Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Little Here and There

These are just a few pics that I have shot this month. The portrait of the man is of a nonviolent ex-felon who just found out that he has had his civil rights back since the 1980's. I noticed this window while talking to him and had the idea of him inside looking out. As I drove away, I realized that my idea was inspired by someone else who had shot a portrait like it, but for the life of me I can not remember who it was. If anyone knows who my muse is would you please let me know!

P.S. Who goes fishing across from a power plant!?!?!
P.P.S. Stay tuned.... My favorite project thus far is yet to come. It should be published this Sunday, so I will share the pictures with you after then! Until then, cheers and happy shooting!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Safe... OUT

My assignment to shoot baseball was cancelled yesterday due to lack of space. So I went anyway and shot for kicks. It was the most fun I have had thus far at a baseball game. It was the Thursday Throwdown, which meant it was only $6 to get in and $1 beers. Needless to say it was the prime place to people watch. There was a crowd of 8,900, great golden light, and a doubleheader game with no rain!
The peak moment of the night was when Ryan Rogowski slid to third base and was safe. But when he was getting up he evidently stepped off of the plate and was tagged out. Third Base Coach, John Shoemaker became quite temperamental, yelling and throwing down his batting helmut. It was the final out of the game, leaving the score 4-3, Mobile BayBears win. Just for FYI, the Jacksonville Suns won the second game 8-3.
Note to self: It is best not to shoot wide pretty shots during the peak moment.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Blues

I had the opportunity to spend the past two days at a beach house in Anna Maria, Fla. covering a Venus swim wear shoot for the paper. (I will share those pictures with you later.) It was amazing fun and the people were so very kind. The reporter and I worked 27 hours in two days, yikes! but actually it didn't seem too much like work. I knew I would be editing down my shoot and three hours of video, so I didn't get the chance to pick up a camera today. On the way home there was this fantastic heat lightning storm, and I got excited about going home and capturing it.
I walked in the door, kidnapped my roommate (for gator watch), she grabbed the weakest flashlight, I got my camera and a tripod, and we ventured out to the dock behind our house, via the wooden path, knocking spider webs aside.
On the way back to the house I was so excited about the pictures. I quickly uploaded them, gave a select few a quick tone and was ready to share them. I glanced back at the original to compare my quick tone, and realized something... I think I went too far. My rudimentary toning ability actually could have crossed an ethical border. I worry a lot about at what point does one cross the toning ethical line. And I just looked back at some of Patrick Schneider's tones and realized mine was far more dramatic.
The dock pictures were shot at 10 F2.8 at 100ISO. I thought for fairness I would put up what I originally thought was a "good tone" and the original. Oh and by the way, we live right next to a Naval Air Station.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

I made a funny... get it? Anyway, I am still trying to get a decent baseball pic. I am shooting again tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rain Check, Please

Well, if my internship is already half over and I have only had one bad day, then I guess I really can't complain. It was just one of those days where there was a miscommunication, I stood on a dock taking pictures by the river as a lightening storm went from my front, over my head and then to my right, yikes!, I lost my sheriff and baseball credentials while dodging lightening bolts, (but later found them), two different editors were trying to get my two edits at the same time, and the brownie points I was trying to earn during the lightening storm, ended up as 1,000 cloudy photos, with two camera shaking lightening shots. Oh, and somehow during my running around I lost my contact information for the family fishing during the storm. Since it didn't run in the paper, I decided to post one of them here.


Here are a few singles that I just thought I would throw in.

This picture was taken at a reptile show at UNF's campus.
Angel White, 35, from Phenix City, Ala., pulls a broken tooth from a colored amazon snake. As people were walking by, the aggressive snake struck the side of its container so hard that it broke its tooth.

Tips Please

I have held out as long as I could, but I am finally going to put up some of my sports stuff. Shooting sports is my kryptonite, so if anybody would give me some pointers... any pointers, I would be super grateful.