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Couple Tattoo Subway

“Destiny finds those who listen, and fate finds the rest.”
― Marshall Masters

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“Couple Tattoo Subway”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 800, f/5.6 at 1/250th sec., 116.1 mm

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Let the Music Pay

“There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything.” —Karl Kraus

For quite a while now, I’ve enjoyed listening to this man sing and play his guitar on my trips to the grocery store. His weathered, sun-baked skin tells of the many, many hours he has sat here on an upside-down plastic pail, entertaining shoppers and collecting the coins and singles tossed in his guitar case. I had a camera with me on this day, so after tossing my gift into his case, I asked if I could take his photo. He smiled, told me I could then acknowledged two other contributors without missing a beat in his song.

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“Let the Music Pay”, Fujifilm X-T1, ISO 400, f/16 at 1/250th sec., 19 mm

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Nobody Gets In

“All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.”—Toni Morrison

“Nobody Gets In”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/16 at 1/640 sec., 28mm

“Nobody Gets In”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/16 at 1/640 sec., 28mm

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Photographing people, places, pets and ponderings
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Chair

“Ah, love—it’s like a chair. It’s always sitting, yet standing on its legs.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

I suppose being too busy to get a blog post completed last week is in some ways a good thing, right? Determined to get one done today, I’ve chosen to share a photo I captured on a recent walkabout downtown. Though I really liked the colors, lines and angles, it was the lone, exiled chair in the scene that initially caught my eye.

“Chair”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/11 at 1/1000 sec., 28mm

“Chair”, Nikon D800, ISO 500, f/11 at 1/1000 sec., 28mm

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Celebration Hotel

“Business is leisure when you find pleasure in it.”
― Peter Adejimi

As promised in yesterday’s post, today’s photo is the last of those I captured in my photo-walk around Celebration Town Center last Sunday. I have quite enjoyed the focus on black-and-white with these images; it was my intent when I set out to photograph scenes that would translate well to B&W, and the bright afternoon sun combined with the dramatic skies of an approaching storm were well-suited to that objective. All of the photos that day were also the product of my first real “street outing” with the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 PRO FX lens. I’m pleased; there will be more.

"Celebration Hotel", Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 28mm

“Celebration Hotel”, Nikon D800, ISO 640, f/22 at 1/320 sec., 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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Sapphire Inn

“Where you have friends you should not go to inns.”
— George Eliot

I’ve walked past this place a dozen times on various photo walks, but never before had the chair been in place and the light seemed so interesting. I’m not sure how long The Sapphire Inn has operated in downtown Kissimmee, but from the looks of the place, it’s been around a while. They don’t have a web page, but I do know they have cable — at least in unit 8.

"Sapphire Inn", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/5.0 at 1/1000 sec., 50mm

“Sapphire Inn”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/5.0 at 1/1000 sec., 50mm
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A Prior Arrangement

“Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.”
Desiderius Erasmus

I went on a photo walk around downtown Kissimmee yesterday. This weathered and worn arrangement of nature in plastic caught my eye at the back door of a downtown business. Maybe it’s just me and my natural curiosity, but when I see things like this I want to know more: What’s the story? No matter how simple, there is always a story.

"A Prior Arrangement", Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/640 sec., 50mm

“A Prior Arrangement”, Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/640 sec., 50mm
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The Hayes Boys

It wasn’t until after I took this photo and was processing it that I noticed it, actually. It’s the brightest thing on the truck and I missed the chromed announcement: “Hayes Boys”. Now I am curious and left without answers.

Who are the Hayes boys? Why was St. Cloud’s downtown strip so empty of people that day? Was it linked to the arrival of the Hayes boys? Had I been in danger while I walked casually along taking photos, perhaps unknowingly capturing a crime scene? Or perhaps they were more like the Duke boys of bygone TV fame: hazardous, but only to themselves. Benevolently troublesome. Good ol’ boys. Or maybe they were none of that. They could just be normal guys with a cool old truck. But if that was so, then I’d need to rely solely on my imagination to come up with something to write about when I used the photo on my blog. What to do…

"The Hayes Boys" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/50 sec., 50 mm

“The Hayes Boys” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 320, f/7.1 at 1/50 sec., 50 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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