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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.


February 6, 2009 – Rearview


Looking Back

Somebody once said to me that the most important thing you can do as a photographer is to look at what is behind you. I did.

Data: Samsung Instinct Cameraphone at 7:15 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.


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.


January 14, 2009 – Action

Point and Shoot tennis action.


I ventured out onto the tennis courts this afternoon where some friends were playing. I’ve never thought about shooting action sports with the G9. I got out the camera and after some trial and error shots learning the focus delay and shutter lag, came up with this. I have cameras and glass that are more than capable of pulling off this shot very easily, but I really enjoyed the challenge of getting a decent shot with the P & S. Challenge yourself and you never know what that challenge may produce!

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 400, f 5.6, 1/500 at 4:54 PM in Jacksonville: Florida. 14/365

January 12, 2009 – Edit

A photo editor's work is never done.

I know. It has been two days. I promise there were images created and posts written. Some things are meant for personal use only and the last couple of posts were selfishly for me and my family. The 365 Project is still going strong and here is today’s update.

I seem to spend a lot of time in one of two places. I am either behind the lens making new images or in front of the computer editing the images created (that is if email or Facebook are not eating up some time!). Either way, it is the creative process that I enjoy most. I work real hard at getting the image spot on straight out of the camera so that post production in Photoshop is kept to the basics of cropping and perhaps a bit of toning, dodging and burning. With every shot I want to save myself as much post production time as possible by shooting the image right on in the camera. It is always a fun challenge to see how close I can get to that perfect image from a compositional and technical standpoint.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 200, f 2.8, 1/15 at 10:59 PM in Jacksonville, Florida. 12/365

January 8, 2009 – BCS National Championship


Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Florida. Site of the 2008 BCS Championship Game.

I love shooting in low light situations using only the available light to challenge my photography skills. This shot was taken just prior to the kickoff of the National Championship game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Florida Gators as the fans continued to tailgate all around Dolphins Stadium.

Data: Canon G9, manual mode, ISO 800, f 2.8 , 1/250 at 6:11 PM outside Dolphins Stadium, Miami 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