Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve, 11:11

New Year's Eve 11:11
New Year's Eve is not one of my favorite holidays. My friends tell me that's just because I don't drink a lot. I was actually at a party down the street but I was bored. I was wishing I was out in the middle of the woods somewhere, dancing around a bonfire. I resorted to taking random pictures of whatever I could find. This photo reflects what I was thinking about. =)

Friday, December 26, 2008

Up in Smoke...

Up in Smoke!
I actually had nothing to do with this. I was simply hanging out at the coffeeshop with my camera. All of a sudden, clouds of smoke! We all left a few minutes later. =)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Holiday Cheer in 30 Minutes or Less?

Holiday Cheer in 30 Minutes or Less?
It was Christmas morning and I was on my way to my parent's house. This guy happened to be in front of me as I was driving along. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but it just struck me as odd. As always, I probably put way too much thought into these things but that sign isn't homemade. It's the kind of sign a pizza delivery chain would use. Is he delivering Gefilte fish in 30 minutes or less? Does he enjoy driving around randomly with that sign strapped to the roof of his car? Maybe he's protesting the fact that you can't post "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah" anywhere without someone complaining? Does he know he left his fuel door open?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Joe's Gloves

Joe's Gloves at Undergrounds Coffeehaus
These are Joe's gloves. I took this picture at the Undergrounds Coffeehaus of course, where else? I think he was showing these to me because he's selling them or something. Yes, its Christmas Eve and I'm hanging out at a coffeehouse taking random pictures of whatever people want to show me. =)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sarah, with belts

Sarah with Belts
This is my last photo shoot with Sarah before she moves to Portland. She's a great model. Thanks to Carole and her mom for lending me most of the belts.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Whistling Squirrel

Whistling squirrel
So I was just walking along, minding my own business, when I heard someone whistling. I'm pretty sure it was the theme song to the Andy Griffith show. I looked all around but all I found was this squirrel.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

West Palm Beach

City Place, West Palm Beach
This is City Place in West Palm Beach. The shops are closed and most people have gone home to bed. I like it much better that way. I was here visiting a friend and we saw the film, "Slumdog Millionaire". It was quite good.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Portuguese Man o' War

Portuguese Man o' War
Today, I took a break from my work and walked along the beach. I don't spend a lot of time on the beach during the day but it was quite windy and the ocean was rough so I pretty much had the beach to myself. Soon, I saw another reason why the beach was deserted. The shoreline was littered with seaweed and little blue balloon-like objects. Growing up on Fort Lauderdale beach, I knew these were Portuguese Man o' War. My parents had warned me about them as early as I can remember. Every year I hear about some unfortunate tourist who touched one in the ocean, stepped on one that washed ashore, or even tried to pick one up, not knowing what it was!

Contrary to popular belief, the Man o' War is not a jellyfish. It is a specialized siphonophore. Its blue "balloon" is an air bladder which it inflates to float on the surface of the ocean. Long, venom filled tentacles dangle beneath the surface, paralyzing fish that come in contact with them. The following is from the Wikipedia article:

Detached tentacles and dead specimens (including those which wash up on shore) can sting just as painfully as the live creature in the water, and may remain potent for hours or even days after the death of the creature or the detachment of the tentacle.

Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin which normally last about forty-five minutes after which it should subside. However, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause, depending on the amount of venom, more intense pain. A sting may lead to an allergic reaction. There can also be serious effects, including fever, shock, and interference with heart and lung action. There have even been deaths, although this is rare. Medical attention may be necessary, especially where pain is intense or there is an extreme reaction.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stop Her!

Stop Her!
I'm standing near the intersection of Oakland Park Blvd. and US1 in Fort Lauderdale. I'm looking for something to shoot. I see words within words. I move a bit forward and then to the right, watching for traffic. There's a bus coming. I step back. A moment later I step forward again and line up the words. Click. ISO 200 F/5.6 1/250.

