Archive for July, 2012

Burstarster

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out when I took it. I liked the soft glow on the smooth bricks from the distant light. The lens flare in the sky was wholly unexpected, but, in the end, made the picture. The flare reminds me of a firework going off in the night sky, or light rays bursting forth from a distant star. So originally, I thought I would call this one “Starburst,” but then I remembered what my 2 ½ year old daughter calls starburst candies (burstarsters) and renamed the pic accordingly.

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Anne’s Bridge

Posted: July 30, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

This shot is from Lower Matecumbe Key in Florida. There is a large area known as Anne’s Beach available to the public. To get to the beach, you park in one of two lots, and either go directly out to the beach, or walk across these boardwalks to get from one side of the beach to the other. The boardwalks also access a series of nice covered shelters that people can enjoy a picnic lunch at while looking over the ocean.

Greetings Old Friend

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

Have you ever had that one thing that was special to you because you could ONLY get it when you were on vacation? I’ve had three things like that in life. 1) Timbits from Tim Hortons (when Tim Horton’s used to only be available in Canada), 2) Coffee Crisp candy bars, that I would get in Canada as well, but have since been found in my local grocery store international aisle, and 3) Presidente Beer, which my father-in-law and I discovered in St. John, USVI; and remains to this day unavailable in Dayton, Ohio.

Okay, so Presidente beer may be to Carribean Islanders as Bud Light is to the Ohio Valley, but there’s nothing like it in my opinion. Drinking one today brings me right back to Skinny Legs Bar in St. John; eating cheesburgers seasoned with jack daniel’s, watching rugby on the satellite tv, and sweating like it’s my job; in a word, heaven.

I’ve only found it two places in the states; Memphis, Tennessee and Key West, Florida. I set this shot up in the latter location. I waited for the bottle to condensate in the sun, set it by a coconut I found on the ground, and set a large aperture to blur out the background, making the picture as sexy as possible.

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Treeline

Posted: July 28, 2012 in HDR, Nikon D40, Ohio

I’ve always been interested in capturing a line of trees at a nursery. Most of the time, though, you have to trudge deep into the thick of it and pick up a couple ticks, in order to get the right composition. I lucked out with this picture I captured in Englewood, Ohio. As I was driving past, I noticed that I could get this composition with minimal “trudging” on my part. The nursery was even closed for the evening, so I didn’t even have to explain why I was taking a tripod with me to this spot. I was able to rattle off my exposures with minimal movement in the trees, but a nice gentle breeze served to blur the tall grass below. I think the result was a pretty cool shot.

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Weak Link

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

Walking down the old seven-mile bridge between Marathon and Pigeon Key, in Florida, was quite an experience. It was also possibly a historical experience, as the bridge may end up being closed to pedestrian use (as the majority of the older bridges already are). It’s hard to imagine something this immense, originally designed to carry thousands to people to and fro across the Florida Keys, for so many years, being so far gone that it cannot even serve pedestrian use. However,  as you walk across the bridge, you can get an understanding of just why that might be the case. Over the many years the bridge has been standing, it has been pummeled by constant weather in the form of hurricane force winds, rain, salt spray, and oppressive heat. Cars and trucks have eroded the asphalt through weight and vibration. And when you stand in between the two keys (about a mile out) you realize just how large the bridge actually is, and how much work is probably required to maintain it.

This shot is a close up of where the guard rails meet on the side of the bridge. As you can see they are corroded quite heavily. As I took this shot, I wondered to myself how many times those rails have probably been prepped and re-painted throughout  their  lifetime, and just how long it must have taken to recondition them each time.

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Odd Fellows Hall

Posted: July 26, 2012 in HDR, Nikon D40, Ohio

I found this interesting building in Clayton, Ohio, when I was taking one of my random, “drive around with no particular place in mind to go” jaunts. These have often-times been quite effective in finding interesting scenes to photograph. This shot was no exception.

The building has, what I had originally thought to be an address (and later confirmed as an acronym) “IOOF.”  This stands for “Independent Order of Odd Fellows,” which makes sense seeing as how the sign right below it says “Odd Fellows Hall.” From a quick glance at Wikipedia, apparently the Odd Fellows Organization was a fraternal network founded in the 18th century upon the principals of “friendship, love, truth, faith, hope, charity and universal justice.” They sought to help those less fortunate through the good will of their members; who were comprised of ordinary men and women without regard to race, social status, religion, or nationality.

Wikipedia cites multiple sources for the “Odd Fellows” designation. Some have suggested that since the characteristic qualities of the organization were lacking at the time of its conception, members who exhibited such qualities were considered “odd.” It could also be reasoned that since the members were comprised of just ordinary folks from different walks of life and trades, they could also be considered “odd.”

I’m not sure if it is still used for Odd Fellows meetings, as there is, what looks to be, an antiques store in the building now, but in any case, the building is quite interesting and historical-looking.

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Dancing Queen

Posted: July 25, 2012 in Florida, HDR, Nikon D90

This is a shot taken in front of the Key West Museum of Art and History Custom House in Florida. I never had a chance to make it inside the actual museum, but the building and grounds were very interesting. I absolutely had to get a shot of the massive statue of the couple dancing. I took a couple shots from different vantage points, but ended up liking this one the best.

I checked out this place after getting back on Google Maps and found a completely different statue (although just as large) using street view, so apparently they switch these out from time to time. Next time I go, I’ll definitely need to make time to go inside.

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