Mike Hewitt

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The Sun Goddess

Posted by blueheronbobcat on February 24, 2012

I took this photo last year and, of course, added the light beams. The model brought some shiny objects that she thought we might use as props. I love her graceful, yet powerful stance. Every time I look at the photo my mind thinks of a sun goddess gently making sure her creation is performing as it should. If you think that’s pretty wacky, let me know what comes to your mind as you look at the photo.

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Trouble at Swampwater

Posted by blueheronbobcat on January 31, 2012

This looks like the Wild West, but it’s really just a monthly shooting competition of the Lake County (Florida) Pistoleros. There is a wide assortment of authentic and replica firearms in play, and the contestants all dress in cowboy era attire. I was attending as a spectator (photographer) and was dressed in “normal” clothing. All during the competition people would come up to me and ask why I was dressed so funny. I enjoyed watching and photographing their event.

Town Meeting

Checking his arsenol

Peeking

Friendly Conversation

Here are additional photos from the competition (Click thumbnail for larger view)

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Mel’s Drive-in

Posted by blueheronbobcat on December 27, 2011

No, this isn’t the REAL Mel’s Drive-in in Hollywood. But it’s a pretty cool replica at Universal Studios Florida. I spent a day there over the holidays and enjoyed the nostalgia of this setting.

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Briana

Posted by blueheronbobcat on July 12, 2010

I have been wanting to learn more about portrait photography, so I asked a friend if she would be willing to let me photograph her. She is a beautiful young lady, and has some interesting hats that she wanted to model. The photo shoot was done outdoors, in the evening, in Florida, with mosquitos. She was a trooper and hung in there with me for a little over an hour. These are a couple of my favorite shots.


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Miami, from the eye of a Fish

Posted by blueheronbobcat on July 8, 2010

This is another of the Miami skyline photos from my recent visit there. Even though the Miami skyline is beautiful I didn’t want it to get boring just showing photos of the skyline from my point of view. So I decided to show the skyline through the eye of a fish. Well, not really….but you already knew that. I used a fisheye distortion filter on one of my photos to produce this effect.

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Miami Skyline

Posted by blueheronbobcat on June 6, 2010

I recently spent a few days in Miami and had a beautiful view of the city from my hotel room.  Although it was quite rainy each afternoon and evening, I was able to get a few good shots of the Miami skyline.  The first photo is one that was taken in the early evening.  The original photo was pretty but I applied a nighttime effect to it.  The second photo is a 3 shot HDR composite taken at night, and I did a pastel filter on it provided by NIK software.  So, to clarify a confusing explanation, the first photo is a daytime photo with a nighttime filter effect, and the second photo is a nighttime HDR composite that looks more like a daytime shot (except for the city lights which are illuminated).  Go figure….

Early evening shot with Night Time filter applied.

Nighttime HDR with pastel filter applied.

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Dragon Boat Races

Posted by blueheronbobcat on April 30, 2010

These photos were taken at a Dragon Boat competition in Tavares, Fl. I applied different effects to each photo, mostly different watercolor effects, and added the border. The Dragon Boat races are held each year in Tavares, but this was my first time attending. I was using an 18-200mm Nikon zoom lens, and I found that 200mm was just barely long enough to get the photos I wanted. Maybe next year I will have a 400mm or better to work with.



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Ouch!

Posted by blueheronbobcat on April 29, 2010

Can you do this?

Or this?

How would you like to be on the bottom of this stack?

I can’t imagine myself ever doing any of this, but these girls gave an interesting performance recently at a festival in Tavares, Fl. I have to admire anyone with that much flexibility in their body, and I greatly enjoyed the performance.

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A Saturday Afternoon in Tavares

Posted by blueheronbobcat on April 18, 2010

Tavares is the County Seat of Lake County, Florida.  It’s a combination of the old and new, and it’s where the court house, jail, and most government agencies are located.   It’s also one of the many places in Central Florida where antique car enthusiasts love to gather.  These photos were all taken recently at a festival in the city, and they show some of the people and things that I observed.  I adjusted all of the photos with my normal sharpening, levels, etc. routine, and then I used Topaz Adjust to tone map them.  A border was then added.  Many people comment that my photos look almost like comics, but I like this look right now.  It’s probably a phase I’m going through.





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“Skyblazers”

Posted by blueheronbobcat on April 7, 2010

This “Skyblazers” F-86F Sabre jet put on an exciting exhibition at the Tico Warbirds airshow in Titusville Florida recently. He was doing bombing and missile simulations, and did this napalm simulation as part of the show. I was panning on the speeding jet as it raced passed us, about 25 feet above the runway, when all of a sudden this huge ball of flames shot up from the ground. I immediately put the shutter in motion, hoping to get a shot as he flew past the flames. I was lucky, and got this photo.

Exif: 1/500 sec, f/18, ISO 200, 200mm (300mm 35mm equivalent)

"Skyblazers" F-86F Sabre

Here’s a few more photos of this exciting aircraft. (Click thumbnail for larger view)

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