Andrew Williamson, 17, is trained by Matt Levine for team Complete Nutrition for the upcoming 2013 Treasure Coast Classic Body Building, Figure
and Bikini Contest (NPC IV) Aug. 24 at the PSL Civic Center
When I am happy with a product, customer service or great experience I will share it with the world.
When I am dissatisfied with something I will share it equally.
I waited four days to see if I had reason to be upset by the experience. Yup, I am .
The following story is designed to just bash the soon to be mentioned restaurant. I have hopes, since they used to be one of the best restaurants in the area they they will see this and make some changes…QUICKLY.
Because of the size of our group (12 adults) and the range of preferences in food fare our family liason chose Mangrove Mattie’s in Fort Pierce for their Mother’s Day buffet. We had a 2:00 p.m. seating.
When we arrived there were two swarms. One was a swarm of people outside qaiting for the last seating of people to leave and have the tables cleaned off. (More on the ‘clean’ topic coming up)
The other swarm was a grouping of bumble bees that brought out a lot of hand swatting from the waiting patrons as they tried to avoid them without causing conflict. Bumble Bees are not normally aggressive but they can sting and if they sting someone who is allergic that’s a whole different ending to the story of their Mother’s Day.
Once inside we were seated at a table where it was obvious they were trying to fit as many people in as small a space as possible. I get it. It’s Mother’s Day and they want the business and to accomodate every phone call that comes in to them for a reservation. (I did ask the woman at another table but close enough to be in my lap to pass the salt)
The buffet was $26 per person and I knew before I walked in that I was going to take a hit because I knew that I and those on the part of the check I was paying for were not going to over-indulge.
The logistics of the buffet were not thought out at all. Had they ever had a buffet before. You’d never know it. (Yes, I said the logistics of the buffet. It matters)
Customers were coming from all directions and there was no line or order. There should have been an employee guiding people and if they couldn’t spare one they could have borrowed a set of velvet ropes from a bank that was not using them on this particular Sunday.
I walked around where I thought would be the start of a supposed line where the stack of plates were. I shuffled 8 plates off the pile and chose the one with the least amount of grunge on it and wiped it off on their table cloth.
I was first met with a small table of fresh cut roast beef. I must have come at the wrong time to get the middle of the cut with a huge, circular chunk of fat in the middle. I would later cut around it. On a scale of 1-10 of what I ate I would give it a 5. It wasn’t tender but not tough either. It was adequate.
The next table was oysters on a half shell and a tub of shrimp. I took a few oysters but the shrimp was relatively empty except for a few floaters in dirty, shrimpy water. Maybe I’ll come back for that.
I would have liked the salmon that was next, but all that was there was the dead skin of a smoked salmon on a bed of lettuce that was already turning. Maybe I’ll come back for that.
The fruit tray was next so I scooped up some melon and pineapple that were cut too close to the rind so that it was a contrast of ripe and inedible all in the same piece.
There was another row of tables with some other food that I couldnt quite see because of the people coming in from all ends. I did see a crock pot looking container of what was once scrabled eggs. Maybe I’ll come back for that.
I returned to my table and a waiting, fresshly topped off diet coke with 8 oysters and a few pieces of fruit.
I looked at the plates of others and saw a few sausage links, some pasta/cream sauce concoction and something that looked like and Egg McMuffin. They must have been looking to battle more than I.
The oysters, like the beef, were adequate. I would give them a 5 on that same scale. They didn’t pop right off the shell. It took some effort but they weren’t sandy like I heard the gentleman at a nearby table mention.
I went back up in search of the salmon and some eggs but to no avail The same salmon skin was still laying on the bed of nasty lettuce twenty minutes later (unless it was a more updated skin, but I doubt that)
The eggs were still empty (or empty again). Who knows?
I grabbed a few more oysters. Not a big attraction for these people eating like it was their last meal on exexcution day.
My diet coke refreshed again, I polished off the oysters in no time.
My whole time there I had noticed a bussser who was apparently working so hard he was sweating through his shirt like a slave working building pyramids. That was unsightly enough, but when he carried six water glasses by cradling them up against he sweaty shirt easily adding a little salt content to that patron’s next glass of water.
