Friday, March 10, 2017

2016 Year in Review

A great year to get out and photograph in Stuart, Florida. Some of the photography opportunities this past year included a Scott Kelby photo walk, lots of downtown activities, including Dancing in the Street, the Riverwalk Concerts and of course my favorites the Stuart Air Show and the Stuart Sailfish Regatta. Even had a few paid gig's, sold some prints and of course always learning and growing in my photography skills.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Back To The Future

After years of photographing with DSLR's, I have taken the leap to mirrorless!  Early on, I had used point and shoot film cameras for family or friends-type snapshots, eventually moving on to digital point-and-shoots. After retiring in 2002, I bought my first bridge camera. It was a Panasonic Lumix FZ40, a nice compact 14mp - 24x zoom camera. While getting more serious about photography and getting out of "auto" mode, this was a great little versatile camera to start learning photography.

It wasn't too much longer when, in 2013, I jumped up to a full size DSLR. The Nikon D5200, a 24mp APS-C (crop) sensor with interchangeable lens was a big step up in my photography use and experience. Before long I had acquired several more lenses for the Nikon.  It's a great camera for all kinds of photography - portraits, sports, landscapes - but it is bulky and heavy.

Because of desire for a smaller, lighter camera, I had been watching rapid development in the mirrorless field in recent years, with Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and others making huge advancements in technology. After much research I zeroed in on the flagship Fuji X-T2. For me, besides reduced size and weight, the big features were the 24mp APS-C sensor, the retro manual dials, amazing EVF, fast focus, image quality, and available lenses.  On paper the Fuji, in a smaller form factor, actually outstrips my Nikon in every function and feature.

Because of high demand, it took months for my normal preorder to get filled, but once in my hands, the sophisticated tactical feel of the body and knobs was an awesome experience. Not having to fiddle in menus while having exposure settings all readily handy right on top of the camera is just astounding! There is something very comforting about the mechanical feel of this camera - you feel that you are part of the photography process. It is just plain fun to use!  The image quality is outstanding, and even while still learning to use the camera. It's unadjusted jpeg quality seems virtually to equal the Lr adjusted RAW files.

I have a lot to learn and explore with this system, but one thing I know. Spending time with this mirrorless camera will be an exciting adventure. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stuart Air Show

While the weekend was cloudy, it was still nice weather for spectators to take advantage of the annual Stuart Air Show at Witham Field. The partly cloudy skies provided just the right backdrop for the spectacular display of aerial prowess by daring pilots in modern as well as vintage aircraft. There was a full scale WWII battle reenactment including a parachute drop. Demonstrations by the Air Force F16 Fighting Falcon, the Navy F18 Hornet and a vintage Mig 17 supersonic fighter jets, as well as a variety of other aerobatic  demonstrations, including the Navy Leap Frogs parachute jump with the American flag.   Disappointingly, the ever popular AeroShell Aerobic team did not make it this year. I tried using a new 55-300mm Nikkor lens this year - but think I prefer my old versatile 18-200mm to capture a wider view and more of the action. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Scott Kelby's WorldWide PhotoWalk

Each year, photographers around the world gather in various locations on the same day to explore, photograph, share photos with each another, make new friends, and be a part of a great cause. This year my club the Palm City Shutterbugs joined other photographers from the Stuart area for the photo walk. The Worldwide Photo Walk supports The Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage that feeds, houses, educates and empowers young orphans so that they can grow up to not just survive but succeed in life. 

Click for some of my photos on the walk: 

WorldWide PhotoWalk: 

Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage:

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dancing in Stuart

 "Dancin' in the Streets" drew them in on Saturday, Aug. 20th, for a carefree day in downtown Stuart. It was the 26th annual celebration, and the vendors went wild - there were over a dozen food stands to please the crowds. It was a hot day, but who cared?  Festival-goers were in the mood for fun, and this is Stuart's biggest fundraiser of the summer, supporting free community events year-round.  Five stages and 17 live bands kept people dancing and partying from 3:00 p.m. till midnight.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

2015 Photo Slide Show

From the roaring thrill of planes in flight at the air show to the spectacular beauty of a Florida sunset. From locals sauntering Stuart's streets to three generations of a family in a once-in-a-lifetime gathering.  These were some of the photographic opportunities over the past year, bringing new confidence and even a few  paid commissions leading to my newest venture - printing and selling some select prints.  

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Stuart Air Show 2015

Over 50,000 spectators took advantage of perfect weekend weather to join the crowds at Witham Field for the 26th anniversary Stuart Air Show. The partly cloudy skies provided just the right backdrop for the spectacular display of aerial prowess by daring pilots in modern as well as vintage aircraft. Demonstrations by the Air Force F16 Fighting Falcon and the Navy F18 Hornet supersonic fighter jets, as well as the Army's Golden Knights, the world's most renowned parachute team, brought the crowd to its feet again and again. The AeroShell Aerobic team, always a crowd favorite, capped off the day's events, which we were privileged to view this year from the Antique Aircraft Foundation hangar as guests of Dr. Luis Villar.  
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stuart Sailfish Regatta 2015

We had another great weekend for the fourth annual Stuart Sailfish Regatta on the Indian River. My daughter and son-in-law were here for viewing their first experience of the exciting racing from the Stuart Causeway Bridge. The race sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association, is open to ten classes of inboards, four classes of outboards and the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Series. Some of the nation's top tier racers plus a power team of 12 or more Canadian Grand Prix race boats brought exciting action to the 1.1 mile race course. SSR is increasing their support to the designated charities, the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast and the US Sailing Center of Martin County.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2014 Photo Slide Show

In my quest to become a better photographer, 2014 was a rewarding year for me in photographing air shows, boat races, local events, and some of the natural beauty found in my travels. In addition to some of the photo albums posted to this blog, I published four books of my photographs from the last couple of years. To see a slide show compilation of some unpublished photos as well as favorites from my blog and books,
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I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did shooting them.
Best wishes for the coming year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stuart Air Show - 2014

A record crowd of 50,000 spectators attended this year's 25th anniversary air show at Witham Field. The clear and cool weather was perfect for a spectacular display of aerial prowess by daring pilots in modern as well as vintage aircraft. A lot of excitement was generated this year with the return of high performance jet aircraft after last year's absence due to the federal governments sequestration. The stealth tactical fighter F-22 Raptor and the AV-8B Harrier jump jet, capable of vertical/short takeoff and landings, were the highlight of the show.

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