9-11: Newlyweds in a Sea of Tragedy

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Bryn and I had been married less than a month.  We had just returned from our honeymoon and I was just a few weeks into the fall semester at JU.  On that morning, 12 years ago, I had gone to school, and was in the administration building taking care of some business.  I knew something was odd when I walked up to the counter – the usually bustling sounds of work had all but stopped.  On the TV was the World Trade Center ablaze.

I soon found out what had happened, Terrorists has hijacked two aircraft and deliberately flown them into the Twin Towers.  It was no accident, as previously thought, but an act of villainy and evil our generation had never seen.  It was nothing short of shocking.  As a result, I returned home to be with Bryn and for the next 12 hours, we watched the coverage – we saw the towers fall – we saw footage from Washington, Pennsylvania and New York – we saw an endless line of people walking out of New York City – and we grappled with the staggering number of dead.

Twelve years later, as we again remember the attack and those who selflessly risked and lost their lives attempting to save others, may we never forget the cost.

As much as this day has impacted all Americans, please take a moment to remember and pray for the thousands of families for whom this day is a bitter and stinging reminder of loved ones lost. 

As a Christian, it is times like these that call to remembrance the Lord’s Prayer, and Christ’s request: “Your kingdom come”.  There is hope in this reality.  There is coming a day, by the work of Christ on the cross, where pain and sorrow will cease, fear and death will be no more, and joy will be forevermore.   IF we are in Christ – this is our certain future:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3-4 ESV

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” -Revelation 22:1-5 ESV

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It Rained and Poured for 40 Minutes, Minutes!

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Another evening of dramatic weather for the Jacksonville, FL area today.  Thankfully, I don’t think we have had any tornadoes this eveninng, but the lightning was cracking and the rain came down in 5 gallon buckets!  I went out between meetings to take a few photos.  Here’s some of our favorites!  Enjoy the photos – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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100K on Thanksgiving Day – Plus Free HD Wallpaper!

We’ve got some big news!  On the most fitting day of the year, we reached a big milestone for our little blog – our first 100,000 views, and all in just over 14 months!

We would like to thank you all for frequenting our blog!  As a way of saying thank you, we’ve included a bunch of our favorite 1080P HD Desktop wallpaper here for you.  As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!

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Tropical Storm Beryl – DS National Coverage!

It turns out it was worth our effort to plug in our computers, boot them back up, edit and post video from Tropical Storm Beryl to our blog and on YouTube while the storm was still raging outside.  As providence would have it, Good Morning America, the Weather Channel, ABC News, and our local station, WJXT all picked up our footage.  It’s not often our logo gets placed in front of 5+ million people for free.  Granted, the clips were only two or three seconds, but it was still pretty cool!  Big thanks to all the networks who featured our video!

If you missed the video the first time, below is our footage of the storm, complete with blowing transformers, wet rain and windy wind!  Feel free to check out our other Beryl blog posts for free HD desktop wallpaper as well!

Enjoy!

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Tropical Storm Beryl – Part 1

Well, it seems we’ve had one of those early, unexpected, windbag of a guests tonight.  No, I’m not speaking of an unwanted family member, but rather the first tropical storm to make landfall this year – right in our home town of Jacksonville, FL!  Above is one of the photos I snapped from the front porch.

Below is a video complete with blowing transformers, wet rain and windy wind!

Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: It’s A Bird, A Plane, A Dolphine!

Another day – another photo.  This weekend we were pretty much jam-packed with shoots, but there was still just enough time to snap some really great little scenes here and there.  The photo above is of a Coast Guard Dolphine helicopter and power boat drilling in the St. Johns River near Green Cove Springs – taken during a bit of down time on Friday.  Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: Up, Up, Up and Away!

Here’s the latest edition of our infamous photo of the day!  This photo was taken a few years ago in Jacksonville, FL, overlooking the lagoon at Huguenot Park.  As the sun set, it provided the perfect back lighting for this amazing columnar thunder cloud.  Cap that off with the sliver of the moon, and the great colors, and I just couldn’t help but stop and take a few photos.  Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: Look Out Below!!!

So, it seems this photo of the day thing is becoming more common…

Above is a photo I snapped while headed back from a commercial shoot is South Florida.  Part of the shoot was out in the Everglades, so we decided to take Rt 27 North to Lake Okeechobee.  On the way out from the lake, I saw this plane diving down toward the road at an alarming angle.  Thankfully, I recognized the body style as a crop duster, so I didn’t have a heart attack, crash, burn and die.

