Sailboat on Lost Key

I really like this time of year because the sun sets relatively early and it’s usually right around the time I head home from work.  I had brought my Fuji X100S into the office a few weeks back after a string of nice sunsets.  On this particular night, I took a little detour to Lost Key Marina and grabbed a few shots for the #WE35 project and was gifted with this gem of a sunset.  Still processing the walk around shots, but wanted to at least share this one today!

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Lost Key Sailboat

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Tarklin Bayou Sunset – #WE35

Well, it’s been way too long (again)…  A good friend of mine in San Diego is trying to keep me honest and I received an email from him this week asking if everything was OK, since my blog has been so quiet lately!

I joined a group of fellow photographers in a year long project for 2015, started by Justin Balog, called #WE35 where we are going to do photography research utilizing only a 35mm focal length.  This was a natural fit for me since I shoot 80-85% of the time with my 5DMarkII and 35 or Fuji X100s.  Along with normal posts, I will have field reports and monthly assignments.  Its a great group of people and hopefully it gets me sharing a bit more…

Usually I don’t have a 35 on my camera is usually when I shoot landscapes, and instead I’m rocking a wide angle or fisheye.  I was heading out to meet the fam for dinner after a later departure from work (one of the reasons I havent been posting) and the sunset was just too good to pass up.  I ran in the house and grabbed my camera which happened to have a 35 on it and headed to the shores of Tarklin Bayou.  It took me a couple shots to recalibrate my eye to 35 vs a wide angle view, but when the sunset explodes like this, I’ll take just about any lens and it will work out :)

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Atop the Lighthouse

I’ve been in Pensacola for 2.5 years and have driven past the Lighthouse on base just about every day on my way to work.  Last week was the first time I’ve actually climbed the 177 stairs to the top to do some shooting.  My main draw was to shoot the Blue Angels practice (armed with my 70-200 and 2x teleconverter), but one of my bucket list shots was always to shoot a fisheye shot towards the Gulf from up there.  Well, before practice, I armed the fish and walked around to the south side to find the sun in a PERFECT position for a shot!  Easy processing with VSCO Film and here is the result.  May have to get up there again before I leave (maybe for some time-lapsing…)!

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Top of the Lighthouse

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Grant + Erica | Doctor’s Lake Wedding

I have been blessed to be a part of 2 major life events for my friend and colleague, Erica.  Erica and Grant are both in the Navy, and she is a fellow optometrist.  I trained her while she was stationed … Continue reading

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights, and Famous Last Words at Vinyl Music Hall

A couple Wednesdays ago, I head out to Vinyl Music Hall to see Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.  I had first heard their hit “Face Down” when I was stationed in Okinawa and really was into that whole album.  Even though more pop-punk/emo, they still maintained an intense sound with great guitar work.  The vocals were just catchy and the album “Don’t You Fake It” became my “sing along” album.  Unfortunately, their next album was not my cup of tea and I moved on until recently where they have reconnected with their roots and original sound.

RJA was co-headlining with Hawthorne Heights, who I was never in to, but they are a pretty big act, so I felt like I should at least check them out live and get them on camera as well.  The show started at 7pm and had 5 bands on the bill so I assumed Hawthorne would go on around 8:30/9:00 and RJA at 9:30/10:00.  When I showed up at 8:30, I was told the second band was just finished up and RJA wasn’t going on until 11:30!!!  I texted my wife to tell her that I would be home late and she texted back “Enjoy!  You might find a new favorite band!”  Boy was she right…

Enter Famous Last Words…  I had NEVER heard of them.  I didn’t know what to expect so I was standing in the back not really expecting much honestly with the ambient opening music came on (synthesizers and such).  Literally, the first notes hit and I was intrigued, then vocals came in… Their frontman showed off a clean high falsetto followed buy some incredible growls and screams… wow.  I was up front by mid set.  So I bought their recent album “Council of the Dead” which is a concept album telling a story of 7 souls who have passed and it’s been on repeat for 2 weeks in my car…  Incredible.

Hawthorne Heights had a great set and the place was rockin.’  Again, more emo for my liking, but they definitely have a great stage presence.  And their guitar player was fun to watch.

Red Jumpsuit delivered and although they had cancelled a few shows recently for the singer being sick, his vocals were incredible.  Just as good as on their records.  They basically played until his voice gave out and most of the songs were from my favorite album.  The duet with his girlfriend on “Your Guardian Angel” was very well done and of course they closed with “Face Down.”

This was an awesome show.  The only problem I had was with the lighting.  Other than FLW, the other bands were poorly lit and I was at 6400 ISO the whole night.  Luckily the X100S sees in the dark basically and had minimal problems in post.  Hope you enjoy a few shots from the night!  All shots processed with #VSCOFilm.

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RJA, HH, FLW @Vinyl-1 RJA, HH, FLW @Vinyl-2

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RJA, HH, FLW @Vinyl-21

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - "Your Guardian Angel"

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Face Down”

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Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Face Down”

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