Good Luck UCF Class of 2011!

UCF Knight by Emanon Photography

UCF Knight

, a photo by

Emanon Photography

on Flickr.

I'm photographing graduations at UCF this week. That means I'll be photographing around 6,000 graduates. Along with the rest of the team from GradImages we will probably take close to 26,000 photographs at UCF during 4 main ceremonies, and at least 1 smaller ceremony for students in 1 major.

Good Luck Class of 2011!

If you happen to be graduating from UCF, make sure to stop by the white tent outside the arena before you go inside to line up for your graduation ceremony.

On Display: Appalachian Alumni Art Exhibition

Originally uploaded by Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

I currently have two photographs on display as part of a gallery exhibition. The gallery just sent out some photos of the entire exhibit and I found a couple which show off my photos. Here you can see my photograph 'Vintage photography.'

The exhibition it the Appalachian Alumni in the Arts Exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.

My other photograph 'Lighting Sound' is hanging right above this photograph you can just see the bottom edge of that photograph in the upper right corner of this picture.

I think it is pretty cool that I have my photos on display. Also, if anyone is interested in purchasing these prints, they are both for sale for $112 each. 40% of the purchase price goes to support the Turchin Center.

Cheers, Pete

Florida Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Appalachian Alumni in the Arts Exhibition (Submissions)

'Vintage Photography'


"Lighting Sound'

Just before Christmas I received an email calling for Appalachian State University alumni who are currently work in the visual arts, to submit entries for an Alumni art exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts which is a gallery run by the University.  The images above are my 3 entries.  At least one will be selected for the exhibition.  The Selected images will be displayed as 10x15in. framed prints on metallic photographic paper.

These three images represent a departure from the wedding and portrait photography that I have been doing lately, but are all images that I created as personal art projects.  'Vintage Photography' and 'Lighting Sound' were both created as I was working on a 365Project that I started last year.  While I made some great pictures, my project only lasted 100Days, I may restart or revive the project one of these days.  'Discovery' is a shot of the Space Shuttle Discovery making a night time launch from Cape Canaveral, FL.  I have had a fascination with space launches since my family moved to FL in 1997.  I try to go out to every night launch to try to make long exposure images.  Some more of which you can see if you explore through some of my old blog postings.

Anyways, I would love to get some feed back on what you think of these images, just add your comments below.


An iPad Review: The 5 things that the iPad is missing... and no I don't care that there is no Camera!

Day 173:  Just kidding my 365project really only made it to 100, but I got an iPad today!

