Friday, February 26, 2010

Ring around the Moon!

I've never seen anything like this. I had to get my fisheye lens out to capture the entire ring.
I found this explanation at

Ring Around the Moon

moonhaloWhile stargazing, have you ever noticed a large circular band of light surrounding the moon? If so, you have seen a lunar halo.

A lunar halo is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. As light passes through these hexagon-shaped ice crystals, it is bent at a 22 degree angle, creating a halo 22 degrees in radius (or 44 degrees in diameter). A double halo, sometimes with spokes, may be seen on rare occasions when light reflects off water or ice.

The prism effect of light passing through these six-sided ice crystals separates the light into its various colors, resulting in a halo tinged with very pale rainbow colors with red on the inside and blue on the outside. The phenomenon of a lunar halo is similar to a rainbow produced by sunlight and rain falling between your eye and the sun.

Weather lore says a lunar halo is the precursor of impending unsettled weather, especially during the winter months. This is often proved true, as cirrus and cirrostratus clouds generally precede rain and storm systems.

Lunar halos are, in fact, actually fairly common. So watch the night sky – and keep the umbrella handy.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Ashlynn's Maternity Session

We had a lovely model for one of our photography studio sessions. We host practice sessions for professional and amateur photographers in our studio on the first and third Wednesdays every month. Ashlynn is one of our photographers! She should have that baby any day now!

Here are a few of my portraits from that night:

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Repeat clients and referrals!

Four years ago, I was referred a wedding by Weddings by Phyllis. Chris and Cindy came from the north to have a beautiful beach wedding on Marco Island. Instead they had a monsoon on their wedding day in November of 2005! We made it fun by borrowing the yellow slickers from the valet guys at the Marco Hilton and captured the crazy, windy, rainy day in a fun way!
Four years later, it was family reunion time on Captiva Island.

Chris and Cindy

Extended Family

Now it's time for niece Lauren to get married! Stay tuned for pictures from Lauren and Jon's April 3 wedding at the fabulous White Orchid in Fort Myers!

We work hard to make our clients happy and to keep them coming back!
Every client should turn into a client for life!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The photography classes and club

I've been working on so many things that I haven't had a spare minute! Tonight we hosted an event for professional photographers. Stan Reedy from Reedy Photoprocess came down from St Petersburg, FL to show some of the Reedy products and the quality of their photographic prints. Using a professional lab is an absolute for great images.
It was fun, educational and a great networking opportunity! And I didn't take one picture! I meant to but I was busy chatting away!

Saturday was our Sunset Portrait class. It was two hours of class work then on to the beach. My studio is only 10 minutes from my favorite beach! The students had lots of fun - even though we didn't have a sunset. But it didn't rain so we were lucky. We had four lovely young women modeling for us. Thanks to the students who said all those nice things about the class on the Meetup site!