Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida; nestled on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is known for it's beautiful beaches, unique dining, and it's pastel sunsets. It is also, only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers which is why I enjoy photographing its beauty.
Pastel Splendor - Naples Pier
This is a 35 minute exposure under a full moon. While experimenting with various timed exposures this final abstract image renders color film as black and white with extreme contrast.
The pelicans were fast asleep.
Naples City Dock
An evening storm in the background gave off this colorful array of light to the city dock. The sun slipped through the holes in the clouds to reflect off the water. A magic moment.
Cloud Du Jour
Afterglow - Naples Pier
Celebration - Naples Pier
NAPLES PIER - Summer Clouds
Summers in southwest Florida produce dramatic layers of clouds floating in a deep blue sky. The gulf waters turn an emerald green. Vegetation is a lush green.
Gulfview Sea Villa
Naples Depot - Paint With Light
Romancing the Pier
Dawns Early Night
This photograph of the Naples Pier was taken with Fuji transparency film. It is a 12 minute exposure taken under a full moon at 4:00am. During that time I walked out to the end of the pier. I can't be seen because it is nighttime and I was moving during the exposure.
The water and the sky are moving the whole time; thus the surrealistic look to the image. Film goes into reciprocity failure after 3 seconds and therefore the colors you see are constantly shifting during the timed exposure and cannot be controlled or duplicated again.
Gordon Pass After Dark
Moon Over Naples
Another view of the Naples City Dock in the vertical position in the magic light of a distant thunderstorm.
Moon Over Lowdermilk Park
Full moon over one of the beach entrances. In addition, at about 3:00 am the palms were painted with hand held lights to accent the palms and walkways which were in darkness. A spotlight was used to light the far and high up palms; the wood walkway was lighted with hand-held off camera flash; the closer vegetation lighted with a regular flashlight.
Riverwalk and cruise ship taken from the Gordon River Bridge.
South of Naples is beautiful Marco Island with stunning beaches and Gult view condos strung out for miles. A client who lives three buildings up wanted a view of his condo on South Beach.
I took the image from the southernmost building rooftop. I rode the elevator to the 25th floor and onto the roof. Then climbed a 50 foot ladder bolted to the side of the building with my field camera in a backpack so both hands could be free to get to the highest point in order to get this photograph.
HEAVENLY HOSTS Ave Maria
The cathedral in the center of downtown Ave Maria wrapped in summer clouds
The old pub on 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples taken at 3:20AM
AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY
The commons at the university. View from the from the church entrance
There are two beautiful lakes on either side of the main entry to Twin Eagle, a residential community east of Naples. This archway is a grand entry to a walkway which goes around the west lake with beautiful shooting water fountains.
RIVERWALK Tin City
Restaurant on the river downtown Naples
This is one of two near-identical images of the Naples pier a half hour after sunset. After photographing "Pastel Splendor", I changed to a wide angle lens which took in the sea grapes at the bottom and turned the lens vertically to make this image.
America's Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
An international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty.
Sunrise over the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades
Cypress Dawn II
Steamy winter morning hiking through the 'glades at sunrise
Along the Tamiami - Misty Dawn
PA-HAY-OKEE "River of Grass"
Along the Tamiami
Tamiami Trail Clouds
Summer clouds are most dramatic in July
GOLDEN DAWN RISING
The magic hour.......sunrise over the Everglades east of Everglades City.
Full frontal lighting at daybreak over a small body of water in the Eastern Everglades.
DWARF CYPRESS FOREST
In the Everglades within the National Park is found an expansive forest of dwarf cypress trees.
BIG CYPRESS PRESERVE
The preserve after heavy summer rains in Big Cypress
Throughout my travels, I have experienced many beautiful locations. From the beaches of Florida to the serene waterfalls at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Corkscrew Misty Morning
Florida Sunflowers & Blue Skies
Light of Day
Humility - Hocking Hills
Hocking Hills Waterfalls
Banyan trees on Boca Grande Island. The two cyclists who happened by added a nice accidental bonus to the photograph.
Bamboo forest. Standing among the tall bamboo the wind was blowing the rods against one another, making its own music.
Beaches are a unique place to photograph. From the fine, white sand to the roaring surf - there is nothing more peaceful and more enjoyable to capture.
