Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Constantine Manos with Magnum starts this piece - "In everything beautiful there is something strange"
I usually find myself too busy to watch a lot of multimedia pieces, there are so many amazing ones out there and I just can't find the time to watch them all. I watched this piece from beginning to end and took notes.
I have been trying to redo my website and I was looking for direction. Manos hit all the right emotions. He talked about images being a kaleidoscope, strange and surreal, bizarre and finding offbeat places. A quarter of the images were made within a 20minute drive of me!
This piece is inspiration, and it not only gets the blood flowing to redesign my site but it makes me want to run out the door and make some images right now.
Filed under "5 Star Photographers"
Monday, December 29, 2008
WNYC has some great pieces sometimes. In this piece they look at 6 amateur street photographers and give others the opportunity to enter a street shots challenge.
I am a HUGE fan of street photography and I am always curious to see how others work, even amateurs. I still need to spend some time looking through these six three minute clips, but one of them looks at a woman who uses her iPhone to make street photos more than she uses her 20D. Another looks at a man who talks about shooting from the heart and not even lifting your camera to your eye.
going in "Photojournlism -> Photo Tips/Articles" folder
Saturday, December 27, 2008
They have some different categories of gifts including grab bags, romance goody bags, soaps and candles and more. The site does seem a little thin, but it's not a bad starting point.
Also be sure to check out the newsletter they have up. They have a nice wine pairing guide.
going to my "comparisson shopping" folder
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I finally put an RSS feed on this comic strip a few months ago, but my unsorted bookmarks are so old that this was still in the folder. "What the Duck" follows a duck who happens to be a photographer. He's been every type of photographer that you can imagine from a portrait photographer to a photojournalist.
Many of the strips touch WAY too close to home, but this is what makes them even more funny. I wonder how someone outside of the industry would even know some of this stuff.
going in "Entertainment" folder
Thursday, December 18, 2008
A scary and wild Halloween photo booth with our dogs, a lion tamer, Palin, devil, black angel, unemployed yoga instructor, and an african drummer
If you remember back at the end of October (boy time flies) I put up some Halloween photos. After a VERY busy November I have finally finished toning the rest.
We have over 200 kids come to our house on most Halloweens. We love to see their costumes and hand out candy, plus we hate to be the spoiler house that turns out the lights for trick or treaters. We love getting dressed up too, so why waste it. We threw a party for our friends!
I have never setup a photo booth before and I thought Halloween would be a good opportunity. I brought out all of my lights, put up a drop cloth, tossed the camera on a tripod and tethered it to my laptop. I tried a bunch of things I have been meaning to experiment with to see how they all work.
Things not only worked, but they worked awesome! At a couple points I just had to pull the camera off of the tripod and get the great action shots of the characters my friends were portraying.
A witch, a horned yoga instructor, an African drummer, eyeball soup, a lion tamer (Or is she a ring master?), a horned Sarah Palin (Gotta love an Obama sign as a prop when you have Palin on set!), a black angel, our two little devil dogs, and a remote wielding photographer. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Did I mention what an amazing engagement photo shoot I had with Paula and Ron! You saw the sneak peak here, well this is the final slideshow!
We went to the Debary Hall Mansion, where we will be going back to in a few months, and I'm excited! We had James, their dog, out with us and we made some fun pictures of all three. After taking James back home, we moved on to this amazing springs. I have wanted to shoot photos at these springs for a while, but I didn't realize how awesome they were until we started exploring.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
moved to "Entertainment"
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I had a ton of fun with Paula and Ron. There are still a few more days before I get a chance to edit all of the photos, but I just had to get one online because the engagement shoot was so amazing.
First we did a few at the DeBary Hall Mansion. This is where they will be having their wedding next year year. Then we moved to this AMAZING park. I took photos of this park before it opened and this was my first opportunity to head back there.
The park was more amazing than I remember it. Paula, Ron and myself had a TON of fun running around this place and making cool pictures.
