Autumn through Spring has me hopping when it comes to photography work. Lots of concerts keep me from having very much free time and when I get any, it’s only for a few hours at most. I do a lot of traveling and with editing my personal time is at a premium.
The past few weeks I have had completely free weekends and I took advantage and went camping.
My first adventure was over Mother’s Day weekend where I spent a lot of time with my youngest son Tommy Owen at Trail Lakes Campground where I stayed in one of the wonderful cabins.We took an adventure and walked through an area where no one really goes. It was around a lake that was full of alligators and nesting Green-back Herons. Sometimes we didn’t really have a path to follow, we just allowed the lake bank to guide us.
This past weekend I went camping at Myakka River State Park, it’s been a few years since I have been there and I made sure to secure my favorite spot. The first evening was beautiful and I did a lot of shooting.
Upon returning to my campsite a heavy rainstorm ensued. The rain continued all through the night and into the early morning. I ended up leaving a little early because of the rain. It was still a great weekend to be away enjoying the natural environment.
This weekend will be back to my concert shooting, so watch my Facebook page for some upcoming photos. Until next time, from behind the lens.
Where I live in Florida we don’t have four distinct seasons, we have two; Snowbird season beginning in mid October and the season when they go back north which is normally after Easter. During this time in South West Florida the events and concerts pick up and my camera sees a lot of action. The weather is a lot more pleasant for outdoor events and weddings. My season started on October 15 with a wedding held at one of the most historic country clubs in Fort Myers; The Edison. I am fortunate enough to be able to work with my youngest son. He is an incredible photographer and one I trust explicitly. The long view of the couple facing The Edison was taken by him. Please visit his website at phloridaphoto
Between the special events I also schedule portrait sessions and was able to photograph an interesting fellow whom I believe is one of the many spirits which lurk in Historic Downtown Fort Myers, complete with orb and gargoyle (look closely).
I was also at Fright Nite where The Sick Puppies and Devour the Day headlined, there were also a few interesting characters out that night as well. You can see more of the photos from this frightful night by clicking on the photo below.
The summer months in South West Florida are extremely hot and humid and not ideal for outdoor large venue concerts, and since I don’t often photograph local bands except for an occasional radio station event it’s been extremely quiet
However, just as the weather will be changing; concerts will be picking up and photographic activity is about to come alive. A plethora of great arena concerts, along with some local shows with big name acts will be arriving in the next few months. I look forward to this bustle after a nice break.
Recently I’ve traveled up to the Tampa /St. Petersburg area and caught several large name acts; I’ve photographed Alice Cooper, The REO, Def Leppard & Tesla Tour, and the Heart, Joan Jett & Cheap Trick Tour. These photos can be found on my Facebook page
Last night I was privileged to photograph The Cirque du Soleil show OVO at our local arena. WOW! what an incredible show. The colors were magnificent as the “bugs” danced, pranced, and flew across the stage. The acrobatics for this show are world class and if you ever have the opportunity to catch such a show, make sure you go. It’s well worth the money.
More photos can be found by following the links and going to my Facebook page
Late last year a friend of mine wanted to learn to shoot long exposure, so I took her to a place I had found a few years ago trying to teach the same method to someone else. The sun was starting to set so it placed some interesting light on top of the rocks. The really cool thing about this photo is; it’s not what it appears to be, yes it’s a waterfall, but not a natural falls, it’s a fountain in front of the Justice building in Down Town Fort Myers. We were able to get that creamy flow of the water and my friend was thrilled at the results from our evening. I had gotten this shot once before, but we wasn’t using ND filters so the effect was not as dramatic as this one. I listed below the photo all settings used.
Taken with a Canon 6d at ISO 100 98mm f/11 @5 sec. with 8ND filter
Time seems to be passing by way to quickly these days, I barely find myself catching up with one thing and it’s already on to another. I will say it has been a fabulous year and has ended with a bang.
I was able to photograph a lot of great bands and to work several large festivals, which is always fun. I have met some incredible people and have broadened my social network. Last fall I joined a little photography Meet-Up group and fell in love with the people, many have become really good friends and we have all grown together. We have learned and participated in numerous excursions and enjoyed each other’s company.
I have expanded my business this year to include a small home studio, it’s not perfect, but it works for me and that’s really all that matters. I have stayed busy with portraits and weddings and hope to increase that business next year. I was told this year my wedding price is too expensive , but the potential clients who said this got exactly what they paid for by not using a professional. I learned this is not my battle to face, because I am geared to a certain type of client and I will gladly allow the them to learn their lesson.
This year I finally purchased my dream lens; the Canon f2.8 70-200mm. This lens is awesome for my concert/wedding and portrait photography.
I am looking for 2016 to be bigger and better than ever. I have had an invitation to go to Vietnam and photograph a resort there and will be working out the details of that potential trip and my son may go with me; I can’t think of anyone I would rather work with more than him. Which brings me to another note, he will be opening his first full solo photography art show on January 9, 2016 and will run through the end of February. I’m excited for him as he is quite talented and has captured the flora and fauna of the Everglades quite well.
Another new feature for this new year is the rebranding of my business. I unveiled a new logo and will incorporate it within my website/blog and all social media. I have also finally changed my Facebook page web address from the former kdphotocreations to: http://www.facebook.com/photocreationsbydeb. This was two years in the making, but at the time I had recently ordered business cards that had this address on it and needed to use them up; I received my new business cards and now I am ready to put a final note on a past element of my business.
I hope to do a lot more teaching this next year and expand on my basic digital camera workshops and add editing to the mix. I also want to be involved with a few more communities. I will include myself in the need to be taught, I am constantly wanting to improve my own skills and continue to grow and simply be better. Learning is huge for me, and there areas I struggle with, but I try to find those who can teach me. If you are unwilling to learn and add to your craft, your craft will die a slow agonizing death, I’m not willing to allow that to happen.
Each year for the past couple of years I have adopted a new word for the year, instead of setting unreachable new year resolutions. I have grown in leaps personally by applying these words to my life almost daily. I began with ‘authentic’ and last year was ‘joy’, this year it will be ‘creative’ and I will do whatever I need to keep up my creativity. I have a plan to create a wonderful show for a museum or gallery. I will expound more on this once I am confident of the progress and talk to the powers that be in order to create this wonderful exhibit. I will say it’s something that is extremely close to my heart and it’s going to be wonderful.
So as my eyes shift from the rearview to looking forward, I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy, Prosperous and Exciting New Year, hug your loved ones more, and enjoy time spent with those you care about.