Saint Augustine Fashion Week

Just a few days back, St. Augustine's now annual Fashion Week was in full bloom. I was brought on by "St Augustine Scene" (http://www.staugustinescene.com/ ) to help cover the event in video, but with so many opportunities abound, it was impossible not to take a million stills.

Fantastic people, delicious food and drinks, all inside a now non-functional ginormous swimming pool. All around, an event I'm looking forward to for next year.

If there are any photos you would like to use, or share, or like a higher resolution version of, please comment below, or send an email. Thanks!

Disclaimer: My knowledge of fashion is far diminished by my knowledge of cameras and/or how to use them. Photos purely presented as photos.

Stars stars everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

Since this current meteor shower is such a big deal, and I'm currently on a astro kick - it seemed necessary to give it the ol' college effort. 

I'm still going over the shots, but I found a few that I liked.  

 

No shooting stars visible, but holy Milky Way!

No shooting stars visible, but holy Milky Way!

More coming soon! 

 

 

Ps. The drive to finding a dark enough place for the above, super dodgy. Tons of bugs, tromping through marshes, avoiding rattlesnakes and bridge trolls. All's well that ends well, but it's always a gamble.  

Cellphone shot of my first location. 

Cellphone shot of my first location. 

The fault is not in our stars.

After a bit of googling and inquiring with friends, I've discovered it's possible to blog via cellphone. Hopefully this means I'll be more active. Unfortunately, that also means these posts will be subject to bursts whimsy or whatever subject I'm currently obsessed with. 

Such as when I've decided to take a few test shots using the astrotracer function on the shiny new pentax k1. 

 

2 minute exposure. Butler beach, St. Augustine. Iso 100. 

2 minute exposure. Butler beach, St. Augustine. Iso 100. 

A slight update.

Good morning!

I haven't been updating this nearly as often as I should or would like to, but to be perfectly honest, I've just been a bit too busy. In the past few months I've been trucking back and forth from Houston, to Maine, to Chicago, Miami, the Gulf coast, and a tiny bit here in good ol' St. Augustine.

A super abbreviated highlight reel below.

 

The sunsets in Cape Haze (Palm Island Resort) are, for a lack of better phrasing, epic.

The sunsets in Cape Haze (Palm Island Resort) are, for a lack of better phrasing, epic.

palm island resort wedding
Anytime acouple opts for a shoe-less day, sign me up!

Anytime acouple opts for a shoe-less day, sign me up!

There are a little over 1000 shots from that evening, that I won't force anyone to check out (...yet). Crazy nice folk, a private island resort on the Gulf, delicious food, and atmosphere for days. I'd say I couldn't ask for more, but we also scored some chest-high waves in Cape Haze, that is a severe rarity to say the least. 

 

Unrelated, but a somewhat "trippy" photo of Watauga Lake, in Tennessee. Reflections on ice - You don't see them too often in Florida.

Unrelated, but a somewhat "trippy" photo of Watauga Lake, in Tennessee. Reflections on ice - You don't see them too often in Florida.

A working avocado farm in Homestead/Miami. "The Old Grove" - more coming soon.

A working avocado farm in Homestead/Miami. "The Old Grove" - more coming soon.

35mm wedding photo

Above photo: My first wedding shot in or near Miami. Fantastically fun times. A smaller gathering with waterfalls, family from all over the country, specialty home crafted beers, accidental wedding party crashers, and I even shot some expired film to mix it up a bit. More coming soon.

Why yes, that is a castle built by hand in Florida. "DIY" at it's finest.

Why yes, that is a castle built by hand in Florida. "DIY" at it's finest.

The textures of castle, so fancy. 

The textures of castle, so fancy. 

Natural light, when available makes everything right. See what I did there?

Natural light, when available makes everything right. See what I did there?

Above photos. Another smaller gathering at Castle Otttis in St. Augustine/Vilano. Always a superb venue, again a perfect match for the couple I believe. The lighting and textures available - insane. Fun fact, I think technically the castle and I are the same age.