The comedic part of the lunch was watching three employees take on the role of engineers as they tried to fill the gap between an outside tent with customers and the main building with an umbrella during a brief afternoon downpour. It wasn’t working. The rain just found a nother path to come down through thanks to gravity.
The waiter brought the check and informed me that there was an 18% gratutiy already included. How nice that he ‘earned a $29 tip for getting me three sodas while I got my own food…or attempted to.
Sorry Mangrove Matties. Never again. I love the mothers in my family too much to subject them to an all around bad afternoon like that.
Photoshop World is not just a rigorous workout for the mind, it serves the body as well.
Do you know how much ground you cover walking the expo floor, the stairways, and the paths from class to class?
I have been a Fitbit user for a few months to help me drop a few (bunch) pounds.
What’s a Fitbit? It’s a great tracking device you wear on waistband to monitor you calories burned, steps taken, stairs climbed, and miles walked.
On Thursday I took about 12,000 steps, climbed 42 flights of stairs, burned 3,289 calories and walked about six miles. Almost all of them in the convention center.
Friday those numbers would basically repeat.
My point is that PSW is also some great fitness (but you should still walk the escalator and not ride it like an attraction at Disney)
Enough of that. Let me share the inspirations of the final day of Photoshop world.
I didn’t have to wait long for that to happen.
I chose Dave Black’s ‘Light Painting ‘class.
At my last PSW-East a few years ago I came in on the middle of an Expo class by Dave on Light Painting. I got the concept, but didn’t see it from start to finish. I liked what I saw, but never followed through to watch a video or learn more about it.
I was glad to sit next to my already seated friend, Chris Arnold because that got me to meet Abi Bell who sat on my opposite side.
While waiting for the class to start she showed me a few images of an airplane on her iPhone that she created after learning from Dave Black previously.
They were stunning!
It’s one thing for an instructor to show some great images because we expect that from them. It is something different, better and awesome to see it came from a student that felt the inspiration to go out and try it on her own and nail the shot.
I am inspired by Dave to go create, but seeing Abi’s work had me dial up a personal model friend to do a personal project shoot with me next weekend.
Yesterday was full of secrets and tweaks I decided to challenge myself with a class by Katrin Eismann of ‘Advanced Lightroom Techniques’.
There were no moments of Ooohs and Aaaahs because some visual magic appeared before our eyes, but the magic was there regardless.
Lens profiles, camera calibration and more are so necessary before moving on to the creating the parts of your image that invoke ooohs and aaahs.
I want to make amazing 3D images. I really do.
Corey Barker, please make that happen.
I sat in on his ‘3D in Photoshop’ sessions having already seen several training videos on Kelby Training.
It is nothing short of phenomenal to watch him work a small model plane into an object of depth, reflection and texture.
You had me thinking I can do it, Corey.
Holy crap! It’s time to go. It’s over? How’d that happen?
The wrap up rally and giveaways came next.
Before I get into that, Glynn came with Dave Clayton who I had connected with through Twitter and it was just a thrill to meet these two men.
A few years ago Dave Black had the biggest and baddest in the audience tearing up with his story (present company included) and tonight the tear torch was passed on to Glynn.
Besides tugging our heart strings in the humblest of ways, Glynn also had the funniest line.
When following Moose, Glynn said something to the effect of ‘His pictures are great but, Man can he chose a soundtrack!’ when referring to the powerful, epic music played behind his images.
We all have our personal ups and downs, but sharing the specifics with a room of 2,000 plus adds an amazing amount of humanity to the relationship we all have with each other and our chosen common bond.
I applaud you Glynn for bringing yourself to us and wearing your heart on your sleeve.
I highly recommend Photoshop World to anybody that has an interest in photography, to anybody who craves inspiration or just to anyone who breathes just to witness the awe.
I am already looking forward to the next one for Photoshop CS7!
So, explain this to me as if I was in 4th grade. In order to get free tickets to Midnight Madness at Photoshop World we have to wake up earlier than anybody and be at the convention center by 7:00am so we can attend an event that will end after midnight?
Yes, that’s how it went down, but it was and it was so worthwhile, but that is 14 hours later. Let me fill you in with a proper chronology.
