Waterfall From The Sky

Back in September I participated in the 500px.com Global Photowalk. It was a day to get out and take pictures with other photographers and have a chance to socialize. The leader of the Tampa, Florida photowalk (which actually took place at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin) was Matt Kloskowski. He did a great job of making sure everyone had fun and got to take lots of photos.

Unfortunately the weather decided to be somewhat uncooperative at the start of the walk. We had a fantastic lightning show while we all stood under a building at the beach. The rain kind of went around us and we even got to see a couple of rainbows. Once he deemed it was safe for us to venture out onto the beach, we all went to work.

I have to say, if you want dramatic lighting, just after a storm passes is definitely the time to be out shooting! This scene in particular caught my eye and I had to stand there a few minutes just to visually take it in. The textures of the clouds, the glow of the setting sun behind this massive storm front, and the water pouring out of the sky put my senses into overload.

I used the the wooden pilings to add some interest to the bottom left of the frame and create balance in the image. A vertical shot was the only way to go to fit all of this in the frame.

On second thought, maybe the weather wasn’t so unfortunate after all!

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Taken on Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Florida. A massive storm cloud passing through close to sunset drops a beautiful glowing rain shower.

Taken on Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Florida. A massive storm cloud passing through close to sunset drops a beautiful glowing rain shower.

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The Hunt for Dwiegord

Since Halloween will be here soon, I wanted to create a photo composite with some spookiness. The main character in this image is named Dwiegord. ​He is a character who is part tree and part man.

Occasionally I pass by this old abandoned building in my travels. Whenever I see it I always think it would be cool for a picture. I recently saw it and decided to stop to get a photo. Since I shot it in the middle of the afternoon, a little bit of transformation was needed to make it look like a nighttime image. After that, I added in the 3 gravestones, the man in the background, the motel sign, the truck, the light by the door, and the tree-man. I painted in all of the lighting, shadows, and fog to complete the look and feel.

When I shot the original photo, my imagination was taking me to a spooky, foggy, moonlit night. I knew the placement of the building and trees was critical to my final vision. I had to be sure to leave room to add in the accompanying elements to make it all come together.

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​Dwiegord is a character who is part tree and part man. Fantasy composite from an original photo of an old building with the elements added in.

​Dwiegord is a character who is part tree and part man. Fantasy composite from an original photo of an old building with the elements added in.

Postcards From Paris!

While roaming around EPCOT, one of the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, I came across two different subjects illuminated in beautiful light.

The Eiffel Tower was glowing in the warm light of the late afternoon sunshine. As soon as I saw it I immediately decided to silhouette the buildings just to show their shape, while keeping the orange color at it’s finest. I really liked the simplicity of this shot by keeping it all about light and shadow.

The warm glow of late afternoon light illuminates the Eiffel Tower at EPCOT.

The warm glow of late afternoon light illuminates the Eiffel Tower at EPCOT.

For this second shot I turned around and saw this neat little setup behind me. It was a miniature sized replica of  the Eiffel Tower. The light was absolutely amazing on it, casting shadows on the background. As I setup my camera to shoot it, I made sure to keep the shadow areas prominent while letting just enough light in the brighter areas to shine on the small details.

A miniature Eiffel Tower is illuminated by a late afternoon sun, casting shadows on its background.

A miniature Eiffel Tower is illuminated by a late afternoon sun, casting shadows on its background.

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Special Appearance at Disney

My new artwork will be premiering at Downtown Disney’s WonderGround Gallery here in Florida next week! For the grand opening I will be there on Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm both days. I am really excited about this special event and I hope you can come out and join me. The gallery is located in the Marketplace Co-op in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. There will also be three other artists there as well debuting new artwork so there will be plenty to see.

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WonderGround Grand Opening with Michael Lewis Glover, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Robert Jimenez, and Jerrod Maruyama

Thanks for looking! 😄

New Website

Today I would like to share my new Portfolio website with you. It has not been updated for awhile and was getting kind of stale, in my opinion. Below is a screenshot of the homepage. I moved my site to SmugMug. I really like the layout and the look. They have a lot of options to get you going and setup was a breeze.

On a side note, this commemorates my 100th blog post! Thank you all for your continued support and friendship. I’ve met so many awesome people and I really appreciate it.

Please click on the image to be taken to my new website. Let me know what you think!

Website

Time Marches On

As a photographer I am constantly looking out for interesting subjects. When I find something, I make note of the location so that I can return to it when the light is right. This image is no different.

I spotted this gem on a recent excursion and got extremely excited. This is the kind of stuff I love to find. Sitting out in the middle of a huge field, there it was. An old cracker style farmhouse left to the elements. The weather has certainly taken it’s toll on this wonderful building. But there is just so much character contained in a piece of history like this I knew I had to come back and shoot it.

After doing some research on the angle of the setting sun and what time of day it would be, all I had to do was just show up at the right time. Oh and hope that the sky spirits would hear my call and present me with an amazing sunset ;). I think they delivered! What do you think?

Most of the time I previsualize a shot in my head which helps me to capture it exactly the way I want it to look. However all of the elements must present themselves to make it happen. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. I originally planned on a black and white image that portrayed the entire field around the house. On the day I took this, I changed my mind and zoomed in closer to show more details of the house. The color was so amazing that I decided to nix the black and white idea. I had really hoped for some birds to fly through while I was there but they didn’t. So I had to add the birds to the scene after the fact.

The idea for the title struck me after noticing how nature is taking over the structure but the field is still in use with fresh hay bales in the background.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this picture so please feel free to leave me a comment.

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Time Marches On

Happy 4th of July!

Hi everyone! Just wanted to take a minute to wish everybody a Happy Fourth of July. Stay safe, enjoy some good BBQ and celebrate!

This is a shot I took at Disney’s Magic Kingdom during the ‘Wishes’ fireworks display. The new Fantasyland area includes a Little Mermaid ride – Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. Prince Eric’s castle stands prominently in the foreground with a beautiful purple glow.

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Fireworks Over Prince Eric's Castle