I've had the iPad for almost a month now, and I've had enough time to play with it.  Over all I would say it's great.  I've generally really pleased with the purchase decision, however, there are some shortcomings.  There are a few things that I think the iPad should have come with, and a few that I hope are fixed soon with a software update.  Let me start off by saying that the main reason I went ahead and got the iPad was because I was amazed when I saw how the iPad displays photos.  As a photographer, it's critical that I am able to use the best method possible to display my photos to potential clients.  The iPad simply outshines any other method to portably display photos.  Since I got the iPad I have also been looking to find as many other uses of the iPad for my business I have come across some good ideas which I will be implementing, and I will share some of those here too.   As great as the iPad is and as impressed as I have been let me get into the dirt here. First off, this is not a rant about what the iPad doesn't have, that everyone seemed to want to criticize as soon as the iPad was released.  I know the iPad is not going to replace a laptop or desktop.  I also don't care that the iPad doesn't have a built in camera.  That's not why I got it, and I'm fine with that. The first thing that the iPad is missing -A micro fiber cleaning cloth. Even my ipod touch came with a cleaning cloth to keep the screen clean and to wipe off finger prints.  I was kind of shocked when I opened the box and took out my ipad and there was no cleaning cloth.  for $499 for the 16GB iPad WiFi apple could have and should have thrown in a 2 cent cleaning cloth.  For anyone else who has bought an iPad, the first thing you should get after you get the iPad is a cleaning cloth.  I've been using some extra micro fiber lens cleaning cloths that I have, you can get them really cheap from most eyeglass stores, and they work great. The second thing that is missing: -The protective case that Apple sells for an additional $39. While Steve jobs showed off the iPad at the press conference and said it could be held any way and the screen automatically adjusts, it was pretty cool.  Its not until you are holding your own $500+ after taxes and shipping piece of magic iPad that you realize how smooth and slippery it feels while you are holding it.  The first iPad i saw and got to hold, had the Apple case and it make so much of a difference.  I would say that you could go out and get other cases from some of the companies that specialize in accessories for iPods like Griffin technologies of any of the numerous others, but the simple answer is that none of them have released a case that can compare with the design of the Apple case.  The ones that seem to come closes in design are much more expensive then the apple case.  The only problem that you have when you order the Apple iPad Case is that the wait time is longer for the case then for an actual iPad. The third thing that is missing: -A web browser that doesn't crash I have been using my iPad a lot, I've been really having fun with it, but I still can't figure out why is causing the safari browser that comes with the iPad to crash and shut down at what seems like completely random times.  After it crashes, I will restart it and it will open the same web page and seem to work fine  it is really random and to the point where it is a bit annoying.  Secondary to the browser constantly crashing, I have 2 more complaints about the browser.  The first is that the button that opens the new windows is located directly next to the bookmarks button and I have several times been meaning to open the bookmarks menu when all of a sudden it has opened a new window.  Also, as you are browsing the web, it seems like every link you click on the browser wants to open a new window.  I know that there is the same effect in desktop web browsers, but it seems like new windows open a lot more easily and frequently on the iPad, there is also no indicator on the window you are currently viewing as to how many other open web browser windows there are.  I have also been finding it annoyingly that some web pages are automatically loaded as the mobile friendly version of the page, there are some of these mobil pages that don't have links to get back to the normal web page.  I think I should have some control over a setting as to how the browser is recognized by websites so I don't have to get the mobil friendly site. The fourth thing that is missing: -Flash... There I said it Adobe's Flash Player When Steve jobs showed of the iPad at the Press event he said something to the effect that the iPad made for one of the best web viewing experiences ever.  Well, we all knew there was not going to be support for Adobe's flash player, and I think most people have been able to come to terms with that.  The problem is that until you are viewing the web on an iPad, you do not realize how much of the web has Flash supported content.  It seems like on most web pages that I brows through there are markers telling me to download the latest version of Flash player... The problem however it when you click on that link you get the short message from Adobe that Apple will not support the software at this time.  This would not be a problem if HTML5 was here today and in use and taking over the content that is currently out there as Flash content, but it's not, and it's really anoying.  Jobs and Apple and Adobe need to loose the egos and make it work.  Just make it work! And the fifth thing that is missing: -Built in support to be able to use the iPad as a second monitor when connected to a computer.  This is a software issue that Apple should have just done.  Having the iPad connected to my 13in. Macbook almost doubles the display space and in using the iPad as a Second display, I can make use of secondary display features for some of the programs that I use like Aperture.  Now you might be asking how I know that this is a simple software issue, be cause there is an APP out there that lets you wirelessly do exactly this.  It is called AirDisplay and it does work great.  But it const $9.99 in the APP store and I feel that there should just be a built in option when you have the iPad connected via the USB cord to your computer. There are a few other things that I have come to feel should also have been included in the iPad, and while I might feel they should have been included, I do not feel that they are missing and detracting from the iPad experience as the 5 above.  Including a SD/Macro SD/or micro SD card slot would have been useful.  I don't think the price difference between the different iPads based on Memory 16/32/64GB models is really justified.  I think having one model and an available SD slot would have been all that was needed.  Also, It would be nice for there to be a free word processing app, while typing can be done with the included notepad app, it's not really a productivity tool, I think the iPad can be good for taking notes in meetings and such, and there are some APPS that make use of the built in Mic and will make an audio recording as notes are typed, but I feel that Apple should have given this to us.

A Flock of Photographers (Photography Tip of the day)

A Flock of Photographers Originally uploaded by Emanon Photography

So if you have ever been out shooting at a park or wildlife preserve you quite possibly may have seen something similar to this. A whole bunch of photographers all crowding together to try to all get what is essentially the same photograph. The other thing to think about is how often you can show up at that same location and each and every day and see a similar group of photographers all in the same spot shooting the same thing again and again and again.

Now for my tip I want to first acknowledge that there is usually a reason that photography will group up like this. There is usually something half interesting there to photograph.

A good bit of time though, the location where the photographers group up might have been decided on other factors than the location being the best location to photograph from. Consider some of the following reasons that I have seen photographers group up. -The location is the most convenient, easy to access. -One photographer stopped to take a quick photo and everyone else stopped too. -One photographer stopped to take a photo of an animal or another subject, another photographer saw the first taking the picture, but did not see the subject. When the second photographer gets to the location the subject moved, but the second photographer didn't know that, and set up his camera to photograph, and others photogs followed them. -No photographers have bothered to walk around the next corner to see there is a better shot.

