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March For Science | Charlie Crist | Darden Rice | St. Petersburg

March For Science St. Petersburg | Tampa

March for Science | St Petersburg | Tampa FL April 22, 2017

I recently had the honor of doing some photography for the March For Science St. Petersburg / Tampa. This local march was a part of an international network of marches demanding acknowledgement of science as opposed to the oppression by the current White House administration.

If your not familiar with the March For Science movement, you might want to check them out.  We are living in times where it is vital that we listen to scientist to help us find a way to maintain an inhabitable planet.

Here is a statement from the March For Science Mission Statement:  “The March for Science is a celebration of science.  It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.  Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?”

March for Science | Featured Speakers



Dr. David Hastings

Professor Of Marine Science and Chemistry

Eckerd College

“It’s not Republican. It’s not Democrat. It doesn’t vote red or blue or green. The data doesn’t care.”

“this is a frightening time. We are here today because, at all levels, sound science is being disregarded and honesty has little or no currency.”      Dr. David Hastings


Darden Rice | St. Petersburg City Council Chair

St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice was named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region, November, 2016.

“…the responsibility of elected officials to use evidence based science and peer reviewed publications as the basis for sound public policy and this is to respond to human needs and a better understanding of the fragile world we live in.”      Darden Rice


Dr. Sinead Aherne City Coordinator for Taste Of Science, Tampa

“… not have this amazing event just be the culmination of a period of frustration hear. Let’s have this event be the initiation of a new era of science in society.”       Dr. Sinead Ahere


Dr. Karyna Rosario, Research Associate at the Marine Genomics Laboratory, US

High fives for Dr. Karyna Rosario, a USF favorite and a very inspirational speaker.

“We cannot afford to jeopardize scientific endeavors, by censoring information and facts just because they might be inconvenient. As scientists, we are in the business of searching for knowledge, based on facts and evidence. And so should everyone. As a society, we cannot allow ourselves to think that it is okay to dismiss facts.”      Dr. Karyna Rosario


Charlie Crist  – US Representative of the 13th Congressional District, current member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and Florida’s 44th Governor

“Be encouraged, be inspired, be optimistic because the future is coming, and it’s you.”     Charlie Crist


March For Science | St. Petersburg | Tampa

“We should not let our elected officials off the hook when it comes to scientific research, evidence-based medicine and supporting peer reviewed science.”    Darden Rice

“This is a frightening moment but don’t get upset, don’t get depressed, let’s get organized, let’s get to work. A lot of us have thought this isn’t our job but it is we have to stand up we have work to do and if we work together we can change this. We can turn this around.”   Dr. David Hastings


 

March For Science

On-Site Business Photography St. Petersburg, FL

On-Site Business Photography

 

This session of on-site business photography was done for Cindy Scifres, LMT, CPT, and Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, whose healing arts practice is located in St. Petersburg. Images were created for a website update.

Behind the scenes, before and after images can be viewed below.

There are many advantages of doing on-site business photography, especially when you are needing to show examples of what you do, your environment, or to avoid having to break down equipment and have it moved and set up in a studio.

On-site business photography can have issues that have to be dealt with, space usually being the predominate one.

For example, while this room had more than adequate space for neuromuscular therapist Cindy Scifres to perform her treatments, it was somewhat confined for use as a photography studio. In spite of that, by using the proper techniques, skills, equipment, attitude, and preparation, we successfully made the conversion to a photo studio work.

To get information about on-site photography for your business, contact David at West Coast Photography.

To see more of my commercial work, including other examples of my on-site business photography, please visit my Advertising | Marketing Gallery.

 

 

LMT working on a patient in her place of business

pain-relief-therapy on-site photo session

massage-therapy-practitioner working on client

massage-therapist business photography at her work place

neuromuscular-therapy photographed at practitioner's studio

On-Site Business Photography – Transforming Your Work-Space

 

The before and after images, show below, reveals the full view of the room to illustrate the transformation from a dedicated “work-space” to a temporary photography studio to create her on-site business portraits. While this room had more than adequate space (as well as a great feel) for neuromuscular therapist Cindy Scifres to perform her therapy, it was somewhat confined for use as a photography studio. In spite of that, by using the proper techniques, skills, equipment, and attitude, we successfully made the conversion to a photo studio work.

Gown Fitting | St Petersburg FL

Gown Fitting | St Petersburg FL

I was not available to photograph this beautiful young bride’s wedding, however I was available to photograph her gown fitting. Of particular importance to her was to create a photo of her on the staircase in her grandparent’s house in St Petersburg.

bride on stairway in her grandmother's house

The above image was photographed using mixed lighting consisting of natural window light, halogen house lighting and strobe.

Bride on the stairs in grandparent’s house in St Petersburg… √.

I also suggested doing a little close-up portrait imagery of her Mona-Lisa smile. For these images, I used window and bounced window lighting.

st-petersburg-wedding-photost-petersburg-portrait

Posed portraits are only a part of my wedding photography coverage. Check out my candid and editorial / documentary wedding photography at my Wedding Photography Gallery.

Best Car Get-away Ever

The Get-Away (or Jumping Into A Sports Car While Wearing A Tuxedo)

Limos, antique Rolls Royce, stretch Hummers, Jags… I think this groom and bride out-shined them all with this spectacular Mazda getaway… A grand exit for sure.

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HDR Photography | University of Tampa

The History And Beauty Of HDR Photography

A while back, I had an opportunity to create a little local imagery utilizing HDR photography, of the Moorish style Plant Hall [1] on the University of Tampa campus in downtown Tampa, FL. I began photographing at dusk and continuing into the dark of night. It was a great opportunity to further my knowledge of, and to delve a little deeper into the world of HDR (high dynamic range) photography [2]. HDR, which is thought by many to be a relatively new technique made available circa the age of digital photography, was pioneered as early as the 1850s by Gustave Le Gray to render seascapes showing both the sky and the sea. However, the ability to incorporate the HDR photography technique with digital capture cameras is a game-changer and has opened a whole new realm of possibilities.

