Images Of Ft Pickens in HDR 
Ft Pickens is located west of Pensacola Beach. For more information about Ft Pickens please check out Wikipedia. The shots below where taken on a recent visit to the fort. The images are all done in high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) using the Canon 7D with a Canon 24-105mm F4 L. You may also read about HDR via Wikipedia.

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Gallery Night Pensacola Friday, October 21, 2011 Video With iPhone 4S 
This past Friday evening October 21st I did some video testing with the new Apple iPhone 4S. So far I found the phone to do very well shooting video in 1080p HD. Now be aware it will eat up your battery fairly fast. I started with a fully charged battery. I shot a little over 15 minters of video and used nearly 25% of the battery left.

Dur this testing I shot outdoors and indoors with available light. Even inside the iPhone had no problem. Event the audio is not bad. As it became darker outside the iPhone was still able to pick up some good video.

The test video is now posted on YouTube. So take a look for yourself to see how well this iPhone does recoding video. Please note that I did not do any real editing except to make it fit within YouTube's specs. This was down using Apple iMovie 11.

Also visit the Digital Story Website where Derrick Story has done a good podcast about the new iPhone 4S.

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iPhone 4S Camera 
Yesterday I was able to do a couple of test shots using the new iPhone 4S camera. The camera is 8 megapixels which will have no problem doing prints as large as 8x10. The aperture is a f/2.4 which will let more light in so photos will look brighter and better. The check out all the features of this camera view the Apple Website.

One item that is real cool is when you have the iCloud setup and you take a photo with the iPhone 4S it will show up on your iPad and Mac within Aperture or iPhoto. All of this is do via the iCloud. I did not have to really do anything but turn this feature on. The Cloud will hold of to 1000 images. When it reaches 1001 it starts to replace the older one with the newest image. Of course you have the option to clear the images from the Cloud. If so it will not remove them from you devices. Now I am still in the learning curve of all of this iCloud and the more I get to work with it the more I will understand on how it functions. But I will say all of this is really cool.

Below is a sample image done with the iPhone 4S. The image is unedited except for resizing to fit on this Blog. Hope to do more photo testing and some videos soon. Check back for updates.

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iPhone 4S 
Today I received the iPhone 4S, It arrived via UPS about 9:30AM. Setting it up was no problem. I had already setup the new Apple iCloud so I was ready to go. However a major problem did happen. The AT&T server seem to crash because of all of us who where trying to activate the iPhone. It took nearly 4.5 hours before I was able to get activated. Was the wait worth it? Yes!

Once activated one of the first things I wanted to try was the updated camera. This camera is a 8MP that also has an HDR feature that you are able to turn on. It takes three images and does all the HDR processing in camera and give you an original along with the HDR image. Will have some samples posted via the Blog soon.

Another cool feature is that when you take a photo with the iPhone 4S the images will show up within my iPad 2 and MacBook Pro (2009 2.66) within Aperture 3. It also works with iPhoto if you use that program. When the images shows up in Aperture it creates a new project with the current date. You do not have to do anything but activate Photo Stream via Preferences within Aperture. That’s it. It just works. Very cool.

Now one of the other mean new features with the iPhone 4S is Siri. This is where you talk to the phone an asked it questions. I did a number of test questions. I will have to admit it works pretty good. When I made a mistake it would let me know and even call me by name (Stuart) to inform me I messed up. Really cool. I even asked Siri to setup some upcoming appointments and it did. it even told me I had a conflict and asked if I wanted to rearrange the appointments.

Tomorrow I plan to cover a car show in this area and will post some images here on the Blog from both the new iPhone and my other cameras.

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Surfs Up At Picken Point 
This afternoon I was riding around on Pensacola Beach.
I decided to head out to Ft Pickens which is located at the West end of the beach.
While driving near Ft Pickens I noticed a number of cars parked near the pass.
So I parked and headed over to the Pickens Point with camera in hand.
I caught a number of surfers riding the waves.
Waves where between 5 to 6 feet.
Below are a couple of the shots from today.

