So its a few days late and one I took last year. It happens.
I’m getting a decent collection of flag pictures now. The combination of the gold light before sunset and a strong breeze made this a particularly good time to shoot flags. I like the old Florida look of the Cocoa City Hall building and think it photographs well.
Another different shot this week. The shadows gave me trouble so I may try to take this shot again on another day with different lighting.
For this week we have a different sort of flag picture. This was a pretty long shot without a long lens with me so I had to crop it a ton to get a decent view. I may show some other crops of this in the future and I do like the setting quite a bit.
For this week I have a shot for you of a flag at the BCC/UCF Brevard campus. I liked the way it was framed by that circular structure.
This week I have a decent sunset picture of the same flag I posted last week. I used an adjustment brush in Lightroom 4 to bring out the color in the flag by bringing up the light in it’s shadows and increasing it’s saturation. I think it turned out pretty nice.
This year I want to try something. I am going to attempt to post a picture of an American flag every week. Not just any picture either but one I personally took during that week.
Now, I know that this is going to be hard but I think this will help me do a couple of things. One, I hope it will help to share the beauty of our flag and remind people of what it stands for. Secondly though, I hope to use this project to increase my skills in photography and post processing.
This week’s picture isn’t perfect, far from it in fact, but it is the best one I got this week. I’ve scouted a bunch of other locations and when weather and work cooperate, I should be able to get some nice ones in the coming weeks. So hopefully you will enjoy this project with me next week as we see what I come up with.
Today I did something that brought back memories. Not of something I’ve done exactly, more of someone I used to be. While we were experiencing squalls from Hurricane Sandy, instead of hunkering down and staying warm and dry, I got in my truck and drove to the beach.
Crossing the causeway during a squall is what triggered the thoughts. Instead of turning around, I drove toward risk. I wouldn’t exactly call it danger, but it was close. When I got to the beach I walked right out there onto the sand to see the waves for myself. I’m not silly enough to get in on a day like this, maybe too old for that, but I still wanted to see it myself.
After snapping a couple pictures and heading back to my truck I saw a couple guys putting on wetsuits and asked if they were going to actually get in. After we talked for a few minutes they learned I was an army vet and I learned they were active duty soldiers. I took a few pictures of them in the waves and looking at them afterwards, they reminded me very much of myself and my fellow soldiers twenty years ago. Maybe a little more brave than smart, but we wouldn’t let anything named Sandy get between us and a nice day at the beach.
The other day my wife brought home a couple of nice thick cut filets. Let me just say that they were not cheap. After a bit of online research I decided to wrap them in bacon before grilling. Besides, what isn’t better with bacon? Other than the bacon all I added was some sea salt and garlic pepper to each side.
I was a tad concerned that they wouldn’t be cooked well enough. I couldn’t have been more wrong! They were nice and red inside but not bloody. Perfect!