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!
Santa & His Surf Board
Here's another one of my favorites from Surfin Santas @ Cocoa Beach. Thanks for the pose Santa!
Luck, Skill & Timing Photography
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
Sailing Into The Rising Sun
Nothing more spectacular than a rising sun beaming through stormy clouds giving off those cool sun rays.
History in our own backyard
Watch the short video below if you want to hear the sound of the canon.
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.
Video & Sound recorded with GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
Getting Professional without PRO Gear!
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.
Taking the Warp out of Gopro
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.
The Taker Has Been Taken!
GoPro primed and waiting for the Delta 4-Heavy - Orion EFT-1 rocket to lift off, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Taken with my cellphone camera.