LOCATION :: A Flag to Honor Veterans


Chip Bunnell Photography Flag over Stream

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We all have gifts, talents and abilities. Each has their own set. When those sets are added to others, incredible things can be achieved.

A special group of individuals possess the ability to volunteer to protect others. They leave their families and friends, often traveling to far lands, all with the goal to help others as well making sure we, in the home they left, can sleep safer each night. Even though they may fear their task, they appear to be fearless to all those that see them. Their commitment to protecting the freedoms of those seeking a peaceful life are paid with the sweat of their brow, the injuries they receive and even with the willful giving of their own lives. It is a special group indeed that are willing to make such heroic sacrifices for people they may never meet.

On my travels through north Georgia, I stumbled upon this very historic grist mill. To celebrate this weekend, they proudly had hung a brand new flag on the corner post. I was impressed with the bold colors of the flag standing out from the soft surrounding earth tones. The flowing stream in the background added to the prefect setting.

Today, on this Veteran’s Day, we honor all those that have served to help make this world a safer, freer place. Thank you for your service and giving us a gift as you shared your talents and abilities.

Photo Stuff: Single Frame, Processed in LR


LOCATION :: The Olds on Ocean


Oldsmobile on Miami Beach by Chip Bunnell PhotographySoBe (South Beach) is an area with a seriously split personality. The nights are filled with thumping music, adult beverages and toned people wearing the most trendy threads you could find in any fashion magazine. Sunrise, well, that’s a whole different vibe. The streets are quiet and those same fit people are on the beach for a run or early morning yoga. What a difference just a few hours can make.

Regardless of the time, the one constant is the sighting of seriously flashy cars. At night, Ocean Drive is lined with Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like.  Here, Porches are as common as Chevys. Even in the early morning you will find pretty much the same assortment. While I have always fancied myself a Ferrari man, the classics are equally appealing…especially one completed restored and detailed to perfection.

Enter the owner of the Avalon Hotel. Few things get attention like a shiny, 4 wheeled classic proudly displayed in front of a swanky boutique hotel. Knowing this, he purchased and parked just a such ride just outside the front door. The hotel was white, trimmed in a very south Florida yellow. The Oldsmobile…a matching white trimmed in a similar pastel yellow. Eye catching? It caught mine, especially on this particular morning.

The sidewalks had just been cleaned which left a wonderful wetness to the street. I used a distant headlight to pull the viewer’s eye further into the frame. The passenger headlight was intentionally cropped off to focus on the flowing lines of the hood and the rich, glossy paint of the side panels as you move down the street. A slight reflection can be seen in the wet pavement below. Majestic palm trees flowing in the background complete the scene. The Olds on Ocean Drive marks the spot!

3 Frame HDR, Processed in LR, PS and Topaz Clarity

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