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James Vernacotola
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Husband and Father of Three, Photographer, IT Professional, Steeler Fan, Geek
Husband and Father of Three, Photographer, IT Professional, Steeler Fan, Geek

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May 27, 2012 - With Tropical Storm #Beryl looming 150 miles to the east, beach-goers came out to view the sunrise and surf at Jacksonville Beach Pier and see what she had to offer. [1/1250 sec at f/4, ISO 400]
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A family of ducks out for a morning stroll near the end of the Jacksonville Beach Pier, in the moments before sunrise on April 6, 2008. [1/500 sec at f/8.0, ISO 400]
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A Coronado Sunrise. I shot this photo on the morning of March 29, 2007 with my Canon Rebel XTi while on Coronado Beach in San Diego, looking back toward the street and the sunrise. I knew nothing about photography at the time. I feel like I've learned a ton since I shot this photo, but this still remains one of my favorite photos. Check out the rim light on the man who just happened to be walking along the beach walk right in front of the sunrise as I snapped the photo. If you ever get an opportunity to visit Coronado Beach, take it. It's a beautiful place. [1/800 sec at f/8, ISO 200]
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These are star trails in my backyard on 03/11/2011 and 03/12/2011. This is a combination of 445 30-second exposures, from 11:16 pm until 3:21 am. Check out the shooting star in the top/left! Since I've been into photography, I've always had a fascination with pointing my camera at the sky. I'm not really sure why...maybe because it's so accessible. :-) This photo was taken at 10mm (on a 1.6 crop sensor) and each exposure had the following settings: [30 sec at f/4, ISO 400]

I love photographing star trails so much that a year or so ago I put together a how-to guide about how I do it, so I could share the joy. If you are interested in trying yourself, check out http://www.jamesvernacotola.com/Resources/How-To-Photograph-Star-Trails/
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The “Sea of Trees” under a fiery sunset. SeaWorld Orlando, December 28, 2011, on what I believe to be the busiest day of the year at SeaWorld. Instead of fighting the crowd, we found a nice spot at "The Sandbar" to relax, and enjoyed the sunset as we waited for the evening’s Christmas tree light show. In order to capture the image with a longer exposure, I rested the camera on a piling with an angled top and used the back of a plastic fork as a shim to level it. Then I set the camera to a 2-second delay, in order to be sure everything was steady when the exposure was made. [1.3 sec at f/22, ISO 100]
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42nd Street, New York City. +Philip Christie and I took a quick weekend trip to New York City last year to catch the Jaguars-Giants game; the trip was mainly about the football, but we managed to get a few photo ops in. This is one of my favorites. In order to achieve stability for the longer shutter speed I held the camera steady on top of a garbage can (!). There’s so much going on in the photo and it seems that any time I take a minute to check it out, I see something different. I think it epitomizes the name “City That Never Sleeps”. Check out those cars goosing it through that yellow light. [0.6 sec at f/8, ISO 100]
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Doesn't it seem like we are getting to the point where we have so many online presences that it's becoming overwhelming to keep up with all of them? Yet here I am adding another. I've been trying to decide how Google+ will fit into my online life and I've come up with this: My Semi-Regular Photo Stream. Every so often with no real regularity I plan to add one of my favorite photos with a sentence or so to describe it. Maybe about how I got the shot, or what I was thinking when I made the photo, or how I felt at the time, or anything else that would describe how that particular photograph has affected me. Sometimes they will be new photos, sometimes older photos. Sometimes the description will be short, sometimes it will be longer. The goal will be to post at least once a week, but there are no rules. If I can produce a photo stream that is half as good as +Thomas Hawk's photo stream, then I'll feel like it's a success. :) I hope you all enjoy viewing my Semi-Regular Photo Stream here on Google+, as much as I enjoyed making the photographs. All 8 of you. :-)

Since this is my first photo, I figure I will start with the best - the cream of the crop that I have to offer. This photo became known as "Waterway to Orbit" when Jerry Bonnell wrote the caption for it on the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day on February 13, 2010. It is a photo of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch STS-130 at 4:14 am on February 8, 2010. When I shot the photo I shared it with a few friends on Facebook and at work and then some of them shared it with their friends, and them with their friends, and so on. Before I knew it I had received a couple hundred emails from people all over the world just wanting to tell me how much they loved the photo. I knew I loved the photo as soon as I saw it on the LCD of my camera, because it was exactly how I had envisioned it to look like in my mind's eye, as I practiced and learned by photographing other shuttle and rocket launches from the same bridge and also in the Jacksonville area prior to this one. However I certainly did not expect so many others to love it too. Since then the photo has shown up in a few different places and publications from the wall of NASA's Greenest Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine, a 7th year science textbook in Australia, the walls of space agencies in Europe, to the walls of many homes throughout the world. Most recently it received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. Of 20,989 photos entered, there were 3 winners and 11 Honorable Mentions. This photo has spoken to more people than I could have ever imagined and I am certainly proud and humbled to know that in a very small way I've affected so many people so positively. So here is my first photo on Google+ and my best photo so far. Hopefully it's not all downhill from here. :-) [132 sec at f/4, ISO 100]
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(Apparently this is the 5th time I'm posting this. just trying to figure out how to make my posts public. I think i got it now)............... Wanted my Google+ account to be under a different email address than the original account. Not sure if creating a whole new account was necessary but I did anyway...I'll delete the other one in a few days. I know, u are thinking "What a f'n noob" :)
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