off first base and the catcher tries to pick her off. As I quite often did, I was focused on first base in anticipation of pickoff attempt. This time I was rewarded.
The runner dove back to the base so quickly that when she hit the ground her feet and legs kept going. But she was safe. The tips of her fingers touched the base just before the first baseman applied the tag and, viola, I have my image for the game.
This particular squad went on to win their district and got as far as the Elite Eight before they were overpowered by the eventual state champs.





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Thursday, October 10, 2013

So, how are you doing?

The title of this post came to mind when I was looking through the viewfinder back in 2002. I was covering a pet carnival for the newspaper and caught this guy talking with his dog. You notice I said "WITH" his dog. He really seem to be carrying on a conversation and the dog seemed to listening.
The other thing I like about this image is the composition. The diagonal lines created by the gentleman's arm and the back of the dog helps drive the eye up to their heads which is the point of interest that I wanted to drive the viewer to. I don't remember his name or his dog's but I have always liked this shot. It ran with a couple of other images of the pet festival the next week. Sometimes images are just fun.


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New concept

Like a lot of other photographers, I not only do my own blog but also spend time looking at others' photo blogs. Mainly, I do this for inspiration from the images. If the particular post is about equipment, I will quite often pass on taking a look.
But recently I spent sometime on Olivier Duong's blog and ran across a posting he did some time back about I.A.S. (You can read it yourself here: http://tinyurl.com/oyu7bsj) I recently made mention of G.A.S., or gear acquisition syndrome, and said, that for me, it was about images. Duong calls it I.A.S. or image acquisition syndrome. And he is not talking about buying others' images but getting a jolt when YOU get an image that grabs you.
Henri Cartier-Bresson said the first 10,000 images are your worst. Well, I have shot well in excess of 10,000 and am still hoping the next image I am lucky enough to capture is THE ONE!
But, in the meantime, I will keep trying. Since taking the minimalist approach with the sale of all my DSLR gear and the acquisition of its replacements, I have been having a few problems catching an image that I want to keep. So, I started just taking one of the two cameras rather than both. Only time will tell but I am hopeful that this will help me to focus on getting an image worth keeping no matter which camera I have in hand.
Today's image is a very ordinary, everyday occurance that many of us do. Just a simple shot of a gentleman doing his grocery shopping. There have been aspects of shooting with just a 35mm field of view that I did not like such as having too many elements in the compositon. So much so that the image is just a confusing collection of things and people. But, in this image, it works for me. Having the additional FOV gives the image more meaning in some ways.
Now, in color, this image did not work for me. Too much distraction. But simplifying it to a black&white image allows the gentleman to pop a little from the image and draw the eye. Plus add in the fact that the camera (a Fuji X100S) is totally silent and so small that it does not draw much attention even when I bring it to my eye. And, as I get used to the camera and its capabilities, it can sometimes be a one-handed operation (which allows me to keep the grocery cart under control).
So with that said, here is today's shot.


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

More of the true meaning of "Life on the Banks"

I am continuing to bounce back and forth between new images and images from my archives. This shot I think really shows that "slice of life" theme I am trying to reach with my photography.
Somewhere, outside the field of view of the telephoto zoom I was using, other kids were running after the ball. These kids were "defenders" of their team so were staying back. But the two kids with their arms around each other defies any of the normal competition that they will get into if they continue to play the sport.
We sometimes lose sight of the fact it is just a game. But not these kids.

 
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Monday, October 7, 2013

In the operating room

I am trying to post often on the blog just because!
Today's image is from an assignment I did for the newspaper I used to work for. It was over a decade ago and shortly after my wife became a journalist with the paper. She also got the assignment so we were able to work together.
The assignment was to check out a new spinal surgery practice in the area. She set up a meet with them and prepped the setting by asking them to consider letting us use an upcoming surgery candidate. We meet with the surgeon and patient prior to the surgery and were allowed to be in the operating room during the surgery. We had to wear the surgical robes and masks but, other than that, were allowed total freedom in the operating room
This image ran three columns wide on the front page of the paper. Several other images ran as well and my website (www.richard-owen.com) has a photo essay in the galleries section.
Since it was minimally invasive surgery, there was really no blood to make people queasy. The patient is awake for the entire procedure and the surgeon spoke with her throughout the procedure. In this shot, he has already administered a local anthestic and is tapping in the first of several dilating tubes. I also have a shot of all the tubes but I like this one because of the rim lighting on the hammer.


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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Gear Acquisition Syndrome or G.A.S!

