I Was Nearly Arrested for Simply Taking Photos at Local Mall

I Was Nearly Arrested for Simply Taking Photos at Local Mall

This evening I was nearly arrested for simply taking street and landscape photos at a local Town Center mall here in Jacksonville Florida.  I took my wife Nancy to the mall to meet one of her friends for dinner and to do some shopping.  I’m not a fan of the mall so I decided to bring my camera along to pass the time.  Since I’m a photographer I usually have a camera with me at all times.  I happened to have my Fujifilm x70 camera with me for this visit.  For those of you who don’t know the Town Center mall is basically an outdoor mall with shops that are connected via roadways and sidewalks.  I have actually captured some pretty amazing photos at this location before. 

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The Road Less Travelled

A few days ago I visited the local Town Center mall after work.  I took my wife so she could meet up with a friend but I took the opportunity to bring my camera to get some good street photography shots.  I brought with me my Fujifilm x70 camera which I absolutely love.  This camera pretty much goes with me everywhere that I go.  The Town Center mall is basically an outdoors mall with numerous shops in buildings which are decided by roadways and sidewalks.  I captured the shot below while crossing one of these roads.  The center line in the road can usually make for a good shot from a low angle.  I thought this shot turned out pretty well...and as an added bonus I didn't get hit by a car.  It was processed using the RNI classic film filters in Adobe Lightroom.  I used the 40's high contrast filter which I believe worked nicely for the setting captured in the shot.

The Road Less Travelled Fujifilm x70

The Road Less Travelled
Fujifilm x70

 

Bridge to Summer

My niece and I spent the day at Disney's Magic Kingdom yesterday.  For this trip I only brought my Fujifilm x70 camera in order to take some street photography shots.  I didn't really plan on taking any other style photos.  I will admit that for a good part of our day we ended up Playing Pokemon Go.  The shot below is of a bridge on Tom Sawyers Island which is a part of the park that we have absolutely never visited.  We really enjoyed this island a lot and I found a few good places to get some very good photos.  

"Bridge to Summer"
Fujifilm x70

Using Social Media to Judge the Quality of Our Photos: Pros and Cons

Using Social Media to Judge the Quality of Our Photos: Pros and Cons

How does a photographer determine if their photos are good?  Can this be ascertained by more likes on social media?  What about having them rise to popular on 500px?  And let’s not forget about having them elevated to “Explore” on the popular photo sharing service Flickr.  All of these are are fine goals to strive for but does achieving them necessarily equate to taking good photos?  There are pros and cons to using each of the aforementioned methods as well as others for judging photo goodness. 

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Spaceship Earth

I recently spent a few days at a Disney resort in Florida.  While there I visited most of the parks including Epcot.  One of my favorite attractions to photograph is the Spaceship Earth ride.  I always marvel at its architectural engineering design.  I captured the shot below using my new Fujifilm x70 camera which I'm finding to be the perfect travel companion.  

"Spaceship Earth"
Fujifilm x70

Foggy Sunrise

I guess it's safe to say that the sunrise behind my home is one of my favorite things to take photos of. I was actually on my way out the door this morning when I noticed the sun rising over the trees and the fog hovering over the water. I paused for a second and then immediately pulled out my Fujifilm x70 and snapped a few shots.  

Foggy Sunrise
Fujifilm x70 

Beau Lever de Soleil

The sunrise behind my home yesterday was absolutely gorgeous so I quickly grabbed my trusty Fujifilm x70 camera and ran out my back door in order to capture some shots of it.  The shot below was imported into my iPhone 6S Plus and edited using Snapseed and VSCOcam.  The water was so calm which helped create a mirror like effect on the water.  I know that I have posted a few shots of this scene but I honestly never grow tired of its beauty.  

beau lever de soleil
Fujifilm x70

Connected

I typically have a nice camera with me everywhere I go and my work environment is no exception.  I noticed this keyboard and mouse sitting on a co-worker's desk today and just had to snap a shot of it so I got out my compact Fujifilm x70.  I then imported it to my iPhone 6S Plus and began processing it using Snapseed and VSCOcam.  I was pretty pleased with the result which is below.  I titled this one "Connected" since the keyboard and mouse appear to be connected to the world.  

Connected
Fujifilm x70

  

The Weekend

My niece recently received a record player for her birthday.  I remember the days of only having record players as an option to play music. Then we had cassettes. Then came CDs. Then came the era of MP3s and online streaming.  Platforms for playing music has really evolved over the years which is why I was surprised to see a record player on my niece's birthday wish list.  Since getting one for her birthday she has purchased a few records which can be fairly expensive. I commented to my sister the other day the irony of paying a premium for outdated technology.  

I snapped the photo below of her record player and some vinyl album covers using the Fujifilm x70 camera. It was fitting taking photos of a nostalgic record player using a nostalgic looking camera. 

The Weekend
Fujifilm x70

Teenage Hangout

Street photography is a very interesting genre of photography.  Not everyone has access to larger cities such as New York or Paris.  Sometimes theme parks can be very good spots for street photography as well.  I snapped the photo below while at Disney's Magic Kingdom.  I noticed these teenagers hidden off to the side on this dock area.  The lightening was perfect so I just had to snap a quick shot.  

Teenage Hangout
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Sony A7

Daydream

Daydream  

Daydream  

It's been a while since I have done a self-portrait so I thought I would take a new one using the Fujifilm x70 camera. One thing I really love about this camera is its ability to connect remotely to my iPhone. This gave me control over the camera settings such as the aperture, ISO, film simulation etc. Having this control remotely is very ideal for self-portraits.  

Sunset Shoppers

Sunset Shoppers  

Sunset Shoppers  

Sometimes you never know what you will encounter while out and about. That's one reason I like to have a camera with me at all times. This shot was taken at a local town center mall. I usually don't go into this store but I was waiting to meet someone for dinner and had some time to kill. The sun coming through the windows at the back of the store created a stunning effect next to the escalators. So, I readied my camera and waited for shoppers to enter my frame.  This shot was taken using the Fujifilm x70 which is quickly becoming my go to camera for street and everyday photography.  

Photowalk with the Fujifilm x70

Office Lobby  

Office Lobby  

Today during my lunch break I took my new Fujifilm x70 for a walk. I snapped the shot above of our office building lobby using the classic chrome film simulation. It was processed using vscocam on my iPhone.  The ability to get shots like this no matter where I am is one of things I love about this camera. 

Corporate Path  

Corporate Path  

The photo above was also taken using the classic chrome simulation which is easily becoming my favorite.   

The Light  

The Light  

The above photo was taken in a very cool tunnel that runs under a major roadway here. This path actually leads to a local town center mall. This shot was also taken using the classic chrome simulation and was processed using vscocam on my iPhone.  

Reflections

Reflections  

Reflections  

I just received the new Fujifilm x70 camera a few days ago and this is my first image from it. It was taken using the classic chrome film simulation and processed on my iPhone using vscocam.