A Quick Pic from New Zealand

There was so much natural beauty in New Zealand and the people were some of the nicest that I have met anywhere! I’m planning to go back there on holiday sometime soon.

While I was in Auckland I went on a day trip to Rangitoto Island. It is an island that is only 600 years old and has no top-soil, everything there grows in the volcanic rock and sand. It was amazing and beautiful and rugged, … and I got sunburnt. I wanted to share a quick photo from my excursion there. Theres many more that I still have to go through…

Pohutukawa Tree, Rangitoto Island, New Zealand

Shot with: Nikon d700 16mm @f8 1/640 iso200
HDR: 5-1stop brackets. Edited in Lightroom & Photoshop.

Trip Photos: Dublin

Recently, I had the opportunity to fly to Dublin, Ireland for work. Once I took care of my responsibilities, I had the majority of the afternoon to head out and do some sightseeing. I went to check out the Jameson Distillery and walked around town some. As is typical for Ireland, it was raining off and on. Fortunately, it’s the kind of rain that is just enough to be annoying, not the monsoon-like deluge of afternoon showers that we get in Florida.

Besides the distillery tour, I got to experience Aer Lingus’ Business Class product. It was nothing truly spectacular, but it was nice to experience something different from the major carriers on which I typically fly. And, fwiw this was the first trip where I used my Olloclip for most of the photos (all photos shot on my iPhone).

Trip Photos: Tel Aviv

I’m going to start posting an ongoing series of my travel photos here. Because of the nature of my work (Flight Paramedic), I will not be talking a whole lot about the details but you’ll get a lot of photos of the sights that I go see. They’re mostly from my iPhone and recently my iPhone with Olloclip (seriously, that thing is awesome! review to come).

I’d love any feedback on this stuff, follow me on twitter and hit me up. Now, on with the show…

Back in February I went to Tel Aviv and took the afternoon to go to Jerusalem  I saw some of the oldest structures that I’ve ever seen, tried to understand religious practices that I’ve not had experience with before, and was thoroughly impressed and awed. Oh, by the way, Hebrew is a tough language.

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Garment District 813 Fashion Show

This past Saturday I shot the Garment District 813 fashion show at the Tampa Armature for Creative Loafing. The show consisted of Ben Chmura?s first Resort Collection: Lamia?s Wrath; and Raven Reda’s new collection: Coup D?etat. It was a great show, albeit amazingly hot in the Armature building. Overall some really inspiring fashion designs and many beautiful models in a very unique setting but also one hell of a day to have some of my gear malfunction on me!

I’m not exactly sure what went wrong with the focus mechanism but 8/10 of my shots were garbage. They were just slightly out of focus and the exposure was all over the board, plenty enough to make them unusable… I’m not in the habbit of chimping while I’m shooting if the lighting conditions aren’t changing. So needless to say it was of the most disappointing things that I can imagine discovering after an evening of shooting. Thankfully I was shooting with two cameras so I still got some good shots!

Read the coverage of the event over at the Creative Loafing Blog or look for it in this week’s print.

More photos after the jump?

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Governor Crist Announces He’s Independent

During most days I play the role of a mild-mannered web programmer. One of the places that I program for is a creative shop that handles a fair amount of local political campaign work (MityMo Design). Today we trekked off down the street to Straub Park so we could see Governor Charlie Crist announce that he is running as an independent for a Senate seat. Any political commentary aside, I believe that he’s got a good shot at it now.

Of course, I had my camera with me…. More photos after the jump.
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