Monthly Archives: February 2018

4 months, 2 weeks ago 3
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I have always classified my subjects as the result of a “mission” or and “opportunity”!  For instance if I go to a National Park to teach a workshop or make personal photographs, that’s a mission.  If I’m simply driving down the road or I’m walking somewhere and something strikes me as a potential good image, that’s an opportunity.

 

I went out this late morning to fly over the wreck just up the beach from our hotel. It was sunk on purpose to make a reef for tropical fish and an interesting dive location.  I went there specifically to fly my drone over it and make a photograph, so that was a mission.

 

 

On the way back to my room, I got of the elevator and saw this happening out of a port hole window at the end of the hall.  I had to shoot it quickly and it is not what I would have wanted, but, the window will stay there and any morning it might produce an even better result.  Shot of Opportunity!

 

 

This morning relaxing on the balcony.  I looked straight down and saw this pattern, I love patterns and composed this one, subject of opportunity.  I can be productive to go out looking for a specific subject in specific light, but it can also be productive to just stay aware!!!  I love photography because no matter where io am, and believe me this is not where I would go to make images, I’m just not a beach guy, but there are shots everywhere, but you have to say alert, observant and seeking to see what is right in front of you nose!

 

 

 

 

Subjects of opportunity.

 

….and finally another wonderful sunset!  The sailing ship created the opportunity!

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

4 months, 2 weeks ago 9
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Different day- same boat.

 

I have boycotted the NFL all season but couldn’t resist seeing the Super Bowl, mostly for the commercials!!  Anyway, glad I watched.  It was likely Tom Brady’s last game, maybe Belichick too.  It was a great game, a nail biter, but it was worth watching the whole game to hear the three principles for Philadelphia give all the glory to God.  Great to have something positive come out of the NFL!

 

So, I didn’t get up this morning until almost 10:00.  Just two shots this morning, will work on some more later and hopefully post a few more!

 

 

Sherelene offered to pay for my Yoga class, but I told her I couldn’t photograph them if I was in the class!!  Wheeew, close one.  …..and really can you see me in this photo?  Yeah, me too….

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Sherelene and I went out for lunch and then drove out to the California Lighthouse.  It was the wrong time of day, but I shot one anyway and thought the monochrome was best, will go back when lots of puffy white clouds frame it. in early morning or late afternoon, way to windy to put the drone up.

 

 

 

 

I met a guy named Bonita and he gave me some good information on other locations I hope to try to shoot, I loved his sun glasses and my reflection in them, he kindly, actually rather enthusiastically, allowed be to photograph him!

 

 

The people of Aruba are warm and friendly and eager to help, great change from some other places I’ve visited!

 

When we got back to our room the sun had shifted over and is heading for a sunset over the water.  I love this light for backlit boats and this was a good one too!!!

 

 

Timing is everything!!!  As I shot the image above I saw just outside the frame a speedboat roaring into my frame, I knew had this one so I got ready to get the right moment of the juxdiposition of “old and new”!

 

 

Till later, blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Question:  Is this cheating, would you do it, would you feel guilty?

 

 

…and then the sunset on another beautiful day in Aruba……

 

4 months, 2 weeks ago 12
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A shot you could only make from a drone!

 

Got up this morning to lighter winds, (15-20 mph) so I got wild in my old age and flew right off my terrace!!!  Good news is I got out and right back on the terrace fine.  Coming back in in the winds was a little hard, but my piloting experience sure helped!  Let me share a few of my early am mission!

 

Man walking does on the beach.

 

Lounges on the beach before the folks arrive.

 

This is our 3rd floor balcony, where I was flying the drone from!!!!

 

The wind picked up and I kept getting a High Wind Warning on my controller so I called it a morning and picked back top with my Fujifilm X-T2 and 55-300.  At the last minute, I decided not to bring the 100-400, and I sure wish I had, as these bay shot would have been even easier.

 

Windsurfer.

 

What is becoming my favorite boat, from yet another angle!!!

 

Surfboard pano!

 

Surfboard school, pano.

 

Under sail 1.

 

Under sail 2!

 

All this and I still haven’t left my room!!!  Breakfast will be here at 10:30.  This is a vacation!

 

Blessings,

 

the warm pilgrim

 

One monochrome bonus shot.

 

 

2:30 pm  still on the back balcony, was reading Michael Creighton’s Dragon Teeth fell asleep, awoke to this scenes below, I’ve got to leave the room eventually!!!

 

 

 

 

4 months, 2 weeks ago 0
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Got here late, will take sherelene to dinner, and get to work tomorrow!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim