Big Talbot Island: Snails, Sunrise and Storms – Oh My!

A Wet and Wild Morning on Big Talbot Island

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So…  Sometimes things don’t quite go as planned.  This morning, and old friend and I headed out to shoot some of the amazing driftwood on the northern coast of Big Talbot Island.  This great little chunk of shore just a stone’s throw from Amelia Island, provides a great location for some unique scenic photography – something that’s a bit different than the uninterrupted golden sands that line the majority of Florida’s coast.  Prior to leaving, I had checked both the weather forecast, as well as the aviation weather conditions (they provide more detail on current conditions than your typical weather app).  Both looked promising, with no precipitation in the forecast until almost lunch time.  So, cameras and tripods in hand – and a good hour and a half before sunrise – we set out along the shore, walking about a mile to this wild piece of Old Florida.   The first hour or so of shooting went great – allowing us to experiment with long exposures and a variety of angles while trying our hardest to ignore the gnats.  As night reluctantly gave way to day, we even spotted a water spout (below), as it hugged the Amelia Island coast ahead of a small patch of rain.  The patch wouldn’t stay small…

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Soon, the little clump of rain became a more defined line – with the weather sticking to our North, and working its way inland.  In my infinite wisdom, despite the storm cutting off our exit, I thought it would be best to keep shooting and let the storm pass.  That was, until it decided to pass overhead.   Within a matter of only a few minutes, the skies opened up all around us – the storm having increased in size and intensity at a surprising rate.  Thankfully, I always carry a trash bag in my camera bag for just such an occasion, so while I enjoyed a 45 minute tropical shower, my cameras stayed high and dry in my not-so-chic emergency rain solution.    By the time we got back to the car, storms were popping left and right, including a massive shelf-clouded storm over Jacksonville, offering us some good photo ops as we made our way back to town.

And, as a bit of an extra – above is a video of the Monday commute for a troupe of snails.  Just before the rain, I had noticed that many of the felled pieces of driftwood were covered in these lime-green colored snails.  At first, I thought the snails were stationary, but as I started snapping some long exposures, I realized they were on the move (undoubtedly seeking cover for the impending deluge as I, too, should have been).  But, throwing caution to the wind, I took this time lapse video of these fascinating little creatures for your enjoyment.  The clip is about 20 seconds and represents about 10 minutes of movement.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Take Pictures of Downtown Jacksonville

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Last night’s sunset over Downtown Jacksonville was a providential surprise that made for an awesome photography opportunity – one I could not pass up!  Yesterday evening, we were scheduled to photograph a building in downtown Jacksonville, but due to an administrative issue at the facility, I found myself in Downtown Jacksonville with nothing to shoot.  But after looking to the sky, I knew what I had to do!  Paper-thin cirrus clouds were sweeping through the area as the sun began to set, and that almost always means a stunning sunset.  So, I headed down to the Southbank and we setup shop for a few hours as afternoon gave way to sunset and then to night.  The display was truly spectacular!

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In addition to our normal photos, we shot several ultra-high-resolution panoramas, like the one above.  As always, please feel free to download as many photos as you like – they are full HD images, 1080P, and perfect for your computer, tablet or television – and if you enjoy our photos, please follow us – and for extra bonus points, share this blog with your friends to help us get the word out!
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The Great Eastern Adventure – Virginia Falls and Farms

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Part two of our Great Eastern Adventure continues with a trip through the heart of the Virginia Mountains – with its rolling hills and shadowy valleys.  In one such valley, just outside of Abingdon, VA, I found the above waterfall carrying the previous day’s rainfall along its rushing flow to the Atlantic.  As I traveled along the back roads of Appalachian Virginia, I discovered a wide variety of tableaus,  from a bright orange 1956 Chevy truck sitting alongside a railroad siding, to snow-capped mountains and rushing trains.  And, as seems to be my habit, I ventured to my favorite Americana Barn, the dappled sky to the east providing nice contrast to the brightly lit barn and shadowed hills beyond (below).

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The Great Eastern Adventure – North Carolina Mountains

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We recently had the pleasure of exploring much of our wonderful country, east of the rolling and rugged Appalachian Mountains.  Over the next few weeks, as time allows, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite shoots with you.  For our first installment, we give you the North Carolina mountains at dusk.  As we traveled up I-26, the clouds that had lingered all day began to show signs of thinning.  As sunset approached, we found a scenic stop west of Asheville and started to shoot.  Often clouded sunsets fizzle without much  excitement, but this time was one of those rare sunsets where the colors intensified and blossomed well into the dusk hour – culminating with the images you see below, a good 30 minutes after sunset.

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Fine Art Shoot: Disney Fireworks with a side of Sandhill

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As you might expect, I try to never be too far away from my camera, even when on vacation.  While carrying in a large camera bag and tripod into Disney isn’t exactly what you would call convenient, every time I’ve done so, I have been glad I did.   As with any heavily attended event, trying to get the best spot for fireworks at Disney means coming early, so that’s what we did.  after staking out my spot, I popped on my ND filter to experiment with some long exposures just as day was giving way to dusk – and the above image was one of my favorite results.  Even though I’ve been doing this for well over a decade, I still really enjoy just playing with the camera!

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HD Time Lapse – Remembering the Memorial Bridge

As you may have heard, last night the main span of the Memorial Bridge (Portsmouth, NH) was floated out – severing the 89 year connection the bridge made between New Hampshire and Maine.  As a tribute, I put together the video below.  It incorporates a few of our images, but even better than that, I put together a multiple-camera HD time lapse video from the webcam photos of PortsmouthWebcam.com.  Being 1,200 or so miles from Portsmouth, it was a real blessing to be able to watch the bridges final hours.  Many kudos to the folks that put these webcams together!

The video finishes with vintage footage and a few vintage stills from news reels back in the 1920s that feature the construction and opening day for the bridge.  If you would like to read more about this great bridge and see more photos of its inauguration, check out SeacoastNH.com.

Here’s the full 2 minute HD YouTube video below:

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Time Lapse Movie – Putting up the Christmas Tree

So, this year I decided to do something unique – a time lapse video (consisting of -5 second time exposures to give the blur) of our family transforming our living room into a Christmas Wonderland of sorts.  Above is a tiny snippet of the 2 minute video.

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