The Hard Rock Hotel, Orlando , FL HDR

•February 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It seems like forever since I posted any shots, but my computer crashed and after a month I finally have it back.  These pictures had been sitting in my camera since the meltdown and I forgot all about them.  Here a couple from our last roadtrip to Florida.

I was Orlando for the PGA show and was fortunate enough to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel.  The lovely assistant and I walked in through the front door  and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” is blasting throughout the hotel.  I knew I was in the right place.  My favorite part of the hotel besides the bar at The Palm was the stunning Guitar Fountain that graces the entrance.  This is what I want for my birthday.  The neighborhood birds would love it. 

Click the picture to see it full size

The lights you see in the background is from The Hard Rock Resturaunt at the Orlando City Walk.  We had a great time enjoying the Florida sunshine espcially since it was snowing back home in Charlotte.  Shadenfraude is what I think it’s called. 

NEW PHOTOS COMING SOON…..

•February 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

My laptop melted and I’m working on my new set up….new pics to follow very soon.  As always, everything is for sale and you can reach me at KenBlochPhotography@Gmail.com .  Cheers!

Ken

Pike’s Soda Shop , Charlotte NC 5 shot HDR

•January 10, 2010 • 4 Comments

I just recently found out that my neighbors own an old school Soda shop in the heart of Southend Charlotte.  Sunday Brunch here is a must, as is the old style Milk Shakes.  I recommend the strawberry shake…best I’ve ever had. 

This place has so much character and style.  The malt shop scene in the Jack Black-Gweneth “Fishsticks” Paltrow in “Shallow Hal” was filmed here as well.   I knew I had to ask the owners for a few minutes to take a few HDR shots.  The place was perfect for HDR….at least I think so.  If you are in Charlotte and are looking for a great meal, look them up.  You will not be dissapointed.  And do yourself a favor and get a milkshake!

Here are a few shots that you might enjoy!  Hopefully it makes you hungry. 

Saddle up and get the best milkshake you'll ever have.

 

The cupcakes are pretty darn good too....

Social Distortion, Amos’ Southend November ’09

•January 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Here’s a few shots of the Social Distortion show back in November.  Great show from what I remember.  I must say, I spent most of time in the photo pit dodging Doc Martens and flying human bodies.  It wasn’t easy but it was a lot of fun. 

My main subject, Mike Ness is one of those guys who are easy to shoot.  He’s expressive, confident and covered in tats.  All those characteristics and you have the beginnings of a great shot.  He’s a punk legend, and he looks like it. 

This one is of the other guitar player.  I’m not sure what his name is, but I love this shot. 

8th Hole Harbour Town Panoramic HDR

•December 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’m in a golf mood.  Maybe its because it’s too cold to play right now and I have a built in excuse not to get off my butt and play…maybe its all the Tiger Woods talk, I don’t know.  So what that means for you is that you are going to have to deal with more golf photos.  Here’s a look at the 8th Hole at Harbour Town.  If you haven’t noticed, it’s a gorgeous course and every single hole is a gem.  It makes it easy to take some interesting shots.  This is a 40 shot panoramic HDR.   Click the picture for the large version. 

I was trying to find the 14th hole but we were running out of daylight so I decided to stop here which was right off the road we were on.   This is another 40 shot Panoramic HDR.  After a few more trips back to Hilton Head, I may have the entire course shot…which will thrill the lovely assistant as I yell “Wait…stop…right here!  Hold on…..I’ll be right back…….”  again and again.   She can’t wait either. 

Panoramic HDR #17 & #18 Harbour Town Golf Links

•December 3, 2009 • 3 Comments

This is the #17th hole at Harbour Town in Hilton Head.  Yes, I know…more Harbour Town.  Fortunately for you all, it’s one of the greatest courses in the country and I’m just trying to broaden your horizons a little.  You can thank me when and if you run into me. 

This is one of my favorite holes on the course.  It is brutal at times, and can embarrass you and take your pride.  However there are those times when you make a par or birdie you feel like you just robbed a bank and got away with it.  Just pay the 275 bones and find out for yourself

The last time I played this hole about 15 years ago, it was 175 yards or so and the wind wreaks havoc up around the green.  The entire hole is protected by trees on both sides but when the ball approaches the green, the wind from Calibogue Sound takes over and then anything can happen.  It’s a genius move by the Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus design team.  In case you were wondering, the last time I played here I made a smooth par like it was my job. 

