Camera Upgrade – Nikon vs Canon


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Clients, potential clients, and guests that are not familiar with SLR camera bodies will find this posting very boring as I dive into the technical side. Consider yourself warned (grin).

For those of you who are photographers, then you are very aware that both Nikon and Canon have recently upgraded their line of camera bodies. I have been looking at the Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 1D, Nikon D800, and the Nikon D4. Most postings on the web tend to focus on a tug-of-war between specifications, prices, and brand loyalty. So which camera body did I end up with?

Just like every other photographer, I started by reviewing prices and specifications to see which tool would be best for me. Being that I do mostly portraits and events, I need a professional-grade, full-frame sensor camera that excels in low light conditions. All 4 of the above cameras meet those requirements. Being that I travel a lot, a small bodied camera would be most appealing to me, so both the Canon 5D MKIII and Nikon D800 are now in the lead. I have grown up with Canon cameras, and I am very familiar with the Canon 5D MKII bodies, as I use them for my photography business. So it would seem an obvious choice to go with the Canon 5D MKIII. Not so fast. My familiarity with Canon’s gear only focuses my expectations on their improvements. Both Nikon and Canon models are big improvements over their predecessors, but in the end it came down to three obstacles for  me personally…

1) Control Consistency:

I don’t shoot any camera in automatic mode. I primarily live in the Manual (M) world where you use off-camera flash using radio transmitters and cables. Even the strobes and lights are in Manual most of the time. I do this because it makes my photos more consistent across the board and stretches the envelope of my lighting creativity. Excluding the complication of the flash, a good photographer is constantly thinking about the delicate balance between Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. So sometimes there may be a need for me to switch from Manual (M) to Shutter-Priority (Tv) or Aperture-Priority (Av).

I’m not going to explain why you would use Manual (M), Shutter-Priority (Tv), or Aperture-Priority (Av) modes, as my point is to explain what the control inconsistencies are. First, lets look at Nikon’s controls in each of these modes. On Nikon’s (Nikon D800 and D4 are two examples) Aperture is always controlled by the Sub-Command Dial (on camera grip near shutter release button), Shutter Speed is always controlled by the Main Command Dial (near your right thumb), ISO is always adjusted by pressing the ISO Button then moving the Main Command Dial (near your right thumb), and finally, Exposure Compensation is always controlled by hitting the Exposure Compensation button then moving the Main Command Dial (near your right thumb). Simple huh?! The controls are consistent through Manual (M), Shutter-Priority (Tv), or Aperture-Priority (Av) modes.

Now lets look at Canon. Rather than have me point out each of these inconsistencies, let me summarize the Canon 5D MKII manual from pages 90 to 94 below. Then to make it easier for you, notice that I underlined each use of  the Quick Control Dial (big round wheel on the back of the camera body). Notice that I also bolded the Main Dial (the adjustment on top of the camera body). Notice that the controls are inconsistent depending on which mode you are in…

Manual Mode (M):

  • Aperture: Controlled by Quick Control Dial
  • Shutter Speed: Controlled by Main Dial
  • ISO: Controlled by first hitting the ISO/Exposure compensation button, then adjusting the Main Dial
  • Exposure Compensation: Controlled by first hitting the ISO/Exposure compensation button, then adjusting the Quick Control Dial

Aperture-Priority (Av):

  • Aperture: Controlled by Main Dial
  • Shutter Speed: (camera controlled)
  • ISO: Controlled by first hitting the ISO/Exposure compensation button, then adjusting the Main Dial
  • Exposure Compensation: Controlled by Quick Control Dial

Shutter-Priority (Tv):

  • Aperture: (camera controlled)
  • Shutter Speed: Controlled by Main Dial
  • ISO: Controlled by first hitting the ISO/Exposure compensation button, then adjusting the Main Dial
  • Exposure Compensation: Controlled by Quick Control Dial

2) AF-Assist Lamp:

When you are shooting an event in low-light conditions, you will find that the Canon Lenses (I’m talking about their best professional L-series lenses) start to hunt back and forth trying to find something to focus on. If you click your shots while it is endlessly hunting, you will find many of your images will be out of focus. The camera looks for contrast in order to focus, so if the camera can’t see, then it can’t focus. So when the lights go dim, this is where the photographer earns their income.

The way to compensate if you are shooting landscapes with a Canon is to manually focus, which is not an option when you are shooting people at an event. Now you have to hand-hold a flashlight to assist the auto-focus of the Canon 5D Mark II. That looks really professional (sarcasm) and creates white balance issues because the flashlight casts it’s own tone on your subjects. The only other option is to get the flash mounted on the camera body and shoot TTL. In other words, you have to use the flash to AF-Assist for the camera body. I called Canon’s tech support and eventually got their chief tech who told me that they were aware of the issue and that you have to use the two method I already suggested (manually focus or use a flashlight) or he suggested that I buy a $350 Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2. Now why would I do that? This is even more equipment to haul-around.

This isn’t a deal breaker as I am good at improvising, but it is a known issue on the Web. It comes down to this, if the camera has a flash built into the camera body, it will have a AF-Assist Lamp which is extremely handy as it frees up your hand of the flashlight in low-light conditions. Of the high-end professional camera bodies, the Canon 5D, 1D and Nikon D4 do not have built-in flashes, so no AF-Assist lamp. So if you are a wedding or event photographer and you want a small camera body and a full-frame sensor then a Nikon D700 or D800 is your cup-of-tea!

3) Canon Battery Grip BG-E6 can cause water or humidity damage:

I have the proper rain covers for my gear because when it rains the show must go on! Unfortunately, professional photographers need extra battery life when in the field, so a battery grip is a common purchase. The serious negative is that to use this Canon product, you have to remove the battery door. You know, the one with the moisture-resistant gasket around it.

This battery grip does not have any gaskets of it’s own so now you have just reduced your camera from weather resistant to moisture sensitive gadget. What happens when your camera gets wet inside? Well it shuts down or quits all-together. After I noticed some moisture collecting in between the grip and the base of my covered camera (Florida humidity), I decided to rechecked in the manual to see if I may have missed something. Of course the manual said absolutely nothing about my concerns, and to be fair, Nikon appears to not address this too, but all I can say is I took off the Battery Grip ASAP! Here are some interesting observations made by expert photographers and their experiences in Antarctica with the Canon Battery Grips.

nikon d800 Camera Upgrade   Nikon vs CanonSo the combination of these three issues above were the catalysts that eventually made me skip the Canon 5D Mark III and purchase the Nikon D800 camera bodies. I’m sure that this wasn’t a surprise based on my 3 issues that I address above. I should point out that I didn’t write all of this to try to convince someone one way or the other, but I do encourage you to try/rent several camera bodies and browse through some camera manuals before you invest.


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University of Miami Hosts 5th Graders

fort lauderdale event photographer 34 300x200 University of Miami Hosts 5th GradersOn Friday, February 17th, I worked with KAPOW (Kids And the Power Of Work) to document students from two elementary schools (G.W. Carver Elementary and Edison Park Elementary) touring the University of Miami. The purpose of this tour was to educate the youngsters on the opportunities that may be available to them if they apply themselves in their education. Kids and Culture Club at the U of M provided the students with access to professors, campus facilities, and both graduate and undergraduate students on the day’s tour around the university.

Led by President Donna E. Shalala, the University is comprised of 12 schools and colleges serving more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. In 2010, U.S.News & World Report recognized UM as the No.1 higher education institution in Florida, ranking it No. 47 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges; it also cited several of the university’s programs in the list of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

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Established in 1925 during the region’s famous real estate boom, UM is a major research university engaged in nearly $339 million in research and sponsored program expenditures a year. While the majority of this research is housed at the Miller School of Medicine, investigators conduct dozens of studies in other areas, including marine science, engineering, education, and psychology.  The tour gave the KAPOW students an overview of the many educational  and career opportunities available at a world-class university.

I think the kids, myself included, really enjoyed the education related games for the youngsters. The 5th graders had to pick a career (i.e., military officers, doctors/nurses, business managers, lawyers, etc.) and then they had to race to find the specific educational prerequisites for their “career choice” that were on laminated cards randomly strewn about the room’s floor. After they found all their laminated cards, their college guides explained how they would achieve that career choice. The students then had to put the cards in chronological order and give a presentation (public speaking practice) to their classmates. Kids and Culture Club at the U of M provided an outstanding tour and I was impressed with how the college students organized and implemented the day’s activities for the 5th graders.

