Even though I have lived in Florida almost my whole life, I’ve never explored it’s unique system of freshwater springs. Florida has the greatest assemblage of artesian springs in the world, with over 1,000 springs documented so far. Springs and spring runs are a unique class of ecosystems that are windows into the aquifer, which is the major source of our drinking water. Betsy and I have traveled to several already and have been amazed by their natural beauty and diversity of wildlife. We hope to visit more soon!
Riding a moving wall of water as it bends and curves towards the beach is an incredible feeling and that’s why surfing is so addictive. Here are a couple of recent images that use a slow shutter and panning to capture the speed and excitement that a surfer feels when they are on a wave.
The dual camera on the IPhone 7 Plus is a new and powerful option for photographers seeking an alternative to DSLR’s. Low-light photos are so much better than they used to be because the wide-angle f/1.8 aperture lens lets in a lot more light than the f/2.2 lens on the iPhone 6. Portrait mode switches to the zoomed-in, 56mm-equivalent, 6.6mm “telephoto” lens. The camera will attempt to detect your subject, and then if the lighting conditions are right, you’ll see a live preview that keeps your subject sharp while blurring the background with a lovely bokeh effect. A little label pops up on the screen to say “Depth Effect” so you know you’ve got it, and you’ll get a warning if there isn’t enough light. Color rendering is excellent and burst mode is fantastic for capturing action shots. Here are some recent shots I took with the Iphone 7 and a link to an excellent overview of the features by dpreviews. Enjoy!!
I was recently asked to shoot artistic director Susan Pardue and the members of The Florida Chamber Music Project, which provides live classical music in an intimate chamber music setting for residents of St. Johns County, St. Augustine, Clay County, Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Their talent and dedication to classical music is inspiring, and hearing them live was a memorable experience. More info on the FCMP can be found here.
So grateful that the editors of National Geographic have chosen a recent photo of Brian and Brandon Fleming shot in Atlantic Beach for their Daily Dozen feature! 12 photos are selected by the editorial staff and featured from the thousands that are uploaded each day. The article can be found here: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2018-03-08/
To see more of my work published by NatGeo click here.
I was very excited to meet and photograph Floyd Phillips, the president of Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center in St. Augustine FL. Filled with artifacts of African American history, the museum also and serves as a center for cultural activities in the Lincolnville neighborhood. I’m getting more comfortable using an off camera flash and enjoy the intimate look it gives to portraits. More information about the museum can be found here.
Flagler College in St. Augustine FL, once called The Ponce de Leon Hotel, was an exclusive luxury hotel built by the millionaire Henry M. Flagler and completed in 1888. Here are some images of the Tiffany glass and painted murals in the dining hall which I photographed recently. This building is a true treasure and represents Florida history at it’s best. More info about the history of Louis C. Tiffany and Flagler College can be found here.
Jacksonville, FL 12/21/17 ~ Had a great day shooting photographs of the Beaches Energy lineman for their social media feeds. These guys are true professionals and are always there when natural disasters strike. The 12-24mm Sony lens was the perfect choice for some tight shots needed in the bucket and I used some fill flash in the bright lighting conditions.
Images from our 4 week trip through Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania. This is a beautiful part of Europe that must be seen to be appreciated. For more details about our experience check out Betsy in the Balkans.