Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Long Walk Home

From a visit in 2007 to the island of St. Lucia.

Nikon D2H, Nikkor 3,5-5,6/18-200mm


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Passing #1

Part of the "In Passing" series that I am working on. This is a relatively recent image taken in a local coffeeshop but others are decades old. Thinking about a book or possible exhibition.


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hey, Mr. Picture Man!

On Wednesday, my wife went to her writers' group meeting in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. Per usual, I took the opportunity to go roaming around the CAC and Adamson Square. I had gone through the exhibitions that are currently on display in the CAC and was heading for the door to go to the square when I heard, "Hey, Mr. Picture Man, take my picture!"
This time of the year the CAC does a number of artistic workshops for kids that involve a number of art disciplines. The hollerer (is this a word?) was a preteen in the impact art workshop. I think the only reason the kids noticed me was because I was carrying two cameras, my X100S and my X-E1 with a Nikkor 85mm.
As I took a few photographs of the kids, I did not notice the local newspaper's photographer/IT manager Rickey Stilley had walked in. (At first I did not recognize him having met him only once.) We both ended up taking a number of photographs of the kids and their workshop leader, Greg Lyle. I got a few shots of Stilley as he worked (still need to send these images to him). I gave my card out to the kids I had photographed and told them to tell their parents and I would send them a copy of the photograph. This is something I have always done even back when I was a working news shooter.


Kid photos always make for great filler art but this is one of the few times where I let kids act out in front of the camera. I usually preferred to watch and wait for the right thing to happen. But, in those days, I was usually working with wide angle and telephoto zooms that let me grab an image without the kids knowing at the time. This shot was great fun and I love the different expressions. The girl on the right with her puckered lips to the girl in the middle just smiling to the girl on the left who really seemed to hit a pose and an expression that makes me wonder what she is thinking.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Straining

A few weeks ago, I notice an entry on the Facebook page of a high school football program I covered while working for a newspaper in the Florida Panhandle. I made mention of how much I enjoyed covering the school's sports over the years especially things like the summer programs to stay in shape. Shaun Arntz, the defensive coordinator at the school, said he would like to see anything photos I may still have [like I throw away any images]. This is one I remember vividly during a summer program. This young man went on to play college ball at Troy University in Troy, AL.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Opposite Directions

Still trying to get the feel for the X100S and its fixed 23mm (35mm full frame FOV) lens. Do like this one though. So different from the stuff I used to shoot for the newspaper.


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July

Today is Independence Day in America. I was planning on attending our local parade for some shots for the blog but Mother Nature intervened with rain. So I went to my archives and brought out the two images that I remember most vividly.  Both of these images have been posted before.
The first was shot on film with a Nikon F100 and Tokina 80-200 f2.8 AT-X Pro lens on Tri-X film in 2001. I had just finished walking the parade route of approximately 2miles when I spotted these two ladies sitting on a bench in Seaside, FL. One had on a blue bikini bottom with stars and a red and white top while the other had blue top with stars and red and white bottom. Even though it was on black&white film, it is still an image I remember quite clearly.



The second was also shot on Tri-X but in 2011 with a Yashica Electro35 GS fixed lens rangefinder that once belonged to my dad. This was after I was no longer associated with the weekly newspaper and I wanted to shot the parade differently. I took only the rangefinder leaving the pair of digital Nikons at home and, again, walked the parade route as I had done since 1999. This young lad caught my eye as he was using his water pistol to spray the folks on the parade route. With the 45mm lens on the rangefinder, I was able to get not only him pointing his water pistol at me but also the lovely ladies with him. Happily, he did not soak the rangefinder with his pistol.



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