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The Ronald McDonald House Fire Truck Pull October 1, 2011 
The Ronald McDonald House hosted the Fire Truck Pull held Saturday, October 1, 2011, at Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola. Teams of 20 to compete to pull a fire truck 50 feet in the least amount of time. You may view the video of this event here.

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Santa Rosa Island Triathlon Saturday October 1, 2011 
The triathlon was held at Pensacola Beach on the morning of October 1, 2011. 1200 had enter this triathlon that consisted of the following:
Swim 586 yards, Bike 18 miles, Run 3.11 miles.
I was out there this morning at 6:15am ready to photograph this event.
Will have a link to the results soon.
Check out the triathlon video.

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The 34th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival 
The 34th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival was held in Pensacola September 23 - 25, 2011.
Below are some images on Saturday afternoon during this event.
Check out the Seafood Festival Video shot Saturday, September 24th.

Be watching next ( Saturday, Oct 1, 2011) for the photos and video of the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon (Pensacola Beach). Along with the Ronald McDonald House Fire Truck Pull Downtown Pensacola on Government Street (near Seville Quarter).
Both events will be posted on the StuartOnline Blog.

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Pensacola Beach 4th Annual "Taste of the Beach" Septeember 17-18, 2011 
Pensacola Beach chefs where cooking up a storm for the 4th Annual Taste of the Beach. During this event you where able to taste some great island food. I myself had some tasty coconut shrimp with pineapple sauce from PegLeg Pete’s. There was also free entertainment. Below are a couple of images from the event. Also view the video of Taste of the Beach.

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Annual “Vettes at the Beach” Pensacola Beach 9/17/11 
Annual “Vettes at the Beach” Pensacola Beach, Florida held at the beach on Saturday, September 17, 2011. View some of the photos below from this event along with video in 720HD.

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Gallery Night Downtown Pensacola September 16, 2011 
This evening was Gallery Night held in downtown Pensacola, Florida.
The streets where packed. Check out the video from this event.
Video was shot with the Canon 7D with a Canon 24-105mm 4.0L lens.

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Four Days Now And We Are Still Feeling Effects TS Lee 
Well it has been four days now since TS Lee has been in this area and it is still making itself known. Waves here at or near 15ft this morning. Winds where around 40+. No surfers where out today.

Check out the You Tube Video of TS Lee hammering Pensacola Beach from Friday Sept 2nd to Monday September 5th. I shot this video using the Canon 7D with a Canon 70-200 2.8L Lens. I am known as a still photographer so this was a whole new experience for me shooting video.

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3RD Day Of Topical Storm Lee In The Area 
Topical Storm Lee is still hanging around the area. Waves are still up near the Pensacola Fishing Pier. Even though there where a number of surfers out today, suffering was not good since the wave where more of a huge chop. Hopefully by in the morning the wave will become better formed for suffering. Below are a few images from this morning.

After doing some shots near the pier, I headed over to Ft Pickens. However I found the road to be closed. According to the park ranger the road was covered with sand and parts may be washed out. That was yet to be determined.

So I then decided to head over to Navarre Beach to see what has happened to that beach during this topical storm. The beach was already in bad shape. With this storm there is not much left of the beach. Look at the left guard stand as it is now nearly in gulf. It is also leaning.

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Surfs Up On Pensacola Beach 
Today Tropical Storm Lee (west of here) was bringing 7 to 8 foot waves. There where surfers out today, however even though the surf was up it was a hard time for the surfer to get a good continuous wave. Hopefully tomorrow will bring better wave conditions for the surfers. Of course I plan to be back out in the morning.

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Pensacola Beach Surfers (Tropical Storm Lee) 
As Tropical Storm Lee develops just west of here, the wave action on Pensacola Beach has picked up. This of course brings out the surfers. This morning I was out photographing some of them just west of the fishing pier. Wave where increasing as the morning moved on. By Saturday I expect to see even a increase in the wave action. Of course I plan to be out in the morning looking to catch a few more shots. Below are just a few taken this morning.

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