I need a little push to experiment and share more pictures. There is no theme, just a pledge to up date this post with a new Photo a Day for the rest of the month. So, let's see how I do and if I am able to follow through.
To start this off, I can think of no better way than with some pretty surfer girls ready to enjoy some waves at The Cocoa Beach Pier.
Day 1 - Nov 17, 2013
Day 2 - Nov 18, 2013. Only Day 2 and I'm in trouble already. All of my morning shots sucked and were deleted. I scrambled tonight and decided I would just post a beginning picture of the studio that I am setting up in my back room. This picture sucks too, but I'm in just before midnight :) A blank slate, time to get busy!
Day 3 - Nov 19, 2013. I spent the morning on the beach at The Cocoa Beach Pier. I was joined by Nico Ramos, a photographer from Argentina. There were lots of fun waves and many surfers enjoying them. We ended up staying longer than planned, just having fun shooting the awesome surfers with great FL Fall weather. Of course I had to sneak in a few shots of the many birds that were also enjoying the beach. This one is a Brown Pelican preparing to dive on some Mullet in the surf.
Day 4 - 11/20/2013. Now for something completely different! A picture of my phone sitting on my desk on speaker. Why you ask? I have just spent the last hour and a half trying to reach FL Unemployment Agency. I have received only 1 week of benefits since being layed off on 5/31/2013. I finally got a message that my claim was being investigated last Friday 11/16. The message stated that they mailed me a questionnaire and the deadline for reply is Thur 11/21. I never received a questionnaire in the mail and tomorrow is 11/21. After an hour and a half on the phone, I reached a live person. She told me that the info could be submitted on-line, but the questions were not showing up on my computer. It turns out that the brand new computer system for FL Unemployment released last month is only compatible with very old browser versions (sound familiar?). Anyway, this picture represents my frustration with inefficient government, state, federal or local. End of rant, end of politics for now. Tomorrow morning I will be on the beach again with my camera and it will all go away :)
Day 5 - 11/21/2013. Today began again at The Cocoa Beach Pier, with Nico Ramos. Dennis Griffin and his Core Surf Team Riders were out to catch some waves before work. These guys are always fun to shoot and it is a joy to see how stoked they are every time they head into the surf. Starting the day off at the beach with my camera in hand is about as close as I will come to what they feel. In this photo, Willy Cole is ritually waxing his board for grip, before paddling into the waves.
Day 6 - 11/22/2013. I started the day again at The Cocoa Beach Pier. This was not planned, yet I ran into Dennis Griffin and Kyle Isner heading out to catch some waves before work. I had taken some bracketed sunrise shots earlier and had planned to do some manual exposure blending for the Photo a Day. However, I was not happy with what I was able to achieve. So, I am going to snuggle up in my comfort zone once again and post a safe shot. Here is Dennis Griffin of Core Surf, greeting the morning and living his dream.
Day 7 - 11-23-2013. Another beautiful morning at the beach! Sunrise at Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral, FL. I got p early to shoot a timelapse at the Port. The port turned out to be boring, I thought there would be boats heading our to fish, but no. Before leaving I went scouting around Jetty Park for a new perspective and found a good place to shoot a time lapse tomorrow. I took a quick grab shot to be sure it was what I thought it was. It turns out that the grab shot is now my most popular shot on Facebook. You just never know!
Day 8 - Nov 24, 2013. Photo a Day for today is another glimpse into my life. This is a picture of my desk where I spend WAY more time, than I do out shooting. The business of photography involves much more than taking pictures. I won't get into the nitty gritty, but I enjoy it all and am glad that I have the opportunity to pursue this.
Day 9 - Photo a Day 11/25/2013. Today's photo comes from a boat ramp in Port St John, FL. This is the VAB(Vehicle Assembly Building) on Kennedy Space Center. When I used to work there, Space Shuttles were integrated with their fuel tanks and boosters and readied to roll out to the launch pad. The VAB was about 10 miles from my location, so not a great shot. My reason for taking this picture is that I was there waiting for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This was to be Spacex' first launch of a communications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit – 80,000 km from Earth. Unfortunately, rocket launches can't be counted on to launch when you want them to. So, instead of a picture of a rocket launch, this is what you get!
Day 10 - Photo a Day 11/26/2013. The Black Hole. I used to pass by Shuttles everyday going to work. Now that I don't work at Kennedy Space Center, I don't make it up that way often. This is what is left of the Pub after the shutdown of the Space Shuttle Program and the layoff of thousands of workers.
Day 11 - Photo a Day 11/27/2013. Merry Thanksgiving???? Today's picture tells it's own story. Happy THANKSGIVING!!!
Day 12 - Photo a Day 11/28/2013. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today's photo is the TurkeyDay spread with my family. I hope everyone ate too much like we did and enjoyed time with your families. The SpaceX rocket launch was scrubbed again tonight, so still no launch picture. Stay safe on the roads and try not to get hurt or hurt anyone on Black Friday!
Day 13 - Nov 29, 2013. Today's photo is a reminder to support small business and artists. These pictures hang on a wall in my home and were painted by wildlife artist and good friend Tim Larson, http://www.timlarsonart.com/. Don't support the big box stores and buy crap for Christmas, buy something that will last and be treasured!
Day 14, 11-30-2013 Photo a Day. The photo today will be a slideshow. These are pictures from Merritt Island's first ever Christmas Tree event with a Party and Ornament Drive at the ILMI Hut, https://www.facebook.com/ILoveMyIsland. I got to meet some nice new people who love Merritt Island as much as I do and have fun. Not sure if I am going to continue the Photo a Day for December, we will see.....