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Friday, July 31, 2009

I never seem to have the right lens to photograph the red tail hawks that tend to haunt the light poles on USF's campus. This morning, my camera and a 70-200 VR was on the passenger seat after my attempt at photographing the Thursday night regatta last night was foiled by weather.

Pulling into the light on Fowler and Leroy Collins this morning, I noticed an adult red tail perched on one of the light poles. Window down, lens with VR out the driver side and a few successful silhouettes of this beautiful, common raptor.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On my return drive to Tampa yesterday, I joined fellow photographer Jeremy Allen to shoot the launch of Space Shuttle STS-127 at Kennedy Space Center. Thanks to a friend we were able to join them at the actual Space Center, just a few miles from the launch pad. Unfortunately, the evening turned in to the fifth launch cancellation due to weather.

To try and get the tightest photograph possible, I put a 2x teleconverter on my 300mm/2.8 lens and used the Nikon D3's high speed crop mode. The 300 mm lens was then an effective 900mm lens but, unfortunately, the teleconverter severely compromises the sharpness of the image. The solution will involve trying to get a press credential for a future launch. Ideally, a shuttle launch before NASA scrubs the program in May of next year.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Promotion Ceremony of General Luis Visot - Images by Joseph Gamble

On Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure of being the official photographer for the promotion ceremony of General Luis R. Visot from one-star to two-star Brigadier General in the US Army. Luis is a terrific person and a colleague of mine from the University of South Florida where his wife Cindy Visot works as the chief of staff for the university president. As Luis rose through the ranks as a citizen soldier in the Army Reserves, he has shared that career with the university. Thus, his promotion ceremony was held at the Joint Military Leadership Center on the campus of USF rather than in a military setting.
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