Sunday, December 23, 2012

Two from Nassau

Nassau/Paradise Island on Sunday, October 21, 2012 in Nassau, The Bahamas. (David Manning/

As I'm going through things I've meant to blog about, I stumbled over these two shots from my last trip to the Bahamas.

Above, what i refer to as "THAT Palm Tree" on Paradise Island at the Atlantis Resort.  Its very distinctive and if you've walked the beach there, you know exactly where this shot is.  Suffice to say, that is the quietest place I found on Paradise Island.

Other photo after the jump....

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Foggy Fireworks

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an insane fireworks junkie.  Living in Orlando allows me to see high quality shows on a regular basis.... to the point where I can tell when things change.

Alas sometimes, mother nature plays havoc.  Usually December yields great weather for fireworks - low humidity and strong breezes to blow the smoke away.... sadly in the photo above, not quite the case.  A horribly thick bank of fog rolled into the area just as I pulled up.  Knowing the show i was about to photograph, I decided to make the best of a bad situation and try and use the fog to my advantage.

This is the finale of their Holiday Wishes show. Slightly overexposed. But i love how the fireworks just open above the clouds....

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holga Fun....

Beast's Castle in the New Fantasyland section of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Every now and again I like to break out the old film Holga 120 camera. Best 10 dollars I ever spent on a camera.

So I decided to take it around the New Fantasyland area at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  (That should drive some SEO & page hits....)  More after the jump....

Sunday, December 2, 2012

iPhone Zombie

So the other week I photographed a zombie run (5k) for an "event" photo company.  Really cool thing, shot on their cards, can't keep any of the photos.

Still not sure how I feel about that.  I like keeping my photos, owning my own photos and being creative. On the other hand?

Except then I have my iPhone.

I've been milking the double-exposure feature on Hipstamatic (if you follow me on Instagram, you know that already) and I was determined to make a nice creepy-as-hell portrait before I was leaving.

So I did.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tilt/Shift Fireworks

Well this is just weird.  I decided to dig out my lensbaby and try and photograph fireworks.  (Such is the beauty of living near a theme park empire, there's a constant supply of fireworks and photographic subjects.) 

Not sure if this works.... more after the jump  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Double Exposure

Lately I've been abusing playing with Hipstamatic's Double Exposure feature. Its lead to some bizarre and cool photos.  Take a look, more after the jump

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Foot percussionist Aditi Bhagwat, of Indian, dances as fellows with OneBeat rehearse on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. OneBeat is an intentional cultural exchange program that brings together over 30 young musicians from around the world to live together and write and perform music. The program is an initiative of U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Last month, I went out to New Smyrna Beach for The New York Times to cover the rehearsals of OneBeat, a musical collaborative program sponsored by the State Department that brought together 30 musicians from around the world.  In short, they took some highly talented musicians, threw them in a room with the express purpose of making music and then taking the show on tour.

More after the jump.... 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Epcot30 Fireworks

Folks, I'm a fireworks junkie.  If you know me, its plain to see.  So when I heard that Disney was going to have an extra 5 Minute Tag for Epcot's 30th Anniversary.... I couldnt resist.

More after the jump.....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Hey friends, followers and esteemed photo editors and buyers....

I have a photoshelter account where you can license images and buy prints!

You can visit it here and you can spend as much as you'd like! It is for those who wish to bookmark it.

Tell your friend, tell your family, tell your dog.... and tell them to spend some money!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kentucky vs Florida Football

Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat (83) sits on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter as the #14 Florida Gators beat the Kentucky Wildcats 38-0 in an NCAA Football Game on Saturday, September 20, 2012 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. (David Manning for The Lexington Herald-Leader)

Its been almost a year since I covered a college football game and I'm trying to figure out if I'm rusty or if it was just Kentucky?

The tale after the jump.....

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dreaming of the years gone by

So I inherited my Grandfather's Kodak Vigilant Six-20 camera.  It still works. No light leaks.  Shutter sticks sometimes.  Ran some film through it a couple of years back; it is 120 film rewrapped on a 620 spool.  Films for Classics rerolls it and you can find it at B&H Photo for a lovely $13/roll. (Including Velvia)

Now grated this was taken in Christmas time 2009 (I think) but there's something about the look that just says "1940s."

I might have a new project.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DNC Protests

Protestors yell at police during a march outside the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.

