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Old Car City – White, Georgia

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Old Car City – White, Georgia

I had the opportunity to go on a field trip with the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club earlier this month to Old Car City in White, Georgia. This place has been on my list for quite some time and I was glad I was finally able to go. Old Car City has cars from 1930 to about 1970. I have to say due to the large size of this place (34 square acres) and the amount of cars (about 5,000) I was visually overloaded. Having been in Florida so long and trying to create new photos with the beaches and palm trees, now that I was thrusted into the...

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Developing Tools – Large Format Photography

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Developing Tools – Large Format Photography

Over the past few years, film is back on the rise again. I was told by suppliers that Millennials are the ones who are driving the movement. Not to mention vinyl records and board games are becoming popular. I was also told that there are more black and white film choices today than there has ever been. This is partly due to smaller film start up companies that are trying to get in on the action with specialized choices in low volume. When I decided to get into film to make larger prints and to attract collectors that may want a different...

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Large Format Photography

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Large Format Photography

Living in Florida has its advantages. It’s nice in the winter and we can get radio and cell signal for miles on end. However, as a photographing the flat plains can get a bit stagnate after awhile. I’m originally from upstate New York where we had mountains and amazing waterfalls. Something about seeing a waterfall is so relaxing. How does one get enough elevation in Florida for a waterfall? It’s not easy, but possible. I was helping someone recently at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida with some photos. Having been there...

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Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring, Florida – Large Format Photography

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Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring, Florida – Large Format Photography

Hope everyone is doing well. It’s been very wet and stormy here in Florida. As I write this in July 2017, Myakka River State Park has been reported at flood stage already. Usually I don’t hear about this until August or September. We always say we need the rain. Hopefully we are making up for years where we were short. This makes a great time to get some clouds and stormy photos. Also, many of the parks have water in them, making reflections a nice addition to your subject. Speaking of reflections, a little while ago I decided to go to...

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Ries Tripod – Large Format Photography

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Ries Tripod – Large Format Photography

Sometimes when you decide to try something new, you get a surprise. When I decided to switch into large format photography, I spent a year trying to heard all of the details together that was involved. Overall, I would have to say that I did a pretty decent job, there were only a few minor issues that needed some attention. However, there was one thing that came up that I thought I had covered. I did have something that kind of worked, but I was asking too much of it. Let me explain. When dealing with a large format camera, you need a really...

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Myakka River State Park – Myakka Island Trail – Sarasota, Florida

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Myakka River State Park – Myakka Island Trail – Sarasota, Florida

They say it’s the journey and not the destination that makes the trip. This was just the case on my last photo adventure. I decided to check out Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. I called someone who knows the area and they said they had never been to that exact park, however in the neighboring park the mosquitos were so thick they had to leave. I arrived at the preserve and I thought to myself before I haul this heavy equipment around, I better look at the map. On the board where the trailhead starts there were two pieces of paper. One...

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Lovers Key State Park – Bonita Springs, Florida

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Lovers Key State Park – Bonita Springs, Florida

Some photos become a project in themselves. I’ve been on the hunt for trees on the beach. About a year ago, I found some at Stump Pass Beach State Park. When I returned a year later, I was in time to watch as the pass was being dredged and what I was looking for was five feet under sand! Oh well, that’s the way it goes. I was looking at some photos online and I found some similar trees. They were located at Lovers Key State Park. I was guessing this must be on the other side of the state of Florida and would have to be an extra special trip...

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Stump Pass Beach State Park – Large Format – Englewood, Florida

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Stump Pass Beach State Park – Large Format – Englewood, Florida

Despite one’s best efforts, there are times when the stars just don’t line up. Maybe I should back up a little. About a year ago, a good friend of mine and I went to Stump Pass Beach State Park in Englewood. Florida. I had seen this location from Google Maps and there seemed to be “toothpicks” coming out of the ground. I had to go investigate this. I called my photo friend and she was up for the challenge. We arrived and walked down to the point. Took some photos and barely made it back. Here is the link to the original post: Stump Pass Beach...

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Mangrove Island – Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

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Mangrove Island – Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

Most photographers that I have talked to, tell me about the “elusive” photo that they had to really work to get or are still trying to capture. This photo is one of those. Many years ago, I was doing a photo class at Ponce de Leon park in Punta Gorda, Florida. We were working on the usual items such as composition, camera controls and lighting. We took a walk down a make shift fishing trail that is accessible during low tide. As we made our way through the trail, we came upon a clearing and in front of us was a “Mangrove Island”. I really...

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Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

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Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

“It takes a village to raise a child”. This is an old expression. However, “It takes a box of film to get one photo.” could be a photographer’s version. Well, it wasn’t quite that bad. But one never knows where they may end up, even if it’s on their knees. Let me back up a little. When I bought the new “old” camera, the 8×10 film camera, there were photos that I knew I wanted to retake with it. There is a patch of mangroves by themselves that are easily accessible on land. The first day I went out, I did actually take a couple of sheet...

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