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When the game is on the line, how do you respond? There have been times when my response has been the right one and then there are the other times. [Read more…]

February 12, 2009 – Starting Out

Leading lines guide the eye.

Leading lines guide the eye.

400 meters. Endurance. Speed. No matter the distance or number of laps, the track is an amazing test of endurance and speed for the athlete that steps upon its surface to compete. Without proper physical and mental preparation, the race is lost before it begins. The desire of an athlete to prepare well to compete is a very large factor in determining the outcome of the effort made in competition. The same is very true for how we go about performing the challenges in our daily lives. When we prepare, we enhance our opportunities to be successful day in and day out. Rather than run around in circles, choose to prepare yourself physically, mentally and spiritually to define your path and reach your goals.

Having spent my high school years as a track athlete and then several years coaching cross country and track athletes, I have a love for the challenges and competition that are encountered in the sport. I was a short distance guy in high school. The sprints, hurdles and the 440 were my events. I enjoyed every opportunity to get out on the cinders (later on rubber) and compete. As I got older, I found out something interesting in that I began to enjoy running the distances involved in road racing. The goals of reaching sub 20 minute 5K’s, sub 60 minute 15K’s and an hour and thirty minute half marathon were enjoyable to pursue. However, my success in distance running pretty much can be summed up by saying that I had the mind of a distance runner in sprinter’s body! During all these experiences, running and competing taught me more about myself than anything else I have done in my lifetime. Just as the lines in this image lead the eye to a certain point and beyond, the preparation, the competition and the final results of my efforts made me realize that proper planning and preparation will lead to reaching your goals and beyond.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 200, f 3.5, 1/1600 at 10:17 AM in Jacksonville, Florida.

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February 7, 2009 – Timeout

Timeout

Timeout

The Bishop Kenny Lady Crusader basketball team played a district final game against Jackson on Saturday, February 7th at the John A. Baldwin Athletic Center. Here, the team takes a breather between the third and fourth periods of play to review their game plan. Despite their efforts, the Lady Crusaders fell to the Lady Tigers 57-38. Just as teams in sports do, I often take time to review my game plan in my career to ensure I am headed in the right direction too. Do you?

Data: Samsung Instinct Cameraphone at 7:55 PM in Jacksonville, Florida.

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February 3, 2009 – Spark

Shower of Sparks

Shower of Sparks

I am a big fan of motivational tools that involve photography and symbolism. Fire communicates a strength and tenacity necessary for success in the business world, but also has such beauty and grace as the flames dance and the sparks fly that allow for imagination and creativity. As I fired up the charcoal to cook on the grill tonight, the sparks would occasionally fly up from the chimney and dance in the air until fading away. It made me think how  challenging and tenuous maintaining a positive attitude can be when we don’t keep the fires burning inside. It simply fades away unless we find ways to spark our motivation and positive attitude.

Data: Samsung Instinct Camera Phone at 6:29 PM on my back porch.

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January 26, 2009 – Jacksonville

Love it or leave it - this is my town.

Jacksonville, Florida - this is my town.

Sometimes during the day I take a walk down to the river for a little mental refresher away from the cave that is the studio I share with my students where I impart upon them the various skills necessary to be successful in the multimedia field. These walks allow me some fresh air and a chance to breath – deep breaths! There is something about the flow of the river that cleanses the mind and allows some good thinking time even during just a short visit to the banks of the St. Johns. Breathe in, breathe out. Take a photo. Back to class.

Data: Samsung Instict camera phone at 12:59 PM on the Southbank, Jacksonville, Florida.

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January 23, 2009 – Road Trip

On the road again.

On the road again.

I enjoyed this sunset on the way back from a conference in Orlando. I know that sunsets and sunrises are a dime a dozen in the photo world and yet, I find myself constantly amazed at the color, brilliance and variety a day’s beginning and end can provide. A beautiful sunrise provides great inspiration to start the day and a pretty sunset a relaxing way to end each day. The quality of light at these times is many times without equal. Definitely the Golden Hour is a favorite time to get out and shoot.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 3.5, 1/400 at 6:10 PM in Orlando, Florida.

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January 20, 2009 – Key Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

What is the key ingredient?

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places and events sometimes. I only say this because of the several ideas I had today for getting a few photos, it was not until I arrived home and began to prepare dinner that another brand new idea struck me.

As I collected the ingredients for dinner and stacked them on the counter, I began to notice the colors and textures and how each item played a key role in providing a distinctive flavor and texture that is necessary to make a tasty meal. However, what is the key ingredient (or ingredients) that make for a successful day?

It occurred to me than that each day we go to work or go to play or even relax takes a certain mix of ingredients to be satisfying. Whether it is setting goals, making appointments, listening to a certain music mix, meeting new people or checking another item of the To Do List, each accomplishment brings on a certain sense of accomplishment that leads to another satisfying day at work, play or just plain relaxing. How do you plan and mix the ingredients of your day to make the day satisfying and fulfilling? Bon appetit!

Data; Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 5.0, 1/30 at 6:29 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. Light source: incandescent bulb overhead and slightly camera left.

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January 15, 2009 – Success

As the McClellan family (left) and head coach Tommy Edwards (center), look on, assistant coach Jason Pascual offers a few words of advice and congratulations just prior to the signing of the letter of intent.

As the McClellan family (left) and head coach Tommy Edwards (center), look on, assistant coach Jason Pascual (right) offers a few words of advice and congratulations during the signing ceremony.

I am not sure how most people may define success, but for a high school athlete many times success is defined as having some or all of your college education paid for in doing something you love. This held true for Neil McClellan of Bishop Kenny High School today as he signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. Neil had an outstanding junior year in helping lead the Crusaders to a class 4A state title. Neil’s command of his pitches for both location and velocity helped him earn this scholarship to extend his playing career on the diamond and more importantly to continue his education beyond high school.

How do you define success?

Data:Canon G9, auto mode, ISO 200, f 2.8, 1/60, fill flash at 3:01 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. 15/365

January 13, 2009 – Relax

A little chill time.

A little chill time.

It’s cold in Florida. Well, cold for north Florida anyway. Right now it is in the high 40’s. That calls for a fire in the fireplace. A little time to relax. And time to find a moment of creativity and create a warm photo.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 2.8, 1/13, ambient light at 7:18 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. 13/365

January 7, 2009 – Road Trip

Keys? Check. Gator tie off the neck? Check. Keys? Check. iPod with cruisin’ tunes? Check. Directions from Google Maps? Check. Then it is time to hit the road for the 350 mile trip to Miami and the BCS National Championship game. It still seems a little unbelievable that I’ll be there to witness it. I am thankful that a good friend of mine for many many years was able to get tickets. Thank you Jordan!

I suppose that sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. In this case, that is certainly true. However, I always remember to be thankful for the good things that happen in life. They really don’t happen through luck, but because of carefully nurtured relationships and a pay it forward attitude. One good deed will certainly lead to another. In the end, I suppose it all balances out – that is, what get and what we give.

Tomorrow’s post might be a little late, but trust me, there will be plenty of photos taken during pre-game, game and post game activities that will appear in the next post.

Data: Canon G9, auto mode,  ISO 80, f 2.8, 1/60 at 4:46 PM approximately 30 miles south of Daytona Beach, Florida on Interstate 95. 7/365