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

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 3 comments

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

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 4 comments

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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Hillsborough River State Park – Thonotosassa, Florida – Large Format Photography

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 8 comments

Hillsborough River State Park – Thonotosassa, Florida – Large Format Photography

Have you ever had an image of a photograph in your mind that you knew that you wanted to either take for the first time or visit again to see if the light would be better? That is what led me to this recent adventure. Many years ago, I had found HDR or high dynamic range photography. This is were one takes a series of exposures that vary the shutter speed and then they get assembled in software to capture all of the tones in the scene. That lasted for about a year. I found that “tone mapping” gave me results that were too creative for my...

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Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club – Fort Meade, Florida

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Film Photography | 7 comments

Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club – Fort Meade, Florida

As many of you know, I really enjoy photographing Americana subjects. Also, sometimes the stars align and it all goes as planned. It was a Thursday and I got an email from a friend that the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club was going and they would only be open Friday and Saturday. Then they would be shut down for nine months. I had been to this place before and it’s quite something to see some of the 1900’s technology working and still being productive. I had an appointment the following day so I asked if they wanted to go in lieu of...

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Koreshan State Historical Site – Estero, Florida – Large Format Photography

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 7 comments

Koreshan State Historical Site – Estero, Florida – Large Format Photography

It’s always great to see old technology that has stood the test of time. In a world where things are only made to last a certain amount of time and then they are discarded, makes it difficult to find a way for future generations to see how they got to where they are. Recently, I made a trip to Koreshan State Historical Site in Estero, Florida. I have photographed here many times before and tried different photographic techniques. My first trip is where I used “fusion”, I bracketed the exposures on a tripod and then used exposure fusion to get...

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Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales, Florida

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Available Light Photography | 0 comments

Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales, Florida

A trip to Bok Tower Gardens. Sounds innocent doesn’t it? Recently, we had a photo walk at Bok Tower. It was a great day, quiet, cool and even a slight breeze. We walked into the lobby and found a couple of folks who got the memo and we started to walk the grounds. I was impressed to see that they have put money back into the gardens. They have opened up a whole new area for kids and even an outdoor kitchen area where they have classes. We made it over to the Pinewood Estate which I have never been to. The interior was closed due to Christmas...

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Myakka River State Park – Sarasota, Florida – Large Format Photography – Leafy Forrest

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 10 comments

Myakka River State Park – Sarasota, Florida – Large Format Photography – Leafy Forrest

I have done many posts in the past on Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. I have talked with rangers all over the state of Florida and the census is the same, that Myakka River State Park is the gem of the state. There is so much to see and do. If you’re into photography, well I’ll see you in five years as there is so much to discover. Now that I’m into shooting large format film, going to this park is like going for the first time. There are so many opportunities now that I’m hiking off the main road. For this adventure, that is...

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Morgan Park – Arcadia, Florida – Large Format Photography

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 0 comments

Morgan Park – Arcadia, Florida – Large Format Photography

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Does that make video worth a million words? As I write this on New Year’s Day 2017, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to produce more video content. I think that video coupled with photos help folks who may want to try one of these processes. If there is something that you would like to specifically see, leave a comment below. For this adventure, I went to Morgan Park in Arcadia, Florida. I have been to this location before and took some really neat photos while I was on a photo class field trip...

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Myakka River State Park – Large Format Photography – Sarasota, Florida

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 12 comments

Myakka River State Park – Large Format Photography – Sarasota, Florida

I have to say, now that I’m back shooting film, large format film, I love it. It’s a different process than digital as I find myself working harder on my composition. Since I usually only take two photos at a time, I really want them to count. Frankly, I have been photographing some of the old spots that I have visited, but these places mean more. Some might say lugging around a 40 pound backpack is insane. However, all of the photos that I have produced with this method mean much more and are hand crafted. After all I have to load the film,...

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Large Format Photography – Excursion

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Black and White Photography, Film Photography | 4 comments

Large Format Photography – Excursion

“Welcome to the new world”, Jack Ryan told Captain Marco Ramius at the end of The Hunt For Red October. What does this have to do with photography? As you probably know by now, I have dipped my toes in the film pool, and it as been interesting. I find this “new world” fascinating and frustrating at the same time. I’m used to 1+1=2. I have found that sometimes 1+1=0 or 1+1=3. Either way, it’s a blast and I love working with the old camera. It was built for me, large knobs, glass in the back, and hearing the shutter working down the time and...

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