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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.  

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!

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.

Making Headway

We’re making headway with the layout and content of the new web site.  The look and feel will be an ongoing effort until we arrive at something we can live with.  I’m having to do a lot more customizing of the theme layout than I did in earlier versions of the same theme.  This was kind of frustrating and exciting at the same time knowing I have some more flexibility.

I ended up not being able to access the site for awhile – as a matter of fact, NONE of my sites hosted on GoDaddy were available.  After finally getting through to the helpful folks at GoDaddy, we finally determined that it was my router that was screwing up and not letting me access the sites hosted at Go Daddy.  All other operations were operating normally which was really confusing.  I had even turned everything off and rebooted all the devices and still no luck.  Eventually after doing some research I messed around with the MAC addresses in the router and now everything is working again.  Very strange…

Started uploading photos to the site for use later.  And I again found a little annoying problem with the plugin used in Lightroom to upload directly to the wordpress site.  It seems it’s security related and keys off how often the site receives access requests; too many in too short of time blocks access.  Now I’m tweaking the parameters in that plugin’s settings to see if I can reduce or eliminate that issue.  I may have to completely rename the offending php file and re-program WordPress to use the newly-named file.  Kind of annoying that I have to do this but apparently it’s a fairly common problem.

Anyway it’s time to run out to get dinner ready for the family as we’re turning around quickly and heading out to an Audubon meeting tonight where we’re bringing refreshments.  Tomorrow will be a busy day (hopefully the weather will cooperate with me some more) as I have three photo shoots to work on including one twilight shot what will take a couple of hours to work through.  That’s not including the editing time which will add another 2-3 hours to that.