Back in mid-January of 2014, Cindy and I made a mad dash for the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to see a rare irruption of snowy owls all the way down on Ocracoke Island. While we were successful in that venture, we saw other things of note there as well – including a rare Chesapeake Bay skipjack, the Wilma Lee. You can read all about Chesapeake skipjacks here, but most of the remaining examples of them are on static displays at museums – not actually floating in the water or even able to sail anymore.
Within a few weeks after I had published my image on my old blog, I received a commercial use inquiry from an Annapolis-based sailing publication, Spinsheet. We negotiated terms, came to an agreement, and within a month my photo was used as the title image for their article on the Wilma Lee – which was being used at the time as a tourboat for visitors and as a floating classroom for school children. The Wilma Lee was severely damaged by Hurricane Arthur some six months after I took my photo of her, and she has since changed hands again and is now berthed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park in Maryland.
Photo info: The Chesapeake skipjack, Wilma Lee Ocracoke docks Ocracoke Island, North Carolina January 2014 Apple iPhone 5S
Eighteen years ago to this day, my family and I were all piled into the car, driving north from southern Los Angeles toward San Jose, to see my sister graduate from her first alma mater. As we hustled along on the interstate, I noticed something odd alongside the road up ahead – color! Normally, this section of California is just an undulating mix of ochres, umbers, and siennas — with maybe a little bit of dusty green mixed in for variety. But not this time. No, this time there were shimmering purples and violets, bright cadmium yellows, and luminous oranges.
It was a superbloom! I hesitate to call a superbloom rare – because that term is so overused these days – but this was the first time I’d ever seen it in over four decades, and I was completely blown away by just how much the bright colors were exploding in the hills above us.
Because we were on a tight schedule, we only stopped long enough for a few shots before hurrying on to our final destination, but it was enough. And later this image was entered into a competition and printed in a small publication with a circulation of 58 thousand subscribers. A brief stop that was well worth the effort!
Photo info: Springtime superblooms Gorman Hills Flower Fields Gorman, California May 2003 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam
Long ago – in another lifetime and a different career – I worked in the multi-image industry, as part of a small, seven-person company that won many of the top awards in world-wide international competition. The image above was one of the stills that we crafted for a 1983 presentation we created for Comdial Corporation, a telephone manufacturing company that was based in Charlottesville, Virginia. For this image, I created all of the line work, the many Rubylith overlays (one for each element), shot and processed the numerous positive and negative 8×10 Kodalith mask films (two for each element) – which were then shot on 35mm slide film as individual elements with a FOROX rostrum camera and combined in-camera for the final completed image. A lot of time, effort, and work for just one image – and all done before computer graphics had arrived on the scene.
Photo info: Still from a presentation created for Comdial Corporation Slidemaker Productions Richmond, Virginia 1983 Kodak Ektachrome 100 film Nikon 50/2.0 lens FOROX rostrum camera and animation stand