OK so here is the tip: When you see a group of photographers grouping together to try to get a photo of the same thing... Walk another 100ft to either side and make your own shot. Oh and you can also photograph the group of photographers like I did here.

Florida Professional Wedding Photographer in New Smyrna Beach

Calm Night on the River (The Story Behind the Photo)

Calm Night on the River Originally uploaded by Emanon Photography

There are times when you may be out on a mission to photograph a subject or a location that you have planned out. You know exactly how you are going to take the picture, how you are going to compose it, and how you are going to process the final image. then there are times when you are out, and you stumble across a cool location or you happen to be in the right place at the right time. This was one of the later. I was just a couple weeks into my first ever 365Project, I had planned on shooting all my photos that week at night. I like night shoots, they are different because most people don't think of shooting as much when the sun goes down. I think anytime you can get to a location to make a photo look different from anyone else that shoots it you have done a good job to photograph it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to go out to shoot at night. For this photo, as I said earlier I stumbled upon the location. the photo that I wanted to shoot at this location was going to be a long exposure of the drawbridge in New Smyrna Beach, FL. I wanted to capture the motion of the bridge as it raised and lowered, unfortunately, the hour or two that I was there might be the only time I have not seen any boats on the river. Not to let the opportunity go lost, I looked for some other shots. I had made some shots of a boat dock on the south side of the bridge in front of the Riverview Grill, and I was on my way back to my truck when I happened to notice how the light house in the distance was acting as a backlight and creating a silhouette of the land across the river. There was also this boat just sitting there in a lift out of the water. The boat itself was being lit by the orange mercury vapor streetlights on the bridge. I set up the shot by setting my tripod right under the bridge, and took several exposures. For each exposure I was trying to time it just right to get the moving light beam from the lighthouse to sweep through the picture as it was being exposed, it took me a few tries to get it right. the final ingredient of this photo came along in post processing, and was sort of a lucky accident. As I said the boat was illuminated by orange colored light from the streetlights. A simple adjustment in Aperture2 of using the White Balance dropper tool to click on the hull of the boat and instantly the boat was colored properly, and the water and the sky in the background took on a cool deep blue hue.

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Day34- I Speak Through My Camera

Day34- I Speak Through My Camera

Day33- I Speak Through My Camera Originally uploaded by Emanon Photography I've been strugling for almost 2 years now to get a full-time job, since finished grad school. There are some days I just want to scream, like today, when I found out that one of the jobs I interviewed for went to an internal candidate who doesn't have the education and experience that I have. I started out just taking some dark and gloomy self portraits, but then shot a few looking into a mirror. I realy like the way this one turned out. I don't really think of myself as artistic or anything, but I do express myself through my photography. My Photography is a release, and a stress releiver, and sometimes I fell it is my best communication.


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365 Photo Project: Recap of Shooting Week 4

Well, with my picture posted on Thursday, I wrapped up the 4th week of my 365Project.  I got some cool and interesting shots this week.  I think my overall favorite shot was my shot of a coke glass that was filled with ice water.  I made the glass glow by putting the flash behind the glass.  More information on the particular shot can be found in another blog post I did for the shot you can find it here   Here are the seven shots that I made as part of my 365Project this week.

I have not really planned out this week ahead, but I have already made two cool shots, go to my

flickr page

 to see them.  That's it for now. 

Keep on Shooting, 


New Smyrna Beach Professional Photographer

Week 3- Shooting in the Dark

I'm a little late posting this.  I've been thinking about it since I finished shooting last weeks assignments for my 365 Project but, I haven't gotten around to it yet.  The main hold up has been that I have been trying to get ready for a job interview that I have on Friday.  I've been trying desperately to find a full-time job since I finished grad school in May 2008, and the economy has not been kind to me at all.  So my interview on Friday is kinda a big deal.

Anyways, for the 3rd week of my 365Project, I made a sub-theme if you will.  In addition to my daily subject themes which I pre-selected the week before, I also added the element of shooting at night for all my shots.  By the end of my week, I had some pretty cool shots.  More information about each shot can be found on my flickr photo stream by clicking here 

FlickR Photostream

.  Feel free to comment on the pictures.  My favorite one is the photo of the gas pump.  There was a light on the building putting out visible white light illuminating the building.  In front of the gas pump there was orange street light.  So when the white balance was set to correct the color on the front of the gas pump the color of the building was pushed to a cool teal blue.

Keep Shooting,


New Smyrna Beach Photographer


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