Mardi Gras in Pensacola

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go down to Pensacola for the Grand Mardi Gras Parade and spend a little time doing street photography. It was a great day for it and I came away with a lot of images that may take multiple posts to get on here. One of the biggest thrills for a street photographer is convincing total strangers to pose for you and in that respect I did pretty good. Enjoy

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Sunset at Gulf Shores

This is an image I shot about a month ago as the sun was setting at the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I made a quick stop and ran out there with a tripod and tried some long exposures…….Enjoy

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Street Photography from the Iron Bowl 2013

Well what can I say about this one? A picture speaks a thousand words. I asked if they would let me take a quick shot and the rest is history.

Somebody’s not going home happy tonight, but if you give it a seconds thought, there’s always next year.

Oh behave………..

I just love YETI coolers

I convinced this young lady to do a quick pose in front of the vendor stand she was working in. The background was a little burned out, so I fixed that quit easily.

This young lady was promoting Chevy trucks under a small tent with this wheat field as a backdrop. She readily agreed to pose for a few quick shots after I showed a little interest in the display truck. She might have posed for more if I had told her that my truck is 18 years old and the odometer stopped at 175,000 miles four years ago.

Until next time

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South Palafox Street

This is an image I shot just after sunset on a Friday night looking down South Palafox Street in Pensacola, Florida. I set the camera on a tripod in the median on the north side of Garden Street, which gave a perfect view looking down South Palafox with all it’s busy night time activity. I shot three different exposures of this image and combined them to make one HDR print. The long exposures are the reason for the horizontal streaks across the bottom of the image, which are the lights of cars as they passed. I had planned this shot for quite a while, and just happened to catch it at the right time after our afternoon trip to Fort Pickens.

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Fort Pickens

I shot this HDR image of the interior of Fort Pickens yesterday, while exploring the old fort just like any other kid. It was very hot, but really fun to walk and climb around this place. The first time I visited the fort, I was about 5 years old and I’ll have to say I’m still just as amazed now as I was back then. This place has survived a military bombardment, numerous hurricanes, and the general wear and tear of the ravishes of time and weather. All things considered it’s still in pretty good shape. Maybe we have a few things in common.

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A Quick Before and After View

I posted this image on my Facebook page last night and it seems to have drawn a little bit of attention, so I thought I would write a blog post about how it came about. I was passing by the Brewton City Park a couple of nights ago and decided I would take a few night time shots of the park and nearby areas, all the while trying avoid looking like ……uh, a fool carrying around a tripod with a camera attached at 8:30 on deserted city streets. At least I wasn’t questioned by the local authorities or reported as a bigfoot sighting.

Now to a bit of technical stuff. I set up for this shot across the street from the park with the camera mounted on a tripod and the self timer set for 10 seconds. I had the aperture set to 16, which is the best way to get the starburst effect from the lights without using a filter. The camera was set to record 3 exposures of the same image, a normal exposure, a 2 stop over exposure, and a 2 stop under exposure. I ended up using the over exposure for this image and discarding the other two.

The first thing I did was remove a utility pole that was in the center of the image and a couple of lens flares. It gets really deep at this point, but I will say I ended up using 4 different software programs and finished with a 7 layer, 256 MB PSD file. The total processing time on the computer was about 80-90 minutes.

This is the starting image straight out of the camera:

Until next time

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Just a Little Street Photography

I had the opportunity to get out early this past Saturday and hit the streets of Auburn before the 11:00 kickoff of the Auburn vs Lousianna Monroe football game. Things get started pretty early around town on gamedays like this. I stopped at one of the art galleries downtown just as this young lady was hanging a few works outside. After a brief conversation I asked if she would mind if I took a few images of her in front of the shop and she asked if it would be alright to get one of her and her coworker together. Why not, the more the merrier, especially when I’ve already had my morning coffee.

