I took these headshots of Reggie last weekend using a single remote softbox fitted to a Nikon SB-900 Speedlight and a Nikon SB-700 Speedlight mounted on-camera, modified with a Gary Fong Lightsphere. Since I haven’t posted in a few days due to my time being taken by a few projects I’m working on, I thought I’d share these with you. I hope you like them.
“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
“Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house… let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness.”
— Mother Teresa
I found Charlie as I walked along Dakin Avenue. He had a kind face and one of those personalities that you instantly feel comfortable with. I had just taken a photo of his friend, Mark, and Charlie was gracious enough to permit me to take his, too.
“Charlie” [Click image to view larger/smaller size] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/2.4 at 1/750 sec., 85 mm
Kissimmee, Florida has a rich and interesting history. It was the first town in the US with drinking establishments able to accommodate ranchers on horseback. Kissimmee was literally the end of the line for cowboys during Florida’s early cattle era, which began in the 1860’s. Ranchers would drive their cattle through the open ranges in the area and the sound of their cracking whips would fill the air. This inspired Frederic Remington to derogatorily refer to these men as “Cracker Cowboys” in an 1895 article he wrote for Harper’s New Monthly magazine.
And now you know where the term “Florida Cracker” — a description used for a true Florida Southerner who is not a transplant from another state — comes from. There aren’t too many of us left. And these days, most that are left are herding Walt Disney World and Universal Studios theme park tourists rather than cattle.