Central Florida

Lauren & Jared

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall. A mother’s love outlives them all.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Lauren and Jared" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/500  sec., 85 mm

“Lauren and Jared” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/2.0 at 1/500
sec., 85 mm

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Subversive Texting

“As someone who sends texts messages more or less non-stop, I enjoy one particular aspect of texting more than anything else: that it is possible to sit in a crowded railway carriage laboriously spelling out quite long words in full, and using an enormous amount of punctuation, without anyone being aware of how outrageously subversive I am being.”
     — Lynne Truss

As I walked along the brick streets in the area around Park Avenue in Winter Park, I noticed this young woman sitting on a bench, texting. So intent was she on her communication that she never looked up as I approached, knelt down in the middle of the street and captured this shot. She was obviously working on a lengthy text, as she never stopped typing as I casually went about getting a photo. I wondered if she was being subversive, insisting on “laboriously spelling out quite long words in full, and using an enormous amount of punctuation”, as Lynne and I do.

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"A Break in Contrast" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec. , 50 mm

“A Break in Contrast” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec. , 50 mm

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Orange County Courthouse

The downtown Orlando skyline has certainly changed over the years, and the Orange County Courthouse is one of the few buildings not yet crowded out of view by the further advances of progress. Completed in 1997, the current courthouse stands 416 feet tall. The 23-story building has 9,500 windows looking out on Orlando – a numbing fact considering how much I hate washing the 16 windows in my single-story home.

"Orange County Courthouse, Orlando, FL" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 3200, f/16 at 1.6 sec. handheld, 50 mm

“Orange County Courthouse, Orlando, FL” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 3200, f/16 at 1.6 sec. handheld, 50 mm

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Look No Farther

The wording on the door sign at “Images by Fisher” in Holly Hill promises that one need “look no farther” for a unique gift. As I studied and framed this scene, it was the unique grammar that caught my attention. I have often looked no further, though I don’t recall a time when I have looked no farther. So, what’s the difference and is one of these words incorrect for use in this phrase?

In my mind, I think of “farther” as implying a distance not yet traversed, while “further” seems to most often have a place already reached attached to it, as in, “I shall travel no further than this today” vs. “I plan to go farther.”

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"Look No Farther" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/400 sec., 85 mm

“Look No Farther” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/400 sec., 85 mm

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Halifax River from Holly Hill Shore

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt—it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
Hal Boyle

I think I would like to have a rowboat. I have always loved the water – especially lakes, rivers and streams. Yet, I don’t want nor need the hassle of a “real boat”. And there is something attractive about the memory and idea of just floating along, unencumbered by purpose, expectations or time.

There are so many lakes and streams in the area waiting to offer themselves as photographic subjects. The problem is that viewing and photographing them solely from the perspective of the shore tells only part of their story. It’s like hearing only one side of a telephone conversation: you’re left to assume so much about the other side. So often our assumptions are wrong. I can’t help but wonder what I could see from the other side.

Because of its width, the embedded view of this photo is rather small. Click on the image to get a better, enlarged view (as always).

"Halifax River" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/11 at 1/160 sec., 85 mm

“Halifax River” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/11 at 1/160 sec., 85 mm

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Butterfly Shadows

This post is dedicated to the memory and talent of Cory Monteith.

“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

What are your thoughts on this image? I lightened it up several times, but kept going back to the darker version.

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"Butterfly Shadows" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/2.0 at 1/400 sec., 85mm

“Butterfly Shadows” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/2.0 at 1/400 sec., 85mm
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Warning Among the Weeds

I came upon this while on a walk one hot, humid afternoon. Simple. Insignificant. Aged by neglect. A warning message is lost among the weeds.

"Weeds" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/90 sec., 85 mm

“Warning Among the Weeds” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/8 at 1/90 sec., 85 mm

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Pet Portrait: Cleo the Cat

I love to photograph cats. It can take a tremendous amount of patience, but most often just requires a desire to get to know the cat before getting out the camera.

Cleo loves her cat tree; she spends the majority of her sleeping and awake hours in the security and comfort of its carpet-padded shelves. It was the perfect place to photograph and interact with her. I think the shallow depth of field works well here to draw the viewer into Cleo’s eyes.

"Cleo Kitty" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/1.8 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

“Cleo” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/1.8 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #34

Clarita is a nail technician who has worked for many years out of the space she occupies downtown at 205 Broadway, in the back of Butterfly Impressions Gifts. You may recall that Terry, the owner of that gift shop, was the subject of Faces of Kissimmee, #31.  When I approached Clarita asking to take her photo, she was in the midst of massaging a woman’s feet – part of a pedicure in progress. I was a bit tickled when she asked what I wanted her to do for the photo, but only because she was already doing it.

I learned Clarita has done my mother’s manicures for over 10 years and has built a loyal following of customers. I liked that she was so comfortable in front of the camera; so easily able to forget I was there and go about her work.

Thanks for the photo, Clarita.

 

“Clarita” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/4.0 at 1/200 sec., 85 mm

Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #33

Ryan was sitting on the street bench at the south-most end of Broadway, just outside of Jammers Music Center. He had his earphones in. If you were stretching to incorporate a bad joke in your dialog, you might say he was jammin’ to some music outside of Jammers Music. But I’d never stoop to bad jokes here…

I could see as I first approached him that behind Ryan’s glasses, his eyes were closed. Though he opened his eyes as I drew closer, I walked past without disturbing him. Upon reaching the end of the block, I turned around, then passed him a second time without saying a word. I often liken that little voice in my head to the GPS in my car, warning that I’ve made a grave error by ignoring its directives as it announces in a barely tolerant tone, “Recalculating!” Except the GPS in my head isn’t so nice: there would be no recalculating. It commanded me to stop, turn around and take the photo that was right there waiting to be taken. I finally opened my mouth and introduced myself…

I know I’ve said it here before: some days when I’m in search of street portraits, I find it can be difficult to ask the question the first time. You just have to push through it and do it anyway.

As a side note, I am very pleased with the quality and low noise of this high-ISO capture on the Nikon D800. You can see from the shutter speed that the high ISO wasn’t required, but as I’m still getting to know this camera, I’m still asking and playing with lots of “what if….?” scenarios.

“Ryan” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 2500, f/3.2 at 1/8000 sec., 85 mm

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