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Students In Trouble With The Law?!

fort lauderdale event photographer 27 300x217 Students In Trouble With The Law?!KAPOW kids in trouble with the law?! Not a chance. These students from Village Elementary School in Sunrise (Broward County, Florida) were invited to get first-hand experience with law enforcement career opportunities and the equipment used by the City of Sunrise Police Department. Chief John E. Brooks recently invited the students to visit the new police headquarters and explore the many job possibilities offered in local law enforcement. Sgt. Rodney Hailey, Ofc. Devona Stevenson and Ofc. Michelle Eddy were the primary tour guides (as well as 2nd grade teachers Debbie Cohen and Terra Elliot) as the students explored the City’s new 109,000 square-foot Public Safety Building, which houses 295 law enforcement employees. The facility is so new that the holding cells have not even held any prisoners yet!

Outside the facility, the students were introduced to a K-9 team comprised of Kira, a drug-sniffing dog, and her trainers Officer Marc Plunske and Officer Kim Windell. Initially, many of the kids were scared of Kira, but they quickly warmed up to her friendly nature. For a demo of Kira’s drug-sniffing abilities, four kids volunteered to put on backpacks. That’s not much of a stretch for these students, but the twist is, one of the backpacks had illegal drugs in it and Kira would have to find it. When Kira went to work, she showed focus in her search and she sat quickly, indicating her confidence that she had smelled the illegal drugs. This is just one of the tasks that the City’s talented K-9’s are trained to perform; and the kids  loved seeing Kira do her job!

Next, Ofc. Dave Tuttle gave the kids a first-hand look at the Sunrise S.W.A.T. truck and some of the equipment used by the S.W.A.T. team. The kids enjoyed trying on their bullet proof vests and helmets. The students were most intrigued by the “sun-roof”; a bullet-proof gun turret on the S.W.A.T.  vehicle’s roof. The kids excitedly took turns looking around from the view on top of the truck.

The students were then shown a Command/Hostage Vehicle by Ofc. Justin Yarbrough. It’s the stuff you see in movies! They had impressive touch screen satellite images, which allow law enforcement to draw their containment and breach plans. The vehicle even had a hostage phone with 1,500 feet of cable so that if hostage situations ever do arise, citizens could be assured that conflicts could be resolved without concern of service interruption or dropped calls.

I thought the tour was very well done and the officers were very interactive with the kids. Not only did the presentation educate the students about the many exciting career opportunities in law enforcement, but the students also received important life safety lessons from the officers. I cannot speak highly enough of these officers, the splendid tour they gave to the kids and for their patience.

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Fair Winds & Following Seas

fort lauderdale sport photography 6 300x200 Fair Winds & Following SeasIt was that time of year to forget about work and go decompress, so Johanna (my girlfriend) and myself decided to charter a sailboat and set our course for the Caribbean. This is our story aboard  a sail vessel named “Andiamo” as we spent our Thanksgiving doing something a little out of the ordinary.

We began our journey through Puerto Rico and ended up in St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands) where we took a ferry to Road Town, Tortola (British Virgin Islands). Tortola is the principal island of the British Virgin Islands, and the centre of commerce and government. More than 75 percent of the Territory’s 20,000 inhabitants live here.

We arrived in Road Town in the evening, on a mission to prepare for our trip. We would hike down to provision at the grocery store…with our luggage…as it saved time and money on taxi fares. The locals have seen everything apparently as no one even looked at us weird while shopping. One shopping cart was filled with our gear and the other cart was filled with goodies (i.e., food and rum). We then arrived at the Sunsail base, and then at our boat. We inspected the boat and its equipment, and passed out from our long day.

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The next day we sailed south, out of Road Town heading towards Peter Island. The winds were out of the Northeast…right down the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Because a sailboat can’t point directly into the wind, the boat has to zig-zag its course upwind. This is called tacking (sailing “close-hauled”). This method of sailing makes for a long day as your course is not a direct one, but this is the only option short of starting the engine and motoring right into the wind, which defeats the purpose of sailing. We had a long day sailing up the Channel along Peter Island, then Dead Chest, then Salt Island, then Cooper Island, then Ginger Island, then Fallen Jerusalem, and finally Virgin Gorda. We headed past the rocky cliffs on the West and North side of the island and passed through Colquhoun Reef and entered our safe harbour and dropped anchor just as the sun was going down. The photo to the right is sunset in Gorda Sound.  This is one of our favorite places in the BVI’s.

Virgin Gorda is the second most populated island in the Territory. The island includes high-end resorts, as well as wonderful natural features. Virgin Gorda means “fat virgin” in Spanish, and was named by the first settlers on the island.

