North Tampa Photo

13 08 2009

I had a rather interesting day today, as I discovered a ‘new’ photo supply store in Tampa.  Okay, so they’ve been around for more than 30 years, but new to me.  Their website isn’t anything exciting, just a few basic pages, but the customer service INSIDE the store couldn’t be beat!  Friendly people that had no problems with me just asking questions.  Very informative people that really know their stuff.  Unlike a certain big box store that’s in Countryside Mall that I go to when I need the occasional lens wiping cloth…..  (Do I really need to say who it is?)

Great selection there, friendly people, and if you don’t see it, they can order it.  And the prices are pretty reasonable.  I’m sure you could find the same products online for cheaper, but you definitely won’t get the service that goes with it!

Go check them out for yourself!   1020 West Busch Blvd. Tampa, FL 33612  813-935-9339

North Tampa Photo

Something New

31 07 2009

So a couple of weekends ago I had a chance to do a photoshoot of a local up-and-coming musician.  This kid is really talented.  It certainly wasn’t the best lighting, as the sun was going down, and we were an hour behind schedule.  I also didn’t have all the equipment I needed as my second shooter bailed on me at the last minute.  Despite all that, we had a fun session.  It’s on YouTube since WordPress won’t let me post it here without taking more of my money, but take a look and let me know what you think!   🙂

Something New

5 01 2009

Well, I’ve entered my first local art show.  The Pinellas Park Art Society is having their 20th Annual Photography contest, and thanks to a friend who told me about it, I’ve entered.   I was surprised at the entry fees – only $8 per piece up to 6 pieces.  Three different categories – Black and White, Color and Digital.

Now before you ask, “Aren’t most photos today Digital?”, let me clarify.  The Digital category is for photos that are more than 25% manipulated, such as HDR and other ‘artistic’ ideas.  Just adjusting the exposure doesn’t count.  I have two entered in that category.

I have to say, I’m a little nervous.  I’ve been in other art shows, but this one’s local, so maybe that’s why I’m nervous.  Here’s a link to the Pinellas Park Art Society web page, so you can see what they do. There isn’t too much to their website yet, but I understand that it’s coming along. Non-profits can have a hard time getting these things up and running.

So go check out their site. The photography show opens on January 12th at the renovated railroad station in Pinellas Park. If you have nothing better to do, or want to get out of the house for a free event, come join us! And be sure to check back here – I’ll be giving updates on the show (specific times, results, etc.).

I have to say, I’m anxious about whether or not I’m getting a prize!

Tampa Bay Auto Show

8 11 2008

Okay, so as a part of a photo project I’m working on, I headed over to the Auto Show at the Tampa convention center. I must say, with a few exceptions, I’m pretty disappointed with the cars on display.

What had been touted as a great display of beautifully restored cars turned out to have about 6 of them in total. And they weren’t even a part of the main displays… Pretty disappointing, I must say. A lot of the cars look alike and aren’t all that difference in price, colors, looks, and performance. Hmmm. Sounds like a lot of computers these days…. Except for the few that truly set themselves apart.

I’m not a new Ford fan. If it’s a Ford made after about 1970, I’m not usually going to like it. I actually like the new concept car that was on display, the Ford Airstream, despite the fact that it looks like something out of a Nintendo or Atari game. What I don’t understand, is how is it NOT a copyright infringement?

This one’s for you Richard – it’s time to trade in your Titan for the Airstream. That way you can have a Ford Airstream pulling your Airstream Safari! 🙂 Sorry – had to get that one in. But the front looks a lot like the Airstreams, so you can imagine the comments.



The Lamborghini cars were pretty awesome this year too. They’ve updated a classic design and re-designed another. Needless to say, these cars speak for themselves.




Another beautifully restored car was the Czech Tatra. There’s a lot of history behind these cars, but I’m going to save that for another day. So for now, enjoy the pictures!





One of the concept cars that I really looked forward to seeing was the new Chevy Camaro (2010). Beautiful car, decent specs, and overall, it reminds me of my favorite animal, the Great White shark. C’mon, you can’t tell me this doesn’t look like the shark….


And of course, my favorite for last. Can anyone tell me what this is?


First Annual Worldwide Photowalk

23 08 2008

Well, today was the first annual photowalk, as organized by Scott Kelby. Loads of fun, that’s all I can say. I personally got a lot of great pictures that you can view by going HERE.  More than 8,000 people participated worldwide.  I was one of the lucky ones that actually got to go on the photowalk hosted by Scott Kelby himself, in downtown Dunedin, Florida.

So if you like to take pictures, get some friends together and just pick a spot and take off!  That’s how easy it is to do a photowalk.  It doesn’t require fancy cameras with major looking-into-the-next-country zoom lenses and megapixels that not even Einstein could pronounce.  All you need is the desire to have some fun, a little bit of adventure and a few friends to go with you.  Or, if you’re a hermit, go by yourself!  🙂

Stock Photography

19 01 2008

As a graphic designer, I often am in need of good pictures for layouts and marketing materials that I’m designing. I’ve used lots of stock photography websites like Comstock, but they are REALLY expensive. And of course, I have to build that cost into my design, unless I buy a package from them that has thousands of photos and clip art that I can’t use.

Well, recently my good friend Rich told me about this site called Dreamstime. It’s where users like you and me can purchase cheap, but good resolution photos, designs and clip art. I’ve always been into photography, and if you have a good digital camera, you can even sell your photos on their site as well. Not everyone is good enough to get images accepted by Comstock (those snooty people), and Dreamstime is a little better. Your shots don’t have to absolutely perfect according to a 12-point composition scale, but Dreamstime does have a review process. Mostly to screen out the really bad photos.

So far I’ve only submitted one photo, and it was accepted for purchase. You can click here ( to see my personal images. I have more in the review process now, and should have the answer in a couple of days. If you decide to join Dreamstime, be sure to tell them that you heard it from me, Infinity Graphics. Yes, I get a referral bonus and credit for the referral. Hey, every little bit of credit helps. 🙂