I've had a very busy week. I spent all weekend trying to get caught up with client work after completely reconstructing my office. I shot this photo during my 4pm lunch break. No matter how busy I am, I always take a few minutes to sit and look at everything around me. I think many people would be surprised at the things they would see if they just took the time to notice. If I ever become so wrapped up in the commercial world that I fail to notice random things like this, I hope one of my friends will smack me. =)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Office Furniture

New Desks at Design215
Okay, so everyone has been asking me what happened to my office furniture. Well, here's my new office! On the back desk is a Windows machine and on the front desk is my new MacBook Pro and a Powerbook G4 that I use to make time-lapse films. I connect my Nikon D200 or a D70s directly to the G4 via a USB cable and use Nikon's software to control the camera. I'd like to point out one final thing. My desks and bookcase were designed and built by me. They were not kits. I built them from solid, marine grade plywood. This is the same type of plywood used to make cabinets on yachts. I applied heavy duty black formica to the desktops and stained the rest.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rob Sunrise

Rob Sunrise
This is what Rob does when he's worked all night and returns home at 7:30am. Actually I filmed a short time-lapse but I'm going to incorporate it into some additional footage. This is all you get for today. Deal with it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ocean Moonlight Time-lapse

Ocean Moonlight Time-lapse
What does Robert do when the moon is full and he can't sleep? He sits on the beach with his camera and tripod and watches the moonlight and clouds over the ocean. Today's image is the last frame of a 2 hour time-lapse sequence. There was a strong breeze from the southeast and the clouds were moving quickly, even in real time. Other than being resized for this page, the image appears exactly as it was shot and has not been adjusted. The exposure is ISO 400, F4 @ 18 seconds, using a Nikon D200 and 12-24mm ED IF DX Nikkor lens. As it says below, this photo was taken at 2:26am. The illumination is all from the full moon overhead. Notice the stars in the background.

The original footage is HD 1920 x 1080 but here's the YouTube version:

Monday, November 10, 2008


Donwsizing at the Office?
Yes, this is my office. No, my company isn't downsizing. I'm getting all new furniture tomorrow and I needed to clear out the old stuff. We're actually planning to open our New York City office soon. =)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hiro's Sashimi Salad

Salad at Hiro's Yakko-san Miami
It was another Sunday night and I was in Miami, working on web sites like Around midnight, my friend David either makes some raw food or we go to Hiro's Yakko-san. Tonight, David was busy so I went to Hiro's by myself. My photo of the day is Hiro's sashimi salad, made with organic field greens, avocado, daikon radish, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, and thin slices of whatever fresh fish is available. Everything is raw of course.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Raw Chocolate

Raw chocolate bars
Tonight I made a batch of raw, 100% organic chocolate bars. Raw you ask? How does that work? Well, here's my recipe:

1/4 cup raw, organic agave
1/2 cup raw, organic almond butter, smooth
1 tbsp. raw, organic coconut oil
1/2 cup David Wolfe's raw, organic cacao powder (plus more as needed)

Pour the agave into a mixing bowl. Add the almond butter and the coconut oil. The raw coconut oil will be a white paste at room temperature because it hasn't been boiled and refined. Mix in 4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder. Stir until completely smooth. Keep adding more cacao until the mixture is about as thick as dough. Form the mixture into cookie size "bars" and place on a flexible tray suitable for the freezer. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and place in the freezer for about an hour.

