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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Fine Art Series – Travels North Part 10: Mountain Bound!

This selection of photos is from the Virginia portion of our trip.  As is usually the custom when we visit western Virginia – I’ll get up for a sunrise shoot, winding along the back country roads in search of the perfect spot to catch the sun as it peeks over the ridge.  Above is what I stumbled upon this time – just outside the community of Chilhowie, VA.

Time Lapse video of clouds sweeping along White Top Mountain – 3 second interval.

While I absolutely love the rocky coasts of New England and the rustic charm of Central PA, One of my favorite places on this globe has to be White Top Mountain.  Every time we’re in Virginia, I take a solo trip up the mountain – driving up the windy gravel road to the beuatiful summit of this rock.  White Top boasts the only natural highland meadow in all of the South and usually provides breathtaking vistas of the valley below and row upon row of mountains beyond.  A thick but swift moving cloud layer is what I found this year!  Here are a few of my favorite shots.   Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

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Evasive Manuevers with Bendix!

We recently had the opportunity to spend time with our friends at Bendix for their 2012 Fleet Council event, hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  For a guy that loves big engines, fat tires and innovative technology – this was a pretty sweet shoot!  We spent three days with Bendix and captured a wide variety of shots as you can see below.

Part of this project was the production of a slideshow-style video for the client.  In this case, we didn’t stop at just pictures, but filmed a variety of short video clips of the different systems in operation, as well as this cool tilt-shift time lapse you see here:

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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  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

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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