Alison and Trent enter the reception to koi family and guests. (Photo by Michael Whitman

Congratulations to my sister and new brother-in-law on their wedding yesterday afternoon! It was a beautiful day and a wonderful event. A big thanks to Jenn Guthrie for working around a remote camera and strobes, which allowed the perspective shown above.

This was the second time that I’ve used the recently-produced Canon 8-15, the fish-eye zoom that creates circular images within full-frame cameras. We strapped one to the starting gate at Churchill Downs for the start of the 2012 Kentucky Derby with good results back when the lens was still in its infancy. For me, the focus of 8mm lens like this has been for group shots or for emphasizing community; the fisheye perspective, too, works so well for subjects too large for the frame or for enclosed spaces. I’ve not seen many good examples of landscape photos make good use of the perspective.

In a way, though, this particular perspective is that of two men who were remembered at this wedding – the fathers of both the bride and groom. Perhaps I’ll continue this shot for my brother’s wedding and, eventually, for my own. We’ll call the series, “Doug’s View.”

Michael Whitman | Fernandina Beach, FL


Messing Around – Saw that a full moon was on the books the night that Nashville caught the outer winds from Hurricane Sandy. Thought process: find a parking garage and something to put in the frame.

Posting this is really more about admitting a mistake: time-lapse projects made with lenses primarily developed for still photography have to be shot with the lens wide-open. Otherwise you get the flickering that is visible in the tower light. At first, I thought it was inconsistent light from the sodium-vapor illumination mid-way up the structure, but the wake-up-the-next-morning processing revealed the mistake on my part. Won’t do that again!

Michelle, Parker, Haley, and PJ at Montgomery Presbyterian Center in Starke, FL. (Photo by Michael Whitman)

On a recent trip home, I had spent days visualizing some cool images for the Brobston family, who I’ve known since I was in college. We passed a Hobie 16 hull that I’d sailed on once in my youth, and I saw the lighting potential in the moment that produced this photo. At some point I’ll stop pre-visulaizing photos and just go with the flow.


My two friends, Cal and Meagan, were married this past Saturday on the bank of Doctor’s Lake in Jacksonville, FL. Each of their unique personalities and their fantastic love story were honored in some fashion throughout the event – including their enjoyment for Doctor Seuss, whose rhyming style was the basis for their vows.

My brother and I were honored to serve as groomsmen – a service which took me out of primarily making photos. I did successfully sneak in my camera into the venue under the verbal guise of it being a point-and-shoot (one that looks like a 5D Mark II with a 50/1.2 attached). While there were a few times that I fell back into photographer mode, the best man kept me in check. (Thanks, PJ!)

It was a beautiful event honoring a beautiful couple. Congratulations, Findeii! (That would be the plural form of Findeiss, by the way.)

Michael Whitman | Jacksonville, FL