With this JDF coast guard commander Hat comes great responsibility.
Apr28

With this JDF coast guard commander Hat comes great responsibility.

Two weeks ago I took my first trip to the Jamaica Defence Force  coast guard base of operations for an assignment for the paper. This visit I was under instructions to capture some images to accompany a story on the first female commander  in history of the JDF coast guard. the obvious images were the interview images while she was responding to the reporter for a sense of dialog. Next was something to tie her to the “Commander” post that she know holds. I tried a few images in front of the ships, on one of the ships in the commander chair of the ship but nothing felt right.. and just as we were leaving i looked over my shoulder while she and the reporter conversed and realised that I was too close the entire time. I framed her in the middle surrounded by all the vessels docked in the background which made a way more interesting photo in my humble opinion.   Now here are two out takes that I made while she was doing her interview.. I liked the gesture the symmetry and how beautiful the hat...

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Birds of the Flock
Apr22

Birds of the Flock

  after completing an assignment at the JDF coast guard in port royal last week about the first female commanding officer in history and dreading the inevitable wait for pickup which was underway I noticed some birds, okay A lot of birds enough birds for me to think twice about talking bad about em because i’d lose that fight based on the odds lol. anyway this group reminded me of the royal lion family in the lion king.. pride rock for lions.. Flock Rock for birds ???.     Then there was Charlie (second left) and Jimmy (third left) they were chatting it up about how stiff the other guys in the crew had become, They were making plans about hitting the beach at 5 when the fishermen started working to get an early breakfast. At this point Charlie obviously was upset about my eavesdropping as well as my obvious invasion of privacy. Jimmy the more oblivious of the two just kept on mouthing off about the plans for later. Another section of the coast guard base where a large number of birds just stood there, staring off into the...

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I Can Climb Fences
Apr14

I Can Climb Fences

Here’s last week’s mischief maker up to no good at the race track once again. This time he climbs. He’s seen climbing the fence to get back to the area he’s supposed to be. This photo was taken on the same day I just didn’t get around to publishing it. I thought it would make a pretty cool framed image :). the layout was done with an application i used to use in my ios days that I bought the second it became available for mac. Diptic makes it really easy to layout images in a fairly elegant and clean way. i’m not being paid to say this it just works. Just like the initial photo I posted of this young boy last week., these images just felt way better in black and white. I guess it was a black and white light kinda day. So I leave you with this question, which of the four images are your favourite. I’m on the “fence” (lolzzz) about top left and bottom right what say you, leave it in the comments...

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The Jumper at kingston waterfront
Apr11

The Jumper at kingston waterfront

At this moment, he is weightless, that second when everything is still. when your upward force is exactly equal to the effect that gravity has on your body. That second that everything and anything seems possible. Hope is weightless and bound by nothing. Believe in your actions, act on your truths follow your gut. Take your leap of...

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Baby Turtle Hatchlings Journey – Photo Essay
Sep06

Baby Turtle Hatchlings Journey – Photo Essay

I recently witnessed one of the most Awe Inspiring things I ever saw, “Awe” in the true sense of the word.. AWESOME!. these baby turtle hatchlings fresh into the world made their way down the beach and into the ocean where they’re life journey would begin. While watching them journey down the beach it dawned on me that some of them wont make it due to larger fish in the ocean yet still they each waded through the sand to get to the next phase of their aquatic journey. Update The story related to this feature was actually published in the Sunday Gleaner’s Outlook Magazine titled “Turtle Run With Turtle Man – Mel Tennant”; I honestly had my doubts about it being published but I’m grateful it was. Click for Full...

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Grand Gala 2013 Celebration of Jamaican Independence
Aug09

Grand Gala 2013 Celebration of Jamaican Independence

The 2013 Jamaica Independence Grand Gala Celebration held at the usual location, the national stadium. In my honest opinion this year it was slightly underwhelming it really didn’t feel like a $100million event which is what was the budgeted figure if I remember correctly for this years celebration event. The organisers planned around the print media and apparently didn’t intend for us to be able to work as we had zero access to the field which is where everything took place which means to get any worthwhile images you needed at least a 400mm at about f/2.8 or at least f/4. After a bit of back and forth with the some of the orderlies of the event we were able to convince them to escort us on the field for some close up of the performers on stage as long as we remained orderly and vacated from the field when necessary. This worked fine until the final performance which was the two headline cultural artiste of the Grand Gala i.e Junior Gong and Queen iFrica. Their act took place with a field full of dancers so we had to shoot from the sidelines which means the images weren’t that great. For the majority of the event I used a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon D300s equipped with a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and at some points I switched from the 70-200mm to a 80-400mm however eventually I’d switch back as the 80-400 just isn’t as fast as I need in the stadium’s light situation. When Camped out behind the stage and shooting the performances the 70-200mm was perfect however when I’m all the way on the sidelines I needed more reach so I’d have to switch to the 400mm and work at a really High ISO. to compensate for the 5.6 Aperture at 400mm. Here are a few images from the Independence Grand Gala Coverage Here’s a few of my colleagues buying water from a vendor at the Grand Gala the cost of water was $150 JMD. Now for anyone that doesn’t know water retails in any supermarket in Jamaica for approximately $50jmd. The vendors at the Grand Gala however thought it necessary to mark up the price by 200%, needless to say I was not...

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