I originally shot this sailboat a few years a go in Port Lucaya in the Bahamas. I am always a sucker for a sweet looking boat of any kind. It was end of the day as the sun was starting to set over the bay. The original shot was almost black and white with the boat being a silhouette as the sun was behind the boat. I have printed a few of the original and it looked nice but was missing something. I played with a bit tonight and added sun sun flares and bokeh to it and a little color. I am pretty happy with the final piece, but let me know what you think.
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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I have lived in the frozen tundra of the Midwest my whole life. As far back as I can remember, snow has always been a part of the Christmas holiday experience for me. As a young boy I read an article and saw a show about the Florida Keys and started dreaming about going there when i was old enough. It took a lot of years of hard work before I was able to afford to vacation in the Keys. After the first time I vacationed there I was hooked ( it is the sport fishing capitol of the world). My next dream was to take my daughters there and show expose them to the most awesome place in the U.S. The first time that we all went down together, we decided to do a trip at Christmas time. We loaded up the family truckster in 20 degree freezing rain and headed south. As the miles flew by the temp went up and up… Once we got there and got unloaded we wanted to drive around and check the place out. We were staying in Key Largo at the top of the Keys and again we were driving south. As we were driving we were seeing all of these houses decorated for Christmas with the lights and plastic Santas and snowmen… It just seemed kind of weird seeing all of these things without snow and cold. Then we saw a palm tree with Christmas tree lights on it. The next stop was a restaurant to eat, imagine my surprise when the server approaches us in shots, a t-shirt and a red velvety Santa hat! It just didn’t seem right at first. That night we drove throughout the upper keys looking at, and taking pictures, of all the Christmas decorations. Very fascinating indeed. 10 years later we are still going to the Keys every Christmas and as I get older, I don’t miss the snow on bit. Christmas tree lights on a palm tree with 78 degree weather? SIGN ME UP.. A couple of years ago , I came across this beautiful winter scene that you see in the post. It was in a large window display at a large outdoor sports supply store in Islamorada. It was lit up so beautiful and the scene itself represented a total winter / holiday scene. I shot several pics of it, this one being one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it also
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