Once frozen, they're perfect. You can keep them in the freezer indefinitely but whenever I make them, they don't last long. Believe it or not, these chocolate bars are actually good for you! They're "choc" full of antioxidants, magnesium, and more! Watch this short video where David Wolfe talks about the nutritional benefits of the unprocessed cacao bean...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Minivan Crash on A1A

Early morning crash of a minivan on A1A
No, I didn't crash! I was driving home from Miami just before sunrise as I usually do on Monday mornings. When I reached A1A and Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, I saw a couple of police cars parked in the middle of the street with their lights on. It was 6am and the sun was just starting to create an orange glow on the horizon. It was quiet. There was no traffic yet. I pulled over to the side of the road and started shooting pictures of the scene. There was no ambulance and no signs of any injuries. Both airbags in the minivan were deployed. Maybe the driver had already been taken to the hospital or maybe he fled on foot. I thought it was odd that police cars were blocking the entrance to Birch State Park, which is just to the right of where I'm standing. News Helicopters arrived and circled above. By the time I left, morning traffic was being diverted away from the scene. People heading south on A1A were forced to turn around and head back north. Luckily I was already inside of the road blocks and continued home to write this blog. =)

Nikon D200, ISO 400, F4 @ 1/60

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hiro's Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad at Hiro's Yakko-san
As usual I was in Miami working on various web sites for my friend David. Around 1am I took a break and went to my favorite Japanese restaurant, Hiro's Yakko-San. I have sushi quite often but this isn't a sushi bar. You won't find sushi rolls on the menu but you will find an amazing selection of authentic Japanese cuisine. This is the place the sushi chefs go when they get off work. I started off with the seaweed salad pictured above. I had to take a picture of it before I ate it. It comes with ponzu and spicy mustard sauces on the side.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Books vs. Amazon Kindle

Old book
"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him..."
            -from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

There's a new product on the market called the Kindle, made by Amazon. It's a handheld device that lets you read books electronically. It has several features that set it apart from other eBook readers. Probably the most important of these is its ability to download electronic versions of books and newspapers wirelessly. It can connect anywhere there is a cell phone signal because it uses Sprint's EVDO network. There is no wireless bill but you cannot make calls and web browsing is limited.

The Kindle doesn't use an LCD screen like laptops, PDAs, or cell phones. Instead, it uses a new technology called Electronic Ink or E-Ink. Basically the screen consists of millions of microcapsules that have a black side and a white side and flip depending on the electronic output. Since the screen uses physical particles, there is no problem reading it in direct sunlight, but it also means you'll need a reading lamp in the evening. Since the display doesn't constantly give off light like an LCD screen, it uses much less power. Finally, because the particles only flip between black or white, it cannot display color. The Kindle is not the first to use E-Ink. You can read about other devices here.

I've spent some time reading through many forums to get an idea of what people think about this device. People either seem to love it or hate it. Some go on and on about why books will always be better than any electronic reader while others feel this is the best thing since sliced bread. As a professional photographer, the discussion reminds of the arguments over film vs. digital. I have the same opinion for both disputes. They are two different tools that each have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of my thoughts on books vs. the Amazon Kindle...

Kindle Advantages
  • Keep a large number of books in one small, portable device.
  • Font sizes can be made larger or smaller for easier reading.
  • Books, newspapers, and magazines can be downloaded wirelessly anywhere a cell phone works.
  • All text can be searched and pages can be bookmarked.
  • The screen is easy to read, especially in bright sunlight.
  • Battery charge lasts for 5 days or more when not using wireless.
  • The New Oxford American Dictionary is built in so you can easily look up words.
  • More than 190,000 books, 11 major newspapers, and 8 magazines are available for download.
  • There is free wireless access to, many blogs, and other web sites.
  • If you lose or break your Kindle, a record of everything you've purchased is saved on Amazon's servers so you can download all of your books again for free.