Another from Tennessee.

Another from Tennessee.

A slightly different gig. This very serious fellow turned 90. Don't tempt me with a good time.

A slightly different gig. This very serious fellow turned 90. Don't tempt me with a good time.

Most recent: More coming soon. The "first look" near Lake Swan, in Melrose Florida.

Most recent: More coming soon. The "first look" near Lake Swan, in Melrose Florida.

One of many from the engagement shoot from yesterday evening, in Elkton Florida.

One of many from the engagement shoot from yesterday evening, in Elkton Florida.

Too much to elaborate on for the last 3 posted at the moment. Another future. But in the mean time for the Old Crow Medicine Show fans out there - when we were setting up (I mean, no, that was a totally natural moment) the farm shot I couldn't help but think to myself "Even though you're wearing those uptown high heels.. I can tell from your giant step you've been walking through the cotton (in this case potato) fields.".

Anywho, thank you to all involved!

Whetherman, a quick take.

xplanation mostly unneeded. Whetherman, aka Nicholas Williams, was kind enough to meet up during the busy weekend of Magnolia Fest - out at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak Florida.  
The goal was simple - meet up with the artist, one take, two cameras. Locations were always decided on the spot, with whoever was around as the audience. A tiny variable, allowing infinite possibilities.
I'd heard Whetherman perform many years ago, but unfortunately hadn't kept up with his music over the time. I recall the show being super fun - but rather different from his current iteration. To say the least, I was blown away to see/hear what he's evolved towards. Without making a music review - I leave you with a stripped down, simplified performance of his original "The Orchard" and a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days".
Boom.

 

Whetherman's website  ---> www.whetherman.net/

Videos shot for/as HYPE Music Festivals ---> hypemusicfestivals.com/

For more about Magnolia Fest --->  http://www.magnoliafest.com/


Speaking of updates, Chantae McMillan made the ESPN Body Issue!

That's huge! An amazing accomplishment for an amazing athlete (and one of the nicest folk you can meet). In that sense, I'd been planning on reworking some of the shots of her from back in the day, but haven't had the chance/time. With such a momentous occasion, it seems high time to.

But not quite yet - though, I do have a few shots that haven't been posted elsewhere. Including this one.

chantae mcmillan florida

Back to the congrats, alongside her in the issue will be 

Gabrielle Reece, Laird Hamilton, Odell Beckham, Ali Krieger, Bryce Harper, Brittney Griner, Kevin Love, Aly Raisman, Jack Mewhort, Natalie Coughlin, DeAndre Jordan, Dallas Friday, Tyler Seguin, Leticia Bufoni, Stan Wawrinka, Sadena Parks, Anthony Castonzo, Chantae McMillan, Amanda Bingson, Todd Herremans, Paige Selenski, Jermaine Jones, Khatuna Lorig and Todd Clever.

Wow.

 

Because there's nowhere better than under the sea...

I think there's a similar quote made by Disney.

 

Anywho, an update. Still working out and getting grips on underwater photography, the best of both worlds. Swimming, surfing, taking a nap... all great things, that are better viewed underwater. Glad to finally be able to bring a camera with me there. 

underwater pentax photography

Lyrid's Meteor Shower/Earth Day

Last night I was alerted by a fellow Facebook user, that the comet Thatcher (who hasn't been around in a good while) 's dust trail/debri friends were going to be present in our atmosphere during Earth Day. If that sentence was too confusing, the Lyrid's Meteor Shower is currently streaking across our skies.  

Honestly not knowing too much about it, google let me know that around midnight it should be visible to we Floridians. So I set my camera's intervalometer, not expecting too much. Low and behold, along with the pretty nice (though minimal) meteor show, there were a perfect amount of clouds in the sky to give a faux Northern Lights styled video.

Check it out! An hour condensed to 15 seconds for your viewing pleasure. Meteors and clouds, Oh my!

Meteor Shower Video Link     <-----Click here.  
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