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Iconic Encounter In Venice

November 24th, 2014

Hello from sunny Florida and Happy Thanksgiving to you. Like me, most of you are scratching your head and asking where has the time gone. Before you know it, the jolly ole man will be visiting. The year just seems to have flown by.

I was very fortunate to get to spend some additional time last week with friends in the city of Venice, as well as, have an opportunity to take it more of the sites. One of the things that was on my bucket list was a visit to the studio and gallery of one of their most coveted artists and residents, the world-renowned photographer, Mr. Clyde Butcher. Clyde is best known for his black and white images of the Everglades and his work has been liken to that of Ansel Adams. As we entered the gallery, little did we know what was in store for us.

To our surprise Mr. Butcher just happened to be in the studio that day and we literally ran right into each other. After exchanging introductions and accolades Clyde offered to give us a tour of the gallery and his photography darkroom. It would be a huge understatement to say what an incredible opportunity this was to not only meeting him but to be given a personal tour of the facilities. The offer went well beyond my bucket list expectations. As a professional photographer of almost 40 years, I felt like a little kid at a ball game meeting one of the legendary hall of famers.

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As we walked through the gallery and then into the darkroom, it boggled my mind how vast the enlarger and darkroom areas were. It was like a photographic lab on steroids, multiple enlargers and oversized processing trays. It was everything one should expect from such a legend in the photographic community. Nothing was left to chance as Clyde explained every step in the process and exclaimed his love for a few of the more “unusual” enlargers in his collection.

As the tour came to an end, I was left in awe as to what a huge honor it was to have him personally be our guide. Given his legendary stature in the photographic community, he could have not have been more gracious and humble about his accomplishments or with his time. You could see it in his eyes, as they lit up while talking about creating his huge art from film, that he still had the passion. How truly amazing an experience to have met one of the remaining Masters of Contemporary photography and even more of an experience to ask to take a “selfie” with him. More about Clyde and his work can be found at – http://clydebutcher.com/

After the tour, I decided to spend a few extras hours wandering through the gallery and taking in the beauty and quality of these rich texture black and white prints that maintain the legacy of film and my roots as a beginning photographer. In my early years I marveled at the work of Ansel Adams about the Sierras and as time passed was introduced to Mr. Butchers work on the Everglades. Both, through their art, are champions of preservation. Meeting him was the icing on the cake.

What does one do after he meets such a legend? Well if you are in Venice, FL you head to the beach, grab a cold one, kick back and photograph the iconic Sharkey’s Pier at sunset in “color’. I am sure Clyde would understand and approve.

Enjoy you holiday with family and friends!

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Chalk Festival

November 17th, 2014

Hello from sunny Florida! It appears that my trip south was time perfectly to avoid the first arctic blast of the season. I will attempt to send warm thoughts to all of you.

This week I find myself visiting friends in Venice Fl. where the city just happens to be hosting the largest 3-D street Chalk Festival. The Chalk Festival which has been in Sarasota FL since 2010 moved to Venice this year and it appears that it once again is a huge hit. The Sarasota Chalk Festival is the world’s biggest community festival for Street Painters, hosting the world-renowned artists each year. The chalk artists create their 2-D and 3-D art on the streets of the city.

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The most incredible piece of chalk art was created by a collective group of artists in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records. Collectively, the artists created the Largest Anamorphic Pavement Art in the World, a 42′ x 450′ pavement painting, an 18,900 square foot illusion featuring the extinct Megalodon Shark. The art was selected to honor Venice as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World and is so large that they had to use an airport runway. Two of my friends decided to venture in to the maze to provide a little perspective. To say the least all of the paintings were mind teasers. ENJOY!

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Go Fly A Kite

November 11th, 2014

A very good Tuesday morning to you all. It seems like only yesterday that I was coming home to Huntsville from an extended corporate trip and now I find myself on the front end of month long shoot trip to Florida. Such is the life of a “Have A Camera, Will Travel” kind of guy!

My November trip historically starts off with me instructing at a photographic workshop in Treasure Island, Florida for Supershoots.com. I have been coming down for a number of years with the workshop and always enjoy getting back to the area. As most of you know I was born in Tampa and so coming here is like stepping back into my old stomping grounds.

As luck would have it our weekend workshop ended up sharing the beach with the Treasure Island Veterans Day Fall Fly kite festival. The kite festival changed its name and original winter date to coincide with the Veterans Day Holiday and we traditionally conduct the workshop on the Veterans Day weekend.