Kindle Caveats
  • As of today, the Kindle costs $359.00
  • Content is encrypted. This is called Digital Rights Management or DRM. Books cannot be downloaded to a computer, shared, or printed. You can copy a clipping of text to a special file and transfer it to your computer but you cannot transfer or share whole texts. You aren't buying a book. You are buying the rights to read a book on your Kindle.
  • There is a fee (10 cents per document) for uploading your own files to your Kindle because they have to be converted to a special format first. You must first email them to your online Kindle account, then they are converted and sent to your Kindle.
  • You can't loan someone one of your books without loaning them your entire Kindle.
  • You can't transfer books you've read to someone else's Kindle unless its on your account and connected to your credit card. You can have up to 6 Kindles on one account.
  • Currently you cannot get magazines and newpapers you already subscribe to on your Kindle for free. For example if you already subscribe to The New York Times and want it on your Kindle, you have to purchase a separate subscription.
  • There is no color. All illustrations are black and white. Web sites are rendered similar to other mobile browsers but with no color.
  • Many people who otherwise like the Kindle have complaints about the controls. You can read some here and here.

Advantages of Books
  • They don't need batteries.
  • You can loan them to friends or give them as gifts.
  • You can write in them, underline passages, and make notes in the margins.
  • Books can be enjoyed for generations. Show me a computer that's been passed down from grandfather to father to son, and isn't a paperweight.
  • Many people like the tactile feel of a book and the process of turning physical pages.
  • Many books have beautiful, full color photographs, reproductions, and illustrations.
  • Books have lasted for hundreds of years. Electronic storage devices have not proven a lifespan past 50 years. Books can be dropped, stepped on, thrown against a wall, or stacked together and used as a step stool. Books are no less resistant to fire and water than electronic devices but they are more resistant to damage from sand, coffee, and EMPs.

I'll end with this thought. In 1953, Ray Bradbury published a novel called Fahrenheit 451 about a dystopian future in which books are outlawed and anyone caught reading them is arrested. All books are confiscated and burned in order to dull the minds of the population. Bradbury's classic is his critique on an an increasingly dysfunctional American society. A device like the Kindle could motivate people to spend more time reading than watching mindless television. On the dark side, how much easier would it be to simply flip a switch and erase everything, instead of burning all the books?

Additional Links:
Kindle FAQ on
Kindle FAQ on

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hula Girl Lamp

Hula girl lamp at Carlos and Pepe's Fort Lauderdale
Here's a detail of a table lamp at Carlos and Pepe's 17th Street Cantina in Fort Lauderdale. I haven't been there in a while but they are one of the few mexican restaurants in the area that makes chili rellenos filled with vegetables instead of meat. Yum. Nikon D200, ISO 400, F5.6 @ 1/8.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fort Lauderdale Sunrise

Fort Lauderdale Sunrise
I spent another late night in Miami, editing web sites. I returned to Fort Lauderdale a little after 6:30am and I decided to watch the sunrise before going to bed. What an amazing and peaceful moment it is to sit on the beach just before the sun comes up. Before people are engaged in their mad scramble to get to work. Before the beach is filled with tourists and retirees. Before the noise of the city overtakes the peaceful sound of the ocean. For a moment I imagine I am somewhere else, on a tropical island, far away from cell phones, clients, and venti mocha frappuccinos.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

1945 Penny

1945 Penny
I found this 1945 penny in my pocket today. I don't usually see coins this old still in circulation. Somehow this 63 year old penny found its way into my pocket. I sat on the beach at dusk, holding it between my thumb and forefinger, trying to imagine its journey.

It was minted in 1945, the year World War II came to an end. Joe Rosenthal took the award winning photo of the Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died suddenly and Vice President Harry S. Truman became the 33rd President. Perhaps a reporter in Washington D.C. first acquired the penny as part of his change for a cup of coffee. In 1954, it could have been part of the 18 cents someone paid for a burger when the first Burger King opened here in Miami, Florida. I'm certain my penny was in someone's pocket at Woodstock in 1969. Perhaps it was in the change purse of a New York City hot dog vendor at the opening ceremony of the World Trade Center in 1973. I wonder how many pockets its been in, how many times it was lost between the cushions of someone's couch, how many times it was picked up off the ground as a token of good luck?

Some interesting facts:
Lincoln has been on the front side (the obverse) of the penny since 1909.
My penny does not have the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse. That began in 1959.
The copper in my penny is worth 2.65 cents. Today's pennies are 97% zinc with copper plating.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I'm so drunk...

