Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pedalin'

Back in the good times. Recession had not started yet. I was still gainfully employed at a small weekly newspaper. Really enjoyed working for that paper. Having carte blanc access to events of all types from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival to high school sports.

As the only staff photographer, I got to shoot everything from features to advertising and no one cared how much overtime I worked. Really was a lot of fun. Shame my luck had to run out.

This is just a shot of a vacationer who, like most, was unable to disconnect from home and just enjoy being at the beach.


I haven't looked at this image in quite a while and am not sure why I kept it but I love the sharpness and the texture of the pavement.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

MARIONETTES




Bi-annual yard sale, Seaside, FL, 13 October 2007
Nikon D2H, Nikkor 18-200mm @ 200mm, f5.6

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Time off

This is a shot of a very young granddaughter taken around Christmas of 2002. She has grown to a teenager trying to find her way and pushing her parents to their limits on occasion. Shot with a Nikon F100, not sure which lens (probably the Nikkor 18-35mm) on Tri-X @ ASA400. Developed in D-76 1:1.





I have decided I need a break from flickr so I am taking from now through the end of August off from posting or even looking at anything on the site. I just seemed to have reached a point of overload with the images here and need to take some time off and focus on my own direction. To those who have commented on my images, I would like to say thank you. I will probably be back but who knows what the future holds. I will continue to post to my blog on occasion but want to do some prints of images that I really like and want to make sure my family has after I am gone.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

A new direction

This shot goes back to when I was just starting out as a freelance news photographer for a small weekly in northwest Florida. The time was New Year's Eve, 1998. The editor asked me to cover an all-night skating party for teens and kids. This shot ran on the front page as two young girls strapped on their skates.
I miss being a shooter for a small community newspaper. Being able to meet people of all ages is one of the best parts of that job. I still keep up (through social media) with some of those young people that I captured in the 15 years we were down in the area. Since the recession hit and I had to find a "real" job to pay the bills, the lack of imagery in that little weekly is really depressing. I am not the greatest photographer in the world but I had such opportunities for photographs that ran from breaking news to sports to check presentations. The potential for great images on a local level were everywhere!


Now I am trying to find my direction again as I had to enter retirement due to lack of work. Now I just need to really get MOTIVATED!!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Something a little different

I don't shoot a lot of nature or landscape stuff but caught this in Adamson Square yesterday.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Doing well!

Back in 1999, the young lad on the right was a high school senior who had most of his credits done for graduation and needed to fill some time. He asked if I would give him some instruction in photography. I was still shooting film and decided it would be fun. I gave him a theme each week and he went out and shot. Then he would come in, develop the film, and we would scan in what he had. I did little for this young man other than give him some basics in developing. His creative juices were already there and just looking for an outlet!!! I captured this shot of him at the 2011 (I think) with a Yashica Electro35 GS using Tri-X film and a 3-stop ND filter.


Here we are 15 years later and he is not only a part of a successful property management company in northwest Florida as the Director of Operations but also a successful photographer. He owns Modus Photography doing travel, lifestyle, portraits, weddings, commercial, and more. He also sells fine art prints using a lot of reclaimed wood from the area. Really quite a creative young man! If you are ever in Panama City Beach I recommend a visit to his gallery in Grayton Beach. Check out his website at modusphotography.com.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Slow day

Hate days when there is little work. Makes the workday seem like forever!!!


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Smokin'

I have been using the Nikkor 1,8/85mm AF-D lens on my X-E1 ever since I could not sell it. I toy with the idea of trying to sell it again and getting a rangefinder lens but I like what I have been able to capture with this lens. It would not sell for much so I keep using it.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Private Residence

I find myself looking for images of a more graphic nature, i.e., light and shadow, shapes, etc., since I am no longer shooting for a newspaper. This shot is from earlier this year but is part of a series I am working on concerning a downtown square made up of a variety of shops from clothing to book stores to restaurants and more. What really caught my eye here was the sign on the door letting passersby know that it was NOT the entry to a business.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

R STROO S

This just caught my eye and I had to take a shot.....


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Monday, July 14, 2014

What does this image say to you?

I have been going through the last umpteen years of images and pulling together some new galleries. As I was doing that, I thought that now would be a good time to start something on the local town square I have been photographing and starting to pull together some images. I happened on this shot and it struck me differently than is did when I first uploaded it. This time I tried to "read" the image and see what it might be telling me.
For me, this frozen moment in time, seems almost adversarial. The woman's posture seems to be trying to put some space between her the and man who has approached her. He seems very relaxed and not trying to invade her "space" or make her feel uncomfortable. I did not really noticed this when I took the shot. There really is something to the idea that waiting a little while before deleting any image.


Wondering what your thoughts are about this shot.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sometimes an older sister can be nice....

My 13 yo granddaughter putting makeup on her 11 yo sister. Sometimes they seem to always be at each other's throats but just as often there is this!!!


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

A girl and her laptop

Just enjoying capturing life as it happens.


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

What a little pixie!

On Friday, I went to shoot the Independence Day parade in Carrollton, GA. My Fuji X-E1 acted up a little bit and shot two of the images as JPEG files rather than RAW. Don't know why and haven't gotten a plausible answer from other Fuji shooters as to why. But one of the images really captured my eye and was rendered the way I would probably do in post (IF I had the RAW file). At first, this little girl was hiding behind a telephone pole watching me. I proceeded to shoot other folks that were gathering to watch the parade. I had a chance to grab this shot without her noticing me.


This was shot with a Nikkor 1,8/85mm at f2.0. I am beginning to really like the bokeh of this lens more than when I used it on my Nikon D2H bodies. As far as the image, I added just a touch of contrast but that is all. No cropping or anything else. I have heard a lot from other Fuji shooters about the way the X-System gear does monochrome JPEGs but have not experienced it. This was captured in B&W with a red filter and, for me, it works. I love the tonal range which reminds me of the expensive Leica Monochrom rangefinder. But my X-E1 cost me just $650USD used last year and not $8000USD. Eat your heart out, Leica!
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Just a memory

Took this shot last fall at an Italian restaurant we would go to. Sadly, the leased building the restaurant was in caught fire early this year and they were put out of business. Additionally, the owners were underinsured and may not be able to get the funds to rebuild and reopen. Good food, decent prices, and nice people. It is a shame. La Trattoria, you will be missed.


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

MAIN STREET, USA

With the celebration of Independence Day for the USA being held this week with lots of parades, fireworks, and barbeques, I thought I would post this shot taken recently across from the local county courthouse. With the variety of storefronts, I thought it pretty much said "MAIN STREET, USA".


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Which one first?

Just enjoying shooting without much of a goal in mind. Trying to document the local downtown square and its eclectic collection of businesses. Haven't hit them all yet but there is time....


I plan on shooting the Fourth of July parade in the square come this Friday. I will be using my Fuji X100S, Fuji X-E1 w/Nikkor 85mm, and my Yashica Electro35 GS (fixed lens rangerfinder with 1,7/45mm) with Tri-X at its rated speed. I will be using the ND filter on the X100S and a 3-stop ND filter on both the X-E1 and Yashica. Hope to have a great time...
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