Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The beauty of youth

I have always loved this shot. The young lady (whose name escapes me) was a sophomore at a local high school dressed up for a football homecoming game. I was there for the game and was getting some sideline shots before the kickoff.
I had my 2,8/300mm lens on one body in preparation for the game but saw some kids at the other end of the field. This young lady spotted me as I was surveying the crowd and I could not pass up the shot.
I love the light here but, more importantly, I love her smile and the sparkle in her eyes.


Just as I started to squeeze the shutter, the wind picked up a little lifting her hair and really adding to the overall effect.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Just chillin'

Just another shot from the recent cruise. Caught this lovely poolside just enjoying the sun and warmth of the day at Nachi Cocum beach resort.



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Saturday, December 28, 2013

A pair of eyes

Still homebound while trying to get over a pair of ills, I delved back into the archives for an image. This one is from a shoot at a local beach apparel shop called Beach Bums. My wife, a reporter with the newspaper, was doing a business article on the operation. Initially, I went to take some photos of the owner but wanted to also have some pics of the facility. I asked the owner, half jokingly, if she had someone who would be willing to model some of the suits. She immediately said "yes" so I had the opportunity to shoot this young lady in several of bikinis and one-piece suits.
This image caught my eye recently when I noticed the advertisement on the left. I had not noticed I had two pairs of "eyes" looking at the camera.


Her name is Melissa and she was an absolute joy to work with. I hope she is doing well. This was shot on a Nikon D2Hs with a Nikkor 18-200mm superzoom, a lens I used quite often on travel. It was shot with available light in the store that I thought worked out perfectly.
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Nice try but what do ya think?

Sorry for being offline since my last post but sickness (sinusitis and pink eye!) sidelined me for almost a week and a half! Finally saw the doctor yesterday, got a steroid shot, added several meds for the next week or so, and am finally on the mend after trying over-the-counter meds to treat a cold!
Feeling a little better, I thought I would try and post something between the coughing spells and get y'all's thoughts.
I took this shot (an attempt at street photography) in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. I like the positioning of the people elements that seem to lead the eye around the image. I have always loved diagonal compositions as I thing they favor adding action to a image and get the eye to roam from spot to spot to take in the whole image rather than just focusing on a single element.


Probably could have used a higher shutter speed to freeze the motion of the guy just entering the image from the left but this is what I got.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Just back!

Just got back from a cruise to the Western Caribbean on Carnival Legend out of Tampa, FL. Now the cold weather in Georgia is giving me a cold! Here is a shot of the ship as we approached Sunshine Skyway Bridge and moved into open water. The ship's engine exhaust funnel passes within 10-15 feet of the span. I have a shot of the funnel as it passed under the span but I was at the base of the funnel and you really cannot tell how close it is to the bridge.

Gear: Fuji X100S

This was on the beach in Cozumel, Mexico, at the Nachi Cocum resort.
 
Gear: Fuji X-E1, XF 1,4/35mm

Here is something I do not understand - the need of today's society to be constantly connected. I remember the days of old (and it really has NOT been that long ago) when you took a vacation and were disconnected. All you thought about was relaxing and enjoying life. I guess I have just gotten old and out of touch!!!

Gear: Fuji X-E1, Nikkor 1,8/85mm AF-D

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

For every high, there is a low

One of the things about shooting for a small town weekly newspaper is you have to cover everything. From the simple check signings (boring) to championship ball games (highs) to death on the highways (lows).
Being on the coast, during the summer months when the tourists flocked in, the chance for rip tides varied but when they happened, they seem to happen over and over. I picked up the call for a water rescue on a radio scanner and was close enough to get there about the same time the rescuers showed up.
On the up side, jet skis had recently been donated to the department for this particular use. On the down side, I do not think this gentleman made it. He was brought in unconscious and airlifted to the local hospital. This was one of several rescue attempts that were made this particular day.


During the decade I spent shooting for the newspaper, I had to go through a number of lows from car accidents to water rescues to forest fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. But I would do it all again given the opportunity.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Legs

Still working to adjust my way of seeing, not only with the new gear but in relation to existing images. Decided to crop this shot for what I think is a little more impact. I am also deviating from my pj days and doing a little manipulation to help drive the eye.
In this case, I selected the woman, then did an inverse selection, used curves to darken the background, and Silver Efex Pro 2 with a slight increase in contrast. Part of trying to see outside the box after years of documentary/press work.


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Monday, December 2, 2013

Joyce Cooling in concert

I spent 14 years covering the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in the northwest Florida Panahandle. The festival started in Seaside and shifted to several different sites before landing at its most recent location, Panama City Beach.
With 14 years and, literally thousands of images in both analog and digital, I am working on a photo book to showcase the festival. I spent over a year trying to find just the right look to the images that would seem to really shout "JAZZ"!
Just simply converting to black and white (my preferred look) and using various colored filters just did not seem to make the images pop. So, I started trying several presets in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2 to try and see if anything caught my attention. When I tried preset number 037, things seem to click for me. This preset gives the look of a pinhole camera with all the grain and vignetting that goes along with it.
Here is an image of guitarist Joyce Cooling from the 2008 festival. She has been to the festival on several occasions and is one of my favorite performers.
If you have an opinion, positive or negative, I would truly like to hear it.


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

There is always one!

Just a quick shot as my wife and I prepare a belated Thanksgiving dinner for our son and daughter and their families.
Shot this earlier this year with the X-E1 and no one except my son's oldest daughter was paying any attention to me. But she always seems to find the camera!!!


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