I just had the opportunity to be involved in what was probably the most exciting evening of my life. I had an invitation to an exclusive party at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to celebrate with the people who made it into the 2012 Book of Lists – a book published annually by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Months back I had entered one of my photographs in the books yearly search for artists. They wanted pictures representing the Tampa Bay area. I entered a picture that I had taken of beautiful downtown Tampa looking across the waterway. I was so excited in October when I found out I was one of the 13 artists chosen to be in the book! As time got closer to the publish date I could not WAIT to see it. The book was scheduled to come out on December 23rd. On December 22nd I received a call from the production director and she said she wanted to congratulate me personally because I made this years cover! I had no idea – it was a complete and awesome surprise! The party was incredible. Close to 800 people comprised of the executives who made it in the book of lists and their guest attended the party. There was tons of delicious food and drinks at every turn. The entertainment included an aerial artist, a band called the Vodkanauts – who were great! – a magician, and an ice carver just to to name a few. I got to walk the red carpet and pictures were taken of all the guests with fresh fake snow! Haha! The book cover was displayed everywhere and the highlight for me was seeing it displayed on the Jumbo Tron right in the middle of the forum through the entire night. It was truly a magical evening I will never forget. I am honored that I got to be part of such a wonderful night. This is definitely something to go down in my memory book.
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On Sunday I got to take a long overdue break and relax for a day at Disney! I started out at the Magic Kingdom and ended the day at Epcot. I always enjoy the fireworks show Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. It’s usually a challenge to try and find a new spot to shoot from to keep it fresh. I had scouted out a spot the last time I was there. On my way to that spot I caught a glimpse of the water and the idea of getting the fireworks reflecting in the water got to me. I walked around to find the best place to stand to get what I was looking for. I really like the colors in this and the way the streaks kind of look like wheat stalks blowing in the wind!
For my first post of 2012 I decided to start with a winter scene. This is a shot from my archives. I took this in 2008 but never did anything with it. Located in Louisville, Kentucky is a place called Historic Locust Grove. On this day it was snowing like crazy and extremely cold. For a Florida boy who had never seen snow it was an amazing sight to see. The photographer in me said I had to brave the chilly temperature in order to get the pictures I wanted – so I did! This was my one and only time seeing snow and I can’t wait to see it again!
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