Monday, November 29, 2010

A Familiar Face in Tampa

Dick Greco is running again for Mayor of Tampa, Florida. After filing the official paperwork for his 2011 mayoral candidacy, he and his wife Linda McClintock announced the political news to media and supporters at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Dick Greco is a familiar face in Tampa. He served the city of Tampa as Mayor twice. Once in the late 1960's and in 1995. Now 77 years old, Dick Greco will face new challenges in these tumultuous financial times.

Dick Greco is a familiar face for ChadSorianoPhotoBlog. His second mayoral tenure in 1995 coincided with my Fox News in Tampa career. Hitting the streets of Tampa as a general assignment news photographer, I interviewed and videotaped many news stories with this career politician. It is nice to see a familiar face in Tampa.

This news event was shot with the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4 IS lens.

You can view more in my Dick Greco for Mayor of Tampa Gallery.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Canon EOS Discovery Day After

An amazing turnout for Canon EOS Discovery Day hosted by North Tampa Photography. With over 120 photographers from all over the state of Florida, the whole day was filled with back to back seminars, a display of the latest Canon high tech gear and great raffle giveaways.

A special thanks to Drew MacCallum, the Canon Instructor for the first Basic seminar. He did an outstanding job guiding aspiring photographers through the in camera menu and the basics of image capture. He made the frightening unknown of camera jargon into cheerful and pleasant terms.

Kudos to Amanda Arrick. The first time to Florida instructing the Intermediate class to the more advanced group of the day. From the intricacies of Custom Functions to the Full HD movie capabilities of Canon DSLR's, she weaved her magical thread of knowledge with her audience.

Don't miss out on the next Canon EOS Discovery Day. The next tentative date for Tampa is early spring. Keep updated on ChadSorianoPhotoBlog on Facebook or even North Tampa Photography on Facebook. I am sure you will not be disappointed by what you experience on this Canon filled day.

I used a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II,EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and a EF 35mm f2 lens. For the video, I used the Rode VideoMic for audio and edited with Final Cut Pro.

You can see more in my Canon EOS Discovery Day 2010 Gallery.

Tampa's Downtown On Ice Experience

Holiday cheer has spread to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. An outdoor ice skating rink surrounded by the Glazer Children's Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art drew many Floridians including my family to this white wonder.

Tampa's Downtown on Ice
will only be satisfying the "Peggy Fleming" and "Kristi Yamaguchi" inspired for a short time until January. Overlooking the Hillsborough River with the University of Tampa in the background, you can ice skate for just $10 for 90 minutes. That is 80 minutes longer than my chunk legs can tolerate.

It has been two years since my daughter attempted her first ice skating journey. It has been over 25 years since my "Disney On Ice: Chubby Boy with Ice Skates" performance. My subconscious guided my weak ankles on the ice and my death grip on the skate rink wall assured my confidence not to crash into innocent bystanders. I thought I could inspire my daughter to hit the ice again after two years with my thin test of courage. No luck. After $10 admission and ten minutes of lacing up her skates, she refused to get on the ice with me. Who could blame her?

Only the "gifted" can tread on this icy treat. The park's fountains and open space will entertain my ice skate deprived children for now.

I photographed this experience with the Canon EOS Rebel T2i with the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens.
You can view more pictures in my Tampa's Downtown On Ice 2010 Gallery.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Canon EOS Discovery Day

Canon EOS Discovery Day is here again to the delight of all aspiring and experienced photographers. Run and don't walk to the upcoming Canon EOS Discovery Day seminars on Saturday, November 20th 2010.

My friends at North Tampa Photography are sponsoring this educational event at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Tampa, FL.

I would like to introduce the featured Canon instructors for the day, Amanda Arrick and Drew MacCallum. They will be teaching the Basic and Intermediate Class, respectively. Make sure you bring your camera to class because there will be much to learn from these experienced professionals.

You can register at North Tampa Photography or even their North Tampa Photography Facebook Fan Page.

ChadSorianoPhotoBlog loves Canon events including the past Canon EXPO 2010 in New York City at the Javits Convention Center. The latest Canon gear, seminars with leading image professionals and glitzy mock fashion shows filled the Labor Day Weekend.

Surprise yourself and come join the Canon EOS Discovery Day fun on November 20th, 2010.