If you are online anywhere at Photoshop World you are either making new friends or catching up with old ones.
Today started off no differently online for Midnight Madness tickets.
The crowd wasn’t lethargic, but Robert Vanelli made sure to amp it up so many more notches that even Emeril would be impressed.
After a successful score of MM tickets, I was at ease and could attend the day’s classes with minimal anxieties about how I would have to crash that party through the air conditioning vent as homage to Jack Bauer.
I am a proud Adobe Creative Cloud member, advocate and evangelist. It makes total sense. However, I have never really delved into Adobe Illustrator because of the expense of adding another program, but now that I have the Creative Cloud I already have Illustrator.
This logic just screamed to me to take Corey Barker’s ‘Illustrator Tips & Tricks’ class so I can take a proper cloud plunge.
No regrets. There are definitely some instances with vector graphics that I need to round out my abilities and Corey steered me like a ship through a minefield without setting one off.
I like to think I know Photoshop pretty darn well … until you put me in a room with Ben Willmore for his “Hidden and Hard to Find Tweaks’ class.
It is amazing as to what doesn’t make it into the mainstream workflow…or Adobe’s instruction books.
The Opt/Alt key is my new best friend … just sayin’!
Next, I am off to see Julieanne Kost so I will learn to ‘Master the Secrets of Lightroom’s Develop Module’
There are secrets? Can she get in trouble for telling a room of 400 people? Heck with it, I am going anyway.
Julieanne is an enigma to me. If you pass her in the hallway you would think she was just introverted enough that she can tell you the shoes everyone is wearing because she would be looking down most of the time … but that’s not accurate.
Put her on stage to talk about her Adobe passions and she is funny (in a way that Jim Gaffigan is funny with multiple personalities and voices leaking through).
I learn best when I can remember what made me laugh. It stays with me and she knows how to speak my learning love language. (Shhh … She was talking right to me. It was almost like 399 other people weren’t even there.)
I am always looking for new ways to make selections of items in Photoshop and when I saw Dave Cross had some secrets (more secrets!) I was on my way to his class of ‘Selection Secrets’ (aptly named…must be a Canadian thing)
Finally, lunch. I am famished. I won’t bore you with the deli sandwich on an amazing Pretzel roll across the street at the Rosen Center, but I will let you know it is there and you should all go have one next time.
A few tours around the expo floor and a purchase or two until the one class I had been waiting all day for.
Jay Maisel had a back-to-back class of ‘Light, Gesture and Color’.
I know about Light. Color I am good with. As a journalist often seek expression of some type. I like his word ‘gesture’ because it expands upon the expression I seek in my images … Oh, and I will be stealing it for this next chapter of my life with full credit thrown to Jay every time I receive a compliment on the captured ‘gestures’ in my images.
The over/under on Jay saying dirty words was 82. I took the over and won.
Jay has been doing this for a long time and has earned his place as one of the best photographers of people and their gestures.
After Jay I am exploding. People are my favorite image topic by far. Good thing the planet has so many of them.
Another bite to eat and it’s off to Midnight Madness. It used to start at midnight several years ago, but someone got smart and decided to make it end at midnight. Give that person a prize!
Before it even started, there was an hour of fun and games in the hallway. These games involved hula hoops, Oreo cookies, more hula hoops and some great team building exercises.
I have a 6-minute video for you to see here when you’re done reading and watch it in 1080P. (Vanelli is so much better in HD) CLICK HERE.
The last time I was at PSW I won an Apple-TV at Midnight Madness. Fun event, but that makes it better.
This time I was chosen to play Photoshop Charades. I know my terms pretty well. I speak and hear English like a native. I will be taking my ACE test soon. This should be cake.
Our team of four had a 14-year old girl, a young lady in her 20’s and a gentlemen who was excited enough, but we found out by the second word he didn’t have a great knack for the English language.
Somehow we pulled it off. (Our 14-year old was a champ!) I am glad for her the prize wasn’t liquor.
Instead, we were awarded a one year, or one year extension, to Adobe Creative Cloud. Running about $50 per month that makes for a team prize package value at $2,400. THANKS Adobe!
I am toast. Tomorrow is the last day which also means checking out of the hotel before going to the first class.
