The Venice Chalk Festival – A Matter of Perspective

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The Venice Chalk Festival opened today and carries on through the weekend at the Venice Airport festival grounds.  The theme is Peace and Love and, as you might suspect, there were a lot of Hippie themes, Beatles, and stuff.  This one is the famous picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and their Bed-in for Peace.  It was clearly being developed to be seen from a low position where the appearance would look more realistic.

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Plenty of the works under development were obviously derivatives adapted to the theme.  For example, this fellow was taking Vermeer’s ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ and adapting it to the theme by turning her pearl earring into a dangly peace symbol and adding a slogan to her scarf.

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When I went back a little later he had added a lot of fine detail to the eye.  This one is going to look great over the weekend.

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At the very end was a large work which at first looked rather chaotic.  The sun angle was such that it was difficult to get a good shot without including my own shadow, lower left.

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The spindly shadow to the right held an interesting prismatic lens.  Looking through it gave you an idea of what the image was supposed to look like.

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It was obviously intended to be seen from a higher perspective.  I tried a shot holding the camera as high up as I could reach.  That’s me on the left.  A guy in a ball cap looking through the prismatic lens to the right and a scaffold shadow running over me.

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A Scaffold? Hmmmm, there wasn’t anything saying I couldn’t use it so I did.

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With a bit more work from the artist down there  front right of the lady in the red top and a better sun angle, this one is going to be fantastic over the weekend.

The art work at this festival is just great.

Ya know, if I had just paid more attention to coloring inside the lines in Kindergarten I might never have taken up photography 🙂

 

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Pair A Lelicans

Photographically, not a great shot.  The bird in front is a bit soft and the wingtip of the following bird touches the edge of the frame.

I couldn’t resist the play on words for a title though.

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A more conventional sunset

Taken on another day but still Ponce Park.

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Sunsets aren’t always about the color

I took this one tonight November 2.  The color was concentrated on the horizon but the clouds above remained dramatic with a gap showing part of one high cloud still fully illuminated.  A bit of reflection added some detail in the water for a nice shot.

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Airshow – Dracula

One of the entertainers has named his aircraft Dracula with an appropriate Black/Silver/Red color scheme with ‘blood’ streaming along the Cowling, Landing Gear and Rudder.

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This is a high energy act with lots of twists and turns and SMOKE, lots and lots of smoke.  That made it tough at times since the residual show smoke from the last pass didn’t always dissipate before the next making for foggy pictures.  I did manage to grab a couple though.

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That one was at fairly low altitude but he did go waaay up to do a falling leaf / flat spin type maneuver.  Even at 500mm the aircraft looked pretty small.

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I liked the way the smoke swirled about the aircraft but when I cropped I got a lot of noise.  That didn’t mean I couldn’t do anything with it though.  Converting it to black and white and working with contrast to retain detail in the smoke gave me a much more dynamic image.

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Another fun day in Punta Gorda!

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Airshow – The Class of ’45

It’s the Florida International Airshow in Punta Gorda.  One of the acts is two warbirds built in 1945.  An F51 Mustang named Quick Silver and an F4U Corsair named Korean War Hero.

While they each had their flying act they made a couple of passes together.  Since the USAF didn’t have any significant ground presence they did a flyby with a couple of F16s but the pilots trained for heritage flights weren’t there.

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The formation was really tight.

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And as a finally they had an opposing pass.  Since their approach speed was better than 400MPH I was pleased to get this shot of the crossing.  Thanks to both of them for a great act.

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Not My First Rodeo

It was the first time to use my D750 with the new 200-500mm Nikkor for action shots.  I took it to Arcadia to see how the combination worked.  I like it.  Here are a few shots from the Bulls and Broncs.

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