Step into my Delorean, throw some PBR into Mr. Fusion and travel back with me to May 30, 2010.
With my wife's family in town, we made our annual trip to the beaches for Memorial Day weekend. My brothers-in-law and I piled into the truck and launched my (single) Honda Jetski on Big Lagoon near Pensacola NAS in Florida. (But, um, to be clear - not exactly Pensacola Beach on Memorial Day. ;) ) However, I'm sure 1 fat-short dude (me), 1 tall-big dude (Jr.) and 1 skinny-tall dude made an adorable sight putting across the no wake zones of Big Lagoon towards Johnson Beach.
My brother in laws jetted off down the beach for some sightseeing and waves I hung back to chill-ax on the beaches with plans to meet more family who would later come by car with coolers, tents, gear, food and important to me -- my DSLR which I felt was unwise to include in a jetski ride.
The boys were gone for quite some time, apparently the sights were very good. I was enjoying the down time when I was caught unawares in a crazy summer lightning storm that often pop up in the South - especially the Gulf Coast.
I found shelter under this walkway, which runs between this solitary road on this nearly abandoned beach on the Lagoon. I rode out the storm with a pretty freaked out family from Idaho and thought enough of this makeshift shelter to snap this photo when the camera joined our little beach party.
So, why the long story for something so trivial?
I had been following this travel photography blog, pretty famous one -- http://www.stuckincustoms.com . If you've been living behind a mean web filter or under a Rock named Steve: It's this photo-a-day travel photography blog by this really talented and cool photographer, Trey Ratcliff. I'd been fascinated with his processing style for a few months but hadn't attempted following his tutorial to duplicate the method.
This photo was my first attempt at an 'HDR' photo and to resemble his processing style and it was at this moment I decided to release a photo-a-day via Flickr from my own experiences and vision of Gulf Coast life. I've since found my own style for processing but still often borrow from his brilliance. This is an actual reprocess of the original photo with some new life thanks to newly acquired photoshop skills, whilst the original still hangs in Canvas form on my living room wall. It serves as a great reminder to me of the cool experiences that await me and my camera as I take time away from my indoors software dev after-hours tendencies to get out there and explore.
It's been a cool year and I may have missed a day here and there but I think in aggregate I released and average of 3 photos a day since last Memorial Day. I'm having fun, it's not interfering with work so I see no reason to stop. In fact, I'll be stepping it up a bit, this summer.
At least two trips planned. One, a vacation to Disney and one, a quick trip to Seattle. Both will have photo opportunities, as will the coming summer. Hoping for something a little more int'l in the coming year… Longer term, the British countryside, Hong Kong, Thailand and Hawaii have been on my bucket list for some time. But I'll need to write lots of apps to get there.. ;)
Thanks for the supporting comments over this year for those who have been watching - I always enjoy feedback, nice or mean.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Be safe, be responsible and be courteous to others on the road and waters..
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