Wednesday, March 25, 2015

See through

Met this young man yesterday. He was cleaning the windows at a local coffee shop. It is a second (or maybe third) job. He also works at one of the largest cable manufacturers in the world but he has another profession that is extremely creative.
I have mentioned before about one of my granddaughters being a gifted artist and this young man also has the gift. You can see his work at www.pencilperfectdrawings.com.
We talked for a few minutes as he asked me what I do with my photos. I told him my story and offered to send him a shot if any turned out. Of the half dozen or so, this is the only one that will see the light of day.



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Early try

Taken back in 1979-80 with a Olympus OM-10 and Zuiko 1,8/50mm. This was one of my early attempts at home developing (D-76 @ ASA400) and one of the earliest images that I really thought was worth keeping. Taking a look at this image, I see why I usually like images with a little higher than average contrast. It just is something I have always liked.


The location is the Hampton Roads side of Chesapeake Bay. The city lights in the distance are Norfolk, VA.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

A little apprehensive....

I am trying to compile what I call "memorable" images that I have shot over the years (almost 40 so far) that I will put into a book for my kids. I plan on giving a little write-up on each image so my kids and grandkids know the story behind each shot.
I picked this one today just because it was the first one that came up in Adobe Bridge. Shot in 2001 at the Sandestin Triathlon, I was freelancing for a little weekly. As usual, I arrived well before start time to get some "before" shots that could be used. (The weekly had a habit of running multi-image front pages which was great for me.)
After getting a few participants checking in, I wander down to the beach to see what was happening. After walking a ways down the beach, I turned around to see if anything would peak my interest and there she was. Shooting with a Nikon F100 and Tokina 80-200mm f2.8, I used the long lens wide open to isolate her against the other people.
She looked like she was chilled in the early morning but there seemed to be something more. After getting a few shots, I pulled out my notepad, walked up to her and introduced myself. After getting her name and where she was from, I asked if she was all right. It turned out this was her first triathlon and she was quite worried.
I never did see her finish. That was my failing. I should have concentrated on just her and made an entire series of images of just her.
Hindsight is always 20/20. But here is the shot that ran in the paper that week.


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Juliette, GA, USA

Made a road trip this past weekend and I kinda like this shot. It is much different than what I usually post. I usually dump images like this. Now I am trying [still!] to redefine my photographic self from years of trying to be a photojournalist.
The nice thing is I did get to fulfill that dream of being a pj when I worked for a little weekly newspaper in northwest Florida. But that was with totally different gear than I have today and a TOTALLY different mindset.


For those not in the know, Juliette, GA, is where the Whistle Stop Cafe is. The cafe was a prominent feature in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes". Since this was the first Saturday in a while that was nice, the cafe was doing good business and we had a wait of about 30 minutes. Usually assortment of families, bikers (motorcycle types), and "normal" folks.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Conversation

Digging through some old files and noticed this one. My wife and I were on a house hunting trip traveling from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, CA, in 1981. I had redeemed some frequent flyer miles and we were both flying first class on a direct flight. I had noticed a prominent politician get on and this guy was one of his aides. The politician? None other than Ted Kennedy. I tried to get a shot of him as he left the plane in LA but he was just a blur as he hustled through the gateway.






But I did get this shot of his aide talking with him during the flight. Shot on Tri-X at ASA400 with a Olympus OM-2S. Not sure what the lens was.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Just for charity

For the past several months I have been working on a new edition of the "Sweet Sixteen" photobook that I hoped to talk the Seabreeze Jazz Festival organizers into auctioning off at the 2015 event for the charity Music in the Schools. I recently finished the book and this past week got the organizers' buy-in. The book is on order but is not for sale as this is designed to be a one-of-a-kind for an interested fan. My goal is to have as many of the musicians as possible autograph their individual photo pages to add to the uniqueness of this book. Below is the new cover solely for this edition.


Since there are people at the festival every year that recognize me and spend several thousand dollars to be up close and personal to the stage, I am hoping they are willing to open their pocketbooks for the charity. If you would like to see the entire book, go to http://blur.by/1CeB4di.
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