Jacksonville Storm Clouds

Like most other cities around the southeast Jacksonville has been in a tropical rain pattern with rain and storms almost daily.  Today I was checking the local radar and saw that a storm was approaching from the west and getting close to the St. John’s river moving northeast.  There is a boat landing about a mile from my home on the east side of the river that gives some nice views to the west over the water and with the Jacksonville skyline barely visible to the north.

GQ20130720-0018 I arrived just in time to catch the storm front moving to the northeast.  This photo is looking southeast as the storm approaches.

GQ20130720-0014Here a few images looking back north toward the city.  The front looked like it stretched out parallel to the river.

GQ20130720-0045 GQ20130720-0026The front came through at mid afternoon which is not a great time for photography but at least the clouds showed a little character.  When these storms approach the river at sunset there are some dynamic colors.  Today, just a cold blue and gray.  Hope you enjoy.  Gray

Historic Springfield Main Street Car Cruise

I haven’t been a car enthusiast since my high school days.  I happened on this event last summer when my good friend and photographer Woody Huband told me about a car cruise on Main Street in the historic Springfield community.  The Cruise is held the 4th Saturday of each month and depending on weather there’s no telling the variety of vintage cars you might see.

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Last summer when I photographed the Cruise I didn’t know what to expect but gained some knowledge so I could hopefully capture some different images this year. The Main Street strip is probably a 1/2 mile four lane street with a median.  Cars cruise up one side and down the other.  The cars also park in the empty lots so the spectators can view them up close.  This year when I went on a Saturday, June 22, it was the first year anniversary of the cruise.  Spectators tailgate along the strip, there is usually a live band playing, and the restaurants are open.

GQ20130622-0099All of the cars are not vintage as seen above.  But, you will see everything from Model T’s to Jeeps, Vans, hot rods, etc.  Some cars even display elaborate sound systems.

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GQ20130622-0183 GQ20130622-0096 GQ20130622-0094This year I wanted to do something different with the night time photos. Woody and I figured that if we could set up multiple flashes we might be able to make the cars stand out a little better in the dark.

GQ20130622-0161 GQ20130622-0155 GQ20130622-0173After the sun set ( not much of a sun since it rained all day) I set up a flash on the ground across the street so it would backlight the cars.  To help fill in the front of the car I set up another flash on the curb slightly in front.  I used a Pocket Wizard TT1 transmitter with a AC3 Controller to trigger both flashes that had Pocket Wizard TT5 receivers.  I set both flashes on manual at about 1/2 power which helped save battery power.  I was able to control the output of each flash from the AC3 Controller on my camera.  My camera was a Canon 5D Mark 3 which was a perfect fit as it got completely dark and I had to ramp up the ISO to 3200.  At 3200 iso there was very little noise.

GQ20130622-0180 GQ20130622-0127 GQ20130622-0122If you’re in the area on the 4th Saturday of the month you might want to travel over to the Springfield district on Main Street around 6pm.  Bring a lounge chair, cooler and walking shoes because you will want to walk around and get a close up look.  The owners are very gracious in letting you look at their pride and joys up close.

GQ20130622-0200I never was a car enthusiast, but a night out at the Springfield Cruise will leave you drooling for more.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.

Gray

Jacksonville Engagement Session – Christina and Ron

I had the pleasure of photographing the engagement session for Christina and Ron last Saturday in the Riverside District of Jacksonville.  It was a cool morning but we got an early start so we could get a few photos of the couple drinking coffee and watching the sunrise over the St. John’s River.  Mission accomplished.

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After the sunrise and coffee we worked our way up the boardwalk stopping in several locations for photos. We had gorgeous light which made for some nice photos.  The couple loved the pictures and are eager for their friends and family to see them.  A special thanks goes to my assistant Veronika who battled the wind all day while holding a reflector.  Great job Veronika.

I hope you enjoy viewing the photos as much as I did taking them.  Good luck to Christina and Ron for many years of happiness.

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