My sweetheart, Debra, said her grandmother loved to take photos of the back of her head and I can see why. Debra has the most wonderful hair with it's curves and turns, multiple shades with a perfect blend of mystery. In this portrait Deb was contemplating something, likely her artwork, and there is a sense of intrigue or question. As with most every image I capture I'm watching the light and feeling the shadows as I select the exact moment to tell the story. When the image is a bit more of an abstract photo there's still an important story and time and again the viewer can feel the message or emotion that I capture in that very moment. In my early years of medium format infrared film I was often startled when the viewer would express the very same thoughts I experience at the time I captured my image. At first I thought it might just be a coincidence but after too many times of the same experience I finally realized there was a real connection in time. So the next time you look at an image consider what you're feeling, and what the photographer was feeling or possibly expressing, it might be nothing, but in my images that is rarely the case. Just as a painter captures a moment with the use of light and shadow the photographer has a story to tell as well and uses many of the very same techniques, through the lens.
The other day I met with a young, beautiful, woman, Rachel, who may model for my latest portrait project, a Puerto Rico museum exhibit spring 2014, "Faces and Traces", and we were talking about the photo shoot but what really happened, as it often does, I spouted many interesting words of advice, wisdom and philosophy, as if it was actually requested. Rachel was kind enough to see the beauty in the words and soaked up the timely visions. A couple of days later I was thinking about the common occurrence of my timely words and began to think it may be time to share them with the world... WOW, could I actually be the photog philosopher, I mean, after all we do interpret the world through our images and there are so many words expressed, and not a one. Well, I'm not certain where this will go, but... I do see possibilities. Stay tuned.
This image was captured in a few quick moments before (as I was cooking) dinner. The rain had been falling hard for quite a while and we were enjoying the typical Florida thunderstorm. I had yet to capture a single image and it was not likely I would have much of that magic light left after dinner so I grabbed my camera and went out to our front porch. I quickly noticed that the wind had blown the rain in and the screen was wet. The little droplets were catching a bit of light and my attention. I only had 3 minutes left on the stove top timer so I had to be quick. I tried a few angles but there was certainly a favorite as you see in this image. I'm not sure you could capture this image with an iPhone, however if it were used with an additional lens maybe so, either way this is a basic photo easily captured with a DSLR like my Canon 7D. It's just a matter of using your creative license, manual exposure and manual focus then look for the light! These somewhat abstract images really excite me and by the responses on social media others are fascinated as well. Enjoy!
Today I was fortunate enough to experience something I have wanted to do for many years, tour the UF Coastal Engineering Storage facility near Depot Road and SW 6th Street. I have been aware of this place for many, many years but didn't know anything about it. A couple of years ago a family friend, Ryan, was hired there and today my son Matt and I had the pleasure of a full tour. Early in the tour, 5:42PM, we walked into a room between two buildings and this wall had amazing light shining through. I immediately said "This is my Photo-of-the-Day" and captured two images, one from mid height and the second from very close to ground level. The tour was amazing, thank you Ryan, and this image made my day. I hope you enjoy it as well!
Summertime is here, the weather is beautiful, I have a multitude of projects to work on and a photo to capture everyday! In the past I was only posting infrared images to this blog, however my 365 project this year is focused on using my 50mm f1.2 prime lens for my daily images. As such I have been exploring color more than infrared. Today I will begin posting a series of those images too. Enjoy!
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