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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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Daytona Beach HippieFest #3

“Don’t gain the world & lose your soul,
Wisdom is better than silver or gold.”
― Bob Marley

This is the third and final post to feature photos from the 2014 Daytona Beach HippieFest, held this past Sunday. I played around a bit with a couple of the photos in this post, giving them a more vintage, 60’s feel. Or, such was the intent. It’s been groovy sharing these photos from the event with you. Peace.

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Cool shades

A vintage look to go with your cool vintage shades…

This guy was very popular. What you don't see is the other half of a situation I'll probably never be in again: At my back is a police officer and my face to a guy yelling "Free pot!". Fortunately, the cop had both a sense of humor and the ability to read.

This guy was very popular. What you don’t see is the other half of a situation I’ll probably never be in again: At my back is a police officer while in front of me stands this guy yelling, “Free pot!”. Fortunately, the officer had both a sense of humor and the ability to read.

Sometimes abstracts just happen, so you go with them...

This happened after I ran into the guy with the free pot… 🙂

Wisperwood Tie-Dye helped a lot of people unleash their inner hippie.

Wisperwood Tie-Dye helped a lot of people unleash their inner hippie.

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A good time was had by all...

And a good time was had by all…

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Daytona Beach HippieFest #1

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
— Jimi Hendrix

Yesterday, I drove to Daytona Beach to attend HippieFest. This was my first time attending, but I don’t think it will be my last. I had a ball taking photos of people and they seemed to be really into it. I will share some photos from the day over the next two or three blog posts. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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These boots weren't made for walkin'...

These boots weren’t made for walkin’…


I never did catch the name of the local group that played first; they were excellent, though!

Local band Tie-Dye Road; I really enjoyed this band. You can find them on Facebook.

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Seriously 60's

Seriously 60’s

John, from Wisperwood Tie-Dye

My long-time friend John, owner and artist at Wisperwood Tie-Dye

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It’s Magic!

Baudrillard’s 3rd Order of Hyperreality: There is a reversal between the real and the representation, such that the representation precedes the real, and in fact, produces it. What it produces is “hyperreality”. Baudrillard posits that this has become our dominant way of understanding and experiencing the world.

Living just outside the world’s most popular theme park destinations comes with a special portion of head-scratching hoopla. Many attempts to draw in the tourists that Disney and Universal has already drawn in don’t last more than a month or two. Others manufacture a successful gimmick that enables them to explode and build multiple locations. And sometimes those gimmicks are painful to look at: vibrant reminders that very few of the people surrounding me at any time know anything about the reality of this place where I live. People seldom come here to visit what’s real here: the beautiful cypress swamps or what little is left of “natural Florida”. People come to visit the compounds of hyperreality built by entertainment corporations and to experience having their hard-earned cash magically disappear from their pockets. If one should happen to come out with money still in pocket, one need only remember the obligation to purchase discount souvenirs to take home to those that didn’t merit the full-priced, higher-quality versions. You’ll find at your disposal numerous locations adept at the magic of tourist cash transference available to happily help out.

"Gift Shop", Nikon D800, ISO 1600, f/5.0 at 1/50sec., 28mm

“Gift Shop”, Nikon D800, ISO 1600, f/5.0 at 1/50sec., 28mm

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Going Up

“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.”
—Ruth E. Renkel

"Going Up", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/11 at 1/40 sec., 50mm

“Going Up”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/11 at 1/40 sec., 50mm
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Reflections of Cypress

“To love a swamp, however, is to love what is muted and marginal, what exists in the shadows, what shoulders its way out of mud and scurries along the damp edges of what is most commonly praised. And sometimes its invisibility is a blessing. Swamps and bogs are places of transition and wild growth, breeding grounds, experimental labs where organisms and ideas have the luxury of being out of the spotlight, where the imagination can mutate and mate, send tendrils into and out of the water.”
― Barbara Hurd,
Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination

I promised this post would be brighter than my last one but I never said it would be colorful! I hope you like it.

"Reflections of Cypress"

“Reflections of Cypress”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/20 at 1/60 sec., 16mm
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Abused and Blue at 15

“Threaten the oppressed and be prepared to face their onslaught, abuse them and be prepared for an even greater threat.”
— Martin Dansky

As this is my second glass block photo within a week, I’ll admit that I’ve long been a fan of glass blocks. This configuration, lighting and the dark hue of the blocks produced by the shadows of the building’s interior caught my attention when I was downtown recently. During processing, I messed around quite a bit with the texture of the wall to make the image better convey the sense of time and neglect I perceived standing at the location. I hope you like it.

"Abused and Blue at 15", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/3.2 at 1/2500 sec., 50mm

“Abused and Blue at 15”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/3.2 at 1/2500 sec., 50mm
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