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Just Married

“Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose
beginning is a glance and whose ending is Eternity.”
~ Kahlil Gibran ~

I had the pleasure of photographing my first wedding over the weekend and it was a beautiful celebration of unity, love and friendship. I have to admit I got pretty excited when I learned the newlyweds really like B&W. 🙂 I wish them heartfelt congratulations and much joy on the road of life they will walk together, hand in hand.

"Unity", Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/10 at 1/80sec., 85mm

“Unity”, Nikon D800, ISO 250, f/10 at 1/80sec., 85mm

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Grow, Reform, Change

“Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Clinging for Life" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/80 sec., 85 mm

“Clinging for Life” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/80 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.

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"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 Sunshine

What would a butterfly quote, on looking in the mirror? It would say, “the adventure was worth it!”
— Manali Oak

As promised, here’s the last of the three butterfly shots I unexpectedly came upon a few evenings back. Like the photos in the last two posts, it’s a significant crop of the original image. In fact, you might notice it looks a whole lot like yesterday’s composition, altered at capture by 1/200th of a second and a ray of sunlight. I like the rich yellow — dare I say buttery — backdrop created at this exposure by the yellow flowers under heavy bokeh/shallow depth of field.

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"Butterfly Sunshine" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

“Butterfly Sunshine” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 400, f/1.8 at 1/1000 sec., 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #9

Upon meeting Patrick at his Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market booth, I instantly admired him. Patrick is the mind, hands and heart behind “PJ’s Bracelets & Key Chains”. He donates the money he raises, selling bracelets and key chains he fashions by hand from colored cord and aluminum soda can tabs, for cancer research. He buys the soda can tabs by the pound from Ronald McDonald House – and pays double what they ask.

Patrick is no stranger to cancer; it has touched and continues to touch his family. Because we share that experience, I applaud the fact that Patrick has determined to do something to help others. It was clear from speaking with him that his creations are a labor of love and of healing. While his donations help fund research to heal others, I know his work is helping to heal him, too. If you’re in downtown Kissimmee on a Tuesday evening, be sure to stop by his booth at the Farmers Market and support what he’s doing.

God bless you, Patrick. It was an honor to meet you.

"Patrick" [Click image to view larger size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

“Patrick” [Click image to view larger size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #8

On Tuesday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, the Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market takes place downtown in front of the Civic Center. In addition to fresh grown and handmade goods, one can also get fresh information on other happenings in the area.

Kayla is a purveyor of local information. She is just the kind of person you want to encounter if you’re an out-of-towner looking for things to do that are more real and less derived than the area theme parks. She listened with interest as I explained my “Faces of Kissimmee” project. To my excitement, she said she’d seen some of the photos from the series I’ve already posted. And she liked them, too! I knew then she couldn’t say “no”, so I popped the question and clicked the shutter.

"Kayla" [Click image to enlarge/shrink size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f.1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

“Kayla” [Click image to enlarge/shrink size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f.1.8 at 1/1500 sec., 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #7 (Squeek! Squeek!)

As I sat at Mrs. Mac’s restaurant on Wednesday, enjoying a magnificent piece of lemon meringue pie (seriously delicious!), I suddenly became aware of a squeeking sound. So absorbed had I been in overexciting my taste buds, I hadn’t noticed someone had come in and started cleaning the windows. As my back was to one of these, it wasn’t long before we courteously greeted each other; he with a “hello”, and me with a “[unintelligible sound] this pie!”. He smiled and nodded in agreement and left me to my preoccupation.

I left the restaurant a short time later, lamenting that I hadn’t indulged in a second piece of pie but intent on capturing a few photographs for this series. It wasn’t long before I noticed the window washer doing his thing at another downtown storefront. I had still found no victims, save a parking enforcement officer writing a ticket. Though I had asked, he didn’t think it a good idea to be photographed while performing the task he had at hand. (Huh. Imagine that.)

Thinking of so many other things I needed to be doing at home as I took in the view of the empty 3 PM sidewalks ahead, I decided to pack it in. I would turn east and then turn again, heading back toward my car a block off Broadway. It was when I turned east that things changed, for there he was again: the window washer. I realized it was just meant to be.

I introduced myself and as Lee introduced himself in return, he jokingly asked if I was following him. I replied that it was unintentional, but yeah, I was. He told me how he had made his living washing windows in downtown Kissimmee for over 40 years. We spoke of the changes that had transformed the area in the passing of those years. He said I wasn’t the first over those years that wanted to take his photograph, either. I thanked him for letting me be the next one.

"Lee" [Click to enlarge or shrink image.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/6.7 at 1/125 sec., 85mm

“Lee” [Click to enlarge or shrink image.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/6.7 at 1/125 sec., 85mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #6

I was just about to walk away from the train station while I was out on my photo-walk the other day, when I turned my head and saw her. She was sitting on some steps, concentrating on typing a text message at a speed I found intimidating even from a distance. The lighting was great, especially the way it bounced up off the pavement and illuminated her face under the brim of her cap. I was hesitant to interrupt her, but couldn’t help myself; I wanted the shot if she’d let me take it.

She took my card, and then came the usual delay that comes as people consider my out-of-the-blue photo request. She said yes – hooray! No sooner had I snapped the shot then she put her head down and went back to her text message. Regrettably, I didn’t interrupt again to ask her name. I hope she sees this and contacts me, as I am rather pleased with her photo and would like her to have a copy.

[Click image to expand/shrink its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/2.8 at 1/1500 sec, 85 mm

[Click image to expand/shrink its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/2.8 at 1/1500 sec, 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #5

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
– William Arthur Ward

Had the above quote been mine, it would read, “A warm smile and/or a great cup of coffee is the universal language of kindness.” Shaina (pron. “shy-ana”) delivered both of these. Her smile seemed to light up the darkened room, and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to capture it through the lens. When I asked to take her photo, she was a little hesitant at first – as though a perfect stranger asking to take her photo isn’t something that happens to her every day. I find that hard to believe.

Shiana [Click image to toggle size.] Nikon D300, ISO 1600, f/1.8 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

Shiana [Click image to toggle size.] Nikon D300, ISO 1600, f/1.8 at 1/125 sec., 85 mm

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Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #4

“To make the world a friendly place, one must show it a friendly face.”
– James Whitcomb Riley

NY Fan [Click image to expand/shrink its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/2.0, 1/8000 sec., 85 mm

NY Fan [Click image to expand/shrink its size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/2.0, 1/8000 sec., 85 mm

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