What a spectacular sight it was seeing these kites float and dance with the wind. Most of us remember flying kites and if you grew up in Florida the beach was always a very fitting location. As hard as it may be to comprehend, I was continually distracted by the beauty of these huge kites and at times would lost track of shooting with the models.

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The kites came in all shapes and sizes and many carried the Veterans Day theme of red, white and blue. One of the kites, shaped like a heart, was over 30’ in width. As I stood in awe of how magnificent and large these kites were I thought back to my childhood and my early kite flying days when sometimes we made our own kites out of newspaper. How times have changed.

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When the winds subsided and the kites began to slowly drift back to earth I realized it was time to get back to the business at hand, photographing beautiful models on the beach. And if that were not enough, what better way to top off the day then capturing a breathtaking Treasure Island sunset!!!!! ENJOY!

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Down The Lazy River

November 3rd, 2014

A very good Monday morning to you all. As most of you may have noticed, fall has arrived in a big way with Mother Natures’ artic blast sneaking into the south over the weekend. I think it may just be time to dust off those warm clothes that are hidden in the back of the closet.

It has been a very busy week for me with local shoots and preparing for another extended road trip, this time to Florida. The Florida trip is a repeat trip from last year and one that I thoroughly enjoy. It is a yearly trip where I get to drive down and along the way mix business with some pleasure. The trip is an opportunity for me to spend some quality time with old school mates and friends in the area. Coming off last month’s extended trip, this tour will be a breeze.

Fortunately for me, last week was not all work and I was able to spend sometime in and around the area looking to capture fall colors. I was so excited when I got home from my trip out west and realized the color parade was late this year. As I traveled around to two of my favorite locations it became apparent that, even with the cold snap, the colors were just not there. It is not apparent whether we are going to see the brilliants shades of color we normally get. On my two excursions last week there were hints of the beautiful reds, oranges and yellows but nothing in mass.

As I headed home, disappointed in not seeing the colors, I opted to stop by one of my favorite overlooks of the Tennessee River just outside of Scottsboro and take in the evenings setting sun. As much as I was disappointed about not getting to capture the fall colors I could not help but think, “Not a bad day in Alabama!” Enjoy!!!

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A Road Less Traveled

October 27th, 2014

As you prepare for the candy invasion of the Year, a very Ghoulish and Howling Monday morning to you all. Halloween is the fourth most popular spending holiday with anticipated projections of 158 million people participating spending over $ 2.6 billion on costumes. Most interesting is the projection that individuals will spend over $ 330 million on pet costumes. Happy Halloween, enjoy yourselves and be safe.

I am finally settling back into Huntsville after being on a six-week photographic journey. If has been awhile since I have spent that much time in airline seats and hotel beds but like a boy scout you just do what ya got to do. Do not get me wrong; it was a far cry from camping and camp grub so do not feel too much sympathy for me! The trip included assignments and workshops in Maine, Mexico, Nevada and Arizona.

At the end of the Vegas workshop I was given the opportunity to take a breather and open up a little headspace by foregoing another airline trip and driving from Las Vegas to Phoenix, which I gladly accepted. I knew the route and I knew that it would provide an opportunity to do a little photography along the way. I have wanted, for quite sometime, to stop in Boulder City and visit with friends Darlene and Jack Medina and this road trip gave me the opportunity to stop and do so. To say the least it was an absolute pleasure to see them and catch up on our former NASA escapades.

One of the most interesting side roads along the way is Route 66 out of Kingman, AZ. Kingman’s claim to fame is hosting a large existing section of the historical Route 66. With the historical significance of the area I had to stop and take in a few of the sites before I got back in the car seat to head south.

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Most of the drive, from Kingman is a two-lane highway, US-93 S, which offers stunning vistas of mountain and desert landscapes. I had driven the route last year and was looking forward to stopping along the way to capture some of the sites we passed by. As the day crept away from me I could only wonder what might be in store with the setting sun approaching. It goes without saying that Arizona offers some of the most magnificent sunsets that I have ever had the opportunity to capture and this evening was to be no exception. The setting sun turned out to be a “forest fire” in the sky. It was impossible to leave even though I knew I still had a few miles ahead of me before my journey ended.

As I pulled into my sisters drive way, I took a deep breath and knew that the trip had been a very welcomed journey and a much needed reprieve from flying. ENJOY!!!!!!

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