I'm so drunk I'm voting McCain
I was walking around the Design District in Miami and spotted this sticker on a concrete lamp post. So simple, yet so profound. Think about it.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Mask

Laura with a mask at Undergrounds Coffeehaus
Here's my friend Laura at the Undergrounds Coffeehaus again, hiding behind some type of ceremonial death mask. The mask is the handiwork of a local artist named Bill Landis, another frequent patron of the Coffeehaus. Undergrounds is open late every night except Monday when they're closed, and they're open till 1am on Friday and Saturday. The coffee is tasty and you never know what you're going to see there.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Scary 7-Eleven

Scary 7-Eleven
I was working late at my friend David's facility in North Miami until around 5am. On the way home, I stopped at a desolate 7-Eleven on Dixie Highway. I went straight to the back and grabbed a large bottled water from the cooler. When I approached the counter, this is what I saw. For those of you who ask me why I always have my camera with me, I have just answered your question.

I find it interesting that the colors match quite well. Notice the 7-Eleven logo on his shirt. =)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

My Artwork at Vagabond

Artwork by Robert Giordano at Vagabond, Miami FL
I stopped by The Vagabond in downtown Miami to see some of my artwork which is on display there.

Artwork by Robert Giordano, from left to right:
"Love is Pain",
"Inverted Torso",
"Conductance", and
"Appetite for Convolution".

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Almost Raw Pizza

Gourmet Pizza at Om Garden, Miami FL
Saturday night I went to my friend's raw and vegan restaurant in Miami, Om Garden, and had an "almost" raw pizza. I say almost because its made from all raw vegetables but the crust is a pita which of course, is baked. On the menu, it is listed as "Peace Pizza" and consists of pesto, mushrooms, black olives, sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, and a raw topping made from nuts and olive oil. It was absolutely delicious.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Church of Internal Combustion

Church of Internal Combustion
Welcome to the Church of Internal Combustion. All you need to join our congregation is a new 2008 4WD Truck or SUV. Yes, we know this is Florida, where everything is flat and it never snows, but hey that four wheel drive is bound to come in handy! We are a Non-denominational Church. You can make your donation to any brand of gasoline pump you wish, but please support your church and donate often.

Seriously, who killed the electric car?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Weird display at Home Depot

Weird cardboard cutout display at Home Depot
I was at Home Depot looking for a new sink and I spotted this scene. This is a store display in Home Depot. I don't know about you, but this just struck me as odd. On the left is a cardboard cutout of a large Home Depot employee apparently punching a smaller cutout of a man with a baseball cap on backwards. A third cutout of a woman stands by with her hand raised as if to say, "Hold on a minute!". Can someone explain this to me?

Happy Birthday: Dan Beyer

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sheyenne Rivers at O'Hara's

Sheyenne Rivers at O'Hara's, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday night I stopped by O'Hara's Pub on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale to hear my friend Sheyenne Rivers sing. The band was great. Sheyenne was great. Everyone had a good time. Unfortunately I heard that O'Hara's is closing and Sunday (today) is their last day. I'll ask Shy where's she's playing next.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Techno Sluts

Jackal and Hyde at Voodoo Lounge Fort Lauderdale
Jackal and Hyde on the main stage.

I was invited to shoot the "Techno Sluts" show at Voodoo Lounge in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 26. I've been to these shows before but this one was amazing. In a few days I'll have a gallery of photos from the event on my myspace.

Visuals by Psyberpixie. DJs Andy Laplegua, Infiniti, and Danny Bled. Fetish performances by Rubberdoll and Rebecca's Rubber Room. Piercing play by Jason. Hosted by Joe Freedom.

