Saturday, January 31, 2015

PROGRESS?

This pole and its wires caught my eye one bright sunny day. Originally captured in color, I saw an opportunity for a black&white image. The red brick buildings against the blue sky with wispy clouds had possibilities. Taking the image into Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2, I chose the red filter. This lightened the bricks slightly while darkening the sky to bring out the clouds. Add in the wires going out in all directions from the pole silhouetted against the clouds and sky and my eye bounces all around the image.


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Friday, January 30, 2015

"Do as I say not as I do"

While looking for images for another book to leave my heirs, I ran across this shot of a Humane Society member. The member probably is the first to jump on people and call the cops when he/she spots this type of situation.
The shot was taken in February 2007 on a sunny day. I don't remember what the temperature was that day. It could have been cool or rather warm as sometimes happens in the Florida Panhandle during the winter months. I believe there was one window slightly cracked but it seems to me that a member of the Humane Society would never do something like this on a bright, sunny day.


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

New watering hole

Mixing a little new with the old as I change the way I shoot after decades of SLR/DSLR bodies and fast zoom lenses for newspaper publication. Saw this young lady cleaning the windows of a new restaurant in town and thought "why not?".


Just a bit of everyday street work that will be remember by no one but it documents the goings-on in the little town I live near.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BALL!!

Since I am no longer shooting for pay, I am trying to go through all the images shot over the years. I decided to pull images that have stuck in my head. Today's image is from my days as a contract photographer for a small Florida Panhandle weekly that I was associated with for 10 years. At the time this shot was made I was still shooting film using a pair of Nikon F100 bodies. The home team was down close to scoring when a fumble occurred. I was focused in the backfield and picked up on an opposing player chasing the football. As the ball bounced away from him, he started running toward it and the referee come into view. The focus was already tracking the player and I instinctively hit the shutter button. I ran off three frames but this was the first one in the series. My mind saw the image before I realized it was there and I just reacted. This is an image I have remembered over the years and it should be easy to see why.


The repeated poses between the player and the ref are a matter of "right time, right place". This is one image that I will put into a folder to see if it makes my top 100 images of my photographic life that I plan on putting together in a book to leave after my time is done.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

After the cake fight!

Taken during the birthday party for my son's two youngest kids this past year. The teenager on the right is his oldest.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Teenagers!

Part of the joy of being a grandparent is watching your own kids having to handle their own teenagers. This is my son's oldest daughter testing her mother by blowing on her.


 As one can see, Mom is getting ready to jerk a knot in her tail!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Technically it sucks!

But sharpness means little to me concerning this image. This was shot in 1979 with an Olympus OM-10 and Zuiko 1,8/50mm, the first "serious" camera that was given to me by the lady (my wife) in the pic, on Tri-X film.
I had been out of the Navy for about 3 years and we were still getting used to civilian life. We and our 3 kids were on vacation in Virginia and I was with the kids at the pool when my wife stepped out onto the room's balcony.


It brings back a lot of good memories and isn't that one of the reasons we photograph?
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

An outake

Part of the fun of shooting for a newspaper is sometimes happening on found images that remain in your mind. This is one of those shots.
I was with a newspaper journalist (actually, my wife as the business contact) gathering some shots of a new restaurant. As I looked around for some images to give a feel to the place, I spotted this image. No extra lights,or setup, nothing. But I think Corona would love it!!
It was shot with a Nikon D2H and a Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 superzoom handheld at 200mm, f5.6, and 1/15 second. I love the detail that shows with the condensation on the glass and the OOF elements that are still identifiable.


 All there was for light was what was streaming in through the windows which gave a nice glow to the glass and some indication of the what else was on the table. This shot was not one that was used in the spread about the restaurant but it is one that I remember vividly.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

On the square

Captured this last week at a local coffee shop. Initially the image caught my eye but I really had to study it to figure out why. For me, the way the three people are in the image is what works.


 In looking closely, the diagonals created (see 2nd image) from person to person gets the eye to move through the image. Even though the guy in background is slightly out of focus, it works for me.


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Delivery....

