Reminds me of home

I'm in South Florida for the week enjoying my fourth and final spring break.  I've gotten so used to winter and being landlocked that I forgot what it's like living next to the ocean.  This week has been a total reliving of everything I had grown up around in Hawaii.  The culture is a little different than the mostly oriental culture of Hawaii, but in the same way, it feels like another country.  The biggest difference is that you can actually go on a road trip and end up in Georgia or a non-tropical area.  It's a nice taste of what's to come when I go visit my Hawaii home this summer.  

South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

Night beaching

Night beaching

It's good to see some palms again

It's good to see some palms again

Anna is enjoying the beach scene as well

Anna is enjoying the beach scene as well

Enjoying the sun

Enjoying the sun

Upgrade (gear for sale!) *updated*

I hate talking about cameras and camera gear.  Getting lost in specs is a slippery slope into a world that is difficult to escape, and by the time you get out, you will have no friends.  Specs, most of the time, get so specific that they don't actually even matter.  People have asked what kind of camera I used to get a particular photo, and for some of my shots, I don't even remember.  All I care about is getting a good photo.

That said, there is a point where you hit a wall.  A full-frame camera does make a huge difference, especially when you're taking photos at events or on the fly.  In low light, my D7000 suffers.  When a flash isn't appropriate, I have to bump up the ISO, which can result in grainy photos.  When I get to the point where I can't produce a good photo because of my camera's limits, I then can make the case for getting a new one.  All of my gear is about 4 years old, and I've been mainly using kit lenses and primes to get by.  I have finally hit the limits of the great camera that is a D7000, so the upgrade is nigh.

You know what that means?  I have some stuff for sale.  (forgive the photos, I'm on vacation so I'm using my iPhone)

Nikkor 18-105mm wide angle $230

Nikkor 55-200mm zoom lens $100

Rokinon 8mm Fisheye $230

I'll add more stuff when I get home from Spring Break, but for now, contact me for info on prices. You can contact me in the Contact section of my website, tweet me (@wheelmalone), or message me on my Facebook page, Will Malone Photography.  I'd prefer local sales to avoid shipping costs, but we can figure something out.

   

Show and tell

Lately, I've become fascinated with double or multiple exposure photography, in fact, I'm working a final senior project using this particular photography medium.  I've also been doing a lot of reading, particularly Austin Kleon's new book, Show your Work, which has encouraged me to show my process and pieces of what I'm working on.  Since I get this little corner of the internet to do what I want, I'm going to play a little show and tell.

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I find peace in day dreaming. I move through my day with one foot in reality and one foot out, as a means of survival.  I choose to walk to class, so I get those few reflective moments on the trail in the woods.  Day dreaming is a means of reflection, and double exposure photography captures that perfectly.  Anyway, I'm experimenting and having some fun, but these are a few of my shots. They may not make it into the final project, but I'm just taking tons of them for practice.   

Secret of the floating trees

Anna and I got to escape life a little bit today and drive to the Ocoee river.  It's tradition that she drives so I can direct her to where I want to pull over to take some photos.  

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When it was a little warmer outside a few months ago, we got a couple photos in a certain location.  I was in awe of the trees floating in the water, and she had to drag me away because I didn't want to leave.  Pretty cool right?  

Well, we got to revisit the scene today, and it looked a little different... 

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A few minutes after this photo was taken, people showed up to fish in the surrounding pools.  The scene was even better the second time, because this time, I got to walk out there.

Today's 365 photo (Day 91)

Today's 365 photo (Day 91)

Today was fun.

Taken with my iPhone.  Couldn't get enough.

Taken with my iPhone.  Couldn't get enough.