Member Since: February 24, 09
I'm a bit behind in posting. These were shot at a local "Frosty Nipple" sailboat race back in January. I'm the yacht club photographer. It was a pretty warm day, about 60° but without much wind, so I got some nice reflections in the water as they maneuvered about waiting for the start.
Reflections-3 (note: I used a little Topaz on this one)
Then they sounded the horn to start the race, they pulled in the sails and the boats all took off like impatient race horses and started jockeying for position headed into the first turn.
Seaside Pavilions - 3
This is the third, last and final post of Seaside beach pavilions...at least until I get another wild hair to go architecture shooting over there. They have some gazebos, too, plus bunches of really cool houses, and the smallest post office I've ever seen. Okay, I may go back and take more pictures, but this is the last for this trip.
Anyway, I love the city of Savannah, ranking it right up there with Charleston and New Orleans, but my least favorite of the eight Seaside beach pavilions is the Savannah Pavilion. I could probably have come up with a better shot of it, but I didn't. I did like the way this shot framed the nearby houses, though.
My absolute favorite of the eight pavilions is the last going west to east, the Tupelo Pavilion.
I like the outside of it, but I like the inside even more. In fact, this is where I shot my avatar.
Lines, lines and more lines. I'm so relaxed from looking at those chairs that I can't even type anymo
Seaside Pavilions - 2
Continuing with the Seaside Pavilions, we have the West Ruskin Pavilion.
I like the inside of this one, although the architecture blocks a lot of the view. Probably it's designed for people who hate views.
This is the public pavilion, and the public beach access, the rest being private facilities for residents and guests. It's also the only pavilion that apparently has no name. It needs a name, though, so it doesn't develop self-esteem issues around the more affluent, tax paying pavilions. Something with a European flair to give it class, and maybe even an accent mark for that extra dash of flair. Okay, from now on it shall be known as "Pavillione' le Dub."
My favorite view of Pavillione' le Dub is laying flat on my back with a wide angle lens and shooting straight up. I like the lines and light.
And then, of course, because we had the West Ruskin Pavilion, we must have the East Ruskin Pavilion.
My favorite part of this one is the railings up to the second part.
Still to come, my favorite and least favorite pavilions. Coincidentally, my least favorite pavilion is named after one of my most favorite cities.
I woke with a wild hair a couple of weeks ago and decided to drive over to Seaside Village and shoot all of the pavilions before lunch. Seaside is a unique seaside community that is much copied but seldom duplicated. Wander about this link: http://www.seasidefl.com/ and you'll get the idea of the place.
And the village has eight very cool beach pavilions that are each unique and each a challenge to capture. Each is named after the street that abuts it. My challenge to myself - shoot all eight in one morning.
This is Natchez Pavilion. The trick here was to not lose too much detail in the shadowed bottom part without blowing out the sunlit top part. I'm not real happy with how it came out, though. Maybe next time I'll try a graduated nuetral density filter, or shoot at noon when there's less shadow.
This is the view from Natchez Pavilion back up the street into the village.
This is Odessa Pavilion from the water side, looking back through it to the village.
This is the beach chairs in Odessa Pavilion. I really like the patterns and lines here. I think this is my second favorite pavilion.
The other five pavilions will be along soon. Just because I shot them all in one morning doesn't mean I feel comfortable posting that many at once. BTW, Happy Valentine's Day.
Okay, I have a stab at the scavenger hunt. I know it's a lot of shots, but I wanted to get them all in at once.
Rule of Thirds - Rosie O'Grady's tables and stools, Pensacola
Monochrome - Cypress trees on cloudy day, Morrison Springs, Ponce de Leon
Black and White - Previously posted father and son on dock, Navarre
Centered - A previously posted shot of a fall tree on Lake Mono, CA
Square - Clock in "square" by train station, DeFuniak Springs (note times)
Internal Frame - A previously posted shot of lady in hat, Fort Pickens
Diagonal - Hallway outside Rosie O'Grady's, Pensacola
Flash - Rosie O'Grady's bar, Pensacola
Closeup - A butterfly having lunch
Texture - A previously posted shot of pampas grass, my backyard
Inside - Stained glass window, Christ Episcopal Church, Pensacola
Outside - Christ Episcopal Church, Pensacola
Random Shots With No Particular Purpose
I went out on a nice but chilly day a couple of weeks ago with the express purpose of taking pictures of something, but I had no idea what. Instead, I roamed about in search of inspiration.
I found a little of it waiting for me out at the beach.
And while playing with a ring light from Santa I shot this macro of pampas grass. It was more to play with the light than get a picture, though.
I came across this family fishing in a spot where there are very few fish. There are a lot more of them over under the bridge. But they seemed to be having fun freezing. It was down in the low 60s, hence the coats.
This condo caught my eye, but I couldn't fit it all in, so I went with a 16mm wide angle that makes it lean a bit, but I liked it.
And then there was this gazebo down on the Landing.
Challenge - 2 best of 2012
It's always a lot of fun to look back through the year's pictures and see all the places I've been and the sights I've captured. And it's always a challenge to somehow narrow the pictures down to my favorite of the entire year. I'm glad we get to pick two this year. It makes it easier. Anyway, I have managed to pick and can now post my two favorite shots of the year. I hope you like them as well.
I shot this beautiful bubble fairy at a Renaissance Fair in Tampa. She has interesting skin and great eyes.
This relaxing scene was taken in Cancun. I think the boat on the left is the Royal Caribbean "Allure of the Seas," the world's largest cruise ship at the time.
Navarre is a little town in between Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola and is partly a mainland community and partly a beach community, thanks to the big bridge that connects the mainland to the barrier island.
Near that bridge on the mainland side is a nice little park with great views and a pier. This was pretty monotone due to the angle to the sun, so I decided that I liked it better as a black and white.
In fact, it's possible to fit both bridge and pier into one shot as pointers to the condos out on the barrier island.
The park features a lot of great views and places for folks to sit and enjoy them.
It's a nice place for sunset reflections, especially in the winter.
But I think this is my favorite sunset spot. The birds gather here every night to watch it.
On a recent trip out to Tucson I had a little time off and hit the Tucson Botanical Garden's Butterfly Garden, one of my favorite places in Tucson. I made sure to arrive as they opened the door for three reasons - 1-minimal people in the way, 2-they water the flowers right before they open the door, and 3-they bring in the days crop of butterfly "hatchlings" right about then, which means pristine butterflies that are a little confused about where the pretty wings came from and how to use them, so they sit in one place and read the user's manual for awhile.
This thing, for example, sat like this admiring itself for about half an hour. I tweaked the exposure and detail in topaz.
This huge Owl butterfly just wanted to eat. I used a macro lens to get in tight on his watermelon eyeball.
This Dead Leaf butterfly decided to hang from a really green leaf and pretend to be a dead leaf.
I decided to go really narrow on the dof (f/2.8) to focus on this Zebra Longwing's head.
I wanted to get this Blue Morpho with his wings spread and that gorgeous blue inside, but he was a bit shy and would only give me glimpses of it.
I hope everyone weathered the weather last night and that Santa was nice to everyone. Happy New Year!
Flowers And A Bug for Christmas
For all my friends buried under snow or dealing with cold winter weather, I thought I'd share a little glimpse of the spring ahead.
Most of these were shot at the Tucson Botanical Garden on a recent trip out there.
Hang in there and Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you,
Merry Christmas to you,
Merry Christmas to youuuuuuuu,
Merry Christmas to you.
Thanksgiving is a time for family activities and treasured traditions that make the holiday special. Other places may have traditions unique to their area, and so do we here in Florida. For example, there is the traditional Thanksgiving shark jumping with two of my grand daughters high on the list of competitors.
And then there is the traditional Thanksgiving handstand, demonstrated by another grand daughter and her coach.
And the traditional bow and arrow handstand in honor of the the indians that the pilgrims had for dinner on the first Thanksgiving.
And who can forget the traditional Thanksgiving pyramid?
But most of all Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and realizing what's really important: 1 - family, no matter how crazy they may be, and 2 - the nice quiet serenity when they all go home and none have been to the emergency room. ;-)
We also wanted to play a little golf on the Robert Trent Jones course there. This is the first tee of the Judge, which features a 200-foot drop down to the lake, which I landed in three times in a row. I may have let slip a four letter word, and it wasn't "golf." This is the June Honey chipping over the waterfall to the 18th green. This is a Monarch in purple on the 16th.