Sun & Surf
Fernandina Sunrise III
Boca Grande Lighthouse
Sailboat Under the Palms
Marco Island South Beach
Fishing in Paradise
SEA IN THREE
One of the many wonders of the Gulf Of Mexico off the Florida coast
Red Sails in the Sun
Between the Breakers
Driftwood Meets the Sky
Islands in the Sun
Air, Land & Sea
Sand N' Surf
Light of Inspiration
Pelican Fly By
Quiet walk along the beach
THE OLD FISHING PIER
Memories of days gone by. The only fishermen left have wings.
Long distance runner every evening at sunset along Naples beaches.
Flowers have many important symbolic meanings. Roses are a symbol of love, beauty and passion while Poppies are a symbol of consolation. Irises and Lilies are symbol of resurrection and life. I enjoy photographing the the delicate intricacies of flowers in all of their variety.
Dew On A Rose
Diamonds & Fur
Azaleas & Live Oaks
Orchids in White
Bench for Monet
Lady Slipper Orchid
Rare orchid found only in Southwest Florida and in Cuba. It grows for a short period of time, about 3 to 4 weeks, in May or June. But not necessarily every year. I found this one in the swamps of Fachahatchee Stand. I donated two pints of blood (mosquitoes) to capture this beauty.
Flower arrangement set up on a table in a dark room. Using a small pen light each flower and the vase was "painted" over a period of about 30 seconds
Living in Florida, I have the opportunity to explore various parks and beaches. I have come across some very unique and photogenic wildlife on my walks. From alligators to egrets, I have been able to capture some amazing creatures!
Egret Pair Nesting
Me & My Shadow
Eagle in the Glades
Great Blue Heron at low tide before sunrise. South of Everglades City.
Painting With Light
"Painting With Light" is my newest exploration in light and photography.
Normally a photograph is captured in hundreds or thousands of a second - A mere "click" of the shutter and a "picture" is taken. Light painting is a whole different concept of image making. Its like painting on a canvas with a brush, slowly, over a long period of time. However, instead of a brush, a light is used on a black canvas - namely night. These images are the result of "painting with lights" over a longer period of time - from 30 seconds to 40 minutes.They are "painted" with a variety of handheld lights during the hours of total darkness, usually between the hours of 2:00am and 5:00am when the community is asleep. I use a variety of battery-operated lights - flashlights, floodlights, spotlights, off-camera hand-held flash heads, penlights and even ambient light from the moon. The only thing that shows up with oil paint is that what the brush touches on canvas. Likewise, the only thing that shows up on film is the light which touches an object in darkness. Thus, the term: "Painting With Light".
Joe's Crab Shack
Naples Museum of Art
The Naples pier was "painted" in total darkness by using a 3 million candle power spotlight. The houses on the pier were illuminated with two hand-held flash units with numerous "pops" of flash. Each board and railing was meticulously painted from the beginning of the pier all the way to the end. This image took 40 minutes from start to finish. Note the only thing one can see is the pier. I did not touch the water with light. There was no moon overhead.
Naples Pier Entrance
Naples Women's Club
VonLiebig Art Center
In 1921, the Heitman family constructed the Heitman Hotel on eight acres of land in the heart of what is now Old Bonita. The family was developing property to the west and the 25-room hotel provided potential buyers a place to stay while their new homes were constructed. The natural spring for which the town is named is located on the grounds and flows into Oak Creek. It is now called The Shangri La Hotel & Spa. Rooms are not open to guests at the present time, but the building and grounds are open.
The flowers were photographed in a dark room. They were "painted" with a small handheld pen light. This was about a 30 second exposure.
Capturing the love and beauty of a family is something that I enjoy photographing. I am available for portrait, children, family and maternity photo shoots. Call to schedule and appointment.
Black & White Family Portrait
Black & White Portrait
Messages from the Sea
Portrait on the rocks
A collection of still life shots.
Basket of Fruit
Ready for slicing
Romancing the Pier
Sunflower & Blue Vase
Wine, Cheese and Veggies
In an alley in old Charleston, South Caroline Historic District
Hole In The Wall
In an alley in old Charleston, South Carolina Historic District
Colorful shutters on a building in Historic Charleston, South Carolina
The shutters and planter beckoned a call to be photographed.