Black Beauty

On Saturday October the 13th, I attended Scott Kelby’s Fifth Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. If you’re not familiar with this, it is a chance to get together with other people who enjoy photography and spend a couple of hours taking pictures. There is usually socializing in a local restaurant afterwards where everyone can share their shots for the day and chat. It occurs in cities all around the world and it is a lot of fun. I have participated in it every year so far and look forward to it for many more.

For this year, I chose to participate in the walk in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. This beautiful little ocean town is just south of Daytona Beach. As luck would have it, there was a car show on the same evening. No ordinary car show mind you, this one had hundreds of cars. And they do this the second Saturday of each month! The name of the club is East Coast Cruisers Car Club.

As I was walking around looking for photo ops, I spotted this fantastic looking car. A 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. The finish was so shiny that it was reflecting everything around it. The owner was very meticulous about keeping it clean and polished.

The reflection in the trunk lid was what first caught my eye. After that it was pure excitement of just looking over the car and seeing what I could do to capture all of the reflectiveness!

For this shot I loved the way the lone cloud just kind of popped out. And the sunlight hitting the tree was perfect.

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After shooting a few more shots, I ventured on down the road to see what else I could find. On my way back I had to stop by this car one more time. The sun was peeking through the palm trees and lighting the scene really nice.

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The photo walk ended way too quickly for me. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!

As always, I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I encourage you to join the conversation by writing your thoughts below as I truly like to hear from all of my visitors! 🙂

1929 Cadillac

As a photographer living in central Florida, it’s always nice being so close to great places like Disney. I get to go on photo excursions that I have lovingly named “Disney Days!” This particular day was indeed a fun one as I came back with lots of images I was pleased with.

My day started out at the newly opened Art of Animation Resort where I got this shot: Wheel Well Motel. I spent all of my time here exploring the “Cars” themed area. The detail that they put into this place is nothing short of amazing.

My next stop was the Grand Floridian Resort. This Victorian style hotel is absolutely breathtaking when you step inside. As I walked in I noticed the reflection on the floor and got the idea in my head for this shot: The Grand Entrance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a floor so shiny in all my life! And the magnitude of the chandelier hanging from the ceiling is awesome.

After spending some time exploring inside, I ventured outdoors to see what I might find. Parked out in front of the hotel is a carriage and a 1929 Cadillac. Perfectly fitting in with the theme of this resort, this car is certainly a showstopper.

Huge headlights, whitewall tires, running boards, and a fancy hood ornament were all common in this time period. Even details like a fancy belt to hold the spare tire on were not overlooked.

In an upcoming post,  I will be featuring an image from my final stop of the day, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, so be sure to watch for that one.

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As always, I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I encourage you to join the conversation by writing your thoughts below as I truly like to hear from all of my visitors! 🙂

Back In Black!

On Sunday November 13th I attended the 23rd annual Pasco Bug Jam. If you are a Volkswagen enthusiast this is THE place to be. There is always a huge turnout with lots of cars and lots of people. Virtually endless photo opportunities abound with an event of this magnitude. This is a 1974 Beetle that has had an extreme amount of customization. I was particularly drawn to the flames painted on the hood. The HDR process really brought those out as well as the mirror like finish on this beautiful car.

Stick around – more pictures to come real soon!

1948 Lincoln Continental

Here is a shot from the archives. For some reason I never got around to processing it. I love shooting cars! They really make great subjects for HDR photography. This was taken at the Run For The Son Car Show in Tarpon Springs, Florida October 2, 2010. The sky was extremely cooperative in presenting me with beautiful clouds to accentuate this image. This car is extremely awesome to see in person. I am a huge fan of chrome and this ride is decked out very nicely with it. The way the sun glints off it is just fantastic!

My Busy Life

Just got home from an awesome evening of good wine, good food and great friends.  I came home with a Third place ribbon for my “Unconditional Surrender” piece as the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Progress Energy Art Gallery.  It was their 5th annual artist member’s exhibit.  A show for all the artists to show off their individual works and specialties.  There were lots of wonderful entries and I was honored to be chosen as one of the only top three awards given.  It was a really fun and inspiring evening – wonderful people.  I’m feeling on top of the world 🙂

HOPEFULLY – I’ll start keeping up with my blog more.  Things have been very busy with my photography lately and I don’t seem to have time to fit everything in. I’m loving every minute of it!

I had an opportunity a couple weeks ago to be involved in a charity  auction for abused and neglected animals.  I was contacted and asked if I would donate a piece of my artwork to the Suncoast Animal League to help these little guys out.  It was wonderful seeing so many artists come together to help out a great cause.  The auction was a great success and a lot of animals will now be able to get the help and treatment they need.  It was a wonderful night and I hope to be able to help out a lot more.