I shot this beauty in Key West on Mallory square during the sunset festival. I was shooting sunset shots when all of the sudden this gorgeous sailboat floats right into my cameras view. It is pretty much as it came out of the camera, that is how beautiful the sunsets are in Key West. If you haven’t been there, you gotta go!! Prints of this photo and many others available at my online print shop.
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Like purple? Like nature? If you answered yes to these questions then the purple shield plant is for you. What an awesome looking plant, the purple just shimmers in the light. Prints of this plant and many others available in my Etsy shop. Please check it out. 20% discount if you use WORDPRESS20 at the checkout.
I love seeing these vintage signs that are reminders of my younger years. On one note, it bums me out that the things that I grew up with are called vintage as that must mean I am vintage also ;( Oh well, such is life. Unfortunately, these awesome pieces of Americana are few and far between these days. They have been forsaken for modern technology, super bright and super efficient have replaced the classic neon signs. My latest self imposed project is capturing images of these disappearing beauties every chance I get. This one was at an old run down motel right off the rural highway that runs through a small Illinois town. It looks good in color and black and white. Follow this blog to see more as I find them.
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The beautiful dexterous Iris. Not only one of the most beautiful flowering plants on the planet, it is also one of the most versatile. It takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species. There are over 260 species of Iris and they are found throughout the world. In additiona to their beauty, parts of the plants are used for many purposes including: - Source of the anti-cancer principle Irisquinone effective against U14 and Lymph sarcoma and some other cancers - The roots of some species are used for water purification -Rhizomes of the German Iris and Sweet Iris are traded as orris root and are used in perfume and medicine, though more common in ancient times than today. Today Iris essential oil (absolute) from flowers are sometimes used in aromatherapy as sedative medicines. The dried rhizomes are also given whole to babies to help in teething. Gin brands such as Bombay Sapphire and Magellan Gin use orris root and sometimes iris flowers for flavor and color. - The yellow fleur-de-lis reflects the Yellow Iris, common in Western Europe. Contemporary uses can be seen in the Quebec flag and the logo of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team, and on the flag of Saint Louis, Missouri. - The red fleur-de-lis is the coat-of-arms of Florence (Italy) -The Purple Iris is the State Flower of Tennessee As you can see the Iris is much more than just a pretty face. I am not an Iris expert, but they are first flowers I look for when I visit new botanical gardens. Their beauty (and usefullness) is unsurpassed in the flower kingdom.
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Shot this little pink blooming flower last weekend, topped it off with some textures and overlays. I like the way it turned out, hope you like it too.
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I shot this photo a few years ago while on a vacation in the Bahamas. This gorgeous sailboat was sitting a a harbor new Port Lucaya in Freeport Grand Bahamas. The sun was setting and the water was glistening like diamonds across the bay. The lighting made the boat pretty much a silhouette with the only real color coming from a red flag on the back. This was the only time I saw the boat while we were there.
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This is an experimental piece that I am working on. I shot the original portrait, which is a friend and his newborn daughter, a few years ago. The original was done in duotone and was a very powerful shot. I wanted to take the shot a whole different direction so I textured it and added a couple of overlays. It is still a work in progress, but I like where it is at in this state. Let me know what you think.
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This is a piece I just finished. It is actually a composite of 3 different shots put together to make one. The shot started out as a weather worn grungy front entrance to an abandoned warehouse. I added the sign and the texture from other shots. The sign was shot at the entrance to an actual roof top bar named Cafe Habana in Traverse City, Michigan. I liked the dark grungy feel of the finished shot. I hope you enjoy it.
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