Photo of the Day: An Unexpected Visitor from Africa

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We had quite the surprise when walking out of the studio late this afternoon.  Lumbering down the street was this uncomfortably large tortoise which, when it saw us approaching, decided to come visit.  At first, I thought this was a very large specimen of the region’s protected Gopher Tortoise, but after speaking with Florida Fish and Wildlife, we came to find out it’s an African Spurred Tortoise.  And after talking with our neighbor, we discovered it had been walking up and down our small street for several hours.

To give you an idea of just how large this guy is, the grass in the foreground of the picture is 2 to 3 inches high.  The shell was 22 inches long and it likely weighed 75 to 80 pounds.  Not wanting it to get run over or injured, we called around until we were connected with the kind folks at the Jacksonville Herpetological Society.  After examining this big guy, they suspect he is someone’s pet (which would explain how friendly he was), was 30 or 40 years old and that he likely escaped from a back yard enclosure somewhere within a half mile or so from our location.  So, if you happen to be missing a lawnmower-sized reptile, please contact us and we’ll connect you to the folks that are taking care of him.

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Photo of the Day: Pink Moon Rising

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Ever heard of a pink moon?  Well, now you have.  Native Americans used to call the April full moon the ‘pink moon’ and tonight, I had the privilege of watching the moon rise over the Blue Ridge mountains (above).  While I am not sure I would call it pink in this photo, as the moon was just becoming visible behind the trees the light red hue was noticeable.  Please feel free to download the image – as it is 1080p, it is perfect for use as an HD desktop wallpaper.  Have a wonderful evening!

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Friendship Fountain 2.0 and other Visions of Jacksonville, FL

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Several weeks ago (yes, I am that much behind with our fine art posts) I had the opportunity to shoot around Downtown Jacksonville during a notably beautiful evening.  Above is my favorite shot from the evening – the garishly-lit center of the fountain shooting a burst of water 70 feet in the air.  Below are some of my other favorites – feel free to download any of the photos for your desktop wallpaper!

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Photo of the Day: The Moon Deserves a Halo

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This evening, I received a hot tip from our friends at ICY Pictures to look up (while outside).  This is what I found in the Florida Sky – a glowing moon, Jupiter nestled right next to it, and an ice halo that took up about a 1/3rd of the night sky.  Pretty amazing stuff!  Check out some of my other favorite starry night photos below!

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Photo of the Day: Setting Sun Makes Nice Clouds

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Just a few minutes ago I stepped out to take the trash out and saw this absolutely stunning sunset literally in my back yard.  Though, to be fair, it was in a lot of people’s back yards…  I’ve put two images from tonight into our 1080P HD wallpaper format for your downloading enjoyment.  I’ve also included a generous selection of some other recent sunsets.  Enjoy!

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Photo of the Day: When Polar Streaks

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This evening, while coming home from a shoot, I stopped to get some gas at the Beach Blvd. Sam’s Club here in Jacksonville.  As I looked back to the west, I was struck by this amazing cloud formation, lit up like a blazing fire.  Needless to say, I speedily finished filling up, drove to another part of the parking lot, and started snapping away.  The above is the result from a shot with my 70-200 2.8 lens.  Rumor has it, this odd cloud is what you call a polar streak and is caused by the formation of ice crystals at around 30,000 feet along a polar front line.  Anyway – I thought you all would enjoy!

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Amelia Island Clothed in Holiday Splendor

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Just this week, we had the opportunity to photograph up in Amelia Island.  This time, we were charged with photographing the quintessential holiday trappings that decorate the island this time of year.  And so, we visited Amelia Island Plantation, some of the old Victorian homes in the historic district, and spent our dusk at the end of Center Street.  For a guy that loves Christmas, this was a pretty sweet deal – made all the sweater because my wife and I shot this together, taking the TR6 (see Welcome back TR6), top down, to enjoy the warm December day!

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As always, feel free to download one or all of these HD photos – sized perfectly to use as your desktop wallpaper!  Below are some of our favorite shots from the day – enjoy!

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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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Welcoming Warmth at the Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour

Though the weather changed little between my first and second shoots up in Amelia Island this weekend, what was poor weather for a farmers market proved the perfect weather for a holiday-themed cookie tour of the historic Bed and Breakfasts of Amelia Island.  The cool weather and overcast skies made the warm and welcoming interiors of these beautiful homes all the more enjoyable.  It certainly got me in the Christmas mood!  On top of beautifully decorated homes, each B&B had its own signature cookie and a recipe card for each guest – and let me tell you, they were good!