One of the true natural wonders of Virgin Gorda is the Baths. Huge granite boulders are strewn along a white-sand beach. There are grottos to explore and rocks to climb, and the boulders underwater are a snorkelers delight. Some are as tall as a three-story house, with caverns eroded into the sides. These boulders were formed millions of years ago when geologic forces pushed up the seafloor and folded the ground into mountains. Eons later, erosion and weathering produced the amazing shapes we see today.  However, the Baths attract a substantial number of tourist at certain times, especially when cruise ships visit the island.   A better option if you’d like to avoid the crowds is an island called Fallen Jerusalem just to the south of the Baths. Only two boats can moor here at a time.   Last year, we enjoyed a scuba dive at this spot.

North Sound of Virgin Gorda was once home to pirates and buccaneers, but North Sound now hosts legions of sailors eager to make their own mark in the history books. The well-known Bitter End Yacht Club has attracted sailing enthusiasts for more than 30 years. With its famous water sports centre, sailing school, racing clinics and numerous regattas, the Bitter End can accommodate the active sports buff as well as the individual who wants to sip a painkiller while relaxing in a hammock under a palm tree. The protected anchorage at Biras Creek is where we dropped anchor…and later enjoyed painkillers at the Fat Virgin Cafe.

Not far from the Bitter End, Saba Rock Resort occupies an entire tiny island. Accessible only by boat, this small resort caters to yachtsmen. Boats tie up a few feet from the bar and restaurant. Whenever the wind is blowing more than 20 knots, your best option around northern Virgin Gorda is Biras Creek for a comfortable mooring.

Just north of North Sound is Necker Island, Richard Branson’s famous hideaway. Royalty and movie stars can find privacy on any of several beaches surrounding the island. World renowned as a getaway location, you can rent all of Necker — if you can afford it. We couldn’t…so it was time to venture on to a different island.

Early the next morning we endured the heavy rains and low visibility caused by a temporary squall, and navigated past Colquhoun Reef. Fromhere, Johanna and I were now sailing the deep waters of the Atlantic ocean heading to a remote island called Anegada. Due to the wind shifting more to the North, we again had a long day of tacking (or zig-zagging our course upwind) while heading due North. Our boat had what’s called a “deep fin keel” of 5.5 feet (meaning that the boat extends 5.5 feet below the water’s surface). Deep keels are great for assisting the boat while heading upwind, but can create some tense moments when the water gets shallow; like in Anegada.

fort lauderdale sport photography 19 300x200 Fair Winds & Following SeasThankfully, the weather cleared out for us; which is good considering the treacherous reef system that would be greeting us. Horseshoe Reef is 18 miles of jagged coral shoal extending all around the island of Anegada, and an additional 10 miles to the southeast. It has claimed over 300 vessels. To avoid becoming a statistic, daylight and good visibility were essential. The channel that brings you into the harbour at Anegada is known to to be unreliable; buoys are bleached from the sun not allowing an easy interpretation (they are suppose to be red or green) and they tend to drag due to the winds and strong current. Therefore, it is critical to arrive in the channel when the sun is high in the sky, to assist in navigation.

As we entered past the first buoy it was quite clear that progress was going to be made…very slowly. The buoys had indeed moved. Turning back was not an option. There was not enough light in the day to get back to Virgin Gorda, the closest island to the south, and this is the only “safe” place to anchor on this island. So now I had the binoculars permanently glued to my eyes trying to pick out where the coral heads were and where the channel was. Johanna manned the bow looking straight down as I tried to line up a course through the reef. Progress was a slow 2 knots (roughly 2 mph) as the depth gauge read small numbers and then even smaller numbers. Having made it safely passed the coral heads, it was now time to find a good place to drop our anchor in the shallow sandy bottom near Setting Point.

Like trying to find a pencil on the floor of a dark room, you must move slowly and deliberately to safely navigate the channel.   At slow speeds, sand will not sink us like a coral head.   Moving too fast means that the keel just digs into the sand and you are stuck. By proceeding very slowly (1 mph), your keel kisses the sand and you stop…you curse …back up and pick a new course into the shallow anchorage. There is a saying among sailors that there are “those who have and those who will hit bottom”. Well we did and eventually we found a safe mooring. Now Johanna and I were ready for a beer!

fort lauderdale wildlife photography 5 300x200 Fair Winds & Following SeasAnegada is the most distant island in the archipelago. It is a large flat island with few elevations just higher than a palm tree. Most of the 200 residents live in The Settlement. The remainder are scattered in small clusters along the coast. Getting around by taxi is easy, although most of the roads are unpaved and a few contain pockets of soft, deep sand suitable only for four-wheel drive vehicles. Much of the western part of Anegada contains extensive salt ponds which attract large numbers of water birds. Perhaps the most magnificent are the flamingos. Reintroduced to Anegada after a century of absence, the small flock is steadily increasing (now nearly 100 birds).

