Celebration Hotel

“Business is leisure when you find pleasure in it.”
― Peter Adejimi

As promised in yesterday’s post, today’s photo is the last of those I captured in my photo-walk around Celebration Town Center last Sunday. I have quite enjoyed the focus on black-and-white with these images; it was my intent when I set out to photograph scenes that would translate well to B&W, and the bright afternoon sun combined with the dramatic skies of an approaching storm were well-suited to that objective. All of the photos that day were also the product of my first real “street outing” with the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 PRO FX lens. I’m pleased; there will be more.

"Celebration Hotel", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 28mm

“Celebration Hotel”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 28mm

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Celebration: Lines, Shapes and Shadows

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
― Kiran Desai,
The Inheritance of Loss

Presenting two more photos from my photo-walk in Celebration Town Center, both taken at the AMC Celebration 2 theatre building — closed since 2010. The sun was out and quite bright, but the storm coming in created the perfect opportunity to capture some interesting shadows and dramatic clouds. My next post will feature the final image from that day. Like the photo of the theatre’s twin spires here, it also has great clouds. So please come back! I hope you enjoy the photos.

"A Shape and Shadow", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 28mm

“Shape and Shadow”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 28mm

"Line and Shadow", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 28mm

“Line and Shadow”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 28mm

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The Contrast of Cranes

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Crane Contrasts", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.6 at 1/100 sec., 300mm

“Crane Contrasts”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/5.6 at 1/100 sec., 300mm

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Turning Tables: Empty Umbrellas

This is the last photo in what has become an unintentional series of images I’ve labeled “Turning Tables”. I didn’t set out to photograph empty tables in empty restaurants, but in the course of my photo-walk around Celebration Town Center, that’s what I saw; it’s what was present. I think this illustrates something very important about photographic creativity: being versatile, adaptive and aware. Admittedly, it wasn’t until I had captured the third image that I realized I had a theme going I could build upon. Sometimes it just happens that way, and I believe we have to let it. I find that some of the best photographs I produce are those which were spontaneous and unplanned; captured by chance in the course of doing something that was intentional.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos.

"Turning Tables: Empty Umbrellas", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/8.0 at 1/250 sec., 28mm

“Turning Tables: Empty Umbrellas”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/8.0 at 1/250 sec., 28mm

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Turning Tables: Columbia

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Götz von Berlichingen

The Columbia Restaurant is one of the premier and most popular dining destinations in Celebration. However, last Sunday afternoon, the World Cup match had people’s minds focused on things other than award-winning authentic Spanish/Cuban food. This shot is my favorite takeaway from my afternoon photo-walk around Celebration Town Center. I hope you like it, too.

"Turning Tables: Columbia", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/10 at 1/250 sec., 28mm

“Turning Tables: Columbia”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/10 at 1/250 sec., 28mm

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Turning Tables, East and West

Common sense says that chairs and tables exist independently of whether anyone happens to perceive them or not.
– Charles D. Broad

When I went walking around Celebration Town Center on Sunday — Celebration, Florida being the affluent little town that Mickey Mouse built — I noticed that all the outdoor cafes were empty. Or nearly empty. So, while it was a great opportunity to use the stark afternoon light to my advantage and capture some contrasty images to convert to B&W, it also raised the question of where everybody was. Ignorant non-soccer-enthusiast that I am, it was only a block farther down the street that I found all the missing cafe patrons crowded into a sports bar watching Germany grab its cup.

Enjoy the photos. In my next post I’ll share another B&W image or two from my photo walk around Celebration Town Center.

"Turning Tables: East", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/9 at 1/160 sec., 28mm

“Turning Tables: East”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/9 at 1/160 sec., 28mm

"Turning Tables: West", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/10 at 1/100 sec., 16mm

“Turning Tables: West”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/10 at 1/100 sec., 16mm

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Shapes and Lines

“…In Jack Nasar’s research on American’s taste in homes, only one group preferred the modernist house: architects.”
― Winifred Gallagher,
House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live

"Shapes and Lines", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/400 sec., 16mm

“Shapes and Lines”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/13 at 1/400 sec., 16mm

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Headshots: Reggie

I took these headshots of Reggie last weekend using a single remote softbox fitted to a Nikon SB-900 Speedlight and a Nikon SB-700 Speedlight mounted on-camera, modified with a Gary Fong Lightsphere. Since I haven’t posted in a few days due to my time being taken by a few projects I’m working on, I thought I’d share these with you. I hope you like them.

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Kissimmee Celebrates the 4th of July

I’m hoping that invoking the “better late than never” theory will excuse the tardiness of getting these photos posted. They were taken this past Friday at the Kissimmee 4th of July festivities downtown on the lakefront. I had to leave before the fireworks, but while there I enjoyed photographing the crowd and sampling the food trucks. My favorite food truck find was the super friendly service and vegan black bean and plantain empanadas from La Empanada Food Truck.

There were lots of activities for the kids — young and old. It was fun to see people displaying their patriotism and participating in all there was to see and do. I hope you enjoy the photos.

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