Friday, September 26, 2008

David Wirth Sculpture

Sculpture by David Wirth
I met with marine wildlife artist David Wirth to photograph one of his latest sculptures. Here is the result. It's solid bronze and has four level points on top to support a glass table top.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fort Lauderdale Beach Underwater

Fort Lauderdale Beach high tide
Well, for a day anyway. These are a few pictures of Fort Lauderdale beach between Oakland Park Blvd. and Sunrise Blvd. There was no storm that I'm aware of and I didn't see anything about it in the paper.

Fort Lauderdale Beach high tide
Yes, I'm standing in the water. Why do people keep asking me that, lol?

Fort Lauderdale Beach high tide
The surfers were enjoying the day. No one else seemed too concerned. I remember this happening a few years ago before they built the low retaining wall. The beach ended up in the road. This time, most of the sand stayed on the beach.

I shot these pictures during high tide, around 6pm. I set my alarm and woke up the next morning before sunrise for the next high tide but nothing unusual happened. Later that day, the beach looked normal again.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Which blog format?

That's my friend Sarah. She's one of my artist friends and she is just very cool. We did this photo in my studio.

So... I'm trying to decide if I want to use Blogger for my personal blog. I already own the domain and I could choose one of the following:

a) build my own site, as I do for other clients and use my own content manager. It has very simple blog editing features but it would do fine. I use it to update sites like
b) build my own site and use something like Wordpress.
c) use Blogger and redirect my domain name to it.

I definitely want to make my own custom layout and I'm good with CSS and all of that. I'm still exploring the Blogger controls to see how difficult it will be to completely customize my layout.

I like that I can email a post if I need to. The primary purpose of my blog will be to post the many random photos I take from day to day that don't make it to my commercial web site or aren't such works of art that I plan to show them anywhere else. I do take a LOT of photos so I need a place to share them.

Why not use Flickr you ask? Well, I do have a Flickr page but its not like a blog, or at least it just didn't satisfy the "blogging" aspect that I want. I posted a bunch of pictures but then I got bored with it. We'll see how this goes.

Okay, so I'm off to work on my layout in Photoshop and then I'll see how difficult it will be to adapt the layout to Blogger.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Moonscape by Robert Giordano
It was a beautiful moonlit night. I grabbed my camera and tripod and headed for the beach. I used my Nikon D200 to make this image. ISO 200, F4 @ 15 seconds.

Thanks Kellen for texting me to look at the moon. =)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rotten Tomato Still Life

Rotten Tomato Still Life
I left an organic tomato sitting in a window sill for a few days and I decided to do a nice portrait of it. I used my Nikon D200 with a vintage, manual focus 55MM/F2.8 Micro-Nikkor lens. The sheer curtain acts as a diffuser for the sunlight while an SB800 bounced off the ceiling provides some light on the front. Balancing the two light sources took several tries but in the end, I think its a fairly nice exposure. As for the tomato, it is apparently teeming with life. =)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rough Seas

rough seas off fort lauderdale beach
Rough seas and high winds on Fort Lauderdale beach today. No one was on the beach except for me and a couple of surfers. People stopped, got out, couldn't take the wind, and left. The surfers didn't look like they were having much fun either. We were feeling the trailing edges of Hurricane Ike. We got lucky.

Happy Birthday: Mark

Friday, September 5, 2008

Aileen Roxs

Aileen at Undergrounds Coffeehaus Rocks
Sarah, a regular customer at Undergrounds Coffeehaus in Fort Lauderdale created this poetic arrangement of Scrabble tiles. Aileen is the proprietor of Undergrounds and is responsible for the coolness of the place. In a word, she roxs.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Laura in the Bathroom

Laura in the bathroom at Undergrounds Coffeehaus
Here's my friend Laura in the bathroom at Undergrounds Coffeehaus. Here in South Florida, we have a serious lack of cool coffeehouses like they have up north. Fortunately we have Undergrounds. Have some coffee, dessert, or tater tots. Look through hundreds of used books. Check out art from local artists. Play scrabble. Hang out in the bathroom. It's all good.

