Monday, October 29, 2007

Vandal Bats

I captured this image last year at Lake Mirror in Downtown Lakeland. These bats were stenciled on the back of a stone bench beside the urban lake. I really dislike vandalism, but at least these stenciled bats provided me with an image to share with you in this last week of October. They were later removed from the stonework, probably by the city.

I left the cigarette in the image because I thought it added to the photo in some way.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Time Machine

This past Saturday, I attended the annual Lake Mirror Classic here in Lakeland, Florida. I didn’t capture much that I really liked that day, but I did come away with this image of a De Lorean’s logo on it’s brushed stainless steel hood. I loved the clean lines and simple look. After taking that photo, I knew that if I didn’t capture anything else that day, I at least had one image that I was pleased with.

The De Lorean DMC-12 was a car that was only produced for three years from 1981 to 1983 by the short lived De Lorean Motor Company. It’s forever typecasted as a “Time Machine” though, for the famous role it played in the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy.

As I was thinking about what commentary I would write for this post, my thoughts were geared towards the subject of time travel. At first it seems like a cool idea, if it were ever possible. But, as I thought about it just a little more, I realized that time travel would devalue time itself. The sacredness and rarity of our moments would lessen. How special would a particular moment be if it could be relived easily. As I thought more about time travel, the more I realized that the moments you may find yourself wanting to relive are special...because they can’t be relived. You may be able to recreate a moment in time, but it will never be exactly the same as the moment that preceded it.

I guess in a way, our photographs act as a sort of "Time Machine", don't they? They safely transport us back to other times and places without disturbing history.

What are your thoughts on “Time Travel”?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Leaf Filter

As I photographed with my Dad and cousin, Amy, this past Saturday up in Pennsylvania, creativity was flowing all around. At one point, I observed Amy holding a leaf up to her camera lens. With the bright, early evening sun shining through the leaf and her camera set on macro, I knew she would be capturing something beautiful and unique. I quickly termed her technique as using a Leaf Filter”. She laughed and agreed.

Of course, I had to do some shots of my own using this technique as well. So, I did, and the above image is one of the results. As I reviewed this image on screen at my parent's house that night, my Dad commented about how cool the patterns were in the leaf. Patterns that were usually too small to really notice or appreciate.

Go on over to my cousin Amy’s photo blog to check out more of her shots from that day as well. When I watched her taking the image of her boyfriend, Justin, through a hole in a leaf, I was impressed. When I saw the final product on her camera’s review screen, I knew it was one of the shots of the day. Go check it out!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Eight Fast Facts

My photo blogging friend, Barb, has "tagged" me to do a list of eight interesting facts about myself. So, I obliged.

Eight Fast Facts about Me:

1. I was born in Germany. My biological father was stationed over there in the US Air Force. We returned to the states before I could remember.

2. I drive a black 2000 Ford Mustang V6 that I've had since October 2003.

3. "Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams, was my first favorite "Love Song" when I was 13 years old. It was just one of the most beautiful things I had ever heard and still is one of my most favorite romantic songs.

4. A girl named "Jennifer" was my first ever crush in sixth grade.

5. I like to keep things tidy in my apartment.

6. McDonald's french fries are my favorite fry in the fast food kingdom.

7. I'm more attracted to "Brunettes" than "Blondes". But, who knows, my future wife may be "Blonde"?

8. I've probably eaten at "Sonny's BBQ" around 200 times in the past five years.