Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

228 - Restoration

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

226 - Imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein 
Red mangrove roots taken from underwater with the camera pointed upward.

Monday, November 5, 2012

225 - Expectancy

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.
Edwin Louis Cole

This image taken underwater with two standard black backdrops in the water as well can together unexpectedly.  One flower separated and helped the composition.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

224 - Golden

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by;
 but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.
James M. Barrie

Thursday, October 25, 2012

223 - Thoughts

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think.
 Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Swami Vivekananda

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

222 - I Need Your Help

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

The link to the contest;

Thanks for your help, Mike 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

220 - Resume Normal Safe Operations

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
Morris West

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

219 - Religion

This is my simple religion.
 There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

217 - Home

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.
Bill Cosby

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

214 - Mellow Rays

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun,
 it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.
Washington Irving

Sunday, July 29, 2012

213 - Youth

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 8, 2012

212 - Isolation

Want a place where you won't be bothered, your thoughts come easy, not a lot of technology to distract you and you can hear the ocean. I know the place...

Hicks house, Stiltsville, Biscayne National Park, call ahead for reservations.

Monday, June 18, 2012

211 - Tumultuous

 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

Saturday, June 9, 2012

210 - Creating

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
  George Bernard Shaw

Monday, June 4, 2012

209 - Play

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; 
their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
Michel de Montaigne

Monday, May 14, 2012

208 - Performance

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?
William Shakespeare

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

207 - Abundance

Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.
Wayne Dyer

Saturday, May 5, 2012

206 - Full moon

For most people, 
we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, 
but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.
Richard H. Baker

Largest full moon of 2012, tonight

Sunday, April 29, 2012

205 - Planeography

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.

204 - Dreamer

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, 
and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

203 - Two Things

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.
Mark Twain

Monday, April 23, 2012

202 - To the Universe

Everything in the universe has a purpose. 
Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything
 in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.
Wayne Dyer

Saturday, April 14, 2012

201 - Beauty

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, 
the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

200 - Strong & Submissive

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. 
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
Lao Tzu

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

199 - Flaming Mangroves

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
Stewart Udall

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

195 - Competition

And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, 
it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
Andrew Carnegie

USA boat passing in front of the boat from Switzerland in the 2012 Rolex Cup

Monday, January 23, 2012

194 - Happiness

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris

Thursday, January 19, 2012

193 - Change

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

Monday, January 16, 2012

192 - The Mangrove

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
                                                                          John Muir

Monday, January 9, 2012

191 - Moon on Moon

For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, 
but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.
Richard H. Baker

Friday, January 6, 2012

190 - Good Day

If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one.
Cavett Robert

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

189 - Improve in 2012, 10 ideas

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.

3. Journal

Record findings in 1 and 2 in your journal. If you don’t have a journal start one.

4. Weakness

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.