Saturday, February 18, 2012

Florida Clouds

Florida has some of the most fascinating cloud formations.  I caught this one while in Punta Gorda overlooking Charlotte Harbor. I used my Tokina 11-16mm wide angle.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fall in Florida

Most people think we have summer all year long in Florida. The truth is it's summer for about 9 months of the year then we have fall and it usually doesn't come until winter.  The photos above were taken at the Environmental Campus where I work.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Golden Sunrise

I pulled this one out of the archives at the request of one of my co-workers. This was taken in October of 2010. It was an early morning golden sunrise. This is the pond behind the building where I work; and yes the pond does contain aligators.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Texture and Light

I spent some time today balancing flash with ambient light.  Using my 90mm macro lens, I photographed this leaf, which was backlit by the sun. Even though there was plenty of exisiting light, I utilized my built-in flash as a fill which brought out the texture and waxy look of the leaf. Previous photos without the fill-in flash appeared flat and lifeless.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas in Port Charlotte

Decorated home at 2053 Rio De Janerio Avenue in Deep Creek
2053 Rio De Janerio Avenue in Deep Creek
Decorations from the home on 3199  Collingswood Blvd.

The first two photos were taken at a home located at 2053 Rio De Janerio Ave in Deep Creek. This home was loaded with lights and very tastefully decorated. The second set of photos were taken at 3199 Collingswood Blvd.  This is a 1 1/2 acre lot that is deocorated every year and covered in lights.  Neighbors come from all over to view the lights and you can actually take a stroll through the property to view them up close and take photos.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cinderella Gets Her Wish

Cinderllas Castle Walt Disney World December 5, 2011
The fairy Godmother says the magic words and icecicles appear on Cinderellas Castle or as my great nephew Cameron says, "The Cashel".

Merry Christmas from Disney World

Santa and Mrs. Clause at Disney's Epcot World Showcase

The Wilderness Lodge Resort at Christmas Time

The Grand Floridian Resort at Christmas Time

As many times as I have been to Disney World, I've never visted during the Christmas season. Despite the heresay of endless crowds, this year I made a conscious effort to do so early in December.  I had a 3-day park hopper ticket with two days left on it and decided now was as good a time as any to view the Disney magic at Christmas time. 

I did some research on what to see while I was up there.
One suggestion was to resort hop and see all the different Christmas trees and decorations in each resort.  Since I was staying at a Disney resort, I took advantage of the free parking and free transportation in an effort to visit as many resorts that I could. This was a great way to see more of what Disney has to offer besides theme parks.  It made for some great photographic opportunities. Below are some of the images I captured. 1.) Santa and Mrs. Clause were very photogenic at the World Showcase American Adventure in Epcot. 2.) The Wilderness Lodge Lobby-I've actually stayed at this resort during the summer. 3.) The Grand Floridian-This resort is plush! They have a real gingerbread house and it made the whole lobby smell of one big cookie.

My one regret was not making it over to the Animal Kingdom lodge. Which I'm told had a giant tree in the center of the lobby.  Enjoy the photos!