Happy Birthday to Me / Ballroom Memories

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Ballroom, Coral Gables, FL 2013

Over the years, I have spent birthdays inside Ballrooms and atop Granite Cliffs, in New York City or in the Pacific Northwest. This, being a particular dark Birthday for me due to persistent health issues, I have posted a particularly dark image (plus I just like it). Having always come back in the past…here is to better and brighter days, and if not future ballroom dancing, at least to some great scenery…

As for the image above:

When you peak inside the doors of a Hotel Ballroom, especially a classic old one like above, think of the wealth of memories that have been created over the years. The Grand Ballroom in the iconic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida is just such a special place. http://www.biltmorehotel.com/

At the time of day this was taken, the particular lighting begged for black and white and the beams of light streaming in from the vintage windows added a touch of mystery.

So, added to the countless memories having been made inside this Ballroom in the past, here’s, looking forward to the next happy occasion. May we all share in some of that happiness…inside or out.

Cab Ride in the Rain chosen by Ogilvy & Mather for NJ Office Installation

Cab Ride in the Rain, Radio City Music Hall, NYC 2009

Cab Ride in the Rain, Radio City Music Hall, NYC 2009

Advertising powerhouse Ogilvy & Mather http://www.ogilvy.com/ recently chose Cab Ride in the Rain for an installation in their New Jersey Offices.

With all the great work available for the project, my sincere gratitude to the creatives at Ogilvy and to Frank Meo at The Photo Closer http://www.thephotocloser.com/ for making it happen.

Categories: Cityscapes, Lifestyles

BSG shows 3 Images at “Forgotten” Exhibition at A Smith Gallery, Texas

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Road to Old House, Ohio 2013

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Old Pilings, Naples, FL 2013

 Esteemed juror, Blue Mitchell http://bluemitchell.com/ has chosen three images from three different series of my work to be shown at the “Forgotten” Exhibition at the A Smith Gallery http://asmithgallery.com/.

Established in May, 2010, A Smith Gallery is located in Johnson City, Texas in the Nugent Avenue Arts District. The gallery exhibits the work of both amateur and professional photographers through juried and invitational exhibitions. Amanda Smith is the Gallery Director assisted by Kevin Tully serving as Assistant Gallery Director. 

Blue Mitchell is an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has been involved with many facets of the photographic arts. Mitchell received his BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft where he teaches studio school classes and workshops. Mitchell is the Founding Editor of Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, an independent, reader and contributor supported annual that highlights and celebrates unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork. In addition to organizing and curating physical exhibitions around the country, Mitchell curates Plates to Pixels, an online photographic gallery that bridges the gap between antiquated photographic processes and new digital media.

Exhibition dates | September 19 to November 2, 2014

Reception | September 27 & October 25, 2014 both 4 to 7pm

My gratitude to Blue and Amanda for their support of my work.

Pelican / Near and Far / White and Brown

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Brown Pelican Closeup, 2012

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White Pelicans, Ding Darling National Park, Sanibel, FL 2010

Utilizing the same lens (Canon L 100-400mm) to capture two different angles.

The top image is a close-up of a Brown Pelican which requires specific detail of the birds feature’s to make it work. The bottom image, of White Pelicans on a sand bar was taken from afar and stands on its soft focus, which creates a painterly effect.

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Visualization / Seeing is Achieving

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Old Pilings at Sunset, Naples, FL 2013

Visualization of a scene, ahead of time, is often the key to creating something special.  In the image above, before the sun was going to set, I positioned a tripod in such a way as to best capture the pilings in the scene, once the sun had gone down. This included monitoring the spacing and assuring their line-up created a pleasant composition throughout the frame.

At this particular location, I also noticed that sometimes, if the water receded far enough back into the Gulf of Mexico, there was a reflection of the pilings on the beach.  From experience, some sunsets are dull, while others are spectacular and most others are somewhere in between.

As I have said before, the best part of the sunset, is after it has gone below the horizon, watching for the afterglow. On this particular evening, for a very short time, there was a beautiful, solid, orange background on the horizon. I took advantage of that, and the timing of the tide, to capture the reflection of the pilings on the beach. This scenario was quite short lived giving me only a couple of long exposures to get it right.

This was an example of being in the right place at the right time…and waiting for the right moment.

Up the Creek Without a Paddle

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Mountain Stream, Boone, NC 2005

I captured this old favorite of mine while we were staying in a cabin outside of Boone, North Carolina close to the Blue Ridge Highway. Breathtaking during autumn, this area is also quite beautiful throughout the year. This particular tributary was located right across the roadway from our cabin. When I first found it, the lighting was too bright to slow down the water to show motion.

It is always a good idea to re-visit locations if you can during different lighting situations. I returned to the scene when the sky was overcast  and there had recently been a light rain.  This type of lighting is best for these situations and allowed me to set  up my tripod just inside the flow and capture the water as it made its way towards me. The blue and yellow butterflies that were fluttering around me didn’t make the picture, but still remain in my mind’s eye.

Birds Eye View

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Bird in Sawgrass, Florida Everglades, 2012

Having been out of sorts for a long while, seemingly with the weight of the world upon you,  tends to manifest the feeling of isolation. This image captures that feeling wherein the weight of a common South Florida black bird known as a Grackle is supported by a thin reed of Sawgrass in the Florida Everglades.

Although isolated at that very moment, shortly thereafter he flew away, joining other members of his flock and then finding strength in numbers. Until then…

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