Last Trip of 2015 Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

January 12, 2016  •  2 Comments

I suppose this should have been the last post of 2015, but unfortunately technology can sometimes suck and I had computer problems which took a while to recover from (and more depressingly caused me to lose the last years worth of Lightroom edits). I am usually really good about making sure everything is backed up, but what I had not noticed is that when I last upgraded Lightroom the catalog was being backed up to the same drive that the live one was living on. This is a definite no-no if you end up losing a drive, like I did, and you need to reinstall everything. All the photos were backed up, but the catalog was lost.

Anyway, enough techno-crap...

I like to make at least one pilgrimage a year to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to look and photograph the birds there. This year, Sallie and my friend Nicole went with me. We had a good time, the weather was wonderful, maybe a little warm for December (but hey, there was no snow on the ground, unlike some of my northern family members). I like to go to see my "spirit" bird, the Great Blue Heron. Unfortunately, none were in attendance this day. I have been going there for at least the last ten years and have been noticing that there have been fewer and fewer Great Blues. I wonder if there is something going on with their population in the area. It is getting difficult to find Great Blues anywhere. As always there were lots of Tri-color Herons, some Little Blue Herons, Little Green Herons, and lots of Egrets. I noticed this year that there were a lot more Reddish Egrets around, they used to be quite rare to see.

Since it was warm we went to the Manatee overlook on the intracoastal waterway and were treated to a lot of snouts and tails, there were at least six manatees feeding off the river grass there. The water was pretty murky so not a good place to take photos of them. Maybe if gets cold, I will head out to Blue Springs. To end the visit, it was lunch at Dixie Crossroads, yumm...

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Construction Glamour

December 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Please note: This post contains non-nude suggestive glamour images, if this offends you, please go here.

Last post for 2015... I think...

What is a photographer to do with a gigantic pile of dirt in the backyard? A construction themed glamour shoot of course. Thanks to my friend Stephanie for modeling for this.

Shot with Sony A7Rii and Zeiss 55mm 1.8.

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Congratulations Aaron and Stephanie

November 01, 2015  •  1 Comment

Congratulations to Aaron and Stephanie Foust on their wedding today. 

I am not a wedding photographer, for sure, but Stephanie and I have done a lot of projects together over the past several years so I photographed the formals at the wedding today while my friend Ruuben shot the ceremony and reception.

They had a pretty cool "Day of the Dead" themed wedding at the Mayan Chapel in Maitland Florida. Here are some of the formal and not so formal images. All shot with the Sony A7rII and Zeiss 16-35 lens.

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I even did a short time lapse video of the entire ceremony...

 


Stephanie Blue Dress

October 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I have been working on a video project for the last several weeks concentrating on selfies, narcissism, and voyeurism and these images come from the photo shoot part of that project. Not sure if the video will ever be seen, but we will see...

Had a great time shooting with Stephanie in her blue dress. Shot with the Sony A7r (the mkii was doing video duty) and the Zeiss 24-70 lens.

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Spacesuit Pressure Test

September 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Last Friday I had a wonderful opportunity to shoot some researchers at the University pressure testing a space suit in a sub-orbital simulator.  Project POSSUM is putting together a simulator to train astronauts to fly a suborbital space-craft currently in development. This was an interesting test because for the first time they got to test the human factors components of the simulator and see where changes needed to be made in the controls. The subject climbed into the suit and was connected to a pump that pressurized the inside of the suit and provided an air supply. Then into the simulator he went... I can tell you it was hot and cramped in there...

For me, it was a good test of the low light capability of the Sony A7rii. It came through in flying colors. The room was lit only by a red light and no flash could be used. Most images were shot at ISO 3200 to 6400 using the 16-35 FE Zeiss lens. I was really surprised at how well the noise in the images was controlled and easy to clean-up. 

Here are some of the 200 images that I shot during the test. 

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