Solider and the Boy
Meet me at the Fuel Docks. Come Alone.
Walkin' The Streets
Working from home this week, catching up on a long laundry list of programming tasks that I've neglected for one reason or another. I have to be "in the zone" and uninterrupted to really get coding tasks done. The uninterrupted part seems to be rare.. For my lunchtime bike ride, I was struck with just how much depth our clouds had today. It was killing me to be stuck indoors at my home, 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. I had set my mind that when my family got home we'd go to either Fairhope or Gulf Shores for some "Golden Hour" sunset photography. As we were deciding our destination, a sea turtle-activist-conservation-expert, self proclaimed "turtle lady" that works with my wife called to say they'd be releasing a nest to the Gulf this evening at sundown. Our destination set, we made it down a few hours early for a pretty productive photo session. Didn't get the best of shots of the turtles, night-time, no flashes and all -- so didn't really even try. This, photo, however - just sort of happened while we were waiting for the "turtle people." Nope, it isn't HDR. Just some contrast enhancements on a single exposure. This is why we love Golden Hour. ;) from the Photoblog: www,graffitivisuals.com
As I walk around a subject like this that is so central to the design aesthetic of the landscape, I find myself looking at it from every vantage point to try to find the ideal location to capture it. In this case, the ideal location appeared to be from within a roped off section of seating on the path between main street and tomorrow land that runs near the smoking section right against the moat, as soon as you turn right off of Main Street. Because the restaurant here is closed, this is apparently a seating for special viewing of the fireworks display over the castle. I ducked the DO NOT ENTER sign and captured this with my tripod. Actually, it is 9 shots in all, 3 sets of three in a panoramic that is closely cropped. The water is a little dingy in this area but the reflection in the sky helped to downplay the algae growing there. Probably my favorite Castle shot because of the added width to include the tree. I'm certain a good wide angle would have been able to do the same. from the Photoblog: www,graffitivisuals.com
from the Photoblog: www,graffitivisuals.com
This is a Charity Print - All Proceeds above materials for any prints sold of digital licenses sold of this image will go to The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum as a donation in your name. This was derived from a set of photos I took on May 9, 2011. Pensacola is the oldest European settlement in mainland America (1559), its location has caused great turmoil, with many buildings destroyed by wars, and by numerous major hurricanes. The location, south of the original British colonies, and as the dividing line between French Louisiana and Spanish Florida, along the Perdido River, has caused Pensacola to change ownership several times. Pensacola was Spanish, then French, then Spanish, then British, then Spanish again, before becoming American, then Confederate, and then the current U.S. city. Early exploration of Pensacola Bay (called Polonza or Ochuse) spanned decades, with Ponce de León (1513), Pánfilo de Narváez (1528), and Hernando de Soto (1539) plus others charting the area. Due to prior exploration, the first settlement of Pensacola was large, landing on August 15, 1559 and led by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano with over 1,400 people on 11 ships from Vera Cruz, Mexico. However, weeks later, the colony was decimated by a hurricane on September 19, 1559,which killed hundreds, sank 5 ships, grounded a caravel, and ruined supplies. The 1,000 survivors divided to relocate/resupply the settlement, but due to famine and attacks, the effort was abandoned in 1561. About 240 people sailed to Santa Elena (today's Parris Island, South Carolina), but another storm hit there, so they sailed to Cuba and scattered. The remaining 50 at Pensacola were taken back to Mexico, and the Viceroy's advisors concluded northwest Florida was too dangerous to settle, for 135 years from the Photoblog: www,graffitivisuals.com
We spent the morning at the Fairhope Pier doing family photos. Such a great location...
For Monday: A Spooky Photo Self-Challenge Both of my cameras out this week for semi-annual Sensor Cleaning (I use and recommend, http://www.cameraservicepro.com/ if you ever have the need.) Spooky Photo Challenge Sans Cameras.. I decided to try to challenge myself to be more creative in post processing this week in celebration of our fun little candy-giving holiday by recycling some photos from throughout the year with the intention to make them spooky, creepy or macabre in some way. So many of my shots are bright, fun and beach-y scenes so I'm not sure how this is going to work out but here goes. :) Day 1 of 5: The Sunken Boat: I've always found wreckages creepy.. from the Photoblog: www,graffitivisuals.com