Wait until you read what happened there next!
There is nothing worse than getting hyped up for a few months for an event only to watch it fizzle when it begins.
Thanks to an amazing NAPP production that didn’t happen here!
You would think that a day that starts with a two hour drive (1:58 minutes of that in the dark) to Orlando at 4:45AM would start a little sluggishly.
Not the case. I switched between some rock-n-roll and a NAPP audio podcast to keep myself entertained in the same way I would prep for a Springsteen concert in this same town.
I checked in with some overly cheerful women at the booth who handed me my lanyard and what felt like a 600 pound book that was the syllabus to nearly every class over the next three days.
The keynote was better than advertised. There is always a surprise whether it be an Adobe program upgrade, new feature or comical video with the Photoshop Guys.
We got the hat trick this year!
Adobe released an upgrade to Lightroom4 in a free beta mode, hinted at a new feature to assist with blur caused by camera movement from longer than advised shutter speeds on hand-held images and finally, a video paying homage to Top Gun with the NAPP Photoshop Guys, Kelby, Kloskowski, Concepcion, Barker and Collins.
They launched Photoshop terms from their F-16s with full onslaught.
Now the schooling begins.
I made my first class ‘The Creative Composite’ with Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost.
Composite imagery is a big part of my workflow (outside the newspaper of course) with the work Wendy and I do with Gorilla Magic Creative Marketing.
As much as I think I know about it I am never in denial that I will come out of an advanced, intermediate or even beginner’s class with something new or just something I forgot I knew and used previously.
Julieanne scored with a few great images and some tweaks I was not aware of to keep the workflow quick and accurate.
What better way to spend high-noon than with Scott Kelby giving away all his trade secrets in how he uses type on his images (because many of us have been doing it obnoxiously wrong lately – no names mentioned here though).
The expo floor belonged to the paid attendees today. Tomorrow and Friday anybody can attend and if you are in the locale I suggest you stop over. Its Disneyland for photo enthusiasts.
My time here was brief, but I did replace a camera strap that I was in need of and ran into an old friend at the Adorama booth from when I worked there in the early 1990’s when they were just 40 employees.
The night class finished with Janine Warner’s ‘Designing Killer Social Media Profiles’.
I had seen Janine present before and got a great lesson on SEOs, but since Wendy and I manage and maintain about 12-15 social media sites I figured this would be a great, non-Photoshop class that can help boost our clients up too.
I can guarantee that one or more of our clients may be featured in an upcoming presentation of Janine’s because I am already so amped up to hit that creativity track for our people.
This year I am going …AGAIN.
That was the slogan for NAPP’s bi-yearly Photoshop World event. The ‘again’ was added by me as this will be my 5th time on board for the Photoshop camp in Orlando this week.
I don’t like to wish my life away but if I could get the earth to just spin a little faster on its axis (without destroying the ecosystem) I would be a bit happier.
The anticipation of attending a combination of a school, a camp, a party, a networking event all centered on Photoshop and its branches of graphic design, lighting, business, and photography techniques is as overwhelming as the 3-day event itself.
My ducks are in arrow. I made my arrangements at work (photojournalist for Your Voice News, a community weekly and partner in Gorilla Magic, a creative PR company) to get away for a few days.
Within the app I mapped out the classes I want to attend for each of the three days.
The hard part is the overlap because there are several times I want to attend two that are happening at the same time.
On the bright side, as an attendee you are given a printed 445 page workbook and access to a digital copy through Zinio for the iPad.
Each class’s instructor has included step-by-step instructions and screenshots of what they will be covering. This is great as you can just watch and listen and not take notes and even better, not have to decipher your notes and bad speed writing later and wonder “What did I mean when I wrote ‘ PSD layer CTRL-FU twice’”.
This helps in choosing your class because sometimes I may choose a class also because I would like to see a specific instructor.
I saw him listed as the instructor for ‘Lightpainting: Light Up Your World’. This wasn’t something I had been aware of and even after reading the description I still didn’t really know what I was in for.
In short, the BEST class of the Photoshop World for me that year. Maybe, because it was new and different. Maybe, because I didn’t know what to expect. Maybe, because Dave is that good. It must be all of them.
