Cowboy, Florida Keys

Cowboy 2011
Cowboy 2011

Cowboy has been one of my favorite subjects around the shrimp boats in the Florida Keys. I have probably hundreds of photographs of him and look forward to posting some more shortly.

James, Key West Crabber – Lobsterman

James, Lobster and Crab Man
James, Lobster and Crab Man

I had the fortune to meet up with James on the docks in the Florida Keys and he agreed to have his picture taken. In fact I saw him two days in a row, the second day working with my old, Keys, shrimp boat friend, Curt.

Pete at Key West Shrimp Boat Dock

Pete from Tampa, Shrimp Boat Captain
Pete from Tampa, Shrimp Boat Captain

Pete, who works out of Tampa stopped by Stock Island for a couple of days. An old friend was crewing for him and introduced us. Pete allowed me to take a series of photos of him while we talked about life on the water.

Dewey, Another Old Shrimp Boat Friend

It was good to see Dewey again and he volunteered to have an updated photo taken – had not seen him in three years. For this series I have been using an Olympus E-P2 with a VF-2 Electronic Viewfinder. This camera body has the feel of an old viewfinder camera. But the most fun with this camera is that I can adapt my old Nikkor AI lenses. The lens has a 2x multiplier, the f stop is not displayed in the viewfinder, also the f stop has to be set on the lens, and focusing is manual (this can be very accurate with the 10x display function). The metering works since the viewfinder shows the shutter speed and the brightness changes as the aperture is changed. On this and the Charlie photos I was using a 50mm, f 1.4 lens (think it was set at f 5.6), what a great portrait lens with the 2x multiplier (equivalent of a 100mm lens)!