I had seen this truck parked on the sidewalk several times but never caught the actual delivery of wood to this restaurant, Sam's BBQ House. Took several shots as I got closer and closer and this one, at the closest point, worked best. Probably should have stuck around and shot some different angles to come up with something more pleasing. There is always next time (hopefully)!


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEW BOOKS!

Since going into retirement, I have been spending time going through my archives to see if there were any themes that I could develop into photobooks. This past year I did three and gave one to Chris and Amanda and one to Jeaninne (my kids). I have now completed two more and uploaded to blurb.com but still need to buy my personal copies.




The entire "FACES" book can be previewed at http://blur.by/14F4AtF.


"ALWAYS CONNECTED" can be previewed in its entirety at http://blur.by/14F9hDz.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Shy?

NOT!!
This little pixie was a hoot at my granddaughter's first art exhibition. She, her sister (not in this image), and the little girl to the left did some acting out for me when their parents ask me to take a few shots of them. Still editing to see which one is the best but they were quite a trio!


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Life on the banks

As I started to work on images from this past weekend, I happened on this shot that caught my eye and seems, to me anyway, resoundingly echo the title of this blog. I grabbed it at a birthday party for two of my grandchildren (my son's youngest kids).
What caught my eye was the interaction from the teenager and adult but also the guy (my son) at the grill in the background. Some would say it is just a snapshot but, for me, it shows something I have been striving for since I began trying to have something with more substance in my images. An image like this would have never been published in the little weekly I supported for 10 years. BUT the image draws me in and makes me wonder what was going on here between the two.


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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Don't take my picture!!!

"Did you get my good side?"
Teenagers, especially of the female variety, will ask that exact question as they duck and cover. In this shot, from the first art exhibition by one of my granddaughters yesterday, I was treated to a little of everything. My granddaughter (my daughter's youngest daughter on the far left holding my X100S) is laughing about a shot she just took while one of her friends looks and smiles directly into the camera (my X-E1 w/35mm XF), another strikes a pose, and one tries to "duck and cover".


 I have a bunch to edit and get to her from the show yesterday but it will take a few days. I will use several over the next week for blog posts. STAY TUNED!!!
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"No Self Service"

Trying to find my groove again by looking at some images from back when I first got a decent SLR (thanks to my wife!). I think it was shot with an Olympus OM-10 with Zuiko 1,8/50mm. The film was Tri-X @ ISO400, developed in D-76 1:1.


 If memory serves, this was a young man named Steve Scholla and was at the first company I worked for after leaving the US Navy. This was around 1980 just after I had been bitten by the photography bug. Images like this are what I believe are worth keeping. Ordinary people doing ordinary things or, as American philosopher Will Durant said, "life on the banks."
We seem so caught up in what this or that "celebrity" is doing that we forget that the real heroes are the ones that live in the shadows just trying to do their best for family and friends. My family lost one such hero on January 2, 2015, when the husband of one of my nieces passed away at the young age of 48. He lived in a small Mississippi town, taught high school, and coached several sports. The town turned out to say goodbye to one of their true heroes this past Sunday. He shall be missed by everyone who knew him but especially by his loving wife and children.
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Friday, January 2, 2015

Sad news

I had been trying to figure out what my first post of 2015 would be when I happened upon the news that jazz guitarist Jeff Golub had passed away at the age of 59 after a lengthy battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or PSP. I was fortunate to photograph Jeff during his appearances at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival over the years. The first image is from the 2007 festival in Gulf Place, FL. It was my first time listening and shooting a performance by Jeff.


The last time I saw Jeff was at the 2012 festival as he performed along side saxophonist Mindi Abair and guitarist David Pack.


A Friends of Jeff Golub Benefit Concert has been scheduled to raise funds to help cover the expenses that Jeff and his family have incurred over the past few years. The concert will be held at B. B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on January 21, 2015. Many of his friends will be featured at the event including Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Randy Brecker, Henry Butler, Lionel Cordew, Christipher Cross, Mark Egan, Richard Elliot, Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb, Phillippe Saisse, Kirk Whalum, Kenny White, & Dave Koz.
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