While I'm out capturing the elements, the one thing I try to capture are dark storm clouds while the sun is breaking through and highlighting something in my photo. It really creates a kind of surreal scene. This was shot on film, so to get it right I had to spot meter the neutral part of the clouds and also the highlighted green areas to find the right exposure. No Filter and No Photoshop this is how it looked #TBT #IMISSFILM
This was the Atlas 5 Rocket launching a satellite for the Navy into space. I combined 4 images to create the launch and flight path.
I wanted to post up some photos that I took with the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition. The GoPro is a great video camera but it's also a really decent still camera. All the photos were edited with photoshop. http://goo.gl/3yDex
NOTE: The images in the video are cropped a little to fit in the 1920x1080 video aspect ratio.
Ah, the good ol' days! #imissfilm Even though we can do some crazy good things with digital these days, I do miss film. I'm going to try and post on #tbt to showcase some of my early work with Fuji Velvia film. The Pentax 67 was such a great camera. I use to be a purist in those days. I wanted everything too look natural just the way I had saw it. I thought I did a pretty good job, because, back then, you really had to slow down, take meter readings, and really make sure you got the exposure correct. Film and film developing where pretty expensive if you burned through rolls. #fujivelvia #film #nofilter
This picture is from Zion National Park during Fall - around early November.
Hey, who said you gotta take photos of just people at a surf competition.
St. Augustine Lighthouse - This is the best example of why you need to know the HDR technique. When the light is good but the good light is bad and it produces less than desirable results, HDR is to the rescue. You can get detail in the low lights and detail in the highlights. Sometimes a scene is just too contrasty for your camera even during good light.
It's the end of the year and that means the last post for 2014. As I am starting to use more mediums to capture memories and moments I am thinking how I can shoot even more in 2015. Life keeps me busy but gotta make time for creativity. Happy New Year!
Here's another one of my favorites from Surfin Santas @ Cocoa Beach. Thanks for the pose Santa!
I would like to sit here and tell you I waited for hours for just the right light and just the right moment to capture this image of a little girl going up to Santa. Sorry, the fact is, I did want this shot, I composed it, I thought about how I wanted it to look with the surfboards in the background. It would have been a pretty nice shot. It wasn't until I got home and looked at the file that I noticed the little girl stepping into my frame, not ruining my shot, but making it WAY better! My point is, sometimes it doesn't come down to skill or how many years you've been making photos, sometimes, it's just good ole' fashioned luck. So here it is below, one of my favorite photos from the Surfin Santas contest Cocoa Beach, FL 2014
Nothing more spectacular than a rising sun beaming through stormy clouds giving off those cool sun rays.
Why travel the world when you can drive to the oldest city in America, St. Augustine, FL.. Castillo de San Marcos was for years the northernmost outpost of Spain's New World Empire. It is the oldest masonry fort of a Spanish colonial fort in the U.S.
I got there in the afternoon as they were firing off a canon. I handheld the camera for this shot even though there was a quick jump when the canon went off.
Watch the short video below if you want to hear the sound of the canon.
Video & Sound recorded with GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
I recently treated myself to a new smartphone, it was under $100 dollars and has a 8mp camera. The more I get use to using cameras that are not "pro" the more I like them. I always use my pro DSLR camera because it gives me flexibility and beautiful files, but having a phone with a camera that is always with me means I can shoot when the moment presents itself. Letting go of "everything needs to be shot on a pro camera" means I have more flexibility and more creativity. So check out these photos I shot with my cellphone camera, edited inside the phone and made them look their best. These will print decent at 8x10
I love the GoPro! It takes amazing video, but give this beast enough light and you can capture some stunning imagery. I always carry my GoPro Hero 3 in the dive housing. It provides great protection for this tiny camera. The one thing I love to do with my GoPro is to dip it in water half way to get a different perspective I cannot get with any other camera. I think the results are pretty amazing. This is a shot looking towards Flagler college from a fountain across the street in St. Augustine, FL.
The clouds seem to be moving in three different directions as the sun rises and hides behind a storm cloud over the Atlantic ocean.
I got some pretty neat timelapse with my GoPro. There were a few shots I really liked but they are really warped and distorted due to the fish eye lens. So, I tried the warp feature in photoshop and straightened out the horizon and the final results came out pretty darn good.