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A sad goodbye to Tom Vezo
THE FLORIDA ADVENTURES SERIES
EPS address correction
It is always too, too sad when a friend passes away, but that sadness is compounded when it happens to one as vibrant, strong and healthy as Tom Vezo appeared to be. The blow is softened just a bit knowing he went quickly doing what he loved to do—hike in the mountains. I met Tom many years ago when he still owned his printing business in New York. I was a guest in his lovely home during a wonderful, fun week of photographing with him and Arthur Morris in and around his special beach areas. The back & forth joking and bantering that went on between the Canon & Nikon users I’m sure left anyone within earshot shaking their heads in bewilderment. It was during this time that Tom expressed his serious desire to sell his successful printing business and go into the business of photography full time. Talk about some ‘peppy’ conversation!! Shortly thereafter he did it!! He entered the photography field with what I call “gusto” and enormous passion---all guns ‘a-blazing’, so they say--, and he was always fun to shoot with. He was a wonderful fellow photographer and I will miss his giant, eager smile, and his unmerciful teasing humor.
The Florida Adventure Tour Series
The photographic series of Florida Adventures will not begin until after Thanksgiving as I’ll be leaving the middle of August to go to Africa and then onto Madagascar until the end of September. Early in October I will be on my “recon” missions to areas outside the city of Rio de Janeiro, then on up to the Northern part of the Pantanal to some new photography areas to add to my ever-growing repertoire of fantastic photo-opps. Please feel free to give and/or request your own ideas of areas to go in Florida other than the ones I already am taking groups to. Below is a more in-depth introduction and description of the tours.
In Titusville, Florida January 23, 2009
Once again, I’ll have a double booth, be giving a couple of In-the-Field workshops and giving a two (2) hour presentation entitled:
“FROM FRAME TO FRAME”
The journey of an image
This story begins with the first “click” of the shutter button and ends with the last “tap” of the hammer to the nail. The question often asked of me is “how did you ever get that picture?” Most of the time the real answer is; “through a process which often begins long before the first press of the shutter button, and could end hours, days, weeks, months or even years later”… before the image makes ‘the cut’ to the gallery wall!!
Wildlife and nature photography is often inexplicably spontaneous due to the nature of the subject, and we, the photographer, have to quickly adapt in order to successfully capture the image. More often than not, a great deal of thought has had to be given to how to go about getting that image, especially if it isn’t in my own back yard. Often different modes of transportation enter into the equation as well as serious consideration to my personal safety & well-being as well as that of the equipment I use. This presentation is solely about photography with many ‘how-to’ tips achieving the very best performance from your camera and from yourself. As always, I strive to include everyone interested in wildlife and nature photography with ALL types of equipment (point & shooters, ‘digiscopers’ and digital & film SLR users). There will be numerous tips on how I travel with my equipment, especially with the ever-changing, “fickle whims” of each airline in each country I take my tours to. Also, the relatively new challenges that arise from traveling and charging digital camera batteries and computers will be discussed. More & more I am leading tours right here in Florida, and will introduce new equipment I use as well as share the older tried & true methods I’ve used in order to get to that hard-to-find, elusive subject. There will also be a slide presentation showing many wonderful images and explaining how they were achieved. We will have an open question and answer time within the program as well as drawings for door prizes. Please note that this is a presentation about Photography not a Photoshop class. You, TOO, can achieve fabulous images using ONLY a camera.
Everglades Photographic Society
To this wonderful new organization I am so proud to be a member of, I apologize……..in my last newsletter I wrote the incorrect website address. Please, everyone take a look at the website of this new, rapidly-growing, up and coming organization: www.evergladesphotosociety.org (I mistakenly wrote .com) Sorry.
Photo Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:
As stated in previous newsletters, at no obligation to you, send me a “want list” of images you are looking for that may coincide with a trip I’m about to take, or have recently taken, and I’ll do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific mission and possibly a sale of that image. It’s a ‘win, win situation’!
A quick reminder that my library of 35mm original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library presently holds over 41,000 (and growing-hourly)!