Look for the rest soon!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
There is a bunch of images that I made earlier this season and I am just getting around to posting it now. For this game I traveled across the state and if the game hadn't been worth it, the half-time show was.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
UPDATE (Thanks to an anonymous posting):
Apparently Hollingsworth has a Flickr account. Check him out also at http://flickr.com/photos/johnemofunk/
Sunday, November 23, 2008
It's not often that I get a chance to go to a wedding on a rooftop during the sunset. Some of our good friends, Kurt and Tressa, just got married and had a simple wedding on the roof of their apartment complex, The Wall Street Lofts, in Daytona Beach.
Their were a few clouds in the sky and the sunset played off of them with beautiful pink, yellow and orange radiance.
Kurt and Tresa wanted to pass on some of their love of discovering new wines to their guests, so they asked my wife to put together a tasting of under $20 wines. Liz is so passionate about wines and fell into job with such ease. She spent time looking through the many wines that she is already very familiar with and the hard job of trying new wines. She came up with 9 amazing wines to recommend.
If you are looking to do something different at an event, add a wine tasting. Liz has decided that she enjoyed this so much that she wants to do it for others. She is talking about the selection of wines for this wedding on her Don't Spill Your Wine blog. Maybe you might find a surprising wine or need some help planning your own tasting.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I teamed up with Val Becker (His Photos from the Day) to shoot a wedding on Saturday at the the Isleworth Country Club in Windermere. Megan Miller joined us to
John, the groom, told me that the first time Summer, his bride, and
him set eyes on Isleworth Country Club their minds were made up on
where they were having their wedding. I totally understand why! This
is where Tiger Woods lives and the Country Club is beautiful.
Surrounded by arches, In the center of the clubhouse, is an atrium
with a fountain. A few stories up is a skylight letting gorgeous
light in. All around the clubhouse are giant sculptures. The uneven
roof was lined with towers and Spanish tiles.
The architecture had a feel of a cross between medieval times, old
Florida and new Florida. The dining room where the reception was held
was no exception. The floors were a darker red wood and hanging from
the ceiling was chandelier that looked like it was made of candle
Wonderful Weddings, of Winter Park, helped John and Summer with the logistics of it, but they are a hands-on couple.
They both did such an amazing job. Summer decided on the colors (chocolate, modern green and ivory), the cake, found the vendors, and had a vision that she made happen down to the last detail. John jumped in to make awesome save-the-dates and pick some really cool cuff links (which were the spinners from wristwatches) for the guys. All of these characteristics and the ambiance of the candlelight matched the elegance and splendor of Isleworth. It was amazing what a great match this all was for the venue.
The theme of the day was "light." Sometimes it was gorgeous and sometimes it was outright DIFFICULT. Candle light was one of the main sources of light during the reception. This brought out a brilliant ambience, but on other hand made it difficult to light.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Going in my shopping folder
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
By sorting through your images in November, when January comes around (And about 5 more MAJOR photojournalism contests), it should be a snap to get your images together.
Although this year most of my images are already together. I have been going through all of my best work over and over, within the past few months, as I've been building my website and trying to market myself. Looking through my old stuff has become nostalgic.
It reminds me how much I enjoyed shooting for a newspaper. It was relaxing and I was very happy. It was really like losing a part of me. When I look back on the images that I made while I was there, it brings up memories of those good times. I don't think newspapers are the same anymore, and after talking to former colleagues the happy times at newspapers may be over (At least in the short term.)
Life right now is chaotic and stressful. I am scrounging for assignments, developing a brand for my company and marketing myself. I am starting a brand new company from almost nothing except my experience. I went from a place where it felt like everyone knew my name, to a place where I am just another bright star among trillions. I feel like I moved from one universe to another and I need to find a way to shine brighter than the rest so I'm noticed again.
My work has taken over my life in the past few weeks and even getting out the door to find time to run has been difficult.
Things are starting to slowly turn. This next week will be the second week, since I left the newspaper, that I have enough work to survive financially. I hope to see this continue. I hope to get back to some normalacy.
