Tuesday, October 27

I Think I've Found My Workflow

Okay, after months of studying and demoing my options, I think I have finally found the best workflow for my post production on my photographs. This is a flow that works well for me, although I can't speak for others. Many swear by Aperture and Adobe Lightroom for post production, and I did find them to be very neat tools to work with.

I demoed both and found that I leaned more towards Aperture, if I had to choose between the two. There was something about Lightroom that just felt a little "off" to me. Not quite sure what it was, but I was just not comfortable with it. I'm sure with time and familiarity it would have become a better fit.

Sunday, October 18

Deltona Reopens Library Along with New Environmental Center and Amphitheater

I recently shot the grand re-opening of the Deltona Regional Library and the new Lyonia Environmental Center and Deltona Amphitheater. All I can say is, "Wow!" I was very impressed with the work that had been done after the over year long closure of the library to local residents.

The new facility boasts that it is a "green" environmentally responsible facility. The $11 million dollar expansion doubled the library's size to 50,000 square feet, and added the 4,000 square foot Lyonia Environmental Center, and a 1,000 seat Deltona Amphitheater. The new facility is beautiful, with lots of native Florida plants and flowers that attract an abundance of wildlife. It has nature trails that allow you to scheduled a guided tour through the Environmental Center, or do a self guided hike, with your choice of length of trail (there are several).

I must admit, as a Deltona resident, I wasn't initially thrilled with the closure and million dollar expansion, but I was very impressed with the final results. I think it will bring many years of enjoyment to the residents of the city and was an effort that ended well. I quite enjoyed my day of shooting the events, people, and even, most of all, all of the beautiful plants and flowers that attracted the bees and butterflies, which are two of my favorite things to shoot! ome of my favorite shots from the day are below. View all the shots from the gallery by clicking here.

Florida Owl
My favorite subject of the day was this adorable little owl, presented by the West Volusia Audubon Society. I actually think he LIKED getting his picture taken! He was just so darn cute!
Kemper Dance Studio Performs
Entertainment in the Deltona Amphitheater presented by the Kemper Dance Studio Students.
Flower with Honey Bee
The flower gardens that have planted were amazing, attracting all kinds of flying wildlife, like this honey bee.
Flower Gardens at Deltona Regional Library
Beautiful flower gardens and plants surround the new Deltona Amphitheater grounds. The choice of plants and flowers seems to have been made on purpose for attracting bees and butterflies!
Nature Trails at Lyonia Environmental Center
They have great nature trails for guided or self-guided walks and hikes through natural Florida habitats. There is a choice of several different length hikes that you can choose to do.

Thursday, October 15

Major Hard Disk Failure Makes My Day...Not!

I decided it was about time for me to go ahead and get Snow Leopard installed on my Mac. I have been running Tiger 10.4 for years and never bothered to upgrade, because, quite frankly, it ran like a dream. But, with more and more programs only running on Leopard now, I felt it was time to make that leap.

Installation on my MacBook laptop went great. Smooth as silk. So I figured it would do the same on my main computer, a 20 inch iMac. Hmmm. Guess what? Nope! In the process of installing the new operating system it killed my hard drive! I'm not sure what went wrong, but of course, wouldn't you know it, I did the cardinal sin of not backing up before I began the install. Wow.

Monday, October 12

I Shot My Son!

So, I had a chance to shoot my youngest son's photos a few weekend's ago. I can't tell you how long I have been waiting to do that! My son is in the entertainment industry, so I knew his photos would be fun to do. And, they indeed proved to be! I am hoping I get a chance to shoot him again soon, if he will let me. View his complete gallery.

Jon Photo #1

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I am a portrait and fine art photographer, servicing the Central Florida area. I have had a love of photography for as long as I can remember. Having spent 15+ years of my adult life as a graphic designer, I knew I had a creative mind and a visual eye for things. While design was my forte, I always carried a camera everywhere, and somehow was the "designated photographer" at just about every event I attended. But, it wasn't until I picked up my first "real camera," a Nikon DSLR, in 2008, that I really knew photography was what I was meant to do with my life! I photographed everything in sight, after getting that camera. But, I knew early on that I was meant to photograph people. I just genuinely love faces! All faces. I could look at faces all day long. Faces are just beautiful to me. Doesn't matter the age, the color, the shape or the size. I find nothing more fascinating then faces.
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