Miami Marine Stadium built in 1963 as a state of the art revolutionary structure. Since hurricane Andrew in 1992 has been abandoned to fend for itself. This icon of the Miami skyline needs help and needs to be saved for more than a place to spray paint. The effort to do this is here; Friends of Miami Marine Stadium
The following image is titled “The Bride”and is a finalist in the “Canon Imaginat10n Contest” for the theme “Character”. This is a unique contest as the winning photographers have their images used to create 10 films by five celebrity directors.
The voting phase has begun and to secure my place I need your vote. Its a little confusing here’s the navigation, you must register with an email, then click “The Gallery” then “Browse By Theme” then “Character”, double click “FINALISTS” , scroll to my image and click on it. Almost done, scroll down click on “vote button”, If so moved you can vote once a day, thanks
According to String Theory, what appears to be empty
space is actually a tumultuous ocean of strings vibrating at the precise
frequencies that create the 4 dimensions you and I call height, width,
depth and time.
Roy H. Williams
Travel Photography - The Start and the Finish and nothing in between
or Photographing out the plane window. See other examples.
On a rainy Sunday I starting cleaning up my Lightroom keywords and noticed I had a lot of images with the keyword “airplane”. It seems I had paid very little attention to these images, very few were flagged and even fewer processed. I thought, “well this could be a project”. I’ve been taking images out of commercial flights for a long time and have worked through some of the problems. If this is of any interest to you this is what I’ve learned.
1. Before you select your seat think about the direction and time of day you will be flying. You don’t want to be shooting into the sun all afternoon. If there is a sunset during the flight most of the time you can move to a west facing seat during that time, but don’t forget to check the east sky as some of the best stuff happens in the east during sunset. Also think about what will be on either side of the plane during the flight. This isn’t known all the time but ask as you get on and be ready to move if possible.
2. Get a window seat near the front of the plane. Go online and book your seat in advance. Some web-pages will show you were the seats are located. Try to get a window seat in front of the wing. This works well on larger planes, most smaller commercial planes reserve first-class and business class near the front. This area creates a smoother ride and you don't have the airplane wing to block your view. Another reason to have a seat before the wing section, is that the heat shimmer from the engines will affect the quality of the photo. These seats seem to be in big demand and if you can’t get in front of the wing get as far behind it as you can. I usually sit on the same side coming and going as this gives me a view of both sides.
3. Keep your camera ready. I use my regular camera backpack with the camera at the top with the zipper open. Don’t put in the overhead.
4. Don't use a polarization filter. This is the only time I remove my polarizer when shooting daytime landscapes. Plastic airplane windows will show odd patterns. When plastic is under strain it causes polarization of the material which will interfere with your polarizing filter.
5. Look for reflections in the window and try and reduce them by shading the area or moving back from the window.
6. Keep your lens close but not touching the window, vibration from the airplane will blur your shots. A 16-35mm this will allow you to get the big picture. Use longer lenses for details and abstracts.
7. Compose and Take your photos quickly, the plane is moving quickly, if you see something that you find interesting, shoot.
8. Watch for cloud and weather changes, use clouds to help composition.
9. Don't use flash photography. This will just reflect your flash back into your photo.
10. If you are thinking about a trip slideshow a short (5 to 10 seconds) video clip of the take off and landing make great bookends to your slideshow.
Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error,
change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear;
out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress. Bruce Barton
Thinking about how you can improve your photography in the new year I came up with a list of items that might help. If you have any additional ideas please comment.
1. Review 2011 the Good Stuff
What images do you like and why, what images did friends like and why. Is there a common theme you can build on?
2. Review 2011 the Not So Good Stuff
What mistakes did you make. It is easy to ignore or delete bad images, revisit mistakes and make sure you know what you did and have you fixed the problem. Another reason to review mistakes is they can lead to new ideas.
Record findings in 1 and 2 in your journal. If you don’t have a journal start one.
Vision, capture or post processing which is your weakness, if you don’t know ask a friend, don’t get defensive. This year work on your weakest area the most. Next year reevaluate.
5. Read More
Ten years to get good at anything shorten the time-frame by reading as much as you can about the techniques that interest you. More and more information is now online, but don’t forget about great resource in print. There are numerous books out there pertaining to your area of interest. Talk to photographers you respect and inquire which books they recommend reading. As you read photography blogs keep an eye out for posts on reviews and recommended reading. For example "The Photographer's Eye" by Michael Freeman.
6. Carry a Camera
Oh and use it. Practice techniques you know, practice something new you read about (see 5). Practice around the house, at parties, shopping, etc. Don’t wait for that field trip to pick up the camera.
7. Start a Simple Project
Work on your own or better yet get a friend and work together.
8. Put your Work out There
That doesn’t mean show your spouse or mom. Let friends and fellow photographers see it, ask for comments, don’t get defensive.
9. Look at Others Work
Look for inspiration, analyze why images you like are different than yours. Ask questions figure out how to do what others do.
10. Have FUN!!
If this is truly a passion it should be fun. If you are not having fun, figure out why. Is there a fear getting in your way? Examine it, talk about it, remove it.