While I am not going to get a large following for the effort spent on this blog, I am finding it enjoyable to do. So many of the photo blogs out there get into doing equipment reviews which feeds the G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) that technology has spawned. Other photo blogs just show the image but not a story behind the taking of it. Over the years, I have had different camera models by different manufacturers. Each time I changed to a new camera body, it was because I needed the capabilities of that particular body to do the job that I was either doing or wanted to be capable of doing. But they were just tools. The new cameras I have will probably be the last cameras I own in this lifetime. But they are just tools that I have to learn how they will best capture the images that are worth keeping and showing on this blog.
Now, off my soapbox and on to today's image.
The wife and I went to a local food festival yesterday. This image, IMO, is an improvement over what I have been doing with this new gear. I forced myself to shoot only with the Fuji X100S to try and get used to its 23mm lens (35mm in fullframe) over the X-E1 and its 35 mm lens (52mm in FF). I had been favoring the X-E1 lately as I seem to prefer a little more reach of that lens.
But this image with the X100S is probably the best I have done with the X100S. Until this image, I always seem to be too far away from the subjects to have a really effective image. Finally, I have a shot that, more or less, fills the frame but I am still not satisfied at this point. This image is missing any sense of the environment. All around were food booths from local restaurants as well as a few local businesses (two were funeral homes!!). But the one thing I do like is the low point of view with this shot. The woman was paying no attention to me. When she came by, I was already kneeling down to get some low angle shots. I was looking more for children and wanting to catch them and their parents but with their parents from about the waist down. But, when the opportunity presented itself, I hit the shutter button. In post processing, I put the image through Nik Silver Efex Pro II adding a little more contrast and a red filter to darken the blue sky.
So, while this image shows some improvement (again, IMO), it is still lacking key elements. Oh, well, onward and ever upward!!!



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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Stars & Stripes forever!

I ran across this image as I was continuing to search for images to use in the blog while I get more familiar with my new cameras. Not sure what it is about this image that catches my eye (LOL!!). I got this shot as I was covering the annual Fourth of July parade. The parade covered about two miles from the start in Seagrove Beach to the finish in Seaside. As usual, I walked the entire route carrying two camera bodies, one with an f2.8 telephoto zoom and the other with a f2.8 wideangle zoom, and a couple of prime lenses in my photo vest. This was when I was young enough to do that stuff. I enjoyed walking the parade route as I got the opportunity to get shots of people dressed up for the holiday and spend time talking with them getting info for cutlines.
I don't remember these young ladies' names but they really caught my eye! The one on the left had white stars on a blue field bottoms with red stripes on a white field top. The long-haired one on the right had red stripes on a white field bottom and white stars on a blue field top. I had other images of the two but this one of them sitting on a bench is really my favorite mainly because of the extra dimension added by the bench components.


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Friday, October 4, 2013

Billy Bob's BBQ!

While I was expecting to continue down memory lane, I thought I would toss in this shot from lunch at a local restaurant, Billy Bob's Bar-B-Q. You walk in and there is a counter with a half-dozen or so stools. The one thing missing, as noted in several reviews that I read, was the smell of barbeque. But what really stood out about the place was the real down-home feel. Regulars were greeted as they came in for lunch and the wait staff was as friendly as you would expect in a real Southern USA restaurant. Managed to get one image that I liked using the Fuji X-E1. It is nothing that will make the Pulitzer Prize list but does kinda show the laid back attitude of barbeque places around the US of A. Oh, if you stop by, you HAVE TO HAVE the warm banana pudding. It is about the best I have ever had except for my mom' s or my wife's!!!



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Thursday, October 3, 2013

A defining moment

Like I said, I am going on a trip down memory lane with the next few posts. This image goes back to about the turn of the century in 2000. You remember. There were all kinds of little programs being generated to make sure your computer could recognize the year "2000". All the doom and gloom that the world was going to stop....
Well, it didn't and I was still shooting for the little weekly. I had met the young lady in this image through the sport of volleyball. So when the time for Senior Prom came around, I spent parts of several days following her around with her mom. This shot was the day that she picked out her prom gown. This gown was one of her favorites due to the slit in the gown. Since she stood about six feet tall, the slit really accentuated her leg as she modeled the gown. Her mom and her date (standing stage right) looked on.
Besides this day, I also gathered images from her day of preparation. Her day at the hairdresser, manicure/pedicure, and getting ready at home. Two of her friends also came over with their dates. Her dad lent his BMW to her date to go to the prom. In the end, the paper ran a little photo essay of this young lady and all the preparation. She went on to college and later worked for the Pensacola News Journal daily newspaper.
In America, this is one of the defining moments in a lot of teenagers' lives. You are feeling that you are becoming an adult. You can vote, join the military, go to college, etc. But, for this one magical night, it is time to just have fun!



P.S. As I was finishing this post, I thought "I wonder if I can find Kris?" A quick google search and there she was on facebook! I sent her a private message about this post but have not heard back from her yet. If she does respond, I will have to update this post with her status. In looking at her facebook page, it looks like she has gotten involved in Women's Roller Derby!!!


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