Author: earlharrisphotography.com

I am happy to have this blog as a place to share some of the photographs resulting from my exploration of the world around us. Located in Central Florida, I enjoy photographing people surrounded by or doing what they love (environmental portraiture), events, pets and ponderings, and the LGBT community. Please visit my website at http://www.EarlHarrisPhotography.com

Easter Sunflower Service

“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” — S.D. Gordon

A sunflower appeared in my back yard several weeks ago; I can only presume a bird dropped a seed because it was not intentionally planted. The bloom opened a few days ago, beautiful and new, tender and unspoiled — perfect symbols of renewal and life for Resurrection Day.

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The Watchdog

I went on a local cemetery romp about an hour before sundown yesterday with a couple of off-camera Nikon SB-910 flashes and my MagMod flash modifiers. For this shot, I intentionally underexposed the scene to give it a nighttime feel, then lit the dog grave ornament and the area behind it using 2 stacked MagGrids mounted on a single flash. I believe it was set at 1/2 power.

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“The Watchdog”, Nikon D700, ISO200, 155mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec

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Cat & Mouse

“When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Cooper daydreams about the day he finally kills Shredrick, his nearly-destroyed mouse, who’s literally been hanging on by a thread these last few weeks.

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“Cat & Mouse”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 800, 1/180th sec, f/5.6

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Dream Screen

“I sometimes think my head is so large because it is so full of dreams.”
― Joseph Merrick

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“Dream Screen”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 800, 122.6mm, f/6.4, 1/180th sec.

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Layla’s Look (One-Eyed Disdain)

After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.
–Charlotte Gray

This morning I decided to capture a few photos using my mirrorless Fujifilm X-T1 (love this camera!), a couple of stacked MagMod MagGrid flash modifiers on a Nikon SB-910 flash and my least willing in-home subject, Layla. Doesn’t she look happy? #MadeWithMagMod

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“One-Eyed Disdain”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 320, 83.3mm, f/5.6, 1/180th sec.

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Let’s Be Candid

One of my favorite ways to photograph children is to just let them be children and to capture candid, real moments and real expressions. I will sit a child down somewhere or hand them a toy or prop—even a stick and a piece of moss works!—and just photograph whatever happens. Today’s post features a few such shots from a recent family photo session I did in a local park with a lovely family here on vacation from Kansas City.

#CandidKids

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Another Cat Pic

#HissLessPurrMore

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“Rocky”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO640, 135mm, f/8.0, 1/60th

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Ceiling of Prayer for Good Harvests

Stepping inside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at EPCOT Center’s China Pavilion, one cannot help but look up to marvel at the amazing composite of detail, beauty, color, geometry and craftsmanship that make up its ceiling. The building is a half-sized replica of the original, located at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven complex. It would certainly be deemed by Umberto Eco an exquisite example of “hyperreality*”.

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Nikon D800, ISO 1250, 24mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec

*Travels in Hyperreality, by Umberto Eco — one of my favorite books and examinations of the human condition and our need to imitate and improve that which is inimitable.

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Cleome Pop

Last year, I found an old pack of “variety” seeds in the garage amongst my grandmother’s belongings. It was old and the packaging had turned brown but I thought, “What the heck?”, and tossed them in one of my plant beds in the back yard. I was surprised when one seed popped a fragile green sprout through the soil and steadily transformed into a large, beautiful, swirling display of flowery fireworks. I later learned this majestic beauty was called a “Cleome”. I enjoyed it and its cascading fuchsia blooms for several months.

A few weeks go, I noticed little seedlings popping up in that same bed and all along the back of the house. I recognized the leaf instantly and excitedly began to anticipate dozens of these beautiful things blessing my back yard with their beauty. One of them, the largest of the bunch, began to pop open its blooms a few days ago. #giddy

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“Cleome Pop”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 320, f/5.6 at 1/250th sec., 104.2 mm

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Stone Cold Gaze

I published this photo on my Facebook page several weeks back. It’s from a granite angel grave marker I seem to keep rephotographing because that cherubic face and those eyes entombed within the texture of the granite somehow draws me back again and again.

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