When next years contests roll around it may be a new experience for me. My focus in photography will probably shift away from the contests that might get me noticed by others at the newspapers. I need to find a whole new set of places to display my work to my peers and have them judge it.
Some will argue that contests mean nothing, but that is a discussion for another day. I am going to leave you with my entry to the Atlanta Contest.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Like Pandora'a box, you just never know what is going to come out of it.
I am not sure where they are at now, but when record companies wanted to tax internet radio, Pandora was at the front of it. Pandora is free and very light on the ads, and the record companies wanted to charge them some astronomical amount for every song they played. Since they are still around, I'm guessing things have worked out.
Going in my Toolbar folder
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Osceola lost to Harmony 14-20.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I think I'm going to put a book together of band photos at the end of this season.
Anyway on with the and (Oh and a couple football photos too)
All of the football photos can be found here
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This is just a sneak peak. There are a lot more on the way.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
There have been a lot of semi-pro football teams that have failed in the Orlando and Central Florida market, but this one has been around for quite a while now and under most people's radar.
The Orlando Rage minor league football team practices at Ward Memorial Park in Winter Park. Chris Morrison is the team owner and also one of the players.
The Orlando Rage started in early 2000s when the minor league football teams, Panthers and Starz, moved to form into one league. According to the website at http://www.orlandorage.com/, the teams goal is to help players move onto the next level. Their ages range from 18-year-olds who just finished high school to guys who just want to play. In 2008 the team won it's first league title.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
In case you missed it this was the wedding of of Chandy to Mike on Saturday, October 18, 2008, in Winter Park. You can see the first half here. The wedding took place at the Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College with the reception at the Winter Park Women's Club.
I was the second photographer to Val Becker and we were shooting for Bella.
I don't want to leave out the amazing Celtic band called the Wyndbreakers play during their reception, plus one of the guys lead them up the aisle playing the bagpipes.
Winter Park Women's Club and Knowles Memorial Chapel of Winter Park, Florida wedding Chandy and Mike
The wedding of Chandy Kime to Mike Kelley on Saturday, October 18, 2008, in Winter Park. The wedding took place at the Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College with the reception at the Winter Park Women's Club.
I was the second photographer to Val Becker and we were shooting for Bella.
I have to say that the Knowles Memorial Chapel is one of the best places to have a wedding. The architecture is a photographers dream. There are many large windows where some awesome light can peak through. There are multiple locations for photographers to shoot from without being unobtrusive including two balconies on the side and the back. There is also a side door where you can get behind the altar without being seen.
The light which is great on one hand, can be difficult to work with on the other. There were many hot spots and auto light metering is constantly thrown off. The best thing to do is to memorize your settings for different spots and adjust accordingly.
Since I was the second, I didn't have many opportunities to hangout with Mike and Chandy, but I have to say that they did an excellent job of putting on their wedding. A bagpiper started the processional and many other Irish themes were thrown in. They even had plans to go to Ireland for their honeymoon.
Also they had this amazing Celtic band called the Wyndbreakers play during their reception, plus one of the guys lead them up the aisle playing the bagpipes.
Congratulations Chandy and Mike, may the luck of the Irish always be with you!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Since January 2007, seven people have been killed at The Palm Apartments in Orlando and the surrounding Mercy Drive neighborhood. The most recent were three men gunned down July 30, 2008. Angelica Brown, from Orlando, was one of the event organizers. Brown said the kids need to see the community coming together.
The community wanted an event to bring everyone together so they created A Labor of Love to Stop the Violence
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The start of the race was at a completely different spot than the end, so instead of running with my camera gear or trusting the events shuttle, I actually brought my bike. I shot the beginning of the race and then road the course backwards.
Nic Tautiva (below) would of won the race, except for a wrong turn on the bike which disqualified him. This also meant all of the great shots I had of him were taken a notch down. This gave me a reminder for races where the age groups are scattered (Although, there is no easy way to find out who is first in an age group, unless they are the first person across the finish line. If that makes sense)
All of these images are available at http://pa.photoshelter.com/gallery-show/G0000fv68Ce5kC7Q