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.
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
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).
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!
I'm really diggin Animoto this morning (though, admittedly, it's taking up too much of my time!). I made a quick 30-second birthday video for my buddy Eric, and this one for my wife Becky:
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Animoto - free 30 second videos and the option to pay for full-length.
Seven of the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Lightning players (Marty St. Louis pictures) shaved their heads as part of the Brighthouse Networks Cut for a Cure. The Lightning have been a real staunch supporter of local Tampa Bay programs and foundations, especially those that help children. This was part of the ongoing fundraising campaign to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital. Great cause - great heart - Go Bolts!