May 10th 2017

Today… okay… today was a basket of wild and craziness. Well, one part of today was. I’m really trying to not dwell too much on it, because that’s even worse of me, but hey, screw it. 

Today, like yesterday, we got kicked off a location that we like using for photographing and shooting video of vehicles. We’re never doing anything more than parking, shooting, and leaving. And I get it, 90% of the time we don’t have permission, mostly because they’re open and public places or seemingly abandoned. However, suddenly, people are getting hyper-protective of their property. Which is strange, but I said I wouldn’t talk politics, so I’ll leave it at that. 

Also, I’ve got sunburns on my sunburns, and I’m fairly certain we almost had a dehydration issue had I not had a giant tumbler of water. So… summer is here, yeah? I’m thinking of just working until noon and then hiding from the sun for the rest of life. The crazy part is, obviously, I’m a Floridian… how is the sun/heat just NOW bothering me? Not sure. Maybe I’m just becoming old and complainy. Which would explain why I love trains. Which we saw another one today, and I was so excited. I always am. 

After I was done with all my shooting for the day, we picked up Oreo shakes for the whole team because we’ve been crushing it lately, and it was hot, and I was craving a sugary drink and I like including my whole team, well, the ones who were present, but still. I absolutely loved the look on the cashier’s face when I asked for seven shakes. The person in the back making the shakes had to ask twice. 

Anyway… PHOTOS: 

May 9th 2017

Today, we got more accomplished with this Ford Superduty we’ve been working on. At this point, we have probably one video left before I take the photos for it to be sold. 

The truck itself is ridiculously large; twelve inch suspension lift, 24″ wheels, and 40″ tires. Nuts. I have to say, though, you do feel a command of the road as you drive it. Even though it costs $70-ish to fill the tank (with a 400 mile range). 

Near the end of the day (speaking of selling trucks) we saw the truck that we sold that once was our studio truck pulling into Sonny’s. It was neat to see it again, since we usually don’t see any of these vehicles after they’ve been sold. 

Took a Hike out to La Chua

Today, Sarah and I had the day off together for the first time in, well… what seemed like FOREVER. So, instead of just sitting around the house, we decided to get out and enjoy the warmer weather and go for a hike. This time, we went a little north to Paynes Prarie and hiked the La Chua Trail. 

When we arrived, to the entrance to the trailhead parking lot, it became apparent that all of Gainesville had the same idea. Cars were lined up all along the road, parked in every last bit of available space. I get it, though, it’s the first day of spring, completely understandable. We were lucky enough to get a parking spot, strapped on our (highly unnecessary, but incredibly comfortable) hiking boots, and headed off for the three mile hike.

It was neat to see so many different animals in their natural habitat. Although, it was pretty odd to see wild horses and Bison in Florida, but that’s what happened after the Spanish settled here all that time ago. As a photographer, this is a good place to get some excellent wildlife shots. There were three or four photographers there with immense lenses strictly to get those crazy close-up shots of the birds, gators, and more.

While we were there, I shot a little bit of video on the Fujifilm X-T2, which I’ll edit together eventually, probably. Unfortunately, tragedy struck my favorite camera. After folding my tripod back up and flipping the screen back into place, I noticed that the screen looked blank. I thought it was maybe because the camera had gone into standby, and I woke it back up. Nope. I guess as a direct result of the tilting screen, I can no longer use the screen when it’s flush to the camera. It still works great in ANY OTHER POSITION, but no, not in the standard alignment. I’ve already fired off an email to Fujifilm USA to see what they have to say about it. It is a little worrisome that after about seven months of use, I’m having problems. Maybe I’ll try to upgrade to the GFX 50s. Who knows! I’ll keep you all updated, because I know you’ll be waiting with bated breath.

Overall, despite the crowds, despite the technical difficulties, we both had a good time, and that’s all that really matters. 10/10 I would recommend this little walk to anyone wanting to just get out for a couple hours with the chance of wildlife interaction.

All photos shot with the Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens and edited in Lightroom CC, except the monochrome photos, which are straight off the camera from the Fujifilm X-T10.

Heather & Jonathan Got Married!

These two kids have been together for about four years, now, and have FINALLY tied the knot! The ceremony took place in a spot of Sholom Park in Ocala that I have been oogling over for the past four years, inside a vine-covered gazebo. It was very intimate and just right for the two of them. The only thing more beautiful than the location, of course, the bride.

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I’ve been friends with Heather for what seems like forever. Basically, since I moved to Citrus County 11 years ago. She’s always been there for me, and I’ll always consider her one of my best friends. I knew that one day her and Jonathan would be married not too long after meeting him. They just seemed to fit together so well, and I’m ecstatic that they’re finally bound together.

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Jonathan is a great guy, and I know he works hard at everything he puts his mind to. You can tell that there’s a lot going on up there, thinking of other people and what will come next. I’ve never seen either of them as happy as they did today.

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On a technical note: I shot all these photos with my Fujifilm X-T2 and 27mm pancake lens. They’re all shots for me, photos that just help me remember the day for when I need a good, happy, cry or whatever. It was nice to see how it could perform not only in near-darkness, but also what I could get from a single spot.

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Also, some of them are of Mr Personality, himself, Seth “Big Pony” who shocked me when I saw him in a suit, which does fit the long hair fairly well.

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Anywho… once again: Congratulations Jonathan and Heather! I am so proud of you guys, and I know I keep saying it, I am so so so so happy for you both. I love you guys and can’t wait for what comes next.

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