Florida College Jazz Band and Friends

I am still in Tampa with my wife at her 40th reunion.  Today we were able to see this year's Jazz Band and Friends group perform.  The performance was in the College's Hutchinson Auditorium.  It is not very brightly lit and I had to push my ISO to 12,800.  Here are some images from today.

Wife's Reunion

This week I am in Tampa, Florida with my wife for her 40 year reunion with close friends and classmates from  a small private college in Temple Terrace.  She later transferred with a few of her Florida College classmates to Western Kentucky where she received her Bachelors degree. 

I have used this time off from my job to spend some time learning how to shoot and process HDR images.  I have read several articles and viewed several videos.  I am scheduled to go to an HDR Workshop in Atlanta at the end of this month.  I am excited about spending time with pros  Glenn Taylor and Rick Sammon.  I can't wait to meet them and learn from them.  I have looked at their images and I am eager to be taught.  I have always been of the opinion that if you wanted to learn the correct way to do something, learn from the pros.

I have been playing around today in my hotel room with shooting and processing HDR.

Here are two shots from my hotel room.  


I came home from work on a beautiful sunny day.  My grandson was sitting in a chair playing with his trains, lost his balance and fell.  He immediately started crying.  I opened the door and said outside in an attempt to cheer him up.  Upon hearing these words he ran towards me with his arms outstretched shouting "outside, outside."

My daughter saw us playing and came out to join us. Ryker looked at the hot tub and said, "bubbles."  Kelsey said, "That's a great idea."  In just a few minutes she returned with a bubble gun and the magic ingredient to create lots of bubbles.  In a matter of seconds we were in business.  As soon as I saw the expression on his face and the bubbles floating through the air I knew we had the recipe for some great photos.

Photographers have a tendency to plan out location, posing, equipment and all the details of a shoot days prior to the event.  Today I learned that spontaneously capturing real life moments can make great images that I will cherish for a lifetime.