Changes in the Village​

The new Director of Planning likes to move things quickly. Once a year the Village must update it’s Land Use Plan and the Director is well on his way in accomplishing that task.  If something significant begins to develop, I’ll try to mention it here.

Having trouble with a permit application or pre-application conference application, why not contact this office for assistance.  We may be able to point you in the right direction.  Pete at 305-522-4863.

New Digital Photography Class

New digital photography class offered through  And for the first time a 3-hour work shop on High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.  Check out both courses here:

E Night Time Peninsula Solarize 4469

iPhone app to add copyright information to images

Are you using an iPhone for social media pics or more? Is copyright and ownership of your images important to you?  Check out the new Marksta app which easily marks your images with your copyright notice on a copy of the image ready for upload to your favorite social media program. You can read about the app here:

Color, Black & White, Monochrome

A few thoughts on the color shades of photography:

The primary additive colors for light are red, green, and blue; the primary subtractive colors (which give the primary additive colors when subtracted from white light) are magenta, cyan, and yellow.  Put all of the various color pixels together and you end up with one great color image.

Black and White is a monochrome image using black as the color.

A Monochrome photo is an image made of one color plus shades of that one color such as black and various shades, or blue and various shades of blue.

Comparing the three images below, which do you prefer, the “color”, the “black and white” or the “monochrome”?

Classes begin January 22, 2013 — see the information and schedule in the post below.

Color Sunset Wisp

Color Sunset Wisp

Black & White Sunset Wisp

Black & White Sunset Wisp

Monochrome Sunset Wisp

Monochrome Sunset Wisp

That time of year . . .

The holidays are a busy time of the year for taking pictures. Remember what Henry David Thoreau said “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”. When you see it, trip the shutter.

Happy Holidays


Digital Photography and Intro to Photoshop Spring 2013

Florida Keys Community College Spring course schedule is now available for registration.  Digital Photography and Introduction to Photoshop begins late January 2013.  The links below will take you to the FKCC page link for the class announcement.

Click here for Digital Photography Coral Shores

Click here for Introduction to Photoshop

Click here for Digital Photography Marathon

New Web Site

Check out the new website.  Stop in and browse by clicking on Pete Bacheler Photography.

New “Standout” Prints Available

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Pete Bacheler Photography New “Standout” prints on sale at Craig’s Restaurant, 90154 Overseas Highway bay side. Mention this blog page and enjoy a piece of Key Lime pie on the house. Each 8X12 inch print is mounted on 0.75 inch black edge form core ready to hang. Bring a little tropical color to your place and enjoy.  For price and purchase information on line email me directly at  No, for email orders I can’t ship the Key Lime pie.

New Class Dates Digital Photography & Photoshop

The class dates for the fall semester are out for Florida Keys Community College for Digital Photography Beyond the Camera and Photoshop for beginners.  See the information below.  If you have questions please call me 305.522.4863.

Digital Photography  9/04/2012-10/30/2012
CRN: 10410
Tuesdays, 6:00 PM– 8:00 PM
Tuition: $155
Upper Keys Campus / Room 1-202 call 305.809.3185

Digital Photography 9/05/2012-10/31/2012
CRN: 10210
Wednesdays, 6:00 PM– 8:00 PM
Tuition: $155
Middle Keys Campus / Room 5205  305.809.3185

Photoshop CS-5 for Beginners  11/06/2012– 12/04/2012
CRN: 10333
Tuesdays, 6:00 PM– 8:30 PM
Tuition: $160
Upper Keys Campus / Room 1-102J  305.809.3185

Photoshop CS-5 for Beginners  9/06/2012– 10/11/2012
CRN: 10318
Thursdays, 6:00 PM– 8:00 PM
Tuition: $160
Middle Keys Campus / Room 5210  305.809.3185

Overcast and Drab Turned Around

I met with Gina and Nick late last week.  They had flown into the Florida Keys for a friends wedding and wanted to create their own engagement photos while in Key Largo.  The weather was overcast and generally yucky do to tropical storm Debby.  If you’ve ever wondered why you see photographers using flash during the day time these samples will illustrate why.  The first image in the sequence below shows just how drab it was. The images that follow were created the same way (aperture priority) but with fill flash.  Ambient light provided the overall exposure for the image and the flash filled in the scene with enough light to bring up the colors and detail.  The results are considerably different.  In those images where the fill seems to be coming from a different angle it is — the flash was moved off camera.   The side lighting on the dock used the flash off to the right side, below and about 5 feet from the camera.  The Royal Poinciana was done with fill flash coming up from the bottom at arms length left of the camera.  So the next time you think the drab scene will ruin the photo opportunity, turn on the flash and use it to fill in a little extra light, and to vary the result a bit more, move the flash off camera and turn the power of the flash up or down to change the result.