This year’s tour encompassed a total of eight bed and breakfasts – many decked out for the holidays!  Below is a list of each B&B with a link to their website, should one of the photos stir a desire to visit one of these beautiful homes.

Addison House  |  Amelia Oceanfront  | Blue Heron Inn  | Elizabeth Pointe Lodge  | Fairbanks House  | Florida House Inn  | Hoyt House  | Williams House

Below are some of our favorite shots from the day – enjoy!

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Fun and Fancy at the Amelia Farmer’s Market

Last weekend, we again spent some time with the wonderful folks of Amelia Island.  Our first shoot of the day was for the Amelia Farmer’s Market.  To be honest, the weather wasn’t very ideal – it was cold and drizzly much of the morning – but that didn’t stop many of the die-hard vendors or shoppers from coming buy to shop for fresh produce, local delicacies and great gifts.  The market has recently moved to the Amelia Island Plantation, where the ancient live oaks shade guests as they stroll along the winding lanes. As is often the case with small town events, everyone was super nice and it was so wonderful to see so many people catching up while they walked along the market, sipping their coffee and listening to the great live music.

Below are some of our favorite shots from the day – enjoy!

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Peta-what? Discovering a New Sport at the Petanque America Open

November seems to be Amelia Island month for Deremer Studios.  We recently spent the afternoon in Dwotown Amelia Island, photographing the annual Petanque American Open.  The sport, similar to bocce ball, revolves around two teams throwing hollow metals balls (boules)  toward a small wooden ball (the piglet).  A point is given for each ball that is closer to the piglet than the competitor’s closest ball.  The first team to 13 points wins.

The event attracted teams from all over the United States and throughout the world – with teams traveling from Europe and even Madagascar to compete in this event.  Below are some of our favorite shots from the day – enjoy!

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Making Dirt Float with Bastech

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of providing photography coverage for the folks at Bastech, a Jacksonville business dating back more than 50 years that specializes in a variety of eco-friendly chemicals for industrial applications. One of the things I most love about this sort of photography is that I get to see and experience new things with every shoot.  For example, with Bastech, I spent some time with one of the company’s chemists who walked me through a few of their offerings, showed me how to make rocks float, and how to de-fizz bubbly liquids.  It was pretty cool!  Below are some of our favorite shots from the day – enjoy!

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NEW! Calendar Time – November Desktop Wallpaper!

We’re starting a new tradition here at Deremer Studios.  To the best of our abilities, just before the start of every month, we’ll be uploading a selection of desktop wallpaper calendars for your use and enjoyment.  All backgrounds are 1920×1080 HD sized, so they should work with most monitors quite well.

This month, we’re featuringfour fall/winter themed backgrounds from Nova Scotia, New Hampshire and Virginia.  If you would like Thanksgiving-specific backgrounds, check out our Thanksgiving Series of desktop wallpapers that we created last year.  As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!

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Photo of the Day – Ships Crossing in the Night…errr, I Mean Day

With Hurricane Sandy off our coast, Jacksonville had an unexpected visitor (well, 1900 of them t be exact).  The cruise ship you see in the background took a detour en route from Newark to Ft Lauderdale due to the high seas and intense winds produced by Sandy.  Being a one cruise ship town, this was big news.  So today, when we were going over the Dames Point bridge and we saw the Carnival ship going out, I traded seats with Bryn and started snapping away as we did a few passes over the bridge.  The above photo is my favorite – an extremely rare site of not one, but two cruise liners in the St Johns River at one time.  Below are a few more or my favorite St Johns River photos from years past!  As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!

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Fine Art Series – Travels North: The Panorama Addendum

So, its been a bit of a crazy couple of months since our summer trip through New England, Pennsylvania and western Virginia.   I have just now had a chance to work on some of the panoramas from the trip.  I didn’t shoot as many as I typically do, but I wanted to share them all the same.

Above is one of the photos that I stitched together to make one of the panoramas.  This is Nubble Light in York, ME at sunrise – using a 400mm lens to make the sun as big as possible in the photo.  What I really liked about this little part of the panorama was the light coming through the house and reflecting through the light.

Enjoy – and of course, feel free to download as a desktop wallpaper!

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