I got to meet Dave Black during the conference and share my excitement of the class with him. He didn’t look at me as if I was nuts so I hope he appreciated the feedback.
He was also the closing speaker of the event. It is probably the most talked about closing because Dave got emotional about his passions and several people on both sides were welling up in their eyes.
My point is to try new things. If you have never used Adobe InDesign before, sit in on Terry White’s class. You may find a way to apply it to your workflow.
The opening ceremony is a party before sending you on your way for three days of learning and improving your skills and creativity.
EVERY school principal and superintendent should watch this on the live stream and steal this concept before the beginning of every school year. It makes learning fun.
Now I can say, This Week I’m Going!
Oh, and in my best Peter Falk/Columbo impersonation, Just one more thing …Midnight Madness. Look it up!
I don’t like to pick and choose. I would rather do it all.
As I sat yesterday thinking of what topic to write the latest blog entry I was torn as to which one to focus on. Sports photography? My fave iPhone photo app? Changing color in a specific area of an image?
Why should I choose. I let them all rip.It took the better part of a day to arrange, write, design …then rearrange, re-write and re-design but for a quick 3 pages it is a good start.
Check it out here and subscribe as I start compiling next months content –> MitchPix Monthly
It’s been 35 years since I picked up my first camera and got a grasp on what it meant to capture 1/60 windows of time on a single image or piece of paper.
This time of year is my favorite for reflecting on what time captures I have saved as well as finding an image buried in a folder that I meant ot get to and never did.
Some are of my work with Hometown News as that was about 3/4 of my year before I left to join the start up newspaper Your Voice News & Views.
In no particular order, here we go:
The first photo of the year for me and it was Katie Bernhard of Palm City celebrating the first sunset of 2012 through dance, accompanied on drums by Tim Brown, Luke Bogacik, Daniel White and Jesse Etelson at the weekly drum circle at Shepherd’s Park in Stuart Sunday, Jan. 1. The group meets each Sunday before sundown and encourages new people to come out and experience the sense of community through music and nature.
The capture of motion and color caught my eye immediately and was happy to have been able to capture it in this medium.
This was made with a 1/10 shutter drag while moving the camera left to right with an on camera flash set to rear-curatin sync.
In St. Lucie County there was a horrible school bus accident in March with thirty children on their way home. Adam Beauchamp, 9, died. Five were in critical condition at area hospitals.
One of those five was Joey Yannucci. He was the the last to come home about a month later.The swelling on his brain was so intense they had removed part of the skull and kept it incubated inside his lower body until it was time to place it back where it belonged.
Joey came home to a heroes welcome of friends and family and it was that one pic that he scoped me out of the crowd while everyone else was looking away that stayed with me.
In early June I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua with a group call ‘The Giving Lens’ to work with the your of Empowerment International.
I don’t travel much and never had a passport. This was a life changing event.
This was a two image panorama so I could include the church steeple and the volcano in the same frame.
I could easily run 200 pix from that trip here but I will opt for this scenic pano from my last day there.
In January I needed a photo to go with a story about love but not from the 20 something generation. It was a no brainer to call Sue and Tom Whittington as they were newlyweds and always had such a great energy when they were solo and like a super nova when they’re together.
We shot this on a boat at the Stuart Boat Show with an off camera remote flash out of frame on the left. By metering for the available light behind them the flash nearly mimicked the sun and eliminated the shadows from the canopy above.
Before the tragedy of gun violence in Newton there were incidents in Fort Pierce that affected the community’s feeling of safety and the families that were touched by it all.
I usually put the camera down when there is sadness that intrudes on the emotions of others as I wouldn’t want it done to me but this young girl mounring the loss of her cousin just broke me.
I saw what some other papers ran the next day and they honed in on the same young lady. Their images included the woman holding her in a wide shot.
I wanted those we, sad, drippy eyes. I wanted people to see what a gang initiation or retaliation affects so many others.
It was for naught. People haven’t changed and still continue to kill.
I LOVE photographing kids in fun, engaging classroom environments.
These students got a shower of CO2 during a vist from a travelling Mad Science teacher.
At one point he would make CO2 balls and let them pop on their heads but in this image I love the way the gas envelopes his profile and the reaction of his friend.