Without a doubt, Anegada’s miles of pristine beaches are the most popular attraction. All offer seclusion, breathtaking views and the feeling of being far, far away. To me, Anegada reminded me of the Bahamas or Turks and Caicos…beautiful water, beautiful beaches, but as flat as flat can be. Even the plants were similar. After getting here…Johanna and I both agreed that we would enjoy our day and evening here, then push on to other islands.

fort lauderdale wildlife photography 19 300x214 Fair Winds & Following SeasOn shore near the Settlement, we went for a short hike and discovered some wild donkeys. Our favorite is the third photo of Johanna walking along a dock at sunset, just to the right is our boat anchored out (below and to the right). The photo recreates the mood of tranquility, as we enjoyed the evening following our tiring passage. I wish I could have taken more of the boat but then I would have cut the palm tree out of the foreground which creates some depth of field. I should have brought my wide angle lens ashore! In the dark, we did some light painting photos for fun, then took our dinghy and went back to the boat to BBQ and enjoy the stars.

The next day, with the winds still out of the North and the rising sun just above the horizon, we pulled up anchor and quietly left Anegada behind us. We had planned on heading due South, some 35 miles across the Virgin Bank to a much smaller island called Jost Van Dyke. The wind would be on our stern (back of the boat), so we would be “running with the wind” as the expression goes. In addition, we would have following seas. Meaning the swells were coming from behind us too. Have you ever heard the expression, “fair winds and following seas”? I know it’s an old nautical phrase of good luck, but I never really understood it. I mean, following seas (swells that come from behind the boat) do not make for a pleasant ride. Great for a surfer, but a boat is another story. So why would you wish that upon a sailor?! Anyhow, I digress again.

fort lauderdale landscape photographer 45 300x200 Fair Winds & Following SeasSo we were running with the wind and had following seas…for 35 miles. But what made it more interesting were the rollers. Rollers occur in this area between October to May, and are long, heavy ocean waves driven by winds that come in from the Atlantic. On the Virgin Bank, these 8-10 foot rollers were meeting with the swells coming in from the Northeast (between Anegada and Virgin Gorda). This is termed a “confused sea”, which means a disturbed water surface without a single, well-defined direction of wave travel. In other words, an unpleasant ride.

By the time we had almost reached our destination, we needed to stow our sails, which requires us to point the boat into the wind. To do that, you have to start the engine. We were also going to need the engine to drop the anchor (bad electrical design), and we started the engine…only to have it quit. Then it wouldn’t start at all. Hmmmm…the propellor wasn’t fouled, there was plenty of battery voltage, and we had a nearly full tank of diesel. The engine would crank, but would not run. The problem with the engine was that the confused seas had stirred up the algae and other contaminants that were present in the fuel tank and sucked them into the engine. There was no time to bleed out the fuel line and change the fuel filter.

We continued to sail between the islands of Tortola and Jost Van Dyke. Johanna made a phone call to the charter company. After an hour or two of sailing back and forth in the channel, we headed into Little Harbour where a power boat came to assist us in the tricky task of mooring the boat without an engine. So safely on the hook, and the boat’s engine repaired by the Sunsail mechanics, we took the dinghy ashore. The photo below is our boat safely on the mooring at Little Harbour.

fort lauderdale sport photography 7 200x300 Fair Winds & Following SeasJost Van Dyke is one of the sparsely inhabited islands of the BVIs, and seemed to have a larger goat population than a human population. We both really liked this island with its lush green hills, adorable goat families and cliffs with waves crashing some 20 feet high on the northern side of the island (remember those rollers that we talked about?).

The next day we sailed over to Green Cay and Sandy Spit, small islands just northeast of Jost Van Dyke, for a few hours for lunch. Later we anchored by Diamond Cay. Here we found a beautiful sandy beach with a beach bar called Foxy’s Taboo. Owner “Foxy” Callwood opened this bar recently.  At his original bar at White Bay on Jost Van Dyke,  he has entertained thousands of visitors with his impromptu musical renditions. The names of celebrities who have visited is too long to list, but Foxy’s fame extends well beyond the shores of Jost Van Dyke.

