National Geographic publishes “Morning Glide.”

I’m humbled that National Geographic Your shot has just published a recent photo I took called “Morning Glide” on both it’s Instagram page and website. I shot this image on July 1st, of local surfer Ross Loehr at the Mayport Poles. Even though the waves were small, the light was good and Ross was killing it on his new longboard.  I used a Salty Surf Housing and my Sony A6500 to capture the image. A link to the entire story and the other photography selected is here. 

Morocco Street Photography

We recently spent 2 weeks traveling through central and southern Morocco, taking in the fortified cites, ancient souks and desert landscapes of this beautiful country in North Africa.  Color and life abounds in the streets and we were warmly welcomed everywhere we went.  The shopping districts and souks are the lifeblood of commerce in Morocco and I used my camera to capture the energy and vitality of them.  The moment a camera is brought up to eye level, most Moroccans will avoid being photographed.  To get around this problem, I shot these images at waist level, simply pointing my wide angle lens at a scene and hoping for the best.  As I used this technique more, I became more comfortable with it and was able to quietly document the daily life of the people here. Enjoy!

Preserved Restaurant

Had a wonderful day shooting Brian Whittington, the owner and Executive Chef of Preserved Restaurant in St. Augustine and several of his signature dishes.  Brian has two other properties, The Chop Shop, an artisan butchery and Smoked, a southern BBQ restaurant. Preserved Restaurant is committed to serving fresh, locally procured proteins and produce.  All ingredients for the kitchen are made with locally grown, seasonal ingredients.  Preserved is passionately committed to sustainability.  All leftover produce is pickled, canned and sold at the Chop Shop. 

Black and White Landscapes of Norway

Super excited to be participating in 8 Visions, a photo exhibition of monochrome and alternative process photography at Southlight Gallery on November 7th. The show will include work by 8 photographers including friends Tom Hager, Paul Karabinis and more. I have been using Hahnemuhle Fine Art Photo Rag paper to print the work and have been very pleased with the beautiful rich tones this paper gives to black and white photography.

Documenting Florida’s amazing freshwater springs.

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!

Rock Springs / Kelly Park

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park

Devil’s Elbow Springs

Ginnie Springs

Madison Blue Springs

Dogwood Springs

The IPhone 7 Plus camera: My Impressions

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!!

Florida Chamber Music Project

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.

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