Fort Desoto

My friends’s and I enjoyed a relaxing day on Fort Desoto beach. 

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It is another beach in Florida that strays away from the typical “post card” scene you normally see. 

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I love all the details that help this beach stand out from the vacant nothingness of the more touristy spots. 

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It seems weird, to me, to have trees and stumps on a beach. 

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No life guard on duty. 

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I really didn’t run into any photography challenges (that I realize, yet.) Luckily, there was plenty of bright light.  

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However, I did finally get a monthly subscription to Photoshop and Lightroom. 

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So, these photos are my first attempt at editing. I knew the learning curve was step, but, whoa. I’m going to be purchasing a guide soon. Some people have suggested books by Scott Kelby. These look pretty promising. The next step in my adventure. 🙂

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Till then my eye is completely untrained. So, I apologize if it’s obscenely obvious how edited these are. I have heard differing opinions on Photoshop. So, maybe it is just personal preference? 

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I was pretty fond of this guy.

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This stick was very interesting. Beautiful, even.

I used the stick as a subject for a while. I received many weird looks. 

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This guy, again. 

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With school starting again, it is hard to get out and shoot like I want to. This trip was definitely well worth the drive. 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Summers in Florida are hot.

This sentence has been repeated by so many people, from so many parts of the world, that it should pretty much be an unspoken thing by now. However, the heat is so intense that “hot” becomes the only way to express yourself after your brain boils from the tiny walk from your air conditioned home to the sauna that is now your car.

You know the wave of heat that comes blasting from your oven when you check to see if dinner is ready? I call that “the furry.” Imagine, instead of backing away from the furry, you hop right inside the oven and commute to work. This is a part of every Floridian’s summer week. 

Although I have just described a hell on Earth, there is an upside. The humidity of summer always brings these puffy white clouds that dot the crystal blue sky. They really make summer worth it. Beautiful days, and even more beautiful sunsets. 

So, in attempts to survive my commute by lowering my internal body temperate to a safe range, I always stop at Starbucks to get an iced green tea. Its my happy place. It cools the heat and allows me to enjoy the wonderful things about summer in Florida. Like my days off that take me to the beach

This is my Summer Lovin’ 

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“F” is for Friends that do stuff together.

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Ninja picture of Chris

During the past few weeks, while I have been messing with my camera, the people around me have fallen victim to my new, paparazzi-like state. The byproduct of their patients, and monumental exercise in self-control not to throw my camera and I into the lake, is a few pictures of the people I care about most.

Chris and Kity

Chris and Kitty

Before this, I took pictures of what they were doing. Whether it is something random, or things I find hilarious (even if they don’t feel like it is very funny, sorry guys). But, recently, I have started to really appreciate the value in portraits. It is hard to take a picture and capture the essence of a person. It is especially hard to capture that and make strangers care as much as you do.

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Zach

So, in addition to practicing landscapes and other random bits, I want to focus on photographically representing the people around me. I would like to be able to capture less of what they are doing, and more of who they are. This is probably the goal of every portrait photographer, ever. But, if my friends have to put up with me snapping away, the least I can do is take the kind of pictures that will make you guys love them as much as I do.

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Plus, it helps when they’re all gorgeous.

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Lea

And for F.U.N, my first, and hopefully last, selfie with my new camera. Also, this will be the last time I refer to my camera as “new.” I think it and I have become well acquainted by now.

Me before our “White Trash” party. I wish I was this cool all the time.