Instead, I pulled over, and started snapping away as the plane did a circling pattern over our heads.  Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: Reflections of Sunset

For those of you in the Jacksonville area, you know today was a dreary, dark and rainy mess of a weekend.  Well, today we had scheduled an engagement shoot for Andres (one of our photographers) and his bride-to-be, Carla.  Things were not looking good about an hour before the shoot, but there was this little window of clear sky that looked like it just might show up at the right time.

When we arrived at our first location and the rain was still coming down, I was beginning to question my judgement, but like magic, we started snapping and the dreary sky gave way to a hint of sun.  By the time our shoot was over, the layers of cloud made for one of the more stunning sunsets I have seen in the past few years.

And, if you were wondering, here’s one of the photos of our happy couple from tonight!

As always, you can download this image as a desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: FireSky

I don’t frequently post photos of the day – in fact, this is my first – but I thought you all would enjoy this shot.  Last night, while driving west toward home from a shoot, I watched as the sun slipped between two layers of clouds and began to paint beautiful colors all over the sky.  It was one of those sunsets where literally the entire sky was ablaze with reds, oranges and yellows.  By the time I got home, things were fading a bit, but I was still able to grab this photo.  As always, you can download this image as a desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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Memorial Bridge – Rediscovering a 90 Year Old Panorama

So, I’ve always been a big history fan.  Recently, this has manifested itself in a borderline obsession with the Memorial Bridge, in Portsmouth, NH.  In researching the building of the bridge at The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s website, I found a large archive of photos from the construction process (see the video I created below from 1920’s news reel and photos during the construction of the bridge).   But what really peaked my interest was a series of 6 photos, taken from the same vantage point (the top of the North Tower) and seeming to have been designed to be displayed together in a primitive sort of panorama.

And that got me wondering – would it be possible to stitch these 90 year old photos together into a modern panorama?  First, I tried our commercial stitching program, but due to slight differences in the images and limited overlap, it wasn’t coming together as I hoped.  So much for the easy way!  But by this point I was determined – and started to stitch the photos together manually using Photoshop.  After about an hour, I had a pretty presentable final product (above).

I still get a kick out of the idea that 90 year old images, taken with a comparatively rudimentary camera, were able to be turned into a modern panorama.  Pretty exciting stuff – Enjoy!

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HD Time Lapse – Remembering the Memorial Bridge

As you may have heard, last night the main span of the Memorial Bridge (Portsmouth, NH) was floated out – severing the 89 year connection the bridge made between New Hampshire and Maine.  As a tribute, I put together the video below.  It incorporates a few of our images, but even better than that, I put together a multiple-camera HD time lapse video from the webcam photos of PortsmouthWebcam.com.  Being 1,200 or so miles from Portsmouth, it was a real blessing to be able to watch the bridges final hours.  Many kudos to the folks that put these webcams together!

The video finishes with vintage footage and a few vintage stills from news reels back in the 1920s that feature the construction and opening day for the bridge.  If you would like to read more about this great bridge and see more photos of its inauguration, check out SeacoastNH.com.

Here’s the full 2 minute HD YouTube video below:

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Remembering the Memorial Bridge

Today, I found out from a friend that they have begun to dismantle the Memorial Bridge.  If you’re not from the Seacoast of New Hampshire, its just another old bridge, well past its prime, but for those who grew up around this iconic bridge, it feels like the end of an era.

The bridge fist began to take shape during the summer of 1920, and on August 17, 1923 the bridge opened for traffic.  When built, it had the world’s longest lifting span, at 300ft and was dedicated as a “”Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919.”

Autobiographically, I can still remember the sensation of riding my 10 speed across the grating, heart racing as I tried to stay on two wheels while riding on the steel grating of the center span.  I was always quite relieved to make it to the other side in one piece.  But that was the joy of the bridge – it was a bit of an adventure.  As I got older, I moved from two wheels to four – and driving my old Triumph TR-6 over the bridge – with the towers rising high above and the water rushing below is still a very visceral memory.

However, over the last several years, the bridge has not fared well.  At nearly 90 years old, the bridge was beginning to crack and break despite the efforts of NH and ME work crews to keep her up.  In the end, the decision was made to dismantle the bridge and replace it with something more modern.  Really, there was no other choice.

Thankfully, over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to photograph the bridge.  Here are some of my favorites – in 1080P and perfect for your desktop wallpaper.  Enjoy!

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