Ted Rokitowski


photography, art, graphics, doodles, musings, and a lot of re-blogging



My 6 year old has completed his first, solo Lego construction.  As many know, this is a big step for a kid!  He completed a Starwars Y-Wing Starfighter.  Here are a few pics - more to come!


Halloween is Approaching!

I'm excited to have a chance to decorate the house this year.  It's been a few years since I've stayed home and handed out candy.  Some preview of the yard:




The Scale of the Universe


Anona UMC - IMPACT project

I recently had a change to work with the fantastic leaders of family ministry at Anona United Methodist Church (Largo, FL).  Together we were able to create an impactful branding package (logo, poster) for IMPACT, the adult volunteer arm of "Anona Kids".  I'm so glad I got to work with Anona on this project!

Here's more about IMPACT at Anona.




Stand Your Ground

Excellent experiment on photojournalism and street photography and the perception of what you can photograph when in a public place.  I was happy to see the interaction with the police towards the end - most seemed to know the law, not give too much hassle, and be on their way.


Skycrest Logo - Revised

I updated the Skycrest United Methodist Church logo (original posted way below).  Basically I reversed the colors to more closely reflect the actual stain-glass in the church.  I believe this is going to be used as the 'official' logo from now on.  Thoughts?


World Record 343 Hot-air Balloons Launch in France

So cool!

343 Balloons


Splitscreen : A Love Story

Creative people are just fantastic sometimes.

I believe this is an entry for Nokia Shorts - a short-film contest using Nokia's new phone (with video).  Either way, it's beautiful.




This is Not a Painting, It's a Photograph

Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.

Photo of the day from National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting.


New Designs for Skycrest UMC

I've been tinkering with our church's (Skycrest United Methodist) really non-existant logo/branding.  They currently use a pretty poor quality picture of the outside of the church as their image on publications, etc.

These are just the first round of an updated, modern look to a slightly out-dated church structure.

Full version - color and text (my wife informed me the colors are reversed on the actual stained glass window - correction coming)

Black and white - used for b/w publicatons (newsletters, bulletin, letterheads, mailers, etc)

Black and white alternative


Life Legacies - Indie Atlantic

Family Legacy Film Excerpt from Indie Atlantic Films on Vimeo.

The very good people at Indie Atlantic Films.  This is your go-to film company for Life Stories, Wedding, Travel, and Event filming.  Love their work!


MOVITS! - Live

My wife and I had the rare pleasure of a late date night seeing one of our current favorite bands, MOVITS!

I've posted their video here before, but I must say, and I think my wife will concur, they were fantastic live!  We got the New World Brewery way before and music started playing so we could chit-chat, eat, and watch the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game (a win!), and were super excited to see the members of Movits! sitting a mere few feet away enjoying some beers and hummus (which was excellent).

Movits! at New World Brewery.

We were hesitant to ask for a photo - they were just chumming around but we wanted to respect their time before their set.  Eventually we couldn't take it - we're big fans, they're hanging out in the bar, and we wanted some documentation that we met them and saw their only Florida show.

It was our BIG mistake not getting another non-blurry shot.  From left to right:  Johan Jivin' Rensfeldt (vocals), Anders Rensfeldt (multi-instrumentalist and DJ) Me, my wife, and saxophonist Joakim Nilsson.

They even hung around and showed interest in the Tampa Bay game, chit-chatting about it and watching the game with us.  We had a great conversation with Johan about their travels (currently on a US/Canada tour), and he gave me some travel advice for when I head to Poland next year.  We talked about the weather being hot (but apparently not as humid as New Orleans (wait another month!)).

After several hours, the bands started setting up.  We were pleasantly surprised with the openning act, D'Visitors - a ska/funk band.  Music was good; made you want to move.

A really great Swedish rapper came up next but I have to hunt down his name... he's traveling with Movits! and they were an excellent lead up.

Then is was MOVITS! - Dedicated to say the least - they quickly did a sound check and then took off and changed into their signature suits and bowties.  After the first song they jokingly opologized and promptly took off their jackets saying how hot is was and this was their first open-air show in a few years.

Disclaimer:  These videos are short and bouncy and the sound isn't great - I was dancing and jumping with the hundred other people in there and I didn't care much about taking good video - my wife and I (and the crowd) just couldn't stop moving and having fun.  Plus we were right in front of the speakers.


If you get a chance to see these guys, I would highly recommend it.  I'm still pumped!


Zacke Musik



Goodbye Michael Scott.

The Office just won't be the same!  A touching portrait tribute to the, now departed, Michael Scott - by Mike Mitchell.