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Oviedo32765

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  1. Why do I feel ill all of a sudden?!? Must lay down ... 🤪
  2. If you have a smart phone, I suggest downloading a good navigation app and follow that. I know how to get to various places here in Central Florida, but lately I have started to use my phone app almost daily, because of traffic congestion. The app gets real-time traffic information and provides the least congested route as well as warn of delays ahead. It has really helped my frustration level with congestion and my sanity.
  3. It's about 27 miles from the port as the boat floats. Not sure what the speed limit is for ships thru the bay but I seem to remember when we sailed there years ago it was close to 2 hours.
  4. I have been chasing this photo since May when I went to a spot where I knew I could get an unobstructed view of the lunar eclipse. It’s a wide-open field with a water tower at the far end. I hoped to get photos of the setting moon and the water tower in the same frame. That attempt was spoiled when fog set in as the moon was the perfect position for my shot. The next month was a no—go because of cloud cover. On July 23rd, I checked the sky condition before I left the house and there were no clouds (but I didn’t have a clear view of the western sky from my home). As I rolled into the parking lot next to the field, my hopes for a great morning shoot came to an abrupt halt — low clouds to the west covered the moon with only a faint glow in it’s general vicinity. I almost turned around and went home but hoped there would be a break in the clouds when the moon neared the horizon. I trudged across the field, got in position, and lo and behold, at the prefect moment, the moon ducked below the clouds for me.
  5. Our local photo club had a field trip to the historic section of Sanford, FL for some street photography and a car show. The car show portion was rained out, but the rain let up in time for the few of us that showed up to get some street photography practice in. Here are a few things that caught my eye: One of the historic buildings Display in a merchant's window Photographed a photographer posing newlyweds Leading lines to Veteran's Memorial Park Eagle Silhouette
  6. Funny you mentioned an app. I searched ez-pass on the iPhone App store and noticed 3 for Florida and counted a total of 54 apps available. I'm sure there are a few worth downloading. I have no idea how many, if any, are available for android phones. So here's a crowd source challenge for the Florida board: Which apps are best? What features do you like the best? Which apps aren't even worth the time to download?
  7. I went to Orlando Speed World Saturday to photograph the somewhat new motorsport of drifting. Drifting was popularized in Japan in the 1970s, and didn't become popular outside Japan until the mid 1990s. It is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner. The track was not very large so speeds were relatively low compared to race cars. Drifting is judged according to the speed, angle, showmanship, and line taken through a corner or set of corners. The photogragphic challenge for me was to convey a sense of speed by using a slow shutter speed and panning with the camera for focus. I used various shutter speeds - 1/30, 1/60, 1/80, 1/125, 1/200. When I could keep focus I preferred the slower shutter speeds because I could blur the background and tire spinning. But at the slower shutter speed the keeper rate was very low. Return trips to the drifting track are in order to practice my panning technique. 1/30 1/30 1/60 1/60 1/80 1/80 1/125 1/125 1/200 1/200
  8. To dovetail with TheOldBear's Buy vs Rent, I'd like to suggest Buy New vs Buy Used. One can save quite a bit buying used (I have). I would not suggest craigslist, ebay, or thru any of the apps available for smart phones because you really never know what you are getting until it arrives. These sellers often over value or over state the condition of the item for sale. I do recommend two (I have bought from both) online retailers: B&H Photo (Look for the Used link on the top menu strip) KEH Camera (Only buy & sell used equipment) Both inspect and test each item before offering it for sale. In addition, each stands behind their products with good return policies and have very good descriptions of the item's condition. Below is a screen shot of B&H's rating system and https://www.keh.com/shop/grading-system is a link to how KEH inspects and grades equipment. A final thought - when in doubt, buy new.
  9. Super Blood Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse 6:11am EDT
  10. We have sailed twice out of Tampa, but not on Celebrity so I can't answer that question. I agree with EatonDoolittle about valet parking. We used it both times and was impressed with the speed of having my car retrieved on return. I think it took a minute and a half the first time and about 5 minutes the second. A little pricey compared to the parking garage, but worth it to me. Haven't sailed from Tampa in some time so I don't know what the cost is now.
  11. A picture is worth a thousand words. 😊
  12. Sorry, no P-38. But there was a P-51 Mustang that joined the F-22 and A-10 in a Heritage Flight, and an N25 Steerman biplane. P-51, A-10, F-22 N25
  13. Sorry for posting late, but I had over 2000 photos to cull thru after attending the Cocoa Beach Air Show on April 17 and 18. To ensure I got the one photo I wanted, I shot on continuous high speed at 10 frames per second. The first day I think I shot 1200 photos and kept 142. I'm still plowing thru the second days event. Weather was great the first day, started out iffy the second but cleared for the show. These photos were taken from the 4th-floor balcony of the condo we rented for the weekend. The next day we had tickets at show center on the beach. Mike Wiskus in his Lucas Oil Pitts buzzing the Coast Guard ship anchored at show center. And yes, Mike had an FAA waiver to perform that low and close to the Coast Guard. A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor the fastest and most maneuverable fighter jet in the world today pulling hard into a vertical climb. The F-22 makes sharp, sudden turns displacing and compresses air into vapor seen here creating its own weather system with massive clouds that engulf the jet. This Douglas C-47 is the "TICO Bell." On June 5, 1944, she was one of the hundreds of C-47s that flew across the English Channel on D-Day, dropping members of the 82ndAirborne behind enemy lines. A U.S. Navy TBM-3U Avenger makes a fly-by. The Grumman TBF Avenger (designated TBM for aircraft manufactured by General Motors) is an American torpedo bomber from WWII. Unfortunately this war bird developed engine trouble returing to base and ended up ditching in the ocean near Patrick Space Force Base. The pilot survived unharmed. A B-25 Mitchell bomber named "Killer Bee" by her crew from WWII. Named in honor of Major General William "Billy" Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation, the B-25 was used by many Allied air forces, and served in every theater of World War II. Two vintage SNJ-2 WWII era aircraft from the GEICO Skytypers perform an opposing fly-by. The GEICO Skytypers are a flight squadron of six vintage aircraft that performed precision flight maneuvers. The main attraction was the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying F-16 Fighting Falcons. The four-jet diamond performed precision formation flight with the aircraft wingtips as close as 4 feet apart while performing loops, inverted rolls and even high performance turns. The two solo jets performed high energy maneuvers together and from opposite directions.
  14. I made a return trip Sunday to check on the progress of the egrets nesting in Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park, FL. There are a lot more chicks squawking for food, and they are growing fast. It won't be much longer before some of the chicks will be getting flying lessons, and peace & quiet will return once again to the park.
  15. Yesterday was such a nice day here in Central Florida that I grabbed my camera and headed out to the Orlando Wetlands Park. The park is a man-made wetland designed to provide advanced treatment for reclaimed water from the City of Orlando and other local cities. The Park is 1650 acres in size and located in Christmas, Florida.
  16. This photo was taken on a recent late afternoon scenic boat tour in Winter Park, FL. The view is from Lake Virginia of Rollins College. The prominent structure on the right is Knowles Memorial Chapel. Rollins College was the alma mater of Fred Rogers, also known as Mister Rogers.
  17. I think the answer depends on whether you prefer to watch sunrises of sunsets?
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