In addition to my PR duties at the DNC, I came across a couple of protests, three of them over the five days I was in Charlotte. 

Things were peaceful and chill, yet that was at least three more major protests than I saw in Tampa.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunshine Silks

Just random eye-candy from The Huffington Post's Oasis at Flex and Fit in Charlotte.  The light was perfect last Wednesday afternoon, filtering into the yoga studio. Someone was playing on the silks hanging from the ceiling and they swung into the sunlight.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Night with Bill (or .....sometimes you have to be in the crowd)

President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. 
Sometimes, you have to put the cameras down and just experience the moment.  Such was my adventures over the past 10 days doing PR work around the Republican and Democratic Conventions. Alas one night, I was able to get away and actually attend for an evening and see what all the hoopla was about.

The night's speaker: None other than President William Jefferson Clinton.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Last Frame

Protestors hold signs outside the Charlotte Convention Center during a march during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC., on Thursday September 6, 2012.

10 Days.  Two cities. Two conventions. 15 hour workdays. 80 gigs of photos. Politicians everywhere.

This is how it ended for me.  Last frame before heading to the hotel.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Disney's 4th of July Concert in the Sky

Happy Fourth of July!

The Walt Disney World Resort is known for its Fireworks.  The two best times of year to see them are New Years Eve and the Fourth of July.  This year was seemed to take it to an entirely different level.

More photos and the finale after the break....

Nature's Fireworks....

Well.... while waiting for fireworks high above the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, myself and my compatriots found ourselves setting up to photograph at the tail end of a thunderstorm only to find some seriously impressive lightning.  I covered the lens quickly as I was hoping to incorporate fireworks in the shot as it was minutes before the scheduled start of the show.... which was delayed an hour and a half.

(Authors Note/disclaimer:  Photographing lightning from the roof of any building is rather foolish and should not be attempted.  Always be mindful of your surroundings and photograph lightning from safe areas)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fish are Friends, Not Food

Recently, during some of my downtime while at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, The Bahamas I took the time to explore the giant aquariums they have at the resort and decided to make some photos out of it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Assignment: Blackberry

Research in Motion Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins holds up a prototype of the Blackberry 10 smartphone at the Blackberry World Event on May 1, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. Research in Motion is set to launch a new generation of BlackBerry 10 smartphones later this year while continuing to lose market share to Apple's iPhone and Android devices. REUTERS/David Manning (UNITED STATES)

Earlier this month, I covered the 2012 Blackberry World for Reuters News Service as it was held at Marriott's World Center in Orlando, Fla.

(Full Disclosure: I use the iPhone but I once owned a Blackberry)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Via Con Dios, Snow White

After nearly 40 years, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is ending "Snow White's Scary Adventures"and closes June 1.  

(This means if you want to ride it, Thursday May 31 is the last day)

One of the original attractions in the park is being replaced by a princess meet-n-greet.

I decided to take a few photos and put them up here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A little flare

Guests walk in front of Spaceship Earth at Epcot at the Walt Disney World resort on February 8, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

So I've been on a lens flare kick lately.... which means I'm on a healing brush kick to get all the damn dust out of the photos. However, i happened to like this particular one.   Probably part of a future project.

Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 WDW Marathon

Runners streak under the only light available at the start of the Walt Disney World half-marathon on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Sunday, my good friend Dan ran a half-marathon at the Disneyland resort.  Due to budgetary constraits, I wasn't there.  However, three weeks ago, he ran a half-marathon at the Walt Disney World resort.

I was there to document some of the carnage fun.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

2011 Pictures of the Year

Emily Cooper, Hailey Chapman, and Carson LeCroy sled through the snow at the University of Georgia on Monday, January 10, 2011 in Athens, Ga. Approximately five inches of snow fell overnight before changing over to sleet and freezing rain.  

2011 Photos of the Year.

Here's one final Salute to my work in 2011.  My favorite photos. A goodbye to a part of my life as I'm done working in Athens, Ga.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Two Months Later.....

I do obsess over the balloons at Disney.

Alright.  I moved to Florida.  It happened.  We're going for a big update from New Years of some of my Disney Photos.  Why?  Because its whats handy and on this laptop.  Maybe Tomorrow I'll do my best of 2011.

Lets just look at the photos, shall we?