Mike Hewitt

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  • This blog is mostly devoted to photography. I'm still learning, and each photograph I take teaches me more about how to do it better the next time.

    I like this quote by Jacques-Henri Lartigue: “I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost - that is important.”

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Posts Tagged ‘Tavares’

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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Easter Sunrise

Posted by blueheronbobcat on April 4, 2010

I got up early to view the Easter Sunrise, and decided to take my camera. It was foggy and humid where I was, and the mosquitoes were hungry. The Sunrise was not as spectacular as I had hoped for, but all in all it was a great morning. After all, this is a day of celebrating something wonderful!

Easter Sunrise

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Preparations for a Relaxing Evening

Posted by blueheronbobcat on April 2, 2010

The red flowers against the silver coolers caught my eye as I was photographing at the annual Tavares Florida Antique Boat Festival. Now, if I had some cheese, crackers, ice, and sparkling grape juice (I don’t drink alcoholic beverages) I can just imagine a relaxing evening in the boat, watching the sunset from the middle of a local lake.

Flowers and Coolers

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Looking Better with Age

Posted by blueheronbobcat on March 28, 2010

The annual antique boat festival was held this past weekend in Tavares, Florida.  It was very interesting, but once again I found myself more intrigued with the antique automobiles than with the antique boats.  With all the modern cars available these days it seems that I never get tired of looking at these antique beauties.  True wooden doors, beautiful paint jobs, smooth curves, what more could you ask for….except maybe air conditioning here in Florida.

I saw the gentleman, in the photo below, looking at the inside of the car.  I liked the blend of his shirt and shorts with the color of the car and the surrounding landscape.  He started to walk away and I asked if he would come back and let me photograph him.  He obliged, and I think the photo turned out nice.

1950 Ford V-8

Left to Right - 46 Ford, 47 Olds, 39 Chevy

1939 Ford Victoria

Here are some more photos of these beautiful cars (Click thumbnail for larger view)

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