On Sept, 1 a beach in Fort Pierce became the final resting place for 17 pilot whales that beached thmselves on our shores. Five were taken by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to monitor and attempt to nurse back to health.
The amazing part of something like this is how the community comes together. People of all ages made a bucket brigade from each of the whales that had a chance. The whales needed to be kept moist and shaded from the sun if they were to have any hope.
Most were euthanized on the beach as the reason’s for why whales that beach themselves in groups is still mostly a mystery.
We have a great artist community on the Treasure Coast . Everybody has to make a living but there is never a shortage of artists that will donate their time or teach.
By the look of the art on the finished canvases it was difficult to tell who was teaching who.
I held out this long without popping in a sport image.
Martin County High School and Jensen Beach High Schools have a great fan base and an even better rivalry in almost all sports.
When the two teams do play eachother there is an energy in their gym that is always equal to game seven of a World Series.
The crowds came out in beautiful weather to watch from land or sea these sleek boats skim the water and take tight turns on a marked course.
It was a treat to watch and shoot and I am hoping they bring it back next year.
The is something about my grand children and bubbles that has me shooting more than ever. These next two images are clear favorites!
Thanks for taking the time to see a few of my favorite images of 2012. There are so many more I wanted to include but you can probably find those on Facebook.
Our second semi-annual Photoshop Workshop has a date and a location!
We are thrilled to be putting on an epic performance of photography, photoshop skills, photos on portable devices, live photo shoot…and yes, chocolate will be thrown at those who answer questions correctly.
First, the place: we will be utilizing the conference room at the Children’s Service’s Council in Port st. Lucie (across from the Met’s stadium). they have a great room with long tables to make it easy to take notes or use your laptop, ample parking and are centrally located for those attending from the southern areas of Martin County up to The Vero area.
Second, the date: This year we chose a Saturday as to not alienate those who have a regular weekday job and can’t get the time off. It will be Saturday, Jan. 26.
and Third, the time: It will be from 9:00am ~ 3:00pm. Now wait, I know what you’re thinking. Six hours stuck in a room with Mitch, Wendy and people I never met before. Trust me. It will be over before you know it and you’ll be wanting more…and we’ll give it to you too.
Finally, The itinerary: we’ll start the event with a live model photoshoot showing you how to capture with a single off camera light source. We have a beautiful model for the shoot but I will be pulling an attendee from the group to show some good two-person poses.
Following the shoot we will move the photos into the computer and I will show you some sure filing procedures that will never allow you to lose a photo again.
As beautiful as our model is images will always need to be touched up. We will get into some great WOW techniques in Photoshop to make you people stand out.
We will break for lunch with delicious pizza, salad and garlic knots (Not just any knots, these are the BEST!)
No siesta after luch. We get right back into Photoshop techniques to tweak a photo and build a flyer with text and other graphic elements.
Have an iPad or iPhone? There are so many mobile apps to make amazing images that will allow you to start your image on the iPad and sync to your Photoshop platform on your computer through wifi. It’s a great marriage for your images.
We’ll finish up with questions and answers and send you on your way to create.
All the links and elements we use during the workshop will be yours to download for free from a special web page made just for the attendees of the event.
If you don’t have Photoshop already I would suggest getting it on a FREE 30-day trial download. It is a full functional version. If you download it by Jan 12 you can have two weeks to acclimate before the workshop and then two weeks to create after.
Here is the link for the Photoshop download and to sign up: GORILLA MAGIC PHOTOSHOP WORKSHOP
Wait to see what you’ll create! We’re looking forward to creating with you!
I got to attend the lighting of a Menorah in Tradition last night.
The Town Square was filled with members of the Jewish community, dreidel games and crafts, fresh potato latkes sizzing on a portable grills and dance.
I saw a rack of surfboards which i thought to be out of place because most people don’t surf on the neighboring lake. There were nine standing straight on the same angle each with a tiki light attached.
This was our menorah! How unique.
Rabbi Shlomo Uminer made analogies comparing the the oils used in the original Chanukah lights and the water the surfboards ride upon before welcoming several city and county officials to share the moment, some for the first time.
The evening ended with dance and music and more than a touch of laughter from the children.