You can read more about Undergrounds and get directions here.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kitchen Bat

Kitchen Bat
I was hanging out with Sedna after our photo shoot and we went to visit one of her friends. This was hanging in their kitchen. I thought it was cute.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sedna Shoot

This is one of the images from a shoot I did with my friend Sedna. The quote is from one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe short stories, Ligeia. Sedna is another crazy poet.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Insect Macro

Insect Macro
Tonight I saw this little guy was on the wall outside my house. He was small too- not much bigger than a house fly. Even stranger, he sat there for 15 minutes while I experimented with light sources and took dozens of pictures with my macro lens only about an inch away! I used my vintage manual focus 55MM/F2.8 Micro-Nikkor lens with an extension tube, and a flashlight for the light source. Nikon D200, ISO 400, F2.8 @ 1/15.

I have no idea what kind of insect this is. I've never seen anything like it. The lower body looks like a bee but what's up with the green metallic upper body? Any ideas?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wet Bird Takes a Break

wet bird waits for the end of the storm
There was a tropical storm passing through the area and I was at a coffee shop, watching the wind and the rain. Suddenly, this bird flew in out of the rain and just sat down on the ground. It just sat there while I watched it through the window. The overhang of the building was shielding it from the weather. I expected it to walk around and maybe fly off again but it didn't move. I went outside, got down to ground level, and took this picture, using available light. I was no more than 3 feet away from him but he didn't budge. I went back inside to do some work on my laptop. Half an hour later, the skies cleared up and the bird flew away. I guess he just needed a break. Nikon D200, ISO 800, F5.6 @ 1/30.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Raw Food at David's

Raw food at David Haylock's
Most Sunday nights, I visit my friend David Haylock in Miami and work on his dozen or so web sites. David is a raw foodist and I am heading in that direction. I've learned that raw food is not just salads and it can taste better than any gourmet food you've ever had. Sometimes we go out for some raw Japanese food but tonight David prepared his own dinner and shared some of it with me. The tomato and avocado probably came from Josh's Organic Market in Hollywood, while the pate' and raw lasagna came from our friend Cynthia's restaurant, the Om Garden. I'm not sure where the guacamole came from. Either David made it or he picked up some from Glaser Farms. Every bit of it was amazing.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Grim Reaper walking home?

Grim Reaper walking home?
Twas a hot summer day in South Florida. I was on my way to Whole Foods when I spotted what must have been the Grim Reaper. It was just after 5 in the afternoon so maybe he just got off work and he was walking home? Maybe he was bored and took the day off? I really have no explanation. It was just one of those moments.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bacon Chocolate Bar?

Bacon Bar
I'm waiting in line at Whole Foods with a basket of organic veggies when I notice a new display of chocolate bars. The one that caught my attention is the one pictured above- a BACON FLAVORED chocolate bar! I was like WTF? Am I hallucinating? Am I still at Whole Foods or have I been transported to an alternate universe? I wonder what the marketing meeting was like. Did someone stand up suddenly and say, "Hey I know! Let's combine BACON and CHOCOLATE and sell it at health food stores!" Perfect.

Here's another post I found about it. Apparently people like this stuff. Why am I not surprised?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Scaffold Rescue in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Fireman climbs to rescue a fallen worker
On the way back to my office, I saw a number of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue vehicles stopped at the White Egret condominium so I decided to investigate. Something broke or malfunctioned on a scaffold and two workers were left holding on for their lives, fifteen floors up. One was still holding on to the scaffold while another was dangling in mid air, held up by his safety line. As I arrived, a Fort Lauderdale fire engine was raising its ladder to begin the rescue. Firefighters were also in the building and on the roof. See more photos on

Friday, August 8, 2008

Jet Los Angeles Shoot

Men's Clothing by Jet Los Angeles
One of the images from the second day of shooting for Jet Los Angeles. Sedna did a great job as my assistant again and Courtney was our fabulous makeup artist.