The One That Got Away!

On Sunday morning a beautiful Dragon Fly landed on Tom’s Allante and sat there for several minutes. I thought it was dead and decided to snap a picture of it’s perfectly stretched out wings. The minute I snapped my shutter, the fly came to life and flew at me resulting in a terribly out of focus picture.

I spent the rest of the day regretting the dragon-fly that got away.

I then focused on a crane that I wanted to catch in flight. It took me almost all day, but in the end I caught it. 

Here is the equipment I used at Lake Agnes to shoot the birds: Panasonic DMC G-2, Lumix 200 mm lens, Nikon 300mm Telephoto lens, 300mm Tamaron lens.

Another little indulgence of mine is treasure hunting in local thrift shops. I found this great little deal today! A coffee table, and side table with wood tops and solid wrought iron bases, both for $15.00. I thought I’d get a few practice shots of furniture to add to my work. Here are my new tables. Yep, that’s what I’m talking about! I used a Panasonic DMC G-2 with nikon 1.4 / 28-80mm lens for these shot with a flash. 

My $15.00 dollar bargain

I can’t think of a better way to end a great weekend than with a great deal!

This is going to work great in my apartment.

This is the Side Table. Yes, it's a little scuffed. It has been sanded. I will refinish both tables when I get time, but for now I like the rustic look! Oh by the way that's my new Dali Print on the table. It is titled Hysterical Arch. See below for a better view!

The Hysterical Arch  Ink by Salvador Dali

My souvenir from the Salvador Dali Art Museum in St. Petersburg, FL

On my way home with my treasures I stopped to explore a wooden walkway that led into the mangroves on the side of the road.


this wooden walkway zig zags through the mangroves

I couldn’t resist snapping my shutter a few times. . .

a really quirky fishing hole. . .

Mangroves

you never know what you’ll find here. . .

A Secret Fishing Hole

For the Mangrove Walk shots I used a Panasonic DMC G-2 with nikon 1.4 / 28-80mm lens for these, which I shot in natural light / Sun. 

Enjoy and Soar!

Mo

Shooting Bok Tower

This weekend I visited Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. If you don’t know what the Bok Tower Gardens are, or who Edward Bok was, then visit these links: http://boktowergardens.org/about/the-singing-tower/   http://boktowergardens.org/about/edward-bok/ .  I used a Panasonic G2 DSLR, 14-50mm, 45-200mm, and I shot in Program and manual mode, natural light / full sun.

It is well worth the trip to experience this lovely piece of architecture, and soak in the peaceful energy that permeates the grounds.  Here are a few of the pictures I snapped. . . Enjoy and Soar!

Bok Tower
Top of the Tower

  

This is just such a peaceful place. The picture above shows a wonderful picnic spot with a view from this highpoint to the valley below . . . rare in Florida!  There are benches scattered throughout the grounds and plenty of shade. It’s fabulous to just sit in the shade and take in the beauty of this place…imagine that once all of Florida was this serene, natural and wild…ahhhaa…

To quote my friend and photographic mentor, Thomas A. Feazel,    The next two pictures were “shamelessly stolen” from the Bok Tower Gardens facebook page and are included here for pure effect. . . and the message they deliver!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burroughs

Have a happy day…and don’t forget to stop and enjoy the flowers along the way.

Photo of me taken by Thomas A. Feazel, photographed, 5/15/11 @ Bok Tower Gardens

Tampa Looking Up

Reflection of me, and the fountain in the Esplanade of One Tampa City Center

This weekend I spent a lazy afternoon clicking away downtown.  I enjoy seeing  the world from unusual view points. When I shoot buildings I like to emphasize certain perspectives. Like standing close to a building and shooting up, or shooting from any angle that makes the building dramatic and more interesting to look at. I like to draw attention to architectural features that may go unnoticed when viewed from a normal perspective. I’m not normal…I don’t want my photography to be normal. I want it to be a raw memory of what inspired me. Normal can never inspire me.  

Enjoy and Soar!  

Mo Garcia

I used a Panasonic Lumix G2 DSLR and 45-200mm lens. I shot these on Sunday, May 8, 2011 between 1:44 – 3:00 p.m. in full sun, in manual mode.  The picture of “Beer Can Building” I shot with my Sony 14.1 mega pixel point and shoot, in program mode. All but one of these images are the original versions as I shot them. The one of the pigeon I cropped and used a fill light and adjusted the shadows to draw out the pigeon in flight from the grey background.  Unfortunately, my lens protector had a scratch which shows up in each of these pictures as a small gray spot.  It looks like a flying saucer LOL!

I love this shot. It makes such a dramatic statement! The layered rectangular segments resemble stairs and contrast nicely against the rounded features. The lines of the edges repeat uniformly, as do the windows of the building, and combine into a rhythmic pattern.

The colors and angles create an interesting view from the bottom up…


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Swans at Morton Park, Lakeland, Florida

Morton Park in Lakeland, Florida is home to a flock of beautiful swans. You can read the history of the swans here http://www.golakeland.com/Blog/The-Historic-Swans-of-the-City-of-Lakeland

I love this lake and it’s beautiful birds.


they are so beautiful and so peaceful to look at. . .

There are even rare black swans on the lake.

graceful beauty

Pelicans soak up the sun . . .

and let their feathers blow in the wind. . .

Butterflies

On February 19, 2011 I visited the Butterfly Exhibit at Gainnesville and photographed the afternoon release of male butterflies. These are amazing creatures that mesmerize with their beauty and their magical transformation from lowly caterpillars, into spectacular butterflies.

This is me shooting butterflies.


This black and white beauty is my favorite. He was magnificent against the pink and white flowers.

Photographing butterflies…