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Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Florida Strawberry Festival March 06, 2014

My assistant and I set out to see what there is to photograph at the Florida Strawberry Festival held in Plant City annually.  We purchased tickets in advance for this event.  Unfortunately, it rained cats and dogs all morning.  So we got a late start heading out to their event.  The rain stopped by early afternoon so we arrived at the location around 2PM. The skies were still full of dark clouds and it looked like it was going to rain any minute.  But the Lord blessed the day and we stayed dry.  I brought two cameras with me; the Sony NEX 7 and the Canon SX210.  I usually have the SX210 with me at all times.  It is has been a very good camera for me over the past 3 years.   It is very small, lightweight so it’s a very convenient camera. This camera is a 14 megapixel and has a 14x zoom.  I am currently looking for a replacement for this camera.  I would like the replacement camera to be the same size but more megapixel and a chip larger than the 1/23.  I have started my investigations and will let you know where it leads me. 

Due to the rain, the crowds were very thin and it was windy and very gloomy.    I like fairs they are a lot of fun and I wanted the images to reflect that.  So we decided to wait for sun down to begin capturing our images.

I decided to use the SX210 because it is smaller and less obtrusive which is important when doing street photography.  But, because the crowds were so thin, street photography was out.  We then turned our attention to the midway events.  There were several rides in the midway that I thought had possibilities.  I was trying to capture the action, so I set the camera to aperture priority and stopped down to the smallest aperture. In the case of the SX210 it is f8.0. Again I was trying to be unobtrusive so I did not want to use a tripod or a mono-pod.   In order to eliminate as much shake as possible I had to make sure I was holding the camera against something solid.  Below are some of the fun images we captured.

 

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 2

Spinning Ride 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 1

Spinning Ride 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 3

Spinning Ride 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 4

Spinning Ride 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 5

Spinning Ride 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a lot of fun trying to visualize what we were going to get when we pressed the shutter.  Digital was an excellent choice for this shoot because it was difficult to visualize just what we would have to work with when the shots were processed, had we been using an analog camera.  The digital was also the best choice due to the number of shots we had to abandon.  In a lot of instances I thought I had the camera anchored but I did not and the photos were very blurry.

I think these are fun shots and when printed, matted and framed will make interesting one of a kind artwork.

 

Our First Blog

Greetings

My reason for creating this website is simple. First, is to share my passion for photography by publishing my images, my thoughts, and my views on photographic progress.  And, for those interested in similar landscape and cityscape photography, I will be sharing information on my travels, insights on the subject matter and some suggestions on where you may find this or similar subject matter.

My preferred image palate is black and white.  I say preferred because I also use the color palate.  Today a photo-artist has many options and opportunities open to them.  I believe that presenting my images in black and white allows me to better communicate and share the emotion I felt when I captured the image.   I also believe that black and white photos put the focus of the picture on the captured image… not the color or other aspects of the photo which can in cases be nothing more than a distraction.

My wife (who is also my photography assistant) and I are currently planning a trip to Hawaii.  Let me just say here that I cannot emphasize the importance of having an assistant or someone with which to share your photography excursions.  Of the many photographers I have met through the years several of us have become good friends.    When I go on a photo-shoot I often contact one of them to see if they would like to come along.  A photographic shoot with others just makes good sense.  What’s interesting is we all have a different eye so we usually don’t end photographing the same things.  When photographing in the city having a partner to keep an eye on your back while shooting is important.  Often times I get so caught up in what I am photographing I lose track of my surroundings and that may not be a good thing.  Also when photographing landscape I am on trails, climbing around water falls, or in or near old buildings.  One morning when I went out on my own I was photographing an old long time deserted barn. As I was maneuvering my camera and tripod I tripped over a vine. I went down along with my camera and tripod.  Luckily neither one of us was hurt.  While I do photograph alone at times more often than not I tend to include another photographer or my assistant.  So we have been planning this trip and part of that planning is to try to find interesting areas to photograph. Our goal is to capture some great images and to share our experiences with you.  This is not my first time traveling to a different area of the country to photograph and it will not be my last.  However, I have found a lot of very interesting subject matter very close to home and plan to continue photographing there as well.  Just as the experts advise new writers to “write what you know”, l advise new photographers to look first in their own backyards for interesting subject matter.

Until recently I lived in Bucks County Pennsylvania and found a wide range of subject matter there.  I remember reading somewhere that Imogene Cunningham started her photographic career by taking photographs of her husband and then the veggies she grew in her back yard.  As we all know she eventually became known as one of our greatest fine art photographers.  I also have photographer friends that believe they need to go out west or to the widest ends of the world to get their subject matter.  My assistant and will be traveling around the US capturing images and posting them to show that there is interesting subject matter everywhere.  You just need to look for it.  Someday we may be in your backyard.  We will be posting our schedule in advance so please feel free to contact us at jmsprce@gmail.com.  If you would like to meet while we are in your area.