City of Kissimmee

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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Out of the Alley

Despite response to my prior post having been absurdly underwhelming, I am going to forge ahead — if but for my own amusement. Today’s image is not my typical style; it has been heavily processed, obscured and texturized. It’s another that’s been sitting in the queue, caught during one of my many walks downtown shooting the “Faces of Kissimmee” project. What do you think?

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"Out of the Alley" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/6.7 at 1/20 sec., 85 mm

“Out of the Alley” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/6.7 at 1/20 sec., 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #22

Friends have asked me how I go about approaching perfect strangers on the street and asking to take their photograph. It’s really pretty simple, once you learn to be truly observant.

I first spotted Lori with her City of Kissimmee crew members. They were standing together on the street corner in front of 3 Sisters Speakeasy, talking. As I walked up the opposite side of the street, I looked on as Lori demonstrated a personality that appeared outgoing and enthusiastic; included a good sense of humor; seemed easily approachable. Eureka! That usually works. As if on cue, she left the rest of the crew and began to cross the street toward me. I quickly calculated that our distance and speed would cause our paths to intersect.

“Good morning.”
“Hi. How are you today?”
“That all depends on how you answer a question…”

As you can see, Lori’s answer was, “Yes.”

“Lori” [Click image to enlarge or reduce its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 250, f/3.3 at 1/2000 sec., 85 mm

By the way, Lori works with Paul, who was featured in Faces of Kissimmee, #13.

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