North Key Largo Missile Site Today

Nelson Sanchez and his wife Rosa took a few friends through a portion of the long ago decommissioned North Key Largo Missile Site on SR905.  The Battery B Nike site was operational in June 1965 and closed in June 1979.  The images below show the long since used radar control room, support towers for the radar domes that looked like golf balls, barracks, shower facilities and generator rooms.  The Key Largo HM40 Nike Hercules site is now under control of the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.

Some of the images were taken using the High Dynamic Range technique with a little artistic license from me.  My thanks to Nelson for his workshop and to the information provided by him from historian Jerry Wilkinson.

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ASMP Exhibit

I drove down to Key West Monday to see the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) South Florida Chapter ”Light of Florida” art exhibit at the The Studio of Key West (TSKW).  There were 1200 images submitted for review, 65 made the final cut and 40 were on display.  All of the images were printed with archival inks on archival paper and were available for purchase. One of my images, Orange Light on the Bay appeared.  See images below.  The exhibit will tour Florida at various venues for the next two years.

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Changes to class schedule . . .

A few changes to the FKCC class schedule have occurred.  Digital photography at FKCC campus in Marathon has a new start date (see below) to attract more students.  The Introduction to Photoshop is on hold while FKCC approves classroom location changes.  Digital Photography on the Coral Shores campus of FKCC has started and if you sign up this week there is time to join the class.

Digital Photography Coral Shores campus 8 weeks beginning 1/10/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.
Digital Photography Marathon HS campus 8 weeks beginning 1/25/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.

Digital Photography & Photoshop Classes Begin . . .

Here’s the latest Florida Keys Community College course information for Digital Photography and introduction to Photoshop.
Digital Photography Coral Shores campus 8 weeks beginning 1/10/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.
Digital Photography Marathon HS campus 8 weeks beginning 1/11/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.
Introduction to Photoshop Marathon campus 6 weeks beginning 1/19/11 6-8 p.m. $160. Call 305-809-3185 to register.

The Matecumbe Studio Gallery

The Matecumbe Studio Gallery hosts fine art from an eclectic array of original oils, pottery and jewelry by established and emerging artists.  These works, inspired by the Florida Keys to Paris to The Civil War are available for viewing and purchase daily at the gallery.  Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, 140 Morada Way, Islamorada, Florida, 33036, 305-879-2710.

Are you still looking for a holiday gift?  Stop in browse the art pieces, meet an artist, finish your shopping with us.

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The Morada Way Arts and Culture District and The Moorings Village welcome Clyde Butcher, Thursday, December 15, 2011.  For specific details of the event click here.

More HDR on Florida Bay

I recently put another series of images together to produce a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image taken of Florida Bay from the end of Indian Mound Trail, Plantation Key, Islamorada, Florida.  To see the image click here.

Butterflies and a Gouldian Finch

During a recent trip to Key West Florida, I toured the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory on Duval Street.  After many still shots I switched my camera to movie mode and filmed a few butterfly subjects and the hungry Gouldian Finch pictured here.  The full slide show is here.

From the Butterfly Garden, Key West, Florida

Gouldian Finch at the Butterfly Garden Key West

 

HDR A Different Look

Around our islands these past two weeks or so. The images say it all so check the slide show.

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Aerials over Founder’s Park & Florida Bay

February 26, 2011, the venue, in the air over Founder’s Park, Islamorada, Florida—below, the famous Upper Keys Rotary Club Gigantic Nautical Flea Market. The pilot Brett Ekblom; the plane, a little yellow fabric Piper Cub; the gear, Canon EOS 7D, 28-135 IS lens, polarizing filter AND great weather. Founder’s Park is a short flight from Tavernaero grass strip, a few minutes even in the very slow Cub. We flew a few box patterns around the park shooting aerials of the crowds at the Gigantic Nautical Flea Market. As we turned to return to the grass strip Brett spotted a friend of his in his back country flats boat. He was out with his children for a fun day on Florida Bay. We dropped down, came along side and took a few passing shots returning a few minutes later to Tavernaero grass strip.

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