Friday, June 19, 2009

Kelly and Dave's Wedding

It was yet another gorgeous Grand Cayman wedding, this one at a beautiful private house on the south coast.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Touch of Thai Spa opening

Suladda May has a new canvas on which to apply her art, it's the Touch of Thai Spa in the new building across from Edouardo's Restaurant, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman. I think it will be popular. View this little slide show...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"Growing on Our Traditions"

We enjoyed a beautiful day today at Boatswain's Beach, Grand Cayman as locals put on a nice demonstration of past cultural traditions of the Cayman Islands. There was rope making, plaiting, caboose cooking, a sugar cane mill, marbles and even soldier crab races! You really missed something sweet if you missed this show, put on by an incorporated not-for-profit group, The "Cayman Islands Traditional Art Council" (CITAC).

Their next event will be held at Boatswain's Beach on July 18th. You can contact Adonza Harrison if you have any questions and would like to stay informed.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Destination wedding Grand Cayman

Locals Jay and Cat chose to have their destination wedding right in their own back yard, at The Reef Resort, in the remote East End of Grand Cayman.

I truly love covering small weddings like this one, in which everyone there gets a chance to actively participate in the beauty of the moment in some memorable way. I shot over 850 frames in the 4 hours allotted. That's the equivalent of 23.5 rolls of 36 exposure film! 24 rolls of film would have cost the clients $864. When I was shooting film, budgetary constraints limited how often I'd snap the shutter. As a result, it was very rare to ever shoot more than 14 rolls of film even on a humongous, 300+ guests, 12 hour wedding shoot. 14 rolls is 504 pictures, which is a lot when you consider that you are looking for the best 80 to 100 for an album! I shoot three times that number in the same time now. Yet, I get far more than three times the number of "winners" as a result of experience and the many new tricks that come with digital capture. It all means that every frame in the final, edited album will be wonderful. There are even far more important advantages of shooting digital vs film than frame counts at weddings as well as in all manner of a working photographer's situations. Some are real dreams come true for the experienced shooter. I'll try to point them out in future blog editions. Enjoy!

Friday, June 5, 2009

I've made the classic mistake of telling my sweet, innocent, 2 1/2 year old house cat, Pixel that he is the King of Beasts. That's just supposed to be a euphemistic term of affection, but he has obviously taken it seriously. The Doberman Pinscher that he chased today is a "stranger" being walked by a neighborhood girl. Pixel was merely extremely lucky that this particular Doberman shares a house with a cat. Now, how am I ever going to teach this overconfident King of Beasts to respect dogs?!! Click to see dirt flying behind the dog! This was a full-tilt run for life that would have looked good on the Serengeti! I fear this amazing cat may not live long, but I'm loving the way he lives!

Pixel the cat has the helpless Doberman cornered now! This has to be titled "Defiance"!

... OK then, possibly, "Overconfidence".

Pixel just wants to make friends. Lucky for him, that's all this leash-less dog wants too. These two only just met, so I'd say Pixel has mighty big ones for a cat who's been neutered!

Had I not shot these images I'd be inclined to suspect Photoshop, but these are straight up! Click image to see big.