The Reason Not to Feed the Birds

I live directly across the street from the beach, just south of Daytona Beach, Fl. A little over a mile north of me is a small convenience store that I like to walk to every now and then if I need to pick up something small. I use the beach as my sidewalk. Every so often, when the weather is just right… cool enough that most people don’t want to be on the beach, and a steady strong wind is blowing from the north, seagulls have a hard time fishing.

At every beach access there are signs that warn not to interfere with beach wildlife. This includes feeding the seagulls. Seagulls are master fishers and really don’t need our help in finding a meal, but they are smart enough to know that if they act a certain  way… those big funny looking primates will feed them. Which I suppose is great if you don’t live near them, and get to leave after you get done feeding them processed white bread. But, for those of us that live here…. it sucks, and here’s why.

If you are on the beach, and carrying anything that might look like food, and the weather conditions are just right. The seagulls will follow you, dive bomb you and screech in your ear because now they think everyone should feed them. On the day I took these pictures, I walked up to that convenience store to pick up a couple bottles of sports drink, on my way home the wind was at my back which allowed the seagulls to basically just hover around me, actually flying backwards with me.

True it made for some cool close up photos of gulls in flight, but trust me… walking a mile encapsulated in a cloud of hungry, squawking seagulls isn’t as much fun as you would expect. Please…. don’t feed the seagulls!

All photos taken with an LG Optimus M (Cell phone)


Orange Sunrise

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Living right by the beach gives me the opportunity to see many blazing sunrises. What always amazes me though, is how differently the camera can see the exact same thing my eyes do… yet, regardless of how I actually saw this sunrise, I’ll always remember as it is in this photo.


Melting Ice

Finally got my tripod mount for my cell phone today so I could try some more time lapse photography! I bought a spring loaded mount called a PhoneBoat, it cost $20 and is designed for cell phones, iPods or small cameras that don’t have a built in tripod mount.

I’ve been keeping this medium sized plastic bowl in my freezer with, what started as water but obviously turned into a nice chunk of ice just so I could catch a time lapse of it melting… why? Why not?

Destroying Perfectly Clean Photographs

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Currently, while I have no access to any decent camera, I’m trying to turn photos shot with my Android phone into something (sort of) worth looking at. My app of choice is called Streamzoo, a very Instagram-ish type of app with a lot more control over the editing of my photos. The above photo is a panoramic shot of South Daytona as seen from the Dunlawton bridge, edited with a filter called Old School.

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Next we have an example of what happens when I get bored. I lined up some thumbtacks, set a mirror behind them, placed a paper towel over my flash to create the fog look and then tweaked the color, brightness and hue, as well as added a border with Streamzoo.

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Another Streamzoo edit is this photo, showing the Dunlawton bridge from it’s north west stairway looking back over the Halifax River towards South Daytona.

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Lastly, we have a picture I took while demonstrating Streamzoo to a friend of mine. This is a photo of the hallway light in their house, again with color and border adjustments made with Streamzoo. I’m including the originals below for reference.