Thursday, November 27, 2014

Changing Gear (s) - Time To Give Thanks To Sony

Happy Thanksgiving to all that read my blog.  Hope you had time to slow down and enjoy family and friends today.

Since 1/3 of my company name is 'Camera' now is the perfect time to talk tech about camera equipment. I know many of you will want to read this- the camera that is like a best kept secret. The techy part is all described in the video below.

The title above ' Changing Gear'  refers to  a new camera I'll be using to fill these pages with even better pictures in the future. This week I picked up one of Sony's new Alpha line of cameras - the  A6000. I almost dismissed looking at it because it looks like a toy point and shoot camera.  No way that little fella can match my Cannon equipment.

But, as I started reading the reviews I became interested and decided to take a closer look.  Then I discovered a really good local, privately owned camera store, Lake Shore Camera Exchange in Palm Harbor, Fl.  I called them to see if they carried the A6000 and was lucky to find Tom there who had one. After going to the store, listening to Tom and seeing some of his work done by the camera with just the kit lens, I was hooked. 

I took my first pictures today and am very pleased with it and I'm starting with only the plain vanilla kit lens.  ( I have a telephoto 18-200 on order) I am just beginning to learn what this thing can do, so the attached shots are simple auto mode pics.  All I can say is I am blown away by the technology packed into this for the price.   I am not a pro and do this as a hobby, but  you should see what a pro has to say about the A6000 in the link below.  I can't wait to use it at the Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona/ IMSA Tudor Challenge race in January!

Unleashing the power of Sony's A6000

And here are a few of my first pictures - never used one before. After 10 minutes with the camera, here's what I got:

This Photo Of The Gear NOT Taken By The A6000

Now - What It Can Do:


This Last Shot- Remarkable in that it was taken at dawn,  6:45 in the morning and no flash.

Happy Thanksgiving- Thank You Sony

Friday, November 21, 2014

du Pont Registry Cars & Coffee - Sculptured Beauty and Ho Ho Ho Time

Cars are art- I even overheard some of the patrons last Saturday mention that as they gazed at a beautiful red Ferrari 458.  Cars and art go hand in hand and over the years there have been many prime examples of this premise.   From Ferrari to McLaren to Porsche and even Detroit, this post has a wide variety and interpretations of automotive art. Here are a few shots showing off the work of dedicated designers who have spent a lot of effort creating their three dimensional Picasso, or is it a Dali?

( Visitors to St Petersburg, Florida this winter should check out the incredible, first of it's kind Dali Museum show)   Click below to view:

Dali/ Picasso

But I digress,  Here's the art show I photographed November 15th at the monthly du Pont Registry Cars & Coffee.

Swooping Red Lines- Ferrari Tradition

Aggressive Stance- The Viper Strikes Orange

Classic  Porsche Lines Extended

A Space Ship?

World's Most Beautiful Mirrors

And A Car To Go With Them

Detroit Style Fins

Detroit Santa Sleigh- Ho Ho Ho!

Old British Classic Design

Nuvo Detroit Muscle Design

 Detroit Muscle Design

As always- it is as much about the artistry of these cars as it is their  performance.
Enjoy The Art

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vintage Motor Classic at St. Petersburg Yacht Club

Sunday, November 9th was another beautiful day and a beautiful car show.  This is why I moved to Florida- where can you enjoy cars like these, walking around in shorts in November?  St. Petersburg, Florida of course. 

In my opinion, Jaguars stole the show, but I always wanted an E Type when I was a teenager.  Here is a taste of what was on display.  Racing fans- In my next post I will have a recap on the F-1 race in Brazil held on the 9th and the tight competition between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for the 2014 world championship that will be decided in two weeks at Abu Dhabi.

Jaguars Rule

And A Stunning Ferrari Racer from the 1950's:
And a Variety of Everything in Between:

All In A Picturesque Setting:

A good show!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Ferrari's on the Circle, A Unique Car Show

Anyone fortunate enough to be at St. Armands Circle Park in Sarasota, FL on Saturday, November 1st  were treated to a special car show that happens only once a year.  No other cars can grace the grounds of St Armands Circle, making this event every bit as special as it sounds. A lonely lime green Lamborghini parked outside on the street looking in all day was a reminder that this was no ordinary show.

 If you didn't make it this year, put this show on your list to attend next November. Here are some random shots showing off magnificent cars that are both art on wheels and engineering wonders. And not all Ferraris are red:

This Lambo Could Not Get In

Through These Posts  - The Cars of Your Dreams
Artwork Is All Around The Circle

Not All Ferraris Are Red

Perfect Day

The Oldest Car In The Show

New Meaning To 'A Growler'

No This Is Not An Airplane- But It Flies!

The Loves of Your Life

Different Perspective

Nice Wheels

Bat Mobile?

Night Vision

Beautiful Blue Hue Next To Black

Be Sure To Be There Next Year!