Another view of #17…

Here’s a shot of #18 that may be a little ambitious.  I wanted to get everything in the shot.  The Lighthouse, the condos, the sound, the bunkers….everything.  I think it’s a view of 18 that I’ve never seen and that’s the goal…to not take the obvious shots.  Let me know what you think…

Panoramic HDR Harbour Town Golf Links #18

•December 2, 2009 • 1 Comment

Click on the picture for a larger view…

Here is #18 at Harbour Town Golf links…only this is my first attempt at Panoramic HDR photography.  It’s not easy, and it takes forever to process, but when you see the results like this it’s totally worth it. 

I woke up at 6 am every morning and drove over to the course to see if I could get any “Office Wall” worthy shots.  I got Panoramics from #8, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18.  I’ll be posting those soon.  Luckilly, I did not have to deal with Mosquitos on this attempt…last May they ate me alive, not so this time around.  The only wildlife I encountered was a black lab that was out with his owner chasing around a tennis ball.  He was very photographer friendly….he didn’t try to bite, eat or jump on me…..which is more than I can say for my own dog.  Hope you enjoy the shot. 

If you’re looking for last minute Christmas gifts, my prints look great on office walls, the walls of your home and any other wall that has nothing on it.  I’m affordable and I’d jump on my bandwagon soon…b/c when I become regarded as highly as Peter Lik, I’ll be charging people through the nose.  Until then, I’m the best thing going.   I promise my mother did not type that last bit.

You can always reach me at KenBlochPhotography@Gmail.com for prints or rates.  BTW, I’m cheap.

University of South Carolina Campus – Autumn HDR Photos

•November 21, 2009 • 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I went to Columbia, SC to take a few HDR’s of our beautiful campus.  I wish we had blue sky’s instead of fog but it all worked out at the end.  The leaves were in full color, the campus was quiet and I think I got a few good ones for the office wall(just in time for Christmas!).  All prints unless otherwise noted are available for purchase…and make great Christmas gifts.  Did I mention that already?

Here is the Thomas Cooper Library Reflecting Pool…True story: On my first night as a freshman on campus, I was dared to swim a full lap in the Reflecting Pool and I’d be given a few bucks.  I was wet before I heard the words “money”.  So, I made the entire lap before campus security could have ended my college days at USC before they started.  This was back in 1992, before Youtube thankfully…my email as always is KenBlochPhotography@Gmail.com

Tailgating at its finest…The Carolina Gamecock Cockaboose 5 Shot HDR

•November 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

There’s drinking beer by your car in a parking lot, there’s tailgating, then there’s professional Tailgaiting.  At the University of South Carolina, we know how to enjoy ourselves before a game.  If you are one of the lucky ones, you can afford one of these renovated train cabooses and join the others in the ultimate in pre-game warmup. 

Most of these Cockabooses are outfitted with bathrooms, kitchens, 50 inch HDTV’s, marble floors with the Gamecock logo (in marble) as the centerpiece.  I’m guessing I could actually live in one of these.  There is nothing else like this in all of college football.  They sit at the south end of the stadium and if you’re in town for a game, stop on by and mooch something from the Professionals. 

This is a 5 shot HDR taken on a foggy morning.

I would also like to mention that these photographs make great Christmas Gifts.  I have this one hanging on my office wall and I KNOW another Gamecock fan would like to have it as well…As always you can reach me at KenBlochPhotography@Gmail.com  By the way, I’m cheap….

Strom Thurmond Statue at the South Carolina Statehouse 5 Shot HDR

•November 16, 2009 • 2 Comments

I took a little trip to Columbia to shoot the USC Campus and the SC Statehouse…well, because I was bored.  Also, the leaves were nice and I thought it may make for some good shooting.  What I didn’t count on, was a thick blanket of fog keeping the blue skys away.   I wasn’t sure how they would come out, but I was pretty shocked, they add a strange, gloomy vibe to the shots.  See for yourself.

Also, check out my other website www.Carolinaslivemusic.com for photos of the local music scene.  New photos coming soon of Lucero and Social Distortion! 

Here is a shot of the Strom Thurmond Statue at the Statehouse.  I didn’t see one Confederate flag on the grounds, so I’d appreciate the NCAA going easy on our state from here on out.  Ok, rant over…I like the fog in this shot.  It really evelops the Statehouse, and gives it a nice feel.  Although the Statehouse roof is beautiful and would have looked great behind some nice clouds and blue sky I think the weather only adds silence and mystery to the shot. 

SC Statehouse 7 copy

Not far from the Thurmond statue, you’ll find gorgeous palmetto trees all over the grounds.  Here is another foggy look at the SC Statehouse, Palmettos standing guard.

SC Statehouse 5