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Taylor Publishing Florida Yearbook Seminar

It’s that time again folks! The advisers and students have all gathered in St. Pete, Florida at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg for the Florida Yearbook Seminar put on by Taylor Publishing. Students and advisers willingly gather each year on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico to to hone their design, layout and photography skills in an effort to create another memorable yearbook for their school. It is at this seminar where themes are defined, color palettes are developed and the all important covers for the books are created. These four long days will get many books well underway for the 2011 school year. [Read more…]

Put Me In Coach

I was once again hanging out at the ball field a couple nights ago. No lugging heavy cameras around. Just me, a Coca-Cola and a bag of peanuts. Enjoying the game and some time with the family. [Read more…]

January 29, 2009 – Rain

A rainy ride to work.

It was a wet and cold ride to work this morning. My classic 78 VW van is leaky and without heat. However, I don’t have a car payment! I guess that makes it OK. I saw these reflections while sitting at the light waiting for traffic to move. The rains leaves things feeling fresh and clean. Good for the earth and good for us.

Data: Samsung Instinct Cameraphone at 7:05 AM in Jacksonville, Florida.


January 27, 2009 – Fog


Late Night, Foggy Road

Late Night, Foggy Road

I was on my way home around 9:30 PM after a long day and the weather was very typical northern Florida stuff for this time of year. Warm days and cool nights and lots of humidity make for lots of FOG. Traffic was moving slowly and yet, somehow a driver ahead of me attracted the attention of a police officer (reddish lights in the middle of the frame) further slowing down the ride home.

I pulled out my Instinct and made this frame as I crept along around 5 miles per hour as this event unfolded in front of me. I have to admit, I am taking a liking to the kind of raw, grainy images this camera phone produces. The image quality reminds me of a Holga or the really old Polaroids that you had to peel apart and would shake in your hand until the image magically appeared. In cold weather using the Polaroid I remember having to keep a metal sleeve warm that the Polaroid went into to help it develop in cooler temps. (I know, this dates me a bit. What is so bad about a little experience in life?) These camera phone images are quite a change from the image quality that my regular gear produces. It is a step back in time when things sure seemed a lot simpler and life moved at a much easier pace. Memories. Ahhhh…

Data: Samsung Instinct Cameraphone at 9:25 PM in Jacksonville, Florida.