Core of a Forgotten Coast

July 16, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
It's like I'm a moth drawn to the light. I've shot this landscape so many times but each time I try something a little different. The core of the Milky Way with Jupiter and Saturn rising over Florida’s Gulf Coast. Camera/Lens: Nikon Z7 / NIKKOR Z 20mm. For the sky portion of this image, to get sharp stars with no star trails, I used a MoveShootMo...
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A Blood Wolf Moon

April 10, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
Photographer Olis Garber shares the story behind the planning and execution of this composite of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse. This is one of my favorite spots along the Gulf Coast of Florida for dark sky photography and is one of only a handful of dark sky locations I know of in the South East United States. Keith Bartholomew and I found t...
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Mosquitoes

September 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
After days of planning and setup, halfway through a six-hour round-trip drive, two hours into a planned four-hour shoot; at 10:13 PM the hiss of compressed air faded as my can of bug spray emptied. Eyes burning from a mixture of sweat and insect repellent, sandals and pants covered in mud and soaked with saltwater, shirt drenched in sweat, glasses...
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Florida Star Photography

July 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Been working on Florida landscapes lately with my friend Keith, scouting for landscapes of what Florida looked like decades ago where we could also do star photography. We ended up near where I grew up on the gulf coast, where it's mostly jeep and pickup truck territory. An area of dirt roads, snakes, and gators and where occasionally, paying atten...
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Daytime Lightning Photography

June 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
An average of 10 people in Florida are killed by lightning strikes annually and 40 are seriously injured. Of those killed by lightning in Florida: 98% were outdoors. 89% were male. 30% were age 10-19. 20% were age 20-29. 25% were standing under a tree. 25% occurred on or near water. Of the 50 United States, Florida is the lightning capital....
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Dark side of the Moon, Mile Post 13

May 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
The Dark Side of the Moon (Nikon D850 shooting techniques) That song was playing over the XM radio as we drove our Jeeps out of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. Bill, Terry, Izabela, Keith, and I had camped off a dirt road, at a spot that set us up for star photography later that night. From our campsite, it was a...
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Brady Rd Tree Canopy

April 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
It was a nice experience being an exhibiting Artist at the Mandarin Art Festival which I got to share with my family (they ran the booth). Long story short, this wasn’t planned. Got a phone call on a Tuesday from the President of the Mandarin Historical Society. Sandy was looking for a photo of the Mandarin tree canopy for her friend Susie, the Di...
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All About the Prints

February 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
The images in PROJECTS are available for printing. As Metal Prints, Acrylic Prints, Canvas Prints, and Framed Prints, I provide high-quality professional prints delivered right to your home and office. For example, these two images in PROJECTS, of the St. Augustine Lighthouse were recently selected and processed for wall art. The client(s) we...
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Making the most out of a Partial Lunar Eclipse!

February 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Get lucky with clear winter skies, wear lots of layers for 36° temperatures (yes, this is Florida), set up at 4 AM with a dramatic foreground (like the Jacksonville Skyline) for a 7:15 AM Moonset. Have a big vision, pay attention to details, get a shooting buddy for motivation, and a thermos of hot coffee. I started preparing for this shoot about...
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4 Months with a Nikon D850

January 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Shooting landscapes, people, products, and BIF. From this image taken in early October, I saw the potential in the D850 with improved focus tracking and more detail in the files. I do a fair amount of pixel peeking, looking closely at the original raw file in Lightroom (8256 x 5504 pixels) @ 3:1 magnification, I could count (if I had the patient...
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Wrapping an F-22 in Vapor

November 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The solid morning cloud cover finally broke and weather conditions set up nicely for the middle part of the second day of the Air Show. This year the Jacksonville Air Show was at NAS, the previous year it was at the beaches. At NAS, it seems like the action is more concentrated in front of you and one of the main draws for me is the F-22 flight dem...
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Chasing New England's Fall Colors

October 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Starting October 6, and for the next 14 days and 4,188 miles, I’ve been on a quest for fall colors. On day 2, I picked up my friend Bill Crnkovich in Washington, D.C. Bill is a landscape photographer from Salt Lake City. D.C. gave us the opportunity to start our quest on the backroads of the Pennsylvania Dutch country. We’ve been fall color chaser...
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The Presentation for "The Beaches Photography Club"

August 02, 2017  •  5 Comments
It was an honor to spend an evening with the Beaches Photography Club. My presentation was titled "Driven to the Ends of the Earth". We had good discussions with lots of Q&A. The presentation slides can be seen by first clicking on the title above (the title of this blog) and then by clicking here. It's a large PDF so it takes a moment or two to do...
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Only thing eaten were fish, lucky us!

September 24, 2016  •  3 Comments
Honored to present at the 2016 Alaskan Photo Fest in Anchorage. I spoke on two subjects; (1) posing and lighting, and (2) planning a winter photographic landscape expedition to Iceland. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jackie Kramer. She was the visionary, creator, and organizer of the Photo Fest. I also owe Jackie a special thanks for our side trips...
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Bugs, Sweat, Sleeplessness, and Dripping Humidity

August 21, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Moon tourists and rockets, just a walk in the park (a typical Florida night) with fellow photographers Trace Cloulat, Keith Bartholomew and John Anderson; an evening photographing the moonrise and the St. Augustine Lighthouse then later into the early morning (12:52 a.m.) photographing the Delta IV launch from south New Smyrna Beach. Rocket Laun...
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