There are two main components to creating good HDR images. The first of is the capture of the scene in various controlled and differing exposures. The second is the editing of the images to combine them into a single image which will show the full tonal value of the image. It is a really amazing process which can yield an extremely wide range of results ranging from surrealistic fantasy images, to a more photo realistic style.
This first image of Plant Hall featuring its beautiful minarets was taken just as the sun had set and under a threatening sky. It had, in fact, just rained very briefly. On this image, I decided to keep it toned down and create more of a reality-based image. The photos I took to create this image were the last ones taken with any remaining ambient light left to work with. Using the HDR photography technique it is possible to step into a  world of new dimensions to photograph with low light conditions.

University of Tampa towers at dusk

For these next series of images of the minarets taken at the the University of Tampa’s Plant Hall I was fortunate to have a greater presence of dark, moody storm clouds blow in. I processed this image using a little more of a fantasy look.

fantasy HDR photo of Plant Hall UT
Moorish style minarets at dusk
minarets at dusk with stormy skies at Plant Hall UT

And this series of final images of the night, once again combining techniques for working with night-scapes and digital HDR photography capture and processing, was of a partial skyline of the downtown Tampa skyline with the Hillsborough River in the foreground.

HDR photo taken at night Hillsborough River, downtown Tampa

More on UT and HDR

1. If you’ve been to the University of Tampa, you’ve most likely seen the minarets on top of the University of Tampa’s Plant Hall. The minarets have been variously described as being of Moorish, Turkish or Middle Eastern style. They sit atop a building that originally opened as the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1891. It became the centerpiece of the University of Tampa campus in 1933.

Plant Hall – UT’s main building – is heavily steeped in Moorish influences, and serves as a leading example of Moorish Revival architecture in the southeastern United States. Plant Hall also serves as a focal point of downtown Tampa, and is a local landmark. The school’s newspaper is named The Minaret, a reference to the spires adorning Plant Hall. Formerly the old Tampa Bay Hotel, Plant Hall is a National Historic Landmark built in 1891 by Henry B. Plant.

2. According to WIKI: High dynamic range imaging In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.

The two main sources of HDR imagery are computer renderings and merging of multiple photographs, the latter of which in turn are individually referred to as low dynamic range (LDR) or standard dynamic range (SDR) photographs.

Tone mapping techniques, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect.

In photography, dynamic range is measured in EV differences (known as stops) between the brightest and darkest parts of the image that show detail. An increase of one EV or one stop is a doubling of the amount of light. High-dynamic-range photographs are generally achieved by capturing multiple standard photographs, often using exposure bracketing, and then merging them into an HDR image. Digital photographs are often encoded in a camera’s raw image format, because 8 bit JPEG encoding doesn’t offer enough values to allow fine transitions (and also introduces undesirable effects due to the lossy compression).

Any camera that allows manual over- or under-exposure of a photo can be used to create HDR images.

Edward Berge Bronze Sculpture | Maiden With Fawn

An (Edward Berge) Treasure In The Garden

I was recently contracted to photograph this bronze sculpture by Edward Berge, entitled Maiden With Fawn. This sculpture had been sitting in someone’s garden somewhere in Tampa for what appears to have been a considerable length of time. The prolonged exposure to the Tampa Bay’s heat, humidity and rain have taken an obvious toll. Yet in spite of it’s distressed condition or perhaps as a result of it she, the Maiden, has a surreal-life-like quality. This is most evident in the facial expressions and hands. (scroll down for images)

Edward Berge bronze sculpture Maiden with Fawn

The Sculptor Edward Berge

Edward Berge (1876–1924) was a Baltimore, Maryland sculptor known for his bronze monumental works and figures. He studied at the Maryland Institute and the Rinehart School in Baltimore and the Academie Julian in Paris. Edward Berge mainly worked in marble and bronze and completed many monuments, portrait busts and relief sculptures. Many of which are on display outdoors or in public buildings in Baltimore City.

The “Maiden With Fawn”

This specific sculpture of the Maiden With Fawn, was cast in 1939 after Edward Berge’s passing.  The sculptor Perna Krick’s (1909-1991) name is also engraved on the base, it is thought to have been cast under her guidance. It was cast at the Roman Bronze Works foundry.

The Roman Bronze Works Foundry

The Roman Bronze Works foundry was established in New York City in 1897 by Riccardo Bertelli. It is now operated as the Roman Bronze Studios. It was the first American foundry to specialize in the lost-wax casting method and was the country’s pre-eminent art foundry during the American Renaissance (ca. 1876-1917). The Maiden With Fawn was one of many sculptures of Edward Berge that were cast there.

product photography of a Berge sculpture commercial photography product full length portrait of Edward Berge Maiden With Fawn

Commercial product photography can be done at your place of business or even your home.

Session Details

This sculpture was photographed “on-location”. On-location meaning being in my client’s home in Clearwater, FL.

A greenscreen backdrop was used on part of the session then knocked out in post production. There was also photo documentation of the foundry stamp, the engraved copyright notice and other engraved information that were essential to verify authenticity and to determine the sculpture’s net worth.

My equipment list for this session: Nikon D2x and D7100; Nikon lens 28-70 2.8, 105 DC f2, 80-200 2.8; lighting was a mix of 2 Norman strobes (1 each 200C and 400B) mixed with ambient light. The strobes were set up as bare bulb, with an umbrella or a softbox.

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