Latest On Hurricane Irma

Irma was downgraded to a Tropical Storm around 7am this morning and we’re now feeling the effects from Irma here in Bay County.  I’ve been seeing reports (I really need to get a descent weather station of my own) of winds steady around 20mph with gusts up to 36mph or so.  Rain started around 6 hours ago (I was sleeping so I’m not really sure when it started) and so far at my rain gage on the east side of Callaway, I’ve received nearly 1″ so far.  All in all, the effects from Irma should be minimal.  One thing I’ve really been enjoying though is the cooler temperature.  It’s 66 degrees outside now and I turned off my A/C yesterday and opened up the windows to let the cool air inside!  It was perfect sleeping weather last night!

Right now they’re forecasting good weather tomorrow so as long as the winds didn’t mess up anyone’s landscaping we can make plans to continue photographing real estate for sale or rent!  The forecast for the rest of the week shows a possible 50% chance of rain Thursday and Friday.  

Hurricane Irma Update

As of this morning, the latest forecast track is bringing Irma up the west coast of Florida beginning as a Cat 5 storm.  It’s track has been drifting farther westward for a few days now.  If it gets out over the Gulf as it tracks northward along the coast, it will remain a very strong storm and might begin to have a serious impact on our area here in the panhandle.  As of now we’re expecting some tropical storm force winds and showers from the outer rain bands.  I suspect we’ll be dealing with this storm through Tuesday at least so you might want to consider this as you make your photography plans.  Please everyone; stay safe out there and please be considerate of all the evacuees from south Florida staying in our area for the next few days.  

Major Hurricane Irma

In case you haven’t noticed, but I’m sure you have, there is a major hurricane bearing down on Florida right now.  Hurricane Irma is a strong Cat 5 hurricane headed toward the Florida Straits.  Current forecast shows it making a right turn and heading up toward Ft Myers on the west coast of the state which means we’ll probably feel some of it’s outer rain bands as it makes its way northward.  But if it keeps angling west, we could get much worse weather including, possibly, a direct hit.  

Plan ahead both for your photography needs and for your personal safety.  If any of your properties need outside views, especially the condos, I probably won’t be able to get to many of your units through the middle of next week, possibly through the end of next week as we wait for the weather to clear out.  Other properties will depend on the safety of getting around town.  

If you haven’t already, you might think of using your own camera or cell phone and taking photos or videos of each room in your house to document your possessions for insurance purposes.  It’s easy and takes only a few moments.  You never know when that information will be needed.  

Be safe out there and hopefully I’ll be able to chat with all of you on the flip side!

New Condo Exterior Photo

I was just out at the Regency Towers condo photographing a unit out there for an agent and noticed that they have finally replaced the old fountain display in front of the building with something newer and a little more modern.  So I had to get a new photo that shows the front of the building.  This photo will be located in the amenity photos gallery for purchase by anyone wanting photos of the complex to use in their marketing.  The exterior photos are always included with unit photos taken for rental or selling purposes.  

Latest Project

As you can no doubt tell, this rental property is a little rough around the edges.  It had a lot of dark wood in the kitchen, dark floors, and somewhat neutral but dark colors in the other rooms.  Lighting was on the dark side as well.  Using the proper photo techniques and very little flash to avoid that “flashed” look, it’s possible to showcase these homes with good photographic techniques.  It’s a challenge to strike a balance between making the property look “too good” versus making it look so bad nobody would even want to show up to see it in person. 

Re-inserted Schedule Page

For some reason, the schedule page didn’t come over from the old site.  I just realized that and just added it back to the menu for you to use when determining when you might want to schedule your photo session.  I apologize and thanks for your patience!

Now I have to get ready to shoot two houses this afternoon.  

Back To Normal

Now that the weekend is over, it looks like everything is back to normal.  I have access to all my web sites and I’ve been re-building one of them from scratch which is my aerial photography web site.  Haven’t had  much call for aerial work lately and besides that, my plane is still broke.  I’ve also been looking into getting a drone and offering aerial views from a drone perspective but along with the real plane maintenance work, spending additional dollars on an expensive drone is not something I’m exploring right now.  

Thanks for your patience during this transition period.  If anybody sees anything that is still not working right or that you have a question about, don’t hesitate to give me a shout!

Lost Data

I just realized something.  I’ve been moving all of my web sites to a new hosting server and I just realize that I’ve lost most of my posts/updates since 2015!  I followed all of the steps, one by one, to save the site database and all of the contents but nothing later than around November 2015 was transferred.  That is disappointing.  

Also I realize that it’s taking a lot longer than I had expected for this site to come live again.  We started a little before 2pm today and it’s now 11pm at night – 9 hours later and the site is still not up.  I had not planned on spending all day and evening in front of the computer (again).  Apologies to those of you who have tried to check my schedule.  Thanks for your patience.

Test Post on New Server

I think I finally have this site fully hosted on the new server now.  The database has been updated with the required links and login and password information.  I think all this information has bee propagated through the DNS servers and I can access the page from all of my browsers.  There are a couple of small issues that I think is mostly back end related and shouldn’t have any effect on the main page.  I still haven’t checked the connectivity with Lightroom yet which is the main reason for making this change in the first place.

I didn’t really believe this was going to take all day to make this happen.  Email support is obviously for non-serious issues that can take hours or days to work through.  I needed to go to direct online chat mode to help work through the issues.  Next step is to check the Lightroom interface.

First Sunset Shoot

I performed my first sunset photo shoot a couple of days ago and then immediately went out of town on a planned trip before I had a chance to edit the photos.  It was a lot of fun and definitely a learning experience.  These shoots take time as we have to get there early enough to make sure all the lights are on and we establish the view we want to capture.  Then it’s a waiting game.  Waiting for the sun to set and the rich colors to pop out in the skies.  All the time taking a photo about every 5-10 minutes.  When the sun finally sets, it’s time to run around with a flash to add light to items like shrubbery, trees, darker areas on the house, etc.  These will all get edited and combined later during post-processing.  Needless to say, there are a lot of photos to go through.  In this case, I have 72 photos from the sunset shoot.   That will keep me busy tomorrow!  I’ll post the final result soon.