Nearby, we hiked about a half-mile to visit the Bubbly Pool, a natural sea-spa where the Atlantic Ocean waves break over the rocks into a protected bubble bath type pool. The area is surrounded by a small sandy beach and is a wonderful place to relax. This made our day…of course the margaritas helped! Back on board the boat, I dropped the fish light off the stern and fired up the BBQ. Johanna and I sat watching the thousands of stars above and the hundreds of fish that showed up below. We saw sharks, barracuda…lots of barracuda…squid, crabs (I was surprised at how crabs are actually strong swimmers…I thought they sat on the seafloor crawling around), spotted rays, turtles, and hundreds of fish from the reef coming up to check out our light. We loved this harbour so much we decided to stay in this area for another day.

So the next day we sailed over to Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke to meet a dive boat and go Scuba Diving along the wall (with Jost Van Dyke Scuba). Johanna and I spotted lion fish, big lobsters, crabs, sting rays and your usual Caribbean reef fish. I’m so jaded (grin). We also went to West End Point on the same island to dive under the waves as they crashed onto the rocks above us. Quite an impressive site…but from below. On this same dive Johanna and I were led into an underwater cave. We would never had done this on our own, but the dive master on the boat encouraged us and took us there. To do this you had to spread out as the waves would roll 10-15 feet above you and it would take you on a mellow “roller coaster ride”. As you got closer to the cave, the walls narrowed and the water surge would speed up…shooting you into the cave. We surface inside…giggling and tickled by the experience. To exit, you do the same thing. “Surfing underwater” is the best way to describe the “ride” in and out of the underwater cave. It turned out to be a local knowledge thing that we were happy to have experienced.

fort lauderdale sport photography 20 300x160 Fair Winds & Following SeasNow it was time to head back to Road Town on Tortola, back to the Sunsail charter marine. We headed due south for Thatch Island Cut and enjoyed watching the waves crashing 20-30 feet up the rocky cliffs at Great Thatch while sailing past. We were sailing briskly at 7.5 knots though this area, not counting the strong current. We passed Little Thatch Island, which looked like the perfect Caribbean getaway if you are ever looking for a small island to stay on with nothing to do but eat, drink, and be merry. It looked like a postcard. Next time we come, we will have to spend some time on this island. As we rounded Frenchman’s Cay it was hard to miss St. John in the USVI’s off our right. Again we had to tack back and forth…crossing the USVI and BVI border many times. Thankfully we never saw the pesky US Coast Guard (grin). Heading northeast again, we finally pulled down the sails and fired up the engine for that last couple hours of our trip along Tortola as the wind was again right on our bow (front of boat). After docking the boat back in Road Town, we checked in our boat and diving equipment and realized that we had completed a 5 day trip…circumnavigating the BVI’s in 4 days worth of sailing, and ending the trip happy and relaxed, but ready to return to land for another round of “painkiller” rum drinks and a great island dinner. With that, I will wish you, “Fair winds & following seas”.

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Kids Get Arrested!

fort lauderdale event photographer 25 228x300 Kids Get Arrested!KAPOW kids were arrested! Who will post bail? What on earth would get a student arrested from Pembroke Pines FSU Charter Elementary School?! Well, actually it’s a little late for April Fool’s Day…the day didn’t go down like this…thank goodness.

Pembroke Pines Police Department invited the KAPOW kids to come tour their facility, and what a tour it was. Officer Clarence Wilson and Officer Rick Lebel were the primary tour guides. One of the students volunteered to be the arrested student, and “Pembroke Pines’ Finest” took him through his mock booking. He was finger printed, his booking photo taken, then it was off to jail. Later, we were all shown the facilities and met some of the law enforcement officers and staff. Officer Clarence Wilson and Officer Rick Lebel brought the kids to the Citizens Police Academy and talked about some of their equipment that they carry on their belt. It was a great opportunity for the officers to educate the students about gun safety and that guns are not toys.

Outside we were treated to Officer Rick Lebel explaining about the scuba equipment they used in rescues and discussed bicycle safety with the kids. Then came out the most exciting stuff. Officers Jim Gort and Chris Caposo gave a first-hand look at the Pembroke Pines S.W.A.T. trucks, gear and equipment.

I thought the tour was very well done and the guides were very interactive with the kids; not only did the presentation educate the students about the career opportunities in law enforcement, but also the students received important life safety lessons from  authority figures in treating guns with respect and adhering to safety requirements.   I cannot speak highly enough of these officers and the splendid tour they gave to the kids.

Below is a small sample of the day’s images.

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