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Bishop Kenny High School Class of 1960 – The 50th Reunion

On Saturday August 28th, the Bishop Kenny High School Class of 1960 celebrated their 50th Reunion. The reunion was held at the Quality Inn and Suites on Jacksonville Beach. [Read more…]

Biarritz Sunset

Went on a wee bit of a trip down memory lane through the archives tonight. I found this shot from a few years back from a trip we took to Biarritz, France. It was a lovely sunset. My wife and I had a great time. [Read more…]

February 4, 2009 – Light


St. Paul

St. Paul

My grandfather was an artist. He sketched, painted, carved and sculpted. I suppose my creativity is best expressed through the mediums of light and color. As much as I would have liked, I was never able to create an image quite like he on paper or canvas. My creativity seemed to come through best on the negative and photo paper. This sculpture of St. Paul is one of his. I remember you fondly grandpa.

Data: Canon G9 in manual mode, ISO 100, f 4.0, 1/160, remote flash left fired w/Pocket Wizard at 1/16 power at 7:45 PM 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.


January 6, 2009 – DOF

Comin Round the Bend

Comin Round the Bend

Ever since I was a little guy, I have had a fascination with trains. It might have happened because my grandfather was a railroad man and always talked about his time on the railroad. It may also be that they represent another age and time gone by. They were built to last and were workhorses getting a job done that required lots of power and strength. I’ve has this particular Lionel set since I was a small boy and it was my dad’s before that. It is quite old and to be honest, I don’t even know if it runs anymore. It now adorns a display shelf in my home. The massive steam locomotive and its complexity of engineering are in contrast to my memories of a more innocent day and time when life was a little more carefree and simple as a young child. Every kid loves a train. Thus, it is the subject for today’s photograph.

I chose the train because it was in a low light area and provided the opportunity to use a wide open aperture to get some great depth of field (bokeh) in the image. While the front end of the locomotive has some good detail, the rest of the train from the coal car on back lacks detail. I love these types of shots as they draw the viewer’s eye to a particular part of the photograph that is important in helping tell the story.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, macro focus, ISO 800, f 2.8. 1/25 at 9:34 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. 6/365