Greetings Y’all 😎. The good side of staying home and not working right now is that I get to really chill and do some creativity. Since I was playing and practicing with some new software (app on iPad Pro actually), I figured I’d put together a slideshow video of some of my black & white photos I’ve created the last several years.
It’d been too long since I dabbled in any way with video production. So I thought I’d put together a short video Of some of my wildlife photographs to help hone my skill sets 😎. Enjoy. Peace, Y’all ✌️- Mike T.
Quite bluntly, I was playing with a program / app on my iPad Pro just trying to be somewhat creative. I ended up with this. I captured this while hiking one of the many nature trails within the Florida State Parks. Darned if I can remember which park. But I guess it doesn’t really matter as I was simply photographing interesting or attractive stuff. Picture yourself out walking one of these trails with the birds chirping, a little breeze blowing in your face, little wildlife creatures scurrying nearby and a 12 foot wild alligator about to attack. WAIT – scratch that last one 😂😂😂.
By request and suggestion, I’ve added another offering for the poppy stickers I have available. These poppies are dye cut (individual stickers versus a collection of stickers on sheets). To refresh, the poppy is symbolic and displayed on Memorial Day as well as Poppy Friday (the Friday immediately preceding Memorial Day) to honor those who’ve given their supreme sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Military. FYI – the poppy has also come to be displayed on Veterans Day as well but has the history and heritage more so connected to Memorial Day. Please click HEREto navigate to my stickers page. More details Once you get there …
I managed to capture this shot (on purpose btw 😜) on a day I travelled to southern Florida to Sanibel Island Lighthouse. This fella was dive bombing all afternoon for food just beneath the ocean waters. This shot also outdid any of the shots I grabbed of the lighthouse that day 😂.
Today’s ‘Pic Of Peace’ is from my online galleries – specifically, from one of my “Florida Backroads” galleries. I was testing out a new lens on this day a few years back. I saw this lone pine cone with what would become a nice blurred background. I shot this at Lake Louisa State Park in Central Florida. Enjoy and relax
I have yet another new sticker available in the “Stickers” section of the web site. This one is a poppy. In case you don’t know, the poppy is displayed as a symbol and recognition for those who served in the U.S. Military and gave the supreme sacrifice while serving. The full description, purpose and how or when to display is explained in that respective sticker offering (click HERE) to view and purchase.
Today’s ‘Pic Of Peace’ is a shot I grabbed several years back at a place in Kissimmee, FL just outside of Walt Disney World called Old Town. This place used to have carnival type rides – like this old fashioned carousel. The light was just right for this photo illuminating the wooden horse’s head and mane. Ahhh the old days 😜.
So yah, I know there’ll be lots of photos online and elsewhere of the red moon / super moon / giant moon / lunar eclipse etc… etc… 😜. But I thought I’d throw my capture of this natural wondrous beauty in the mix. ‘Twas a bit chilly even for Florida while I was shooting this at about 1:00AM on Monday morning, January 21st, 2019 – around 38 degrees and quire windy! And on top of that, this moon was straight up above tonight. Hence, my neck now needs adjusting by my trusty chiropractor. OK, I’ll stop whining now. This WAS lots of fun. I need to get back out there and do more good stuff like this.
As 2018 comes to a finish, some will be glad to see it go, some sad. What does this picture represent or mean to you – beginning of a new year or end of the present one? In other words, does this picture herein that I captured a few weeks ago represent sunset or sunrise? Just a rhetorical question to ask of yourself. Regardless of your answer, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!
Just wanted to post some quick ‘bloggage’ thanking everyone that came out to see my Photo Art Exhibit, “Florida Backroads,” at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL. The exhibit was a wonderful success. After just about 3 months, It came to a close last week on April 26th, 2018. I’m quite pleased (and proud) to say that more than a half dozen photo art pieces sold and over 3/4 of the photo merchandise at the Bok Tower Gardens Gift Shop sold as well. Not bad at all for a ‘first time in’ for this photographer. I must also thank the fantastic staff members at Bok Tower Gardens. They were so helpful and instrumental in making it a success from setup to tear down and everything in between!!! You guys and gals ROCK!
If there’s anyone reading this post that visited Bok Tower Gardens while my exhibit was taking place and was, or is still interested in acquiring one or more pieces (either framed display pieces or just matted & backed), please contact me: MikeThomasImagery@Gmail.com and I’ll be more than happy to help you out. As I say, quite a bit sold but there’s still some good stuff remaining (and more on top of that which was not on display at Bok (only so much space on the wall there, ya’ know? 😉 )).
Ever wonder how much ‘activity’ is going on all around us – In particular, above us? Well, Saturday night (02-24-18) I went to an event at Lake Louisa State Park here in Central Florida. By and large, it was a fun, educational astronomy event presented as a family happening. While the facilitators were very good and informative, I went with the soul intention of capturing some astro-photography as Lake Louisa State Park provides a minimal light pollution environment – one of the few areas in Central Florida capable of this.
The first photo (above) was pretty much a single, long exposure shot conveying or portraying a pretty, peaceful and fairly clear night sky with a fair amount of stars up there. As beautiful as that shot is, the one below depicts what’s really going on overhead during this event.
The picture below – taken at the exact same location as the first photo above – is what’s known as a ‘star trails’ shot. If you don’t know what a ‘star trails’ shot is, let me explain. In short, I set my camera to capture time lapse photos over a span (in this instance) of about an hour and fifteen minutes. Each of the 250 shots i captured had an exposure time of 15 seconds. Now as we all know, the earth is constantly rotating. The fact the camera had the shutter opened for fifteen seconds per shots times 250 shots, what happens is the camera a actually picks up the earth’s rotation while shooting pictures of the stars. The stars don’t move in these shots, but the earth does. The end result is the stars look like they’re streaking across the night time sky but in reality, the camera is picking up the earth moving against the stationary stars. Once all the photos are loaded into the computer, I use specific software to ‘morph’ all the 250 shots into one single shot. This one single shot is what you’re looking at below. Make sense? I hope so :).
Oh and by the way, what might look like a colored sort of trails going against the grain or opposite direction of the majority of the star trails in the final photo is / are actually airplanes, helicopters or maybe even a shooting star passing by. And the blurry coloration in the lower right corner of the photo are a few of the attendees of the event.
So next time you’re out enjoying the beauty and peace of a clear night sky, this ‘star trails’ photo show what’s really going on all around you and over your head.