Next I spotted Wayne and Darsey sitting outside of University Barber Shop waiting on the next customer and enjoying the early morning air. I really love this place, not only can you get a great hair cut, but the conversations are always amazing.

I followed a similar routine on Sunday morning, but just walked around the campus watching the cleanup effort from all the activities of the previous day. One thing that caught my eye was the striking colors of the new AU logo on the east side of the stadium and the beautiful early morning sky. I set the tripod up and did a series of 3 different exposures that I later turned in to this HDR image.

Later I stopped and remenienced in front of Thach Hall, remembering that my very first pharmacy class was in this building. I guess it may be fitting that my official introduction to pharmacy occurred in the Business School building. I didn’t linger very long for fear that I might still hear Dr. Hocking’s voice mumbling about leaves, bark, roots, twigs and all other things related to Pharmacognosy.

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That Magic Moment When the Camera Finds It’s Subject

Street photography is a sport as much as it is anything else. To walk around with a camera, photographing interesting people, places, and things opens ones eyes to the everyday world that surrounds us, a world in which we often ignore the obvious. The thrill of capturing a special moment in someones life and preserving it forever is hard to describe if you’ve never tried it.

Yesterday I was in Destin, walking around looking for something interesting to photograph and there’s no shortage of interesting subjects in Destin. I soon encountered a young lady named Miranda down by the harbor and a short conversation led to a quick 3 minute photo session. It’s really fun when you find someone who is not only very photogenic, but also comfortable in front of the lens.

The thing that I find really amazing about these three images is her eye contact with the lens. It’s very intimate, as if there’s nothing else in the world but her and the camera. That’s a very rare dance between the model and the camera that would even get a 10 from Len Goodman.

By the way, all of these images were shot over a period of 2-3 minutes in direct sunlight at 2:40 PM beside the harbor. I asked her to turn away from the sun and just let the wind work with her hair. I love the way the sun highlights her hair and I always love a windblown, natural look.

Until next time……..Peace and Love

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Just A Little Picture I Found

What a Saturday this was. I’m nursing an cold and decided to just take it easy this weekend, not stress myself to much, and certainly not get outside and do something foolish like yard work. Sounds like a great plan for any weekend, especially a Saturday filled with great college football games.

After much anticipation I settled down to watch the Auburn vs Georgia game. Well at least we played one good quarter of football before our youth and lack of experience took it’s toll and we experienced a beat down like nothing since Custer decided to visit Sitting Bull. What can I say, aside from throwing toilet paper in trees, we Auburn fans win with dignity and lose with dignity. Tomorrow is another day.

Having quickly satisfied my thirst for football on a Saturday afternoon, I started looking at old picture files and found some prom pictures I had shot a few years back. After looking over the file I decided to rework a few of the images and choose to start on one of Jessica.

I remember the day I shot this one quite well. As we were shooting the images at the local college before the prom, my sister introduced me to Jessica and informed me that she is one of my neighbors. She lives about a mile from us and there are two houses in between. I just love the coziness of country living. At least you can’t hear the neighbors dog bark at 4:00 in the morning.

Jessica is currently a Pharmacy student with a bright future ahead of her in what I’ve been told is a very noble profession. I’m sure she’ll do very well and will probably be able to provide excellent health care to old dirt clod kickers like me in the future.

Ok, back to the picture. The original was shot from the waist up and was a bit flat looking, although 3-4 years ago, I thought it looked pretty good. That’s what improvement in your work flow will do, you begin have higher expectations for your results. I decided to do an extreme crop and use some of the newer processing techniques I’ve developed over the last year to enhance the color, add some contrast and a little selective sharpening. I hope you enjoy the results.

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Tailgating Weekends

We’ve really enjoyed some perfect weather, friendship, good food, and great football on the last few weekend trips to Auburn. I love these night games much better than the early games we started the season with. It gives you much more time to socialize and enjoy these wonderful fall afternoons. Enjoy the images.

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