Mars Convergence

In my opinion some of the most spectacular sunsets occur just minutes after the sun disappears below the horizon. Under the right circumstances the sun illuminates the clouds and turns them into the most spectacular backdrop. This was taken on 11-26-2014 at 6:42pm at the Arthur R Wildlife Refuge.

I shot other photos beginning 45 minutes prior that I also enjoy. Place them side by side and the difference is staggering. It’s amazing how much our surroundings change in a matter of minutes.

The sky reminded me of Mar. It was as if I was this awestruck 5 year old. The enthusiasm. I was fumbling with my phone to snap pictures. I was nervously trying to study my camera settings to make sure everything was perfect. It was one of those moments that I had to act fast and I knew I only had s small window of opportunity.

If you look just above the silhouette of the land you will notice what looks like wavy plumes of smoke. It reminded me of the Aurora Borealis! It was dancing as I stood taking pictures. Taunting me to take more – so I did!

I think this was my closest experience to visiting another planet…
Mars Convergence


August 14th Photoshoot

August 14th Photoshoot by Roberto_Aloi
August 14th Photoshoot, a photo by Roberto_Aloi on Flickr.

What does this photograph have to do with a 46 year old?

The lens naturally! This was my first chance using my 28mm 3.5 Super Takumar lens. I had read about them on the internet and they seemed to have a rabid following.

I have always enjoyed the feel of my old Nikon 35MM SLR lenses. This lens proved to be even more substantial.

It’s really true they don’t make lenses like this anymore. Manually focusing was a treat. It’s evident why it’s 45 years old and still working like it was just produced yesterday.

I can only hope my new lenses will last as long, but I will not hold my breath.

I have since acquired other universal M42 lenses and I have more on my bucket list…

Via Flickr:
First time using my recently acquired 28mm Super Takumar.

20 Mile Bend

Western Palm Beach County

If you have followed my photography for any length of time you probably already know my interest in Western Palm Beach counties agriculture area. This was shot close to the area of 20 mile bend. Semis with payloads of sugar cane hurried just behind me while I stood waiting for sky to do something interesting.

Photography requires a lot of patience. Luckily it’s those times when I wait that I truly appreciate the peacefulness of my surroundings.

Palm Beach Sunset 11.27.10

Palm Beach Sunset 11.27.10, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

I was just trying to shoot anything at this point. The photos prior to this one had a girl who kept running back and forth stopping briefly to take pictures of herself. It was quite strange. This shot was after waiting for multiple people to finally get out of the frame and I think I was lucky to get one without people because their were quite a bit on the beach despite the nasty clouds.

On a whim I asked my girlfriend to take a drive to the beach and the sun was already setting and I noticed this behemoth cloud and wanted to photograph part of it.

Disciples of Light

Disciples of Light, originally uploaded by madcalabrian.

One of my favorite places to photograph is in western palm beach county in close proximity to Belle Glade. It’s like being in a far away place when you consider the terrain where I live. Thankfully it’s only approximately 30 miles from where I live.

Urban sprawl, pedestrians, and sounds of automobiles are replaced by vast open expanses, wildlife, and the occasional hum of a tractor in the distance.

My girlfriend was interested in taking the drive with me on this particular evening and it was a race to beat the sun as it was setting.

The cane fields that surrounded my vehicle were at least 6 feet high at the time and my goal was to find an area that would allow a landscape picture showcasing a field.

After miles of driving we cam upon a gate that was open and a narrow path alongside a field. After several minutes of driving I was happy to find a